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NFL Betting Predictions for 2018 NFC Championship

Written by on January 5, 2018

The last month of the NFL season saw a huge battle for playoff spots take place on both the AFC and NFC sides of the coin. The race in the NFC was particularly grueling, especially when you consider that teams in the playoff hunt quickly became aware that a 10-win season was what was going to be required to get in, no matter what the NFL betting odds indicate at the moment. The end result is that we have 6 teams heading into the NFC side of the playoffs, all of whom have a legitimate shot at representing their conference in the Super Bowl. With the match-ups set and the action ready to start, it’s time to look the latest NFL betting lines and how the NFC Championship might play out.

NFL Betting Predictions for 2018 NFC Championship

NFL Betting Odds to win NFC Championship

  • Minnesota Vikings: +150
  • Philadelphia Eagles: +250
  • Los Angeles Rams: +380
  • New Orleans Saints: +400
  • Atlanta Falcons: +900
  • Carolina Panthers: +900

Betting Predictions to Win the AFC Championship

NFL Betting Odds to win Super Bowl LII

  • Minnesota Vikings: +380
  • Philadelphia Eagles: +750
  • Los Angeles Rams: +900
  • New Orleans Saints: +900
  • Atlanta Falcons: +1800
  • Carolina Panthers: +1800

Round by Round Analysis

Wild Card Weekend

There are two really good match-ups set to go this weekend, and it all begins with the Atlanta Falcons going on the road to face the LA Rams. The Falcons started the year with a bit of a hangover after their disastrous loss in the Super Bowl, but they turned things around in a big way in the second half and are coming into this weekend on a good run of form. The LA Rams have been one of the biggest surprises of the season, but they are not creeping up on anyone anymore. This team is dangerous, with the Goff/Gurley combo tearing up opposing defenses. I like the Rams to move on here. In the Sunday game, we have an NFC South match-up between the Carolina Panthers and the New Orleans Saints in the Big Easy. The Panthers blew their chance to win the division and get a home game in the playoffs by losing to Atlanta in the final week, and I think that may end up being costly. I like the Saints to pound the ball with Ingram and Kamara, and I believe they will come away with a comfortable win.

Divisional Round

If things play out as predicted, the LA Rams would head out on the road to play the Philadelphia Eagles. A few weeks ago, this would have been a stellar match-up, but the Eagles losing QB Carson Wentz for the year has had a big negative impact on their Super Bowl chances. In a match-up between Jared Goff and Nick Foles, my money would be on Goff and that Rams offense. Jared Goff and the Rams can easily become the NFL Betting favorites to win the NFC. The other NFC Divisional Round game would see the New Orleans Saints head to Minnesota to face the Vikings. This is an intriguing match-up, and would likely hinge on the Saints ability to run the ball on a Minnesota defense that is incredibly stingy against the run. The Saints would still have Drew Brees at the helm, but he would be in a position of being forced to throw, which is never ideal. Vikings to win and move on.

Championship Game

The Minnesota Vikings would once again have home field advantage as they would welcome in the LA Rams. This match-up would be similar to their previous outing against the Saints in that they would be asked to slow down one of the best offenses in the league. As good as the Saints have been, the Rams have been better, and I believe they would deliver a serious threat to the Vikings, even on the road. The fact is that the Rams have saved their best football for the road this season, which is why I like them to win and move on to the Super Bowl to face the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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