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In this article, we are going to preview each of the eight divisions in the NFL, giving you the latest odds on each of the teams competing in that division for the title, as well as then bringing you our view of the teams we feel will reach the playoffs, and who we think will eventually be crowned as the Superbowl Champion in February 2021.
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Let’s now take a look at each of the eight divisions in the NFL and give you our impression of who out of the four teams in each division stands the best chance of topping the division to earn a spot in the post regular season playoffs.
The odds shown here are to win the division and were correct with bet365 as of 11.50am on Wednesday 2nd September 2020. Divisional Winner selections are highlighted in italics.
- New England Patriots – 6/5
- Buffalo Bills – 6/5
- New York Jets – 17/2
- Miami Dolphins – 9/1
Can the Patriots cope with the loss of Tom Brady to top the division that has become their personal property over the last 20 years or so? Their main threat is the Buffalo Bills with the Jets and Dolphins still some way off being genuine challengers. Many feel the Bills are going to top this division this year, but I still feel the psychological factor New England have over the teams in this division, plus Belichick’s genius, will still see them through.
- Baltimore Ravens – 5/13
- Pittsburgh Steelers – 4/1
- Cleveland Browns – 11/2
- Cincinnati Bengals – 28/1
I think this is one of the easier divisions to predict in the NFL this season given the fact that the Baltimore Ravens are so far ahead of the other teams in this division. The Steelers, Browns and Bengals are way off the level of the Ravens and as such, I think the Ravens not only have everything they need to win this division, they could also secure home field advantage through the playoffs too.
- Indianapolis Colts – 6/5
- Tennessee Titans – 6/4
- Houston Texans – 7/2
- Jacksonville Jaguars – 25/1
For me, this is the most open of all the divisions in the AFC. The Colts have made some great moves in the offseason, while their competitors have lost some key players. However, the Titans were strong last season and they have made some astute signings in the draft and Free Agency to replace the key men who left. This will be close but I just feel the Titans have more experience and just have the edge.
- Kansas City Chiefs – 2/9
- Los Angeles Chargers – 15/2
- Denver Broncos – 9/1
- Las Vegas Raiders – 11/1
For me this is the easiest division of all eight to pick the winner from. The reigning Superbowl Champions, the Kansas City Chiefs should qualify from this division comfortably with their three rivals nowhere near as strong as them. Indeed, only the Chargers are likely to cause the Chiefs any worry and they’ll have to do that without Philip Rivers, who is now at the Colts. This should be a walk in the park for Patrick Mahomes men.
- Minnesota Vikings – 6/4
- Green Bay Packers – 17/10
- Chicago Bears – 21/5
- Detroit Lions – 11/2
The North is a tough division to call as the four teams are pretty well matched up and all have made some interesting off-season moves in the Free Agent and Draft markets. While the Vikings may be the pick for the bookmakers, I think Aaron Rodgers will want to bounce back after a disappointing season last year and will lead his Packers to a narrow divisional title win.
- Dallas Cowboys – 4/5
- Philadelphia Eagles – 27/20
- New York Giants – 12/1
- Washington Football Team – 18/1
Once upon a time the NFC East used to be the powerhouse division and while the four teams in it are all Superbowl winners, it has lost its lustre over the years. For me, the Giants and Washington are out of the running and I think the Eagles have too many holes in their team to make them consistent enough to challenge the very best, but I still feel they will be too good for the Cowboys, who I still feel will earn a Wildcard spot.
- New Orleans Saints – 10/13
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 8/5
- Atlanta Falcons – 7/1
- Carolina Panthers – 22/1
Can Tom Brady inspire the Buccaneers in what is a very tough division? The Panthers are the weakest team here, but the Falcons and Saints are very tough. The Falcons though I think are on the decline while the Saints remain very strong and I think they will be the team to top this group while Brady may be hoping his Bucs can clinch a Wildcard spot even though I think that will likely be in vain.
- San Francisco 49ers – Evens
- Seattle Seahawks – 21/10
- Los Angeles Rams – 9/2
- Arizona Cardinals – 8/1
The top team in the NFC last season, the 49ers may have lost a couple of key men, notably on defense, but they have enough quality in depth and have made enough roster moves to remain the team to beat in the NFC West. I think Seattle will run them close and may just edge out the Bucs for the Wildcard spot in second, but I feel it is going to be a tough season for the Rams and Cardinals fans once again.
- AFC – Patriots, Ravens, Titans, Chiefs – Wildcards – Colts, Browns
- NFC – Packers, Eagles, Saints, 49ers – Wildcards – Cowboys, Seahawks
Superbowl Winners Tip
For me, the AFC is a straight choice between the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs and I think that this year, it will be the Ravens who make it into the Superbowl as I feel their team is just that better balanced, especially on defense. There I feel they will most likely come up against the New Orleans Saints who I think are the most experienced and exciting offensive team in the NFC. In the Superbowl, I would just favour the experience of the Saints to come out on top.