NFL 2017 predictions & betting tips: Best outright bets for the NFC in 2017

Leigh Copson in Outright Tips 26 Sep 2017
Will Atlanta return to the Super Bowl? (credit:Leigh Copson)

One team from the National Football Conference will contest Super Bowl LII on February 4, 2018 – but who will it be? Leigh Copson has been casting his eye over the outright markets to offer his NFC betting tips for the playoffs.

The George Halas Trophy is presented to the team who wins the NFC Championship game and 16 teams will be aiming to get their hands on this piece of silverware in January.

No team have lifted this famous trophy more times than eight-time NFC champions, the Dallas Cowboys, and they are among the front-runners to win the conference this time around, but according to the bookmakers they face stiff competition from the likes of the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons this time around.

So how will the 2017 NFL season unfold in the NFC? Here are our favourite outright bets…

NFC Winner


With San Francisco absent from the post-season last season, the Dallas Cowboys had an opportunity to equal the 49ers’ record of 15 NFC Championship Game appearances, and they also had the chance to increase their record-setting haul of NFC crowns to nine and end a 20-year wait to reign over the conference once again. They failed as a 51-yard field goal by Mason Crosby saw them crash out to the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round.

It was a heart-breaking defeat for “America’s team” so they will be aiming to ensure history does not repeat itself this time around, and the bookies believe they can exorcise those demons by going all the way to Super Bowl LI, making them joint favourites to win the NFC Championship. However, I have a feeling more disappointment is on the cards for them. There will be more pressure on sophomore stars Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott than there was 12 months ago and their opponents now have plenty of tape to study to help them stop this pair leading Dallas on a post-season charge.

As for Green Bay, their place among the conference’s elite is not in question and they continue to boast the services of one of the best quarterbacks in the game today, Aaron Rodgers. The problem is, Rodgers cannot do it all by himself and this is a team that has not been performing in the post-season in recent years. Since their Super Bowl success in 2010, the Packers have made just two appearances in the NFC Championship Game and they have lost both of them, with last season’s loss to Atlanta being a one-sided drubbing that could have been much more embarrassing had they not saved some face by putting some points on the board in the second half.

And that brings me to my pick for this season – the Atlanta Falcons. There are, of course, plenty of questions about whether or not there will be a hangover from last season’s Super Bowl, when New England’s history-making fightback snatched the Vince Lombardi Trophy from under the Falcons’ noses. Atlanta have lost offensive co-ordinator Kyle Shanahan in the off-season, but they have kept that all-star offense intact and both Desmond Trufant and Adrian Clayborn are back from injury on the defense, which has boosted with the arrivals of Jack Crawford, Dontari Poe and Takk McKinley. This is a loaded roster and all of the ingredients are there for a return to the Super Bowl this season.


NFC Winning Division


And of course, if I am backing the Atlanta Falcons to represent the National Football Conference in Super Bowl LII I have to recommend backing the South to be the Winning Division in the NFC.

NFC Betting Odds


NFC Winner

Division Winner




NFC Championship Game History

NFC Championship Game Winners

SeasonWinnerScoreLoser
1970Dallas Cowboys17-10San Francisco 49ers
1971Dallas Cowboys14-3San Francisco 49ers
1972Washington Redskins26-3Dallas Cowboys
1973Minnesota Vikings27-10Dallas Cowboys
1974Minnesota Vikings14-10Los Angeles Rams
1975Dallas Cowboys37-7Los Angeles Rams
1976Minnesota Vikings24-13Los Angeles Rams
1977Dallas Cowboys23-6Minnesota Vikings
1978Dallas Cowboys28-0Los Angeles Rams
1979Los Angeles Rams9-0Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1980Philadelphia Eagles20-7Dallas Cowboys
1981San Francisco 49ers28-27Dallas Cowboys
1982Washington Redskins31-17Dallas Cowboys
1983Washington Redskins24-21San Francisco 49ers
1984San Francisco 49ers23-0Chicago Bears
1985Chicago Bears24-0Los Angeles Rams
1986New York Giants17-0Washington Redskins
1987Washington Redskins17-10Minnesota Vikings
1988San Francisco 49ers28-3Chicago Bears
1989San Francisco 49ers30-3Los Angeles Rams
1990New York Giants15-13San Francisco 49ers
1991Washington Redskins41-10Detroit Lions
1992Dallas Cowboys30-20San Francisco 49ers
1993Dallas Cowboys38-21San Francisco 49ers
1994San Francisco 49ers38-28Dallas Cowboys
1995Dallas Cowboys38-27Green Bay Packers
1996Green Bay Packers30-13Carolina Panthers
1997Green Bay Packers23-10San Francisco 49ers
1998Atlanta Falcons30-27Minnesota Vikings
1999St Louis Rams11-6Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2000New York Giants41-0Minnesota Vikings
2001St Louis Rams29-24Philadelphia Eagles
2002Tampa Bay Buccaneers27-10Philadelphia Eagles
2003Carolina Panthers14-3Philadelphia Eagles
2004Philadelphia Eagles27-10Atlanta Falcons
2005Seattle Seahawks34-14Carolina Panthers
2006Chicago Bears39-14New Orleans Saints
2007New York Giants23-20Green Bay Packers
2008Arizona Cardinals32-25Philadelphia Eagles
2009New Orleans Saints31-28Minnesota Vikings
2010Green Bay Packers21-14Chicago Bears
2011New York Giants20-17San Francisco 49ers
2012San Francisco 49ers28-24Atlanta Falcons
2013Seattle Seahawks23-17San Francisco 49ers
2014Seattle Seahawks28-22Green Bay Packers
2015Carolina Panthers49-15Arizona Cardinals
2016Atlanta Falcons44-21Green Bay Packers
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NFL 2017 predictions & betting tips: Best outright bets for the NFC in 2017

One team from the National Football Conference will contest Super Bowl LII on February 4, 2018 – but who will it be? Leigh Copson has been casting his eye over the outright markets to offer his NFC betting tips for the playoffs.

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