North, South, East And West Who Wins The 8 NFL Divisional Titles?
Last season, it was the Green Bay Packers in the NFC and the Tennessee Titans in the AFC who were the top seeds in both conferences in the NFL after the regular season.
Neither could turn that into Super Bowl success, with the Titans eliminated in the playoffs by the Bengals and the Packers defeated by the San Francisco 49ers.
In the end, it was the Los Angeles Rams who claimed another Super Bowl success, beating the Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Field and in doing so, becoming the second team in succession to win the Super Bowl on their home field, following on from Tampa Bay last season.
It was the climax of an exciting season that saw some teams make huge strides over the course of the season, while others disappointed or were off the pace, for a variety of reasons.
However, with the new season on the horizon, we are starting to get excited about the NFL once again and in this article, we’ll give you our top tips for the teams to win each of the eight divisions, four each in the AFC and the NFC.
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But first, let’s give you a quick recap of some of the major things that have happened in the NFL over the post and pre-season period.
Free Agency & The NFL Draft
After the end of the season, teams started to think about Free Agency with a number of players being linked with trades away from their team, or the possibility of a big new contract for them to sign.
Tom Brady announced his retirement, only to rescind that decision 60 days later and return for at least one more year with Tampa Bay, similarly up north, Aaron Rodgers signed a new long-term contract with Green Bay. Kirk Cousins and Derek Carr were amongst those to sign fresh terms with their teams too.
However, there were plenty of other players on the move at the quarterback position. Marcus Mariota moved to the Falcons, Matt Ryan moved to the Colts, Russell Wilson moved to the Denver Broncos and the biggest and most controversial deal saw Deshaun Watson move to the Browns.
This year was also the year that Wide Receivers got the big bucks when it came to new contracts and/or trade deals.
Amongst those moving to pastures new included Davante Adams (Green Bay to Las Vegas), Tyreek Hill (Kansas City to Miami) and AJ Brown (Tennessee to Philadelphia), while receivers like Terry McLaurin (Washington), Cooper Kupp (Los Angeles Rams) and Stefon Diggs (Buffalo Bills) all signed big money deals with their current teams.
Big Free Agent moves saw Terron Armstead make the switch from the Saints to the Miami Dolphins, while Von Miller moved from the Rams to the Buffalo Bills.
- NFL Draft
The NFL Draft was also a key moment in the off-season, with Trayvon Walker of Georgia State being picked first by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Aidan Hutchison, for a long time regarded as the most likely number 1 pick, went second to the Detroit Lions.
A number of teams had excellent Drafts with the likes of the Eagles, Ravens, Chargers, Giants and Jets all rated as having superb drafts this year, while the like of Patriots, Cowboys and Raiders made some more risky and questionable moves.
All of which sets up a very intriguing start to the season and with pre-season now underway and players trying to force their way into their coaches plans, now is the perfect time to take a look at all eight divisions in the NFL and give you our tip to win each.
We have highlighted our pick for the teams to win the division in bold, those that don’t win the division but who could make the playoffs are highlighted in italics. The predicted seed number for each conference is shown in brackets after each team.
- Dallas Cowboys – 23/20 (4)
- New York Giants – 8/1
- Philadelphia Eagles – 9/5 (5)
- Washington Commanders – 5/1
The Cowboys have won this division for the past couple of years but I think this year they will have a real battle on with the Eagles and it may take a head to head record or similar to split the two, with the Eagles also making the playoffs after a stellar off-season for their team.
- Chicago Bears – 17/2
- Detroit Lions – 10/1
- Green Bay Packers – 5/9 (3)
- Minnesota Vikings – 11/4
One of the more straight-forward divisions to pick in my view. The Packers should be the comfortable winners of the NFC North once again and I think they’ll push the Buccaneers and Rams hard for the top seed spot in the NFC. Watch out for the Bears beating the Vikings into 2nd spot here too.
- Arizona Cardinals – 16/5
- Los Angeles Rams – 27/20 (2)
- San Francisco 49ers – 7/4 (6)
- Seattle Seahawks – 12/1
The Rams will be wanting to put up a stern defence of their Super Bowl title and I can see them winning this tough division, with the 49ers doing enough to pip the Cardinals to second spot and a place in the playoffs. The Cards will just miss out this year I feel, but the Seahawks will likely be off the pace.
- Atlanta Falcons – 20/1
- Carolina Panthers – 12/1
- New Orleans Saints – 4/1 (7)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 2/7 (1)
With Brady back this should be the Buccaneers division once again. They are by far the strongest team in the division, with the Saints a distant second although the New Orleans team may do enough to finish 2nd in the division and perhaps steal a playoff space.
- Buffalo Bills – 1/2 (1)
- New England Patriots – 17/4
- Miami Dolphins – 4/1
- New York Jets – 18/1
The Bills are many people’s picks to win the Super Bowl this year and it is not difficult to see why given their ultra-talented squad. They should win this division easily and claim the top seed in the AFC along with it. Expect it to be a close-run thing between the other three teams.
- Baltimore Ravens – 2/1 (4)
- Cleveland Browns – 2/1
- Cincinnati Bengals – 2/1 (6)
- Pittsburgh Steelers – 9/1
The Ravens suffered a great deal with injuries to key players last season and I think they’ll bounce back this year to win the AFC North ahead of the Bengals, who will make the playoffs, but I think the Browns, with Watson’s suspension likely at the time of writing, could find the going too touch without their expensive QB signing.
- Denver Broncos – 5/2 (7)
- Kansas City Chiefs – 8/5 (5)
- Las Vegas Raiders – 6/1
- Los Angeles Chargers – 12/5 (3)
Perhaps the trickiest of all the divisions in the NFL to pick as there are four genuinely playoff calibre teams here. They will win games against each other but I think the Chargers will just edge ahead of the Chiefs and Broncos, with the other two teams making the playoffs.
- Houston Texans – 28/1
- Jacksonville Jaguars – 7/1
- Indianapolis Colts – 10/11 (2)
- Tennessee Titans – 7/5
The Titans were the winners in this division last season, but Matt Ryan’s arrival in Indianapolis means I pick the Colts to land the win here and the Titans may even miss out on the playoffs.
*All odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport at the time of writing but may have changed in the meantime.