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Vikings Sitting Atop the NFC Title Odds

Vikings Sitting Atop the NFC Title Odds - Bovada Sportsbook

The Minnesota Vikings won’t be the top overall seed in the NFC side of the playoff bracket in January, but they’re sitting as the favorites on the odds to win the NFC conference title this season.

Minnesota is the +150 favorite to win the NFC championship in January, an improvement from the +250 odds they sat at heading into Week 16 of the season. The Vikings had no trouble with the rival Green Bay Packers in their Week 16 matchup, blanking them 16-0 at Lambeau Field on Saturday; Green Bay played without injured starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

That pushed the Vikings to 12-3 on the season, and they’ll lock up a first-round bye in the NFC side of the bracket with a win over the Chicago Bears at home in Week 17 or a loss by the 11-4 Carolina Panthers to the Falcons in Atlanta. Wins by either the New Orleans Saints or the Los Angeles Rams this weekend would also hand the first-round bye to the Vikings.

The Vikings, though, can’t rise to the No. 1 seed in the conference, as the Philadelphia Eagles and their 13-2 record have locked down home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs. The Eagles, though, will be navigating the postseason without starting quarterback Carson Wentz, who is lost for the year with a torn ACL. So despite the Eagles’ 19-10 win over the Oakland Raiders on Monday night, they’ve slipped from +375 to +400 on the odds to win the NFC title.

The Eagles last won the NFC championship back in 2004, and have only advanced to the Super Bowl twice in franchise history (along with in 1980). The Vikings have won the NFC Championship Game four times in franchise history, but those titles came back in 1969, 1973, 1974, and 1976. The two teams combined are winless in their six Super Bowl appearances.

 

Rounding out the NFC Postseason Field

Five other teams still remain in the NFC playoff picture, with the Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, and Carolina Panthers have already locked down postseason berths, and the Atlanta Falcons and the Seattle Seahawks battling for the last spot in the conference field.

New Orleans and Los Angeles are tied as the +400 third-favorites on the odds to win the NFC championship this January, with the Rams having clinched the NFC West title and the Saints trying to hold off the Panthers for the NFC South title. Both New Orleans and Carolina sit at 11-4 on the season, with the Saints holding the tiebreaker. Carolina, at +900 on the NFC title odds, is at Atlanta in Week 17, while New Orleans is on the road too as they face the Bucs.

Atlanta is at +1400 on the NFC title odds, with Seattle at +4000. Both teams are 9-6 on the season, but the Falcons hold the tiebreaker. The Seahawks play host to Arizona this week.

The Falcons have won the NFC championship twice, including last year when they blew a big lead against New England in the Super Bowl. Carolina was the NFC champion two years ago for the second time in franchise history; the teams are winless in their four Super Bowl games. The Seahawks won the NFC in both 2013 and 2014 and won the 2013 Super Bowl.

 

*Odds as of December 27, 2017

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