NFL betting odds are fluid in nature, in that they’re constantly changing and moving with the ebbs and flows of the NFL offseason. When DraftKings Sportsbook released their initial odds to win the division back in February, the New Orleans Saints were not necessarily the favorite, but at least were given the best chances to win the division.
In February, the Saints were the favorite to win the division for the fourth season in a row, at -155 (meaning you would have to bet $155 to win $100). The Atlanta Falcons were given the second-best odds at +300, meaning you would win $300 off a $100 bet. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were third, with odds of +500 in February, and the Carolina Panthers were in the rear, at +1100.
Now, after the 2020 NFL Draft has come and gone and Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have decided to team up again with the Buccaneers, the betting landscape has changed.
The Panthers still have the worst odds to win the division, moving from +1100 to +2000. The Atlanta Falcons too have seen a dip in their betting odds, dropping from +300 to +1000. And while the New Orleans Saints dropped a bit from -155 to +110, they have been leapfrogged by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, now with the best odds to win the division, improving from +500 to +105.
As you can probably tell, the difference between +105 and +110 is practically meaningless and essentially means sports books are think the NFC South will be a toss-up between the Saints and Bucs this year.
Again, these odds could continue to change as additional moves are made this offseason, but do you agree that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the best chance of winning the division? Personally, I see how the intrigue of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski could get momentum building behind bets in favor of Tampa, but that also is putting a lot of faith in a trio (Brady, Gronk, and head coach Bruce Arians) that won’t have the benefit of training camp to get on the same page.
If I was placing a bet, it would be on the Saints to four-peat.
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