Odds Makers See NFC West and NFC North as Strongest Divisions

Last season the NFC West was the dominating division in the NFL. Three teams from the division won 10 games or more straight up as well as against the spread.

This year bookmakers also believe the NFC West will once again reign. This year’s combined win total for the four NFC West teams is 36.5, which is three games higher than the next closest division, the NFC North, which is 33.5.

At the end of last season, many bookmakers had three NFC West teams in the top ten of the power rankings with Seattle at No. 2, San Francisco No. 5 Arizona No. 8.

Last season the division was 13-3 against the AFC South.

According to information from Bovada and sporstbook.com, the AFC South is the worst division with a win total combined between the four teams of just 29. The only team in the AFC South expected to have a record above .500 is Indianapolis.

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The NFC West has a tougher schedule in 2014 as they play the AFC West, which had three teams make the postseason last season.

Seattle is favored by 3.5 points on the road to one of the AFC West teams, San Diego, that reached the postseason.

San Francisco is laying 6.5 points to Chicago and 6 to Philadelphia.

The NFC North is the league’s offensive minded division with Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler and Matthew Stafford leading powerful offensive attacks. Even though Minnesota does not look to be strong, they will have Adrian Peterson and look to utilize Cordarrelle Patterson as well.

According to betonline and topbet, the AFC West will again be strong, albeit less than last season. Denver is clearly a step above Kansas City and San Diego. Most believe the Chiefs will regress, with the Chargers finishing second and the Raiders dead last.

The NFC South is unpredictable. Drew Brees should have another super year. Cam Newton will help his throwing game by using his run skills to keep defenses off balance. Matt Ryan hopes his receivers stay healthy as last year more were injured than healthy in Atlanta.

The AFC North looks to be a dogfight between Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Baltimore. All three can post 10 wins or more. Defensively Cincy will be even stronger than last season.

Pittsburgh has added speed and strength on offense. Baltimore should utilize the run much better this season under Gary Kubiak. Cleveland’s fate is not in the hands of Johnny Manziel, but the league office, as they will decide the amount of suspension wide out Josh Gordon will face.