Packers, Bucs, Rams, Cowboys: Who Will Represent the NFC in the Super Bowl?

The oddsmakers at WynnBET Sportsbook has the Packers (+175) as the favorite out of the NFC this season; followed by the Buccaneers and Rams (+350).
The oddsmakers at WynnBET Sportsbook has the Packers (+175) as the favorite out of the NFC this season; followed by the Buccaneers and Rams (+350). / Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

With just two games left in the NFL regular season, the NFC remains a jumbled mess at the top of the playoff standings.

The NFC North winning Green Bay Packers stand alone in first with a 12-3 record on the year, and unless they choose to sit their stars, have two very winnable matchups left. They host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football this week, and travel to Detroit in Week 18 against the 2-win Lions.

They also now have the NFL MVP favorite in Aaron Rodgers.

After that, the Dallas Cowboys, L.A. Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers round out the 2-4 spots at the moment, with each team at 11-4 and atop their respective divisions.

If the season were to end today, the Arizona Cardinals (10-5), San Francisco 49ers (8-7), and Philadelphia Eagles (8-7) would hold onto the final Wild Card Spots. The Saints (7-7) could also be in the mix, but they'll need a home win on Monday Night Football vs. the Miami Dolphins to remain in contention.

Here are the latest odds at WynnBET Sportsbook to come out of the NFC.

Odds to Win the NFC

  • Green Bay Packers: +175
  • Los Angeles Rams: +350
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers: +350
  • Dallas Cowboys: +475
  • Arizona Cardinals: +1200
  • San Francisco 49ers: +1600
  • Philadelphia Eagles: +4000
  • Minnesota Vikings: +10000
  • New Orleans Saints: +10000

The top four teams both in their win/loss record, as well as their odds reflect the hierarchy of the conference. But who amongst the contenders has the easiest path to win the conference? And which team is built for postseason success?

Here's who the BetSided team of Peter Dewey, Iain MacMillan, Reed Wallach, Donnavan Smoot and yours truly is taking, along with their odds to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

Best Bets to win the NFC

Green Bay Packers (+175)

This is shaping up to be the Packers’ conference to win. 

Green Bay has a chance to lock up the No. 1 seed with wins over the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions to end the season, and the rest of its competition in the NFC has shown some weaknesses as of late. 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are down Chris Godwin, Lavonte David, Mike Evans and Leonard Fournette, and they are the only team I’d really bet over Green Bay. 

The Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals have both suffered some bad losses, and can you really trust Matthew Stafford over Aaron Rodgers in cold Lambeau Field in the playoffs?

The Dallas Cowboys have the NFC East locked up, but their defense is very turnover dependent, and Rodgers simply doesn’t give the ball away with just two interceptions since Week 1. 

Green Bay has some weaknesses on defense, but they have the best quarterback (yes, Rodgers should win MVP over Brady), and the healthiest supporting cast on offense of the NFC’s top guns. If the NFC playoffs run through Lambeau, I think this is the year Rodgers gets over the hump and back into the Super Bowl. -- Peter Dewey

In the AFC, I’ve been sold on the Kansas City Chiefs winning the conference, and I’m ready for them to matchup against the Green Bay Packers.

We are finally going to get Rodgers vs. Mahomes.

The Packers have the best quarterback and the best receiver in the conference and two good backs in Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon. Green Bay has been on the edge of winning the conference for years now and I think this is the time the Packers break through. 

They have the best turnover margin in the league and are one of the least penalized teams in the NFL as well. As long as Aaron Rodgers has a chance (and I mean all four downs), then I’m putting my trust in him.

The Buccaneers have a lot of issues in their secondary and the Rams haven’t consistently beat top end talent. But if the championship game is in Green Bay, expect them to go to the Super Bowl. -- Donnavan Smoot

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+350)

I get they are down some key contributors -- Chris Godwin for the year and several others for the regular season -- but I am still backing Tampa Bay until further notice.

This defense is the best team in DVOA this season and still has the defensive line to decimate offensive lines during a playoff run. I always put my faith in Tom Brady who has an elite offensive line in front of him to get it done.

I'm not sold on Green Bay as the runaway title favorite and the Bucs are still in prime position to keep up with the Pack. We saw last year this team go into Lambeau and knock off the Packers, and I wouldn't be shocked if we saw it again in late January.

This is still the Bucs conference to lose despite the current injuries. -- Reed Wallach

Los Angeles Rams (+350)

I know that Matt Stafford has looked shaky at times in the turnover department, but I still believe this Rams team is a serious Super Bowl contender.

They're first in the entire NFL in yards per play, averaging 6.1. They're also sixth in opponent yards per play, giving up an average of 5.2.

They have the explosiveness on offense and the veteran presence on defense to give any team in the league a run for their money.

For the second year in a row, the host city of the Super Bowl will have its own team in the big game. -- Iain MacMillan

Much like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a season ago, the Rams looked to have found their identity down the stretch on both sides of the field.

On offense, they've opened up Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp in the play-action game with a vastly improved running attack as Sony Michel has reemerged as their workhorse back down the last five games. They've also scored an average of 29 points in their last five games, along with 363 yards of total offense.

Defensively, they're playing far more aggressive and taking the ball away on a much more consistent basis, forcing seven turnovers in their last five games. Aaron Donald continues to remain a wrecking ball inside and he has more help than ever before.

Another aspect I like about L.A? There's no crazy home/road splits to worry about. They've won in dominant fashion both home and away this year, and can be strategic about the kind of offense they want to deploy. Say they go to Dallas? Unleash the passing game on the fast track with Kupp, Beckham and Co. In the snow in Green Bay? Go to the ground-and-pound with Michel, Henderson, and maybe even Cam Akers returning from his Achilles tear.

Plus, after not having any team play the Super Bowl in their home stadium in the league's history until last year with Tampa Bay, I think the streak goes to back-to-back years as the Rams outlast the Packers at Lambeau Field. -- Ben Heisler