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Week 3 AFC Championship Betting Notes
The Miami Dolphins now have to be considered one of the favorites to ascend through the AFC. Mike McDaniels' men put on one of the most memorable performances in recent memory in a 70-20 drubbing of the Denver Broncos.
These Dolphins are fast. Really fast. Tyreek Hill, Raheem Mostert, Jaylen Waddle, and rookie Devon Achane make up easily the speediest group of skill players in the NFL. Moreover, Tua Tagovailoa is a certified MVP-candidate. It may be time to hop on the Miami Dolphins bandwagon. Miami has risen all the way to +450 to win the AFC since opening at +2000 odds.
Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs remain the favorites to take home the AFC crown at +300 odds.
What Teams And Divisions Are In The AFC?
The American Football Conference is comprised of four divisions of four teams each. The conference was created alongside the NFC during the 1970 merger between the NFL and American Football League. The conference was originally comprised of the 10 former AFL teams and six NFL or new teams have since joined.
The AFC North is known for smash-mouth football and some heated rivalries. It currently houses the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, and Pittsburgh Steelers. The Browns haven’t won the modern AFC North since NFL realignment in 2002, last winning a division title in 1989.
Home to Patrick Mahomes and the modern Kansas City Chiefs dynasty, the AFC West also houses the Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, and Los Angeles Chargers. The West division has had plenty of movement in recent years, with the Raiders and Chargers both moving from Oakland and San Diego, respectively, to their current cities.
The AFC South houses the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts, and Houston Texans. The AFC South has the fewest Super Bowl wins of any division in football right now, with the Colts winning all two of the division’s titles.
Past AFC Winners
|Year||AFC Conference Champ|
|2022||Kansas City Chiefs|
|2020||Kansas City Chiefs|
|2019||Kansas City Chiefs|
|2018||New England Patriots|
|2017||New England Patriots|
|2016||New England Patriots|
|2014||New England Patriots|
AFC Betting Trends
- The AFC is a conference of dynasties. From 2005 until 2020, only seven different teams represented the conference in the Super Bowl.
- The Kansas City Chiefs have dominated the AFC in recent years, appearing in three Super Bowls from 2019 through 2022.
- The Houston Texans are the NFL’s only team to never even make a conference championship game
- Only one non-QB from the AFC has won the NFL MVP Award since 2000
History of the American Football Conference
The American Football Conference, commonly referred to as the AFC, was formed in 1970 as one of the NFL’s two conferences during a league merger. The winner of the AFC players the winner of the NFC (National Football Conference) in the Super Bowl every year.
The AFC in recent years has been known for strong quarterback play and a few key dynasties. In the last 30 years, the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, and Kansas City Chiefs have all had lengthy runs as the AFC’s top teams, each winning multiple championships.
AFC Teams with the Most Conference Titles
|New England Patriots||11|
Week 3 NFC Championship Betting Notes
Brock Purdy's San Francisco 49ers remain +225 favorites to win the NFC after a sparking performance in Week 3. Purdy is undefeated in contests he's finished at quarterback, and the 49ers show no signs of slowing down. In fact, John Lynch's charges are now +550 favorites to take win the Super Bowl.
A dominant performance from the Eagles defensive line has them nipping at the Niners heels at +325 to repeat as NFC Conference champions. While the Cowboys at +400, Lions +800, and Saints +1400, round out the top 5.
What Teams And Divisions Are In The NFC?
The National Football Conference (NFC) is home to some of the league’s most iconic teams, including the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers, and Chicago Bears. Currently, the league is comprised of four divisions of four teams each.
The NFC East is home to some of the NFL’s most historic rivalries. The division is currently made up of the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Commanders. The East currently has more collective Super Bowls than any other division.
The NFC North division is home to cold-weather football and passionate fanbases. The four teams that comprise the division right now are the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, and Detroit Lions.
The NFC West has some of the oldest franchises in the NFL, including the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers. Alongside those two teams, the other West squads are the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams.
The NFC South has had some tumultuous seasons in recent years. Some years, the division winner has had a losing record, while other seasons the division champ goes on to win the Super Bowl. The four teams currently making up the South are the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers, and Atlanta Falcons.
Past NFC Winners
|Year||NFC Conference Champ|
|2021||Los Angeles Rams|
|2020||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|2019||San Francisco 49ers|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams|
NFC Betting Trends
- The Detroit Lions are the only NFC team to never make the Super Bowl, though they won an NFL Championship before the Super Bowl era.
- Nine different teams won the NFC in the 2010s.
- The last time a team won the NFC Championship game with fewer than 11 regular season wins was 2001 (New York Giants, 9-7).
- Aaron Rodgers is the only NFC player to win the NFL MVP since Matt Ryan won in 2016.
History of the National Football Conference
The National Football Conference was formed in 1970 as part of the NFL-AFL merger. It initially formed with 13 teams from the pre-merger NFL, with all AFL teams beginning in the AFC.
In the conference’s history, the NFC has produced a few dominant dynasties, such as the 1980s San Francisco 49ers and the 1990s Dallas Cowboys. Some of the best players in conference history include 49ers QB Joe Montana and WR Jerry Rice, Giants LB Lawrence Taylor, and Packers QB Brett Favre.
NFC Teams with the Most Conference Titles
|San Francisco 49ers||7|
|Los Angeles Rams||5|
|New York Giants||5|
Week 3 AFC East Betting Notes
While there's much to play for in the AFC East, the Miami Dolphins are clear favorites at -145 odds after three weeks. Miami hung the most points since the AFL-NFL merger on the Broncos last week and show no signs of slowing down. The Dolphins head to Buffalo next week to play an early defacto AFC East title game.
The Bills have owned the Dolphins as of late, winning 9 of their last 10 matchups. Don't forget Josh Allen is still a perennial MVP-candidate. Miami will have to beat the Bills to cement their status as AFC contenders.
What Teams Are In The AFC East?
The AFC East is one of the NFL’s most compelling divisions. It’s got deep-seated rivalries, decades-long dynasties, and some of the sport’s biggest personalities. The four teams currently in the East are the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, and New York Jets.
The Buffalo Bills were founded in 1960 as one of the original members of the American Football League (AFL). The league merged with the NFL 10 years later, and the Bills have been part of the AFC East ever since.
The Bills first won the East in 1980 and have had some lengthy spells of feast and famine in the div. The Bills took home the AFC title four-consecutive years from 1988 to 1991, but then had a nearly two-decade dry spell from 1999 to 2017.
The Miami Dolphins joined the AFL shortly after the Bills did, entering the league in 1966. Four years later, they moved over to the AFC East in the NFL amid the league merger.
The Dolphins came out swinging, winning the division in four of their first five seasons in the NFL. In 1972, the Dolphins became the first team to ever complete a perfect 17-0 season, going undefeated in the regular season and sweeping their way to the Super Bowl.
New England Patriots
Like the Bills, the Patriots were a founding member of the AFL and joined the NFL and AFC East in 1970 when the leagues merged. The Pats didn't have too much AFC East success during their first 30 years in the division, but things turned in the early 2000s.
From 2000 to 2020, the Pats won 17 (that's not a typo) AFC East crowns. With the tandem of Bill Belichick at coach and Tom Brady at QB, the Patriots became an unstoppable force in the NFL for nearly two decades
New York Jets
Though the New York Jets are one of the NFL's most iconic teams, they're very much the little brothers of the AFC East. In the NFL's first 50 seasons in the Super Bowl era, the Jets won just two AFC East division titles.
Past AFC East Winners
|Year||AFC East Champ|
|2022||Buffalo Bills (13-3)|
|2021||Buffalo Bills (11-6)|
|2020||Buffalo Bills (13-3)|
|2019||New England Patriots (12-4)|
|2018||New England Patriots (11-5)|
|2017||New England Patriots (13-3)|
|2016||New England Patriots (14-2)|
|2015||New England Patriots (12-4)|
|2014||New England Patriots (12-4)|
|2013||New England Patriots (12-4)|
AFC East Betting Trends
- The Bills or Patriots won the AFC East every year from 2009 to 2022.
- The East has been a division of dynasties. The Dolphins, Bills, and Patriots have all won at least four division crowns in a row.
- Since 1960, the AFC East has been represented in 22 Super Bowls, winning 11 of them.
- Since 1990, only two different AFC East players have won the NFL's MVP award (Tom Brady three times, Thurman Thomas once).
History of AFC East
The AFC East was originally formed in 1960 as the Eastern Division of the American Football League. It transformed into the AFC East in 1970, when the AFL merged with the modern NFL. The Dolphins, Jets, Patriots, and Bills have always been part of the AFC East, but it also held the Houston Oilers (now Tennessee Titans) and Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts at one point.
Teams from the East have won 11 Super Bowls in AFL/NFL history and won the AFL/AFC Championship 26 times.
AFC East Teams with the Most Division Titles
|New England Patriots||22|
|New York Jets||4|
Week 3 AFC North Betting Notes
Pittsburgh continues to lie in wait in the AFC North while the Ravens and Bengals have stumbled out of the gate. Lamar Jackson and the Ravens remain the AFC North favorites at +200. However, Baltimore has been hit with a significant amount of injuries already. Without Ronnie Stanley, the Ravens could struggle in an uber-competitive AFC.
Also, Mike Tomlin has consistently been one of the best coaches ATS throughout his long and storied career in Pittsburgh. Additionally, the Steelers have never finished below .500 during his tenure. The terrible towels were waiving in Vegas on Sunday night. While the Kenny Pickett and the Steelers offense have struggled, they’ve done enough to win two football games. Pittsburgh is the sneaky play at +325 to win the AFC North.
What Teams Are In The AFC North?
Known for strong defense and hard-nosed football, the AFC North has been one of the NFL’s scrappiest divisions for a while. It’s also home to some strong rivalries between fanbases and players that share a mutual dislike. The North currently houses the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, and Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Ravens became a franchise in 1996 when the squad controversially relocated from Cleveland to Baltimore overnight. Owner Art Modell picked up his former franchise and shuffled over to Maryland, leaving a hole in the heart of Cleveland football fans.
Originally the Ravens were in the AFC's 'Central' division, but joined the modern AFC North in 2002. As of 2022, the Ravens won six AFC North crowns, including back-to-back titles in 2018 and 2019.
The Cleveland Browns are probably the NFL’s most tumultuous franchise since joining the NFL in 1950. The city lost its football team in 1996, when the Browns relocated to Baltimore and became the Ravens. But, Cleveland quickly got back a team in 1999 and the new Browns joined the AFC North in 2002. However, in the franchise’s first 20 seasons in the North, they never won the division.
A former member of the American Football League, the Bengals became a member of the NFL in 1970. Cincinnati initially joined the AFC Central division, which became the North in 2002. While the Bengals have often been competitive in the division, regularly winning the North and making the playoffs, they went 31 years without a postseason win from 1991 to 2022.
One of the NFL’s oldest franchises, the Steelers were part of at least six different divisions and conferences before joining the modern AFC North in 2002. They’ve been the division’s most successful franchise, historically, winning the North nine times in the first 20 seasons and snagging six Super Bowl titles, all-time.
Past AFC North Winners
|Year||AFC North Champ|
|2022||Cincinnati Bengals (12-4)|
|2021||Cincinnati Bengals (10-7)|
|2020||Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)|
|2019||Baltimore Ravens (14-2)|
|2018||Baltimore Ravens (10-6)|
|2017||Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3)|
|2016||Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5)|
|2015||Cincinnati Bengals (12-4)|
|2014||Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5)|
|2013||Cincinnati Bengals (11-5)|
AFC North Betting Trends
- No team has won the AFC North more than three years in a row since the Steelers’ four-consecutive titles in the 1990s.
- The AFC North is the only division in the NFL where no member team has hosted a Super Bowl
- From 2008 to 2022, an AFC North team made the Super Bowl four times, winning twice.
- The Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals have never won the Super Bowl
History of AFC North
The AFC North history is a bit more complicated than other NFL Divisions. The modern North was created when the NFL restricted in 2002, after expansion to 32 teams.
The division was initially called the AFC Central, as of 1970, when the Bengals, Steelers, Browns, and Houston Oilers comprised the division. The division also used to house the Jacksonville Jaguars, until Houston and Jacksonville moved to the AFC South.
AFC North Teams with the Most Division Titles
Week 3 AFC South Betting Notes
Maybe this division isn’t a one-horse race after all.
Ryan Tannehill and the Titans offense have been awful this season. Tennessee have scored just 15 points per game, while converting just 27% of 3rd-downs. Additionally the Titans have scored a touchdown on only 33% of Redzone opportunities so far this campaign. Betting Titans unders could be worth a look heading into Week 4. However, at +250 odds to win the AFC South there is surely better value on futures elsewhere.
Houston could be the value play in the AFC South, as a huge win in Jacksonville has the Texans riding high. The Texans at +900 to win the division could be a sneaky good bet.
What Teams Are In The AFC South?
The NFL’s newest division, the AFC South was founded in 2002 as the league expanded to 32 teams. The league was formed to house the expansion team Houston Texans, and the Indianapolis Colts, while the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Tennessee Titans joined from other divisions. The four teams in the South have remained unchanged since 2002.
The Texans are the NFL’s newest franchise, joining the league in 2002. They were brought into the league to replace the Houston Oilers franchise, which moved to Tennessee in 1997. It took the Texans a while to get competitive, but in the 2010s Houston ran the AFC South with six division crowns in the decade.
The AFC South’s most successful franchise, the Colts joined the division in 2002 after 31 seasons in the AFC East. With two Super Bowl titles in franchise history, the Colts' team legacy is defined by some of the NFL’s best quarterbacks, including Peyton Manning, Johnny Unitas, and Andrew Luck.
Another fresh franchise for the NFL, the Jaguars joined the league in 1995. They initially played in the AFC Central, joining the South division when it was formed in 2002. Jacksonville's football history isn't full of too much success, though, as the Jags failed to win an AFC South division title in their first 15 years in the South. They’ve also never won a Super Bowl, or even made it to the big game.
The Titans' franchise has gone by a few names, but it's actually one of the oldest teams in NFL history. They joined the AFL as the Houston Oilers in 1960, joined the NFL in the 1970 merger, and then moved to Tennessee in 1997. Prior to joining the AFC South in 2002 (and winning the inaugural division championship) the Titans played out of the AFL Eastern and AFC Central divisions.
Past AFC South Winners
|Year||AFC South Champ|
|2022||Jacksonville Jaguars (9-8)|
|2021||Tennessee Titans (12-5)|
|2020||Tennessee Titans (11-5)|
|2019||Houston Texans (10-6)|
|2018||Houston Texans (11-5)|
|2017||Jacksonville Jaguars (10-6)|
|2016||Houston Texans (9-7)|
|2015||Houston Texans (9-7)|
|2014||Indianapolis Colts (11-5)|
|2013||Indianapolis Colts (11-5)|
AFC South Betting Trends
- A team from the AFC South has won just won Super Bowl (Colts in 2006).
- The AFC South has the longest active Super Bowl drought (17 years as of 2023).
- No team has won the AFC South more than twice in a row since Peyton Manning's Colts in the early 2000s.
History of AFC South
The AFC South doesn’t have the same storied history that many other NFL divisions have, considering it’s just over 20 years old. The division was founded in 2002 with the same four teams that currently comprise the division. The Indianapolis Colts are the only team that's had a significant run of success in the South, with four Super Bowl appearances and two championships.
AFC South Teams with the Most Division Titles
Week 3 AFC West Betting Notes
Kansas City is the cream of the crop, with the offense finally getting rolling in Week 3.
A get right game against the awful Chicago Bears was all the Chiefs needed to get their offense rolling. Patrick Mahomes was barely touched and the offense could do no wrong at Arrowhead on Sunday. Kansas City are joint favorites to win the Super Bowl for good reason, and with the Chargers failing to impress, they are far and away the only team you should be betting on to win the AFC West.
Kansas City is the obvious betting favorite at -350, while the Chargers are listed at +375 after stumbling to a 1-2 start. Las Vegas and Denver are afterthoughts in AFC West this season, save your bankroll for more profitable ventures.
What Teams Are In The AFC West?
There have been some location changes in the AFC West over the past few years, with teams moving to Las Vegas and Los Angeles, but the same four franchises have remained in the division since the 1960s. Currently, the four squads are the Chiefs, Chargers, Raiders, and Broncos.
Kansas City Chiefs
In recent years, the AFC West has been dominated by Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes, and the Chiefs. The Chiefs joined the American Football League in 1960 (originally as the Dallas Texans), merged with the NFL in 1970, and have been part of the West division ever since. The Chiefs won the AFC West every year from 2016 to 2022.
Los Angeles Chargers
Another original AFL team, the Chargers joined the NFL's AFC West in 1970 and have also been in the division ever since. The Chargers have moved around southern California through the years, playing first in Los Angeles, moving down to San Diego, and then back up to LA in 2017.
Las Vegas Raiders
Just like the Chargers and Chiefs, the Raiders became a founding member of the AFC West when the AFL and NFL merged in 1970. They were the division's original powerhouse, winning six of the West's first seven titles in the 1970s.
Another team that’s relocated around, the Raiders moved from Oakland to Las Vegas in 2020. They previously played in Los Angeles, as well, from 1982 to 1994.
The Broncos joined the NFL and the AFC West in 1970, but didn't experience much success in the division until the 1980s and 1990s. In those two decades, the Broncos won seven West crowns and two Super Bowls.
Past AFC West Winners
|Year||AFC West Champ|
|2022||Kansas City Chiefs (14-3)|
|2021||Kansas City Chiefs (12-5)|
|2020||Kansas City Chiefs (14-2)|
|2019||Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)|
|2018||Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs (10-6)|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)|
|2015||Denver Broncos (12-4)|
|2014||Denver Broncos (12-4)|
|2013||Denver Broncos (13-3)|
AFC West Betting Trends
- As of 2023, all four AFC West franchises were tied with exactly 15 divisional crowns
- No team but the Broncos and Chiefs have won the AFC West since 2009.
- The Chiefs won seven-consecutive West titles from 2016 to 2022
History of AFC West
The AFC West has long been cited as one of the ‘toughest’ divisions in the NFL. The fact that all four franchises are neck-and-neck for title division titles helps, but it also has to do with the squad’s home-field advantages. Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium, Denver’s Mile High, and the Raider’s former home at Oakland Coliseum were all loud stadiums with rambunctious fanbases.
AFC West Teams with the Most Division Titles
|Kansas City Chiefs||15|
|Los Angeles Chargers||15|
|Las Vegas Raiders||15|
Week 3 NFC East betting Notes
Philadelphia are the last undefeated team standing in the NFC, after a lambasting of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football. The Eagles remain -130 favorites to win the NFC East. Although there have been growing pains with Jalen Hurts and the Eagles offense (2 interceptions on MNF), the running game and defense have played so well it's tough to bet against Philly.
The Cowboys stumbled in Arizona, but early season woes happen. Even without star cornerback Trevon Diggs, Gus Bradley's unit is formidable. Worryingly, the Cowboys offense struggled to score in the redzone and has looked lost on 3rd downs when Ceedee Lamb’s not open. Somebody has to step up and make plays for this offense. Dallas now sit at +125 underog win the NFC East.
Upcoming Eagles versus Cowboys contests will decide the fate of this division. The road to the NFC East title goes through Philadelphia at this point in the season.
What Teams Are In The NFC East?
Home to some of the biggest brands in football, the NFC East is comprised of the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, and Washington Commanders. The rivalries between these four big football markets is real, with both players and fanbases harboring some real hate for each other.
The Eagles joined the NFL in 1933, playing in what was called the ‘Eastern Division’ back then. They’ve bounced around a few league subsections before landing in the modern NFC East in 1970.
Perhaps best known for a rambunctious fanbase, the Eagles have intense divisional rivalries with the Giants and Cowboys. In 2005, Sports Illustrated called the Giants-Eagles matchup one of the best rivalries in sports history.
New York Giants
The New York (football) Giants first joined the NFL in 1925 and have gone through periods of dominance and defeat over the years. The Giants rank third in the league with eight total NFL championships (four in the pre-Super Bowl era) but they’re also the only team with the longest current NFC East championship drought. Some legendary Giants players include Lawrence Taylor, Mel Hein, and Eli Manning.
The current Washington football franchise first joined the NFL in 1932 under the name ‘Boston Braves.’ Since then, the franchise has gone through a city swap to Washington and four name changes, most recently switching from Football Team to Commanders in 2022.
In the 1980s and early 1990s, the Commanders were a force in the NFL, winning three titles in a decade. But, since hoisting the Lombardi in 1991, the Commanders haven’t even made the Super Bowl.
With big personalities, big expectations, and a big stadium, the Dallas Cowboys are one of the franchise faces of the NFL. With owner Jerry Jones at the helm, the Cowboys are sometimes referred to as 'America's Team.' The Cowboys really roared into the public spotlight in the 1990s, winning three titles within four years. However, the Cowboys haven't won a Super Bowl since 1995.
Past NFC East Winners
|Year||NFC East Champ|
|2022||Philadelphia Eagles (14-3)|
|2021||Dallas Cowboys (12-5)|
|2020||Washington Commanders (7-9)|
|2019||Philadelphia Eagles (9-7)|
|2018||Dallas Cowboys (10-6)|
|2017||Philadelphia Eagles (13-3)|
|2016||Dallas Cowboys (13-3)|
|2015||Washington Commanders (9-7)|
|2014||Dallas Cowboys (12-4)|
|2013||Philadelphia Eagles (14-3)|
NFC East Betting Trends
- All four NFC East teams have won a Super Bowl.
- The modern NFC East has combined for more Super Bowl victories than any other division.
- The winner of the NFC East had 10 or fewer wins five times from 2010 through 2020.
- The New York Giants have not won an NFC East divisional crown without Eli Manning at QB since 2000.
History of NFC East
NFC East was first former in 1967 as the NFL's "Capitol Division." When the NFL and AFL merged in 1970, the division changed names to the East, with the four current teams comprising the subsection. In the decades since, the East has been one of the NFL’s most successful divisions.
From 1986 to 1995, an NFC East team won the Super Bowl seven times. The Eagles were the only East squad to not win the NFL title in the 1990s.
NFC East Teams with the Most Division Titles
|New York Giants||8|
Week 3 NFC North Betting Notes
It's a two-horse race in the NFC North as both the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears sit at 0-3.
Green Bay moved to 2-1 with a massive comeback over the Saints. The Jordan Love era is off to a strong start, and without a 4th-quarter collapse in Atlanta the Packers would be undefeated. Rashan Gary and the Packers defense look ferocious, and will be tough for any offense to overcome.
Bettors should have a better idea of who the top dog in the North is after Detroit visits Green Bay on Thursday Night Football. For now, the Lions sit as slight -105 favorites to win the NFC North, with the Packers next at +150.
What Teams Are In The NFC North?
Cold weather, hard-nosed football, and captivating rivalries define the NFC North. The division has been nicknamed the “black and blue division” for the tough style of play between the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, and Green Bay Packers.
Green Bay Packers
One of the NFL’s most storied franchises, the Packers joined the league in 1921 and moved over to the modern NFC North Division when it opened up in 2002.
The Packers are iconic for their green and yellow colors, cheese head fans, and the fact that the team is owned by the fans and stockholders. Green Bay’s also had a run of elite quarterback play, with Bart Starr, Brett Favre, and Aaron Rodgers all hucking passes for the Pack.
The Vikings joined the NFL during the 1960 expansion, initially playing in the NFC Central division for 30 years before the div was renamed the NFC North in 2002. The Vikings have had plenty of regular season success, but it’s never translated to the playoffs. Minnesota has the highest all-time regular season record among teams that have yet to win the Super Bowl.
One of the NFL’s founding teams, the Bears embody the NFC North “black and blue” nickname. Chicago’s best football teams rostered some of the best defenses the league has ever seen, including an ’85 Bears squad that many think played the best defense in NFL history. Most of Chicago’s iconic players (Mike Singletary, Brian Urlacher, Dick Butkus) all lined up on defense.
The Detroit Lions have become known more for losing than anything else. Despite joining the NFL in 1930, the Lions have never won a championship since the AFL merger and haven’t won the NFC North since the division became the North in 2002. Detroit’s only three division crowns came back in the 1980s and 1990s when it was called the NFC Central.
Past NFC North Winners
|Year||NFC North Champ|
|2022||Minnesota Vikings (13-4)|
|2021||Green Bay Packers (13-4)|
|2020||Green Bay Packers (13-3)|
|2019||Green Bay Packers (13-3)|
|2018||Chicago Bears (12-4)|
|2017||Minnesota Vikings (13-3)|
|2016||Green Bay Packers (10-6)|
|2015||Minnesota Vikings (11-5)|
|2014||Green Bay Packers (12-4)|
|2013||Green Bay Packers (8-7-1)|
NFC North Betting Trends
- The Detroit Lions haven’t won the NFC North since the division renamed in 2002.
- The Packers won the NFC North six times in the 2010s.
- The Bears have only won the NFC North once since 2010.
- No NFC North division winner has made the Super Bowl since 2006.
- The Packers won the Super Bowl as a Wild Card in 2010.
History of NFC North
The NFC North has had unprecedented consistency over the years. The division was created in 1970, initially called the NFC Central, and continued the same four teams that still make up the division as of 2023. When the NFL expanded again in 2002, the division was renamed to the NFC North, with the Vikings, Lions, Packers, and Bears all sticking in the division.
NFC North Teams with the Most Division Titles
|Green Bay Packers||17|
Week 3 NFC South Betting Notes
All four teams in the NFC South lost in Week 3. This could be a competitive division throughout the 2023 NFL season.
Derek Carr’s injury may hurt the Saints but they’re the team with a capable backup and Jameis Winston under center.
Falcons could be worth a look at +170 to win the NFC South as the Bucs offense struggled on Monday night and Derek Carr’s return date remains unknown.
What Teams Are In The NFC South?
The NFC South was created prior to the 2002 NFL season when the league expanded to 32 teams. The four teams that joined the division in '02 have remained constant since then, with the members being the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Joining the NFL in 1995, the Panthers were initially part of the NFC West division before moving to the South in 2002. The Panthers’ only real consistent success came in the mid-2010s, with Ron Rivera at coach, Cam Newton at quarterback, and Luke Kuechly running the defense from linebacker. Carolina won the division in 2013, 2014, and 2015, reaching the Super Bowl in 2015.
New Orleans Saints
The all-time leader in NFC South titles, the Saints had the benefit of Drew Brees at quarterback for most of their time in the division. After Brees signed in New Orleans in 2006, the Saints won seven division crowns over the next 15 years. The Purdue product helped lead the Saints to the franchise's only Super Bowl championship too, hoisting the trophy in 2009.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay joined the NFL in 1976, competing in the NFC Central division for their first 25 years in the league. They won just three Central division championships during that time, but the Buccaneers have had far more success since joining the NFC South in 2002. The Buccaneers are the only NFC South team with multiple Super Bowl titles, thanks to Jon Gruden in ‘02 and Tom Brady in 2020.
The history of the Falcons dates back to the pre-merger NFL, with Atlanta joining the league in 1966. From 1970 until 2001, the Falcons were part of the NFC West division before shuffling over to the new South in 2002. After joining the NFC South, the Falcons won four divisions in the first 15 years and made it all the way to the Super Bowl in 2016. They were mere minutes away from raising the Lombardi too, up 28-3, until Tom Brady led one of the craziest comebacks in NFL history.
Past NFC South Winners
|Year||NFC South Champ|
|2022||Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-9)|
|2021||Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-4)|
|2020||New Orleans Saints (12-4)|
|2019||New Orleans Saints (13-3)|
|2018||New Orleans Saints (13-3)|
|2017||New Orleans Saints (11-5)|
|2016||Atlanta Falcons (11-5)|
|2015||Carolina Panthers (15-1)|
|2014||Carolina Panthers (7-8-1)|
|2013||Carolina Panthers (12-4)|
NFC South Betting Trends
- All four NFC South teams have made the Super Bowl since 2002.
- The NFC South winner had a losing record twice from 2010 to 2022.
- All four NFC South teams have won the division since 2015.
- The Saints are the only team to win the South four years in a row in division history.
History of NFC South
Some seasons, the NFC South stinks, with teams winning the division despite losing records. But, the highs for this division are pretty high, too. The NFC South is one of just two divisions that have had all four teams appear in the Super Bowl since the 2002 realignment (alongside the NFC West). Despite six combined Super Bowl appearances by the South since 2002, only the Buccaneers and Saints have won the title recently.
NFC South Teams with the Most Division Titles
|New Orleans Saints||7|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5|
Week 3 NFC West Betting Notes
Seattle gutted out of a victory over the lowly Carolina Panthers on Sunday and have seen their NFC West odds fall from +550 to +600. The Seahawks were the trendy pick to win the West this off-season. Unfortunately, they have one of the NFL's juggernauts to contend with.
The San Francisco 49ers look like one of the best teams in the NFL. Christian McCaffrey has been unstoppable, scoring a touchdown in 12 straight games. Kyle Shanahan's team are massive favorites to win the NFC West at -600 after beginning the season a perfect 3-0. The Niners are in the top 5 in yards and points per game on both sides of the football. Now that's elite.
What Teams Are In The NFC West?
The National Football Conference West Division is one of the oldest subsections of the sport, founded in 1967. It was initially deemed the 'Coastal Division', and contained teams from Atlanta, Baltimore, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Now, over 50 years later, the modern NFC West houses the Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, and Seattle Seahawks.
San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers are one of the NFL's oldest franchises, established in 1944. The Niners were the first major professional sports franchise based in San Francisco, and have stayed in the Bay Area since inception. With five all-time Super Bowl titles, the 49ers have some of the NFL's best players of all time, including Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and Steve Young.
The Seattle Seahawks joined the NFL in 1976, initially as part of the NFC West for a single season. But, from 1977 to 2001, the Seahawks actually jumped over to the AFC West until conference realignment. With the league expanded to 32 teams in 2002, Seattle moved back to the NFC West where they've been ever since.
With Russell Wilson at the helm, an elite defensive secondary, and one of the loudest stadium atmospheres in football, the Seahawks dominated the NFC West in the 2010s.
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams have been jumping across the continental United States for almost the last 100 years. Originally starting as the Cleveland Rams in 1936, the franchise has moved to Los Angeles, St. Louis, and most recently back to LA in 2016. Through it all, though, the Rams have almost always been part of the NFC West division or a predecessor. They joined the modern NFC West in 1970, and have been part of the division ever since.
The Cardinals are the oldest continuously run professional football franchise in the United States, helping start the NFL with the Chicago Bears in 1920. However, they've been one of the least successful franchises in the league’s history. The Cardinals have never won a Super Bowl and have the fewest NFC West titles of any team currently in the division.
Past NFC West Winners
|Year||NFC West Champ|
|2022||San Francisco 49ers (13-4)|
|2021||Los Angeles Rams (12-5)|
|2020||Seattle Seahawks (12-4)|
|2019||San Francisco 49ers (13-3)|
|2018||Los Angeles Rams (13-3)|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams (11-5)|
|2016||Seattle Seahawks (10-5-1)|
|2015||Arizona Cardinals (13-3)|
|2014||Seattle Seahawks (12-4)|
|2013||Seattle Seahawks (13-3)|
NFC West Betting Trends
- From 2012 until 2022, the NFC West division winner appeared in the Super Bowl six times.
- A second team from the NFC West made the playoffs as a Wild Card team every year from 2018 to 2022.
- The Arizona Cardinals are the only current NFC West team to not win the Super Bowl.
- The NFC West winner had at least 12 wins every year from 2018 to 2022.
History of NFC West
The history of the NFC West dates back to the AFL-NFL merger, when the division was created to house the old Coastal Division teams. However, when the NFL expanded and re-aligned in 2002, the NFC West took its modern form, with the Cardinals and Seahawks joining the division.
When the Rams relocated to Los Angeles in 2016, the NFC West began to truly represent its name once again, with all four teams located west of the Rocky Mountains.
NFC West Teams with the Most Division Titles
|San Francisco 49ers||21|
|Los Angeles Rams||16|
NFL Futures - Lines Legend
What Are NFL Futures?
Which NFL team will win the Super Bowl? Oddsmakers set NFL futures odds very early in the preseason and change them throughout the regular season, depending on a team’s successes or lack thereof. These futures bets can be absolutely wild, almost as crazy as Tom Brady’s surprise return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In the table above, you can find current NFL futures odds that you can wager on. Bets on NFL futures can be profitable and it’s always fun to predict outcomes so early in the season. Be careful, though – wagering a large amount on an NFL futures bet can tie up your money for a long time.
An NFL futures bet is when you wager on a pro football event that occurs a little later in the year. The most popular way to bet NFL futures is wagering on which team will win the Super Bowl, who will win the NFC and AFC championships, and who will be rewarded as the most valuable player.
Super Bowl Futures
Super Bowl betting is by far the most popular NFL futures bet among football bettors. The second an NFL team is crowned as champion, online betting sites open the next futures market, which stays open until another Super Bowl champion celebrates the following year. With Super Bowl odds, you can place futures bets at any time on the favorites to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
For example, let’s say a first-place team in September like Kansas City (+125) was the preseason favorite to win the Super Bowl, with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers nipping at their heels at +225. A $100 wager on Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs would profit $125 if they were to win it all. You would get your original $100 back plus your winnings of $125.
A $100 wager on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers would profit $225 if they were to win Super Bowl 57. You would get your $100 back plus your winnings of $225. A low-win team like the New York Giants might be set at +30000, where a $100 wager would pay $30,000 as a long shot. Yes, their odds to win are essentially slim to none, but how sweet would that payout be?!
Use our odds calculator to see how much you would win, based on the odds and amount bet. We have American odds, decimal and fractional odds, and implied odds as well.
Division And Conference Futures
Another very common NFL football futures wager is division and conference betting. This is when football bettors wager on teams they think will win the AFC championship and NFC championship.
In order for these two football teams to advance to the Super Bowl, they have to first qualify for the playoffs and then win a couple of games. In order to win their respective conferences, teams need to get through Wild Card Weekend, the divisional round, as well as the American Football Conference championship or National Football Conference championship.
For the NFL division titles, you can wager on eight (8) different NFL division champs:
Seasonal And Performance Awards
This is where the NFL futures fun begins. You can wager on things like which player will win the National Football League MVP, which player will win Defensive Player of the Year, who will win Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year, and most online sportsbooks will typically offer sports betting odds on Coach of the Year as well.
There are many other NFL futures categories like the number of touchdowns a particular player will score, whether a wideout’s receiving yards will be OVER/UNDER a certain number, whether a running back will rush for more than 1,000 yards, team win totals, and let’s not forget about total sacks.
NFL Futures Line Movement
While games officially don’t get underway until September, NFL futures lines shift with preseason performances, injuries and NFL betting trends. If you see a futures line that you think is an absolute no-brainer, consider placing the wager before that bargain is gone.
Just remember that long-term success in NFL futures betting odds isn’t only about which team wins the next Super Bowl. It’s about hunting big rewards with as little investment as possible.
NFL Futures FAQ
What Are NFL Futures?
NFL Futures are a type of bet you can make on an event that has yet to take place. The most common NFL futures bets are Super Bowl Sportsbook, Most Valuable Player, team win total OVER/UNDER, as well as divisional Sportsbooks.
What Are The Odds To Win The Super Bowl?
Super Bowl odds are constantly changing as every win, loss and personnel move causes line movement. As it currently stands, the favorites to win Super 58 Bowl are the Kansas City Chiefs (+650), closely followed by the Philadelphia Eagles (+800).
Can You Bet NFL Futures?
Yes, you can bet on NFL futures. NFL futures are offered at most sportsbooks and are incredibly popular, with bets ranging from who will win the league MVP to the Super Bowl Sportsbook. Be sure to research your area’s laws and regulations with regard to online sports betting.