NFC Playoffs with Futures
Even though we knew the six NFC teams that were going to be fighting for a spot in Super Bowl 50 prior to Week 17, it did bring some changes in seeding and brought some questions to the Arizona Cardinals heading into their first-round bye. Let’s have a look at what happened in Week 17 and the impact it had on the NFC playoffs.
First we’ll look at the consequences of the Minnesota Vikings’ 20-13 win at Lambeau to close out the 2015 regular season. We knew the implications of this game leading up to Sunday as you can read in my NFC Playoff Picture | Week 17, but no one could have expected the outcome. With the Vikings win, they won the NFC North for the first time since 2009 and set up a home game against the sizzling hot Seattle Seahawks (1:05 PM ET).
As is the case with all four Wild Card games this weekend, the Seahawks are the road favorite giving 5-points after they dismantled the Cardinals 36-6 in Arizona on Sunday. The Seahawks are looking for their third straight Super Bowl appearance, beating the Broncos in Super Bowl 48 and losing last year to the Patriots.
They have as good a chance as any NFC team having won 8 of their last 10 with their defense allowing only 32 points combined in their last four wins. QB Russell Wilson has been on a tear, and will look to continue his hot play against a Vikings pass defense that allows 235 yards/game, good for 12th in the NFL.
On the flip side, the Packers loss will send them to Washington to play the NFC East winning Redskins at FedEx Field (4:40 PM ET). Green Bay’s inconsistent season continued after they couldn’t fight back from a 20-3 third quarter deficit after holding QB Teddy Bridgewater to 99 passing yards with no touchdowns and an interception. The Pack closed the season losing their last two and 6 of their last ten.
To keep the trend of road favorites going, America’s Bookie have the Packers a 1-point favorite traveling to the US capital with the number at 45. This line is kind of odd after the Redskins finished the season winning 6 of their last eight including their last 4.
QB Kirk Cousins has looked to have turned the corner and is playing great football throwing for over 300 yards in five of his last seven full games and went 12 of 15 with 176 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in less than a half of play on Sunday before being pulled.
Futures odds to win the NFC Championship at the world’s best offshore sportsbook have the Cardinals the favorite at +175, followed by the Panthers at +185, the Seahawks at +200, the Packers at +1250 with the Vikings and Redskins holding the rear at +1450.
Have a look at the AFC Playoff Picture with Futures to see what’s happening there, but make sure you get in on the action before it’s too late. There are only 11 National Football League games left, so make sure you don’t miss out because before you know it, there will be no more games left.
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