Now that the season is past the midway mark, the race for divisional dominance is heating up in the NFL. While some teams are running away with their respective groupings – Baltimore, New England, San Francisco – there are a number of divisions up for grabs in the final eight weeks of the schedule.
If you’re betting the NFL divisional top sportsbooks futures, here are some of the best value wagers worthy of a flyer in the final two months of the season.
With the Washington Redskins and New York Giants bringing up the bottom, the NFC East is undoubtedly a battle between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles. As we enter Week 10, books have Dallas priced as a -125 favorite ahead of Philadelphia at EVEN money.
The Cowboys have already taken a win over the Eagles in emphatic fashion in Week 7 but do have the tough road toward the end of the schedule. Philadelphia, on the other hand, faces like the likes of New York (twice), Washington, and Miami – all of which should be wins for the Eagles. At a 1/1 return, Philadelphia is worth a flyer to win the NFC East.
The Kansas City Chiefs are big -500 front runners to win the AFC West but the health of Patrick Mahomes could open the door for value bettors looking behind the Chiefs in the futures odds. Kansas City is at 6-3 entering Week 10, with Oakland at 4-4 and Los Angeles at 4-5.
The Raiders have look much improved in recent weeks – at least on offense – and are priced at +600 with a home-heavy slate coming in the second half of the schedule. The Chargers have plenty of potential and are coming off a huge – potentially season-swinging – victory over the Packers in Week 9. Books are discounting them at +800 but there are a number of injured bodies who could return for a late-season push.
Yes, the 49ers are the lone undefeated team in the NFL at 8-0 but the futures odds would tell a different story. San Francisco is a -400 chalk to take the division, but Seattle and Los Angeles are getting plenty of respect from oddsmakers at this point in the season.
The Seahawks, who have a huge Monday showdown with San Francisco in Week 10, are listed at +350 to win the NFC West and should they give the Niners their first loss, that price would swing dramatically. The reigning NFC champs, the Rams, are currently +700 to win the division. Los Angeles has been far from perfect in the first half of the schedule but has the talent on both sides of the ball to make a run at the division title – especially if San Francisco falls off the pace.