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2020 NFL Picks: Division Winners

 

AFC East

Buffalo Bills (+125) – There has been a seismic shift in the AFC East with the exodus of Tom Brady out of New England and into the welcoming arms of the Tampa Bay Bucs. That is enough to tilt the balance of power in the division to the Buffalo Bills. Bovada has the Bills at +125 to win the AFC East, ever so slightly ahead of the perennial division winners, the New England Patriots, currently being offered at +130, followed by the Dolphins and Jets with identical divisional odds of +800. The Bills defense, like the Pats, is its strong suit but having Josh Allen under center is a definite advantage over the untested Jarrett Stidham.

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens (-190) – Lamar Jackson is due for another sensational season and the Ravens have unfinished business to attend to after getting upset by the Titans in the second round of last year’s postseason. Baltimore closed the curtain of the 2019 regular season with a league-best 14-2 record and should be the team to beat in the AFC for the conference title, despite the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs as their primary adversary. The Ravens had a phenomenal draft in selecting linebacker Patrick Queen in the first-round while one of the best running backs in the draft, J.K. Dobbins, fell to them in the second. A top-flight wide receiver is the only thing missing in Baltimore’s arsenal, but they are far and away the best in the division, as evidenced by their -190 odds to win the AFC North, and the cream of the entire NFL crop.

AFC South

Houston Texans (+300) – This will be the most hotly contested division in football this season and despite the fact that the oddsmakers are tagging the Colts as +125 favorites, followed by the Titans at +175, we will side with the Texans (+300) in what should be a three-way battle for division supremacy. Although many are criticizing head coach Bill O’Brien’s decision to trade superstar DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals in exchange for running back David Johnson and a second-round pick, which turned out to be TCU defensive lineman Ross Blacklock, we still like their chances. DeShaun Watson is the best quarterback in the division, despite the aging Phillip Rivers now under center for the Colts, and the Texans’ defense should be formidable. At odds of +300, there is nothing but value begging you to bet Houston to win the AFC South.

AFC West

Kansas City Chiefs (-350) – The Chiefs have zero competition in the AFC West and the oddsmakers couldn’t agree more as evidenced by their status as the prohibitive favorites at -350. The dark horse in the division is Denver but they have little chance at upending the reigning Super Bowl champions this season. Patrick Mahomes is arguably the best in the business and Denver drafted another pass-catching threat with LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire as the first running back selected with the last pick in the opening round of April’s draft. There are few holes on this roster and no divisional foes that can match up effectively.

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys (+110) – The Dak Prescott saga continues to hover over the Cowboys as they have tagged the elite quarterback under the exclusive franchise tag but have until July 15th to get a long-term deal done. Nevertheless, the Boys have a new head coach after Jason Garrett was mercifully relieved of his duties and that alone should give Dallas enough of a boost to get past the Eagles for divisional supremacy. Former Packers’ head coach Mike McCarthy is the man in the big seat now and he tapped Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb in the draft to join Amari Cooper as the league’s newest pass-catching dynamic duo.

NFC North

Minnesota Vikings (+160) - The Vikings watched Green Bay rule the North last season with a 13-3 record, but their 10-6 mark was good enough to get them to the playoffs where they shocked the Saints in a 26-20 overtime thriller. They lost the following week to the 49ers, but this edition should be even better than last season’s and good enough to overtake Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. If LSU’s wideout Justin Jefferson is as good as advertised then the departure of Stefon Diggs should be a distant memory. The Vikings’ have an explosive runner in Dalvin Cook and plenty of weapons for Kirk Cousins with Adam Thielen, Jefferson, and the tight end tandem of Irv Smith and Kyle Rudolph. Minnesota should reign supreme in the NFC North this season.

NFC South

New Orleans Saints (+110) – Although the Buccaneers are the darlings of the NFL with Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski coming to town, we will stick with the Saints to march towards another division title this season. Drew Brees will have veteran Emmanuel Sanders as a complement to the sublime Michael Thomas and have the best 1-2 punch in the league with Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray in the backfield. New Orleans added Michigan guard Cesar Ruiz as their first-round pick in the draft to bolster their offensive line and watched Wisconsin linebacker Zack Braun fall to them in the third round along with Dayton tight end, Adam Trautman. The Saints have too much firepower on offense and an improved defense this season which makes them our pick to win the South and make a deep postseason run.

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NFC West

San Francisco 49ers (+105) – The 49ers are hoping their first-round selection, Javon Kinlaw will fill the immense void left by DeForest Buckner, and if that happens then San Francisco will be well on its way to another division title and perhaps, a second consecutive Super Bowl appearance. Offensively they added Arizona State speed merchant Brandon Aiyuk to their receiving corps and if Raheem Mostert has another solid season carrying the rock, we should see the Niners fend off the Seahawks for another NFC West crown.

 

 

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