Eagles Edge Out Vikings as Favorites on NFC Title Odds

The Philadelphia Eagles saw an impressive nine-game winning streak brought to a sudden halt with last week’s 24-10 loss in Seattle as 3.5-point favorites, but they continue to lead the way as +250 favorites to win their first NFC championship title since 2004.
The Eagles soared to the top of the NFC East standings during their recent tear, and are now poised to clinch the division title with a win in Sunday afternoon’s matchup with the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Philadelphia dominated opponents during its climb to the top of the standings, holding opponents to 10 or fewer points on four occasions. However, just one of the Eagles’ nine straight wins came against a team that currently owns a record above .500.
Things could get much tougher down the stretch for the Eagles, who have slipped to a +175 bet to claim the No. 1 seed in the NFC entering the NFL playoffs. Following this weekend’s date with the NFC West-leading Rams, Philadelphia visits the New York Giants before returning home to close out the schedule with clashes against the surging Oakland Raiders and archrival Dallas Cowboys.
While the Eagles were getting mauled by the Seahawks last weekend, the Minnesota Vikings were busy topping the Atlanta Falcons 14-9 as 2-point road underdogs to extend their SU win streak to eight games and draw even with the Eagles atop the NFC standings at 10-2.
Minnesota also sits just one win shy of clinching the NFC North title, but continues to trail the Eagles on the NFC futures odds at +350. Like Philadelphia, the Vikings face a tough task this weekend as they visit the Carolina Panthers as 3-point road chalk. But Minnesota closes out its schedule with dates against Cincinnati, Green Bay and Chicago, who are a combined 4-11 SU over the past five weeks, and has emerged as a +125 favorite to enter the playoffs as the top seed in the NFC.
Winners of nine of 10, the Saints closely follow the favorites on the NFC futures odds at +400, ahead of the Rams at +600 and the surging Seahawks at +800.
New Orleans is also pegged as a +300 bet to emerge as the NFC’s top seed, but will need to end a two-game SU slide against the Falcons, whom they face twice in December, including a Thursday night matchup as 1.5-point road chalk.
After this weekend’s date with Philadelphia, the 9-3 Rams visit Seattle next week for a crucial NFC West matchup with the Seahawks, and are pegged as a +500 bet to claim the No. 1 seed, while the Seahawks trail at +700.