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Odds to Win the NFC South: The Saints Go Marching On

Odds to win the 2019 NFC South Division title

Ahead of the season, the New Orleans Saints were the second-biggest favorite to win a division at -190, second only to AFC East favorite New England at -550. Well, halfway through the season, it appears oddsmakers pegged this division correctly as the Saints are 7-1 and are now -1000 favorites to win the NFC South.

Online sportsbook Bovada has the New Orleans Saints as the clear favorites to capture the NFC South title at -1000 followed by the Carolina Panthers at +550, the Tampa Buccaneers at +5000 and the Atlanta Falcons at +30000.

Read more on the betting odds to win the NFC North and NFC East.

Saints are a Runaway Train

Not only is New Orleans the massive favorite to win the NFC South, it is also second overall and the top team from the NFC on the Super Bowl 54 oddsboard. The Saints faced adversity early on when star QB Drew Brees went down with a thumb injury in a 27-9 road loss at the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2 that remains their only defeat. In stepped Teddy Bridgewater and what a job he did, winning all five games that he started, completing 67.7 percent of his passes for 1,370 yards with nine touchdowns and just two interceptions.

Brees returned last week and New Orleans has a favorable schedule in the back half of the season, including five games against divisional foes whose combined record is 7-15 – only the Panthers have a winning record at 4-3. The defense had some gaps early in the season but has looked much better recently and the offense has been clicking all year. There would have to be something catastrophic happen for the Saints not to win the division.

Losing Seasons for the Rest of the Division?

The closest team behind New Orleans in the NFC South is Carolina, which is 4-3 and has also had to persevere without its starting QB, Cam Newton. Backup Kyle Allen has filled in nicely, going 4-1 while throwing for 1,059 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. However, Carolina faces a bit of a gauntlet down the stretch, including games against Green Bay, New Orleans (two), Seattle and Indianapolis – not a great outlook.

As for the Buccaneers, they are 2-5 and have several more tough games looming. Tampa Bay hasn’t had any trouble putting points on the board, but keeping opponents off the board has been an issue with the Bucs allowing more than 30 points in five of their seven games. Additionally, the run game has been atrocious, with no running back gaining more than 85 yards in a game this season.

Lastly, the Falcons. I don’t think there is any word other than “disaster” for Atlanta this year. The Falcons are just 1-7 and are riding a six-game losing slide, with New Orleans (twice), San Francisco and Carolina (twice) still remaining on their schedule. Poor play-calling has been the cause for some of the issues but the defense gets some of the blame as well, giving up more than 25 points in all but one game.

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Odds to Win The 2019 NFC South
New Orleans Saints-1000
Carolina Panthers+550
Tampa Bay Buccaneers+5000
Atlanta Falcons+30000

Odds as of November 1 at Bovada

How to Read NFC South Odds

An important part of sports betting involves understanding how odds are laid out at the sportsbook. You’ll see NFC South odds displayed the same way they are in our table. The team with the minus sign (-) beside its number is the favorite. Plus signs (+) indicate underdogs. In some cases, you will not see a clear frontrunner (lack of minus sign) and the squad with the lowest odds is the fave.

Let’s say you’re loving New Orleans at -1000. A $70 bet would give you a payout of $77 – you get your $100 back along with your winnings of $7. Conversely, that same $70 on the Panthers at +550 will give you $455 – your original money is returned coupled with your prize of $385.

Dogs come with bigger rewards since there is more risk associated. However, it’s best to do your research before betting on them, especially if their odds are so high like the +1000. When oddsmaker’s set the betting lines, they take into consideration everything from past performance to schedule to roster moves.

Look to our Odds Calculator to show you how much you’d win based on the odds and amount bet.

What is an NFL Futures Bet?

If you were to wager on the chances of a certain team to win the NFC South, that is a futures bet. It is called as such because you’re betting on events that will take place months or even weeks in advance. In this case, it’s on a team to take the divisional title. We suggest jumping on odds early if you can. As the season progresses, the lines will move to reflect coaching changes, injuries and teams climbing or falling in the standings.