- The Green Bay Packers have the shortest odds at +200 to win the NFC Championship.
- The New Orleans Saints now have the second shortest odds to win the NFC Championship at +350.
- In Week 3, the Green Bay Packers defeated the New Orleans Saints 37-30 giving them the advantage in a tiebreaker.
GREEN BAY, Wis. – Going into Week 16 the Green Bay Packers are now in the driver’s seat of the NFC Conference as the New Orleans Saints have now lost two games in a row. With only two games remaining, the NFL playoff picture remains far from set in stone. But, the Packers could be the NFC team that receives the first-round bye in the postseason.
If the playoffs were to begin today here’s what the NFC bracket would look like.
NFC Playoff Picture Thru Week 15:
1️⃣ #GoPackGo: 11-3
— Hogg (@HoggNFL) December 21, 2020
The Packers Week 15 victory over the Carolina Panthers put them a game above the Saints for the top seed in the NFC with an 11-3 record.
Although the Saints welcomed quarterback Drew Brees into the starting lineup from an injury, that wasn’t enough for them to hold off the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs in the Superdome. The Saints fell to the #2 seed in the NFC and now have a slim one-game lead over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC South.
As Super Bowl LV approaches many bettors might be thinking about betting on which team will win the NFC Championship.
Both the Saints and Packers have clinched playoff berths, but which team should be leaned on to earn the top seed and potentially have the advantage in winning the NFC?
Odds to Win NFC Championship
- Green Bay Packers +200
- New Orleans Saints +350
- Seattle Seahawks +500
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers +600
- Los Angeles Rams +650
- Arizona Cardinals +2500
- Washington Football Team +3300
- Chicago Bears +6600
- Dallas Cowboys +8000
Starting with the Packers who control their destiny with two games remaining. Green Bay has already wrapped up their division and the only thing they’re playing for is the top seed in the NFC.
Also working in the Packers' favor is that they own the tiebreaker against the Saints as they beat them 37-30 in Week 3. They have a clear path to the top seed in the NFC and their +200 odds to win the conference are the lowest.
The Saints will need to not only win their next two games but will need Green Bay to drop their next two games to get the No. 1 seed.
The Saints' next two games will be against teams with records below .500 in the Minnesota Vikings and the Carolina Panthers. Even if New Orleans wins out to end the season, they’ll need quite a bit of help to get the No. 1 seed back.
However, the Saints are still one of the top teams in the NFC and their +350 betting odds should still be considered. This is still one of the most complete teams in the NFL and they cannot be counted out.
Being one game away from the NFC Championship instead of two is a big difference especially now that only one team per conference gets a first-round bye but the Saints are still in a good spot to win the NFC despite likely having to play an extra game.
The race between the Saints and Packers for the first-round bye is wrapping up but as NFL bettors get closer to the postseason, expect the odds for both of these teams to shift.
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Robert has been writing for BettingSuperBowl since 2019. When he isn’t dreaming of a Cowboys Super Bowl victory, he can be found wherever sports are being watched.