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NFC Conference Gambling Lines – 2011 Team Handicapping

2011 NFC Conference Future Lines – Team by Team Analysis

Optimism runs high that the NFL owners and its players can come to terms on a new CBA (collective bargaining agreement) over the next week or so in order to avoid any disruption to the start of the 2011 season.

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Once the player lock-out is finally lifted, all 32 teams will need to quickly make up for lost time in order to prepare for a run at Super Bowl XLVI. The following is a look at all 16 teams in the NFC.

Current Gambling Odds To Win 2011 NFC Conference From Bodog

Arizona Cardinals +2500

It is hard to believe that this team was one play away from winning the 2009 Super Bowl after dropping to 5-11 last season with one of the most anemic offenses in the league. It just goes to show how good QB Kurt Warner really was.

Atlanta Falcons +650

The Falcons were the best team in the conference during the regular season in 2010 with an overall record of 13-3. They are also one of the most balanced teams with a scoring offense and defense that was ranked fifth in the NFL last year.

Carolina Panthers +5000

The Panthers will need a heck of a lot more than Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton to climb out of the NFC South basement this season. This team set a new low for futility in scoring last year with an NFL-low 12.2 points per game.

Chicago Bears +1200

The Bears won the NFC North last season with an 11-5 record, but there are some serious question marks with a team that was ranked 30th in total offense and 28th in passing yards behind QB Jay Cutler. The defense was ranked fourth in points allowed, but 20th against the pass.

Dallas Cowboys +750

The 2010 season was one to forget for America’s Team after a 6-10 campaign, but the return of QB Tony Romo to the starting lineup along with a healthy Dez Bryant, should have the Cowboys right back in the thick of things in the NFC East.

Detroit Lions +2000

This team continues to get better on both sides of the ball through low picks in the draft, especially on the defensive line with this year’s first round pick Nick Fairley, joining last year’s ‘defensive rookie of the year’ Ndamukong Suh.

Green Bay Packers +325

The defending Super Bowl Champions are in excellent position to defend their title with the bulk of their roster back from a year ago along with a healthy Jermichael Finley at TE and Nick Barnett at LB as long as they can avoid the typical letdown that has plagued Super Bowl winners in the past.

Minnesota Vikings +1600

Rookie QB Christian Ponder could very easily find himself as the starter come opening day as there is no one else on the roster set to replace Brett Favre, who finally retired for good, we think and Tavaris Jackson, who does not appear to fit into the Vikings’ future plans.

New Orleans Saints +700

The Saints took a step backwards after winning it all in 2009 with the 28th ranked rushing offense in the league. The addition of RB Mark Ingram from Alabama in the first round of the draft could be just what New Orleans needs to get back on top in the NFC South.

New York Giants +850

The Giants remain solid across the board with most of the key pieces returning from an offense that was ranked fifth in the NFL in total yards and seventh on defense in total yards allowed. They will need to find a way to get past Philadelphia, which has beaten them six straight times.

Philadelphia Eagles +650

Michael Vick is firmly established as the Eagles starting quarterback and should benefit from first round draft pick OL Danny Watkins, who was brought in to protect the left-handers blind side. A couple of free agent signings on defense especially in the secondary could be enough to get them back to the NFC championship game. [soliloquy id=”82219″]

San Francisco 49ers +2000

The 49ers head into this season with a new head coach in Jim Harbaugh and no clear direction at the quarterback position. This one of those teams that could be really hurt by the extended player lockout, as they will start off far behind the curve as compared to some of the veteran teams in the conference.

Seattle Seahawks +2500

The Seahawks are another team with issues at the quarterback position as it looks like Matt Hasselbeck will not be back as the starter in 2011. The NFC West is still as wide open as ever, but it is doubtful that another 7-9 record will be good enough to win the division this season.

St. Louis Rams +2000

This could be a sleeper team this season, especially in the very mediocre NFC West. The Rams won more games last season (7) than they did in the last three seasons combined. Sam Bradford appears to be the real deal, and could have this team in the playoffs he continues to develop as the team’s starting QB.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers +1600

The big question facing the Buccaneers is can Head Coach Raheem Morris and QB Josh Freeman get this team to take another step forward after last year’s 10-6 effort or will they stayed buried in the division behind Atlanta and New Orleans.

Washington Redskins +2500

It looks like Head Coach Mike Shanahan is ready to part ways with QB Donovan McNabb and hand the starting role to journeyman Rex Grossman. The results could be another five or six win season, especially with an offense that was ranked 25th in scoring last year.

The nfl lines makers have instilled last year’s Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers as the odds-on-favorites to win it all again this season.

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