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Patriots, Packers, Seahawks only odds-on division favorites

By Matt Youmans  (VSiN senior editor) 

May 12, 2017 04:17 AM
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Mike McCarthy coached Green Bay (10-6) to the NFC North title last season. The odds on the Packers winning the division in 2017 are 5-7.
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Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have set the bar high. At this point, if the New England Patriots do not at least reach the Super Bowl, their season is a big disappointment.

Crushing the competition in the AFC East is an afterthought, with the Patriots doing that as an annual tradition. New England has won its division by two games or more in each of the past seven years.

When NFL regular-season win totals opened at the South Point on April 30, the Patriots topped the board at 11. (https://www.vsin.com/south-point-opens-nfl-season-win-totals/) Early betting action has pushed the number to 12½.

The Patriots finished 14-2 last year, winning their division by four games, and that was with Brady suspended for the season’s first four games.

CG Technology sports books recently posted odds to win on each of the eight divisions. New England opened as the biggest division favorite at minus-350. It can be argued that price is a bargain and the line should be around minus-700.

New England, Green Bay and Seattle are the only odds-on division favorites. The Patriots probably face the weakest opposition in Miami, Buffalo and the New York Jets. The Packers must contend with Detroit and Minnesota. The Seahawks will get a fight from Arizona this season. (https://www.vsin.com/play-on-the-patriots-and-more-opinions-on-win-totals/)

The Westgate sports book will post NFL season wins, games of the year and division odds on Sunday.

Bettors will get no more bargains on the Patriots, but that division price (minus-350) still is available.

Odds to win NFL divisions

Posted at CG Technology sports books

AFC East

New England Patriots 2-7 (-350)

Miami Dolphins 23-5

Buffalo Bills 5-1

New York Jets 26-1

AFC North

Pittsburgh Steelers 5-4

Baltimore Ravens 7-4

Cincinnati Bengals 21-10

Cleveland Browns 40-1

AFC South

Houston Texans 19-10

Tennessee Titans 19-10

Indianapolis Colts 11-5

Jacksonville Jaguars 11-2

AFC West

Oakland Raiders 8-5

Denver Broncos 11-5

Kansas City Chiefs 11-5

Los Angeles Chargers 28-5

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys 6-5

New York Giants 13-5

Philadelphia Eagles 17-5

Washington Redskins 4-1

NFC North

Green Bay Packers 5-7 (-140)

Minnesota Vikings 12-5

Detroit Lions 4-1

Chicago Bears 11-1

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons 8-5

Carolina Panthers 12-5

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14-5

New Orleans Saints 18-5

NFC West

Seattle Seahawks 1-3 (-300)

Arizona Cardinals 5-2

Los Angeles Rams 14-1

San Francisco 49ers 16-1

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