Last year, the NFC’s South division was extremely cut and dry…in a way that became infuriating for bettors. Though the Carolina Panthers swiftly became the cream of the crop, few knew how far to ride them. Banking on them to win the division was fine. But were they solid NFC plays? Did they deserve Super Bowl attention? It turned out they did. They won the NFC and lost in the Super Bowl. But they, in the eyes of many, overachieved to get there, hence the confusion.
NFC South Sports Betting Odds
Hello, and welcome to all the pertinent sportsbetting odds for the NFC South division. This is where you’ll find every weekly matchup, along with every game betting lines.
Continue to check and recheck all of these lines. They can change often during the week, be it from injuries, returns, roster transactions or just heavy action on one particular side.
At the inception of every week, when looking at the game matchups, be sure to follow a pattern of asking and answering certain questions that provide clues to the outcome.
Are the Bucs still pushovers on the road? Have the Saints reestablished their home-field dominance? Do the Panthers still have a better defense than offense, rendering them great under plays?
Have the Falcons gotten their offensive act together, once more giving them over appeal? How have the Bucs fared against their next opponent in the recent past?
Questions like those should be posed for every NFC South team each and every treak. Trust that the answers will make your life easier and, most importantly, more profitable at the sportsbooks.
What Are The Current NFC South Standings
Find the NFC South’s division standings here. While these records can help you establish a betting pecking order, it’s most useful when looking at futures.
Just a few weeks into the 2016 schedule, you should have a great idea of which team is the division favorite. You can then plan division futures accordingly, investing in them or sussing out a potentially profitable dark horse.
These standings are also straight fire for simplifying playoff futures. You’ll be able to tell which teams are in, which are out and which are on the fringes.
In terms of Super Bowl futures, you’ll always want to gravitate toward the top of the division.
See which squads—most likely the Panthers and the Saints—rank first and second, and then see how they compare to other division leaders. That will be a good barometer for picking out, or avoiding, possible Super Bowl plays.
|1||New England Patriots||16||14||2||441||250||0.875|
|3||Kansas City Chiefs||16||12||4||389||311||0.750|
|6||New York Giants||16||11||5||310||284||0.688|
|8||Green Bay Packers||16||10||6||432||388||0.625|
|14||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||9||7||354||369||0.563|
|22||New Orleans Saints||16||7||9||469||454||0.438|
|26||New York Jets||16||5||11||275||409||0.313|
|27||San Diego Chargers||16||5||11||410||423||0.313|
|28||Los Angeles Rams||16||4||12||224||394||0.250|
|31||San Francisco 49ers||16||2||14||309||480||0.125|
NFC South Online Betting Tips
What about the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints messing up sportsbetting worlds? They were both supposed to be above average squads—worthy divisional and NFC plays at the very least. They both turned out to be duds, barely better than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And now, ahead of 2016, it’s time to get ready for more of the same.
Although the Panthers should still be good, how good remains to be seen. Their defense lost Josh Norman and won’t be as impenetrable, leaving them even more reliant on Cam Newton.
That’s fine in a nutshell. Newton is the reigning NFL MVP and, at age 26, still young. But he has taken a lot of hits as a mobile quarterback. And even if he somehow improves, the Panthers won’t win 15 games with average defense.
The Saints will be better on defense this season—at least they should be. They invested a lot of money in boosting up their points prevention methods.
Offense, in theory, shouldn’t be an issue. Drew Brees is still a top 10 quarterback by many measures. It’s just that he is 37 years old and no longer surrounded by as many bail-out options.
Almost everything about the Saints’ ceiling, be it as a Super Bowl contender or relative afterthought, comes back to him remaining healthy and among the seven most productive quarterbacks in the NFL.
There is a chance the Falcons follow the Saints’ lead. But it’s nevertheless troubling that they ranked in the bottom 10 of offense last season despite employing one of the game’s best wideouts in Julio Franco.
Either their offense or defense must reveal itself to be a top-10 staple in the first few weeks of the season, otherwise the Falcons shouldn’t even be a blip on your futures radar.
And as for the Bucs, the offical party line is to watch from afar. Jameis Winston is only a sophomore, and he will need a ton of others around him to make jumps before he can get on a longstanding roll.
Plus, the Bucs owned a bottom-five defense last season and haven’t done enough to guarantee an average or above average showing on that side of the ball now.
Tampa Bay, as a result, need to put forth eight-plus weeks of solid football to enter the NFC South futures discussion.
Common NFL betting advice, at least for the grinders, is to avoid offseason futures for most teams. The league hierarchy changes frequently, on a year to year basis, increasing the chances you get burned on an offseason divisional, conference or Super Bowl wager. There are only a select few teams in the NFL that are worth guaranteed offseason money. And the NFC South doesn’t have any of them. That includes the Panthers.
Resist the urge to pick them for conference and Super Bowl wins before the regular season. Divisional bets are fine. But the more lucrative transactions are rife with risk, since Carolina hasn’t yet shown it’s a sustainable power.
The Panthers, quite simply, are not the New England Patriots. Heck, they aren’t even the Green Bay Packers or Seattle Seahawks. They still need to earn your futures affections and can do so by tearing up their schedule to open the season. If they’re still chugging along two or three games in, that’s when you should seriously consider using them as an NFC championship and/or Super Bowl play.
In the meantime, invest in the overs and unders of win totals or division champs. If you really, really (really) want to get in on some Super Bowl action, throw modest money at long shots, such as the Saints. They will get better odds than the Panthers, who don’t have very appealing lines, as they’re fresh off a Super Bowl appearance.
Waiting on them won’t diminish the return by much, if anything. It’s the dark horses who stand to lose more. A team like the Saints, for instance, is an absurd Super Bowl play right now because no one is 100 percent sure which way they will go after finishing 7-9 last year. There’s a good chance they fall on the right side of 11 or 12 wins, at which point their odds will implode. Betting on them now allows you to maximize your potential winnings.
Of course, you’ll want to invest in them with caution. They could almost as easily regress and negate their attractiveness entirely. So, as usual, make sure you’re laying down money you won’t regret losing in the end.
Where Can I Bet On NFC South Online
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