Few major sports are able to offer the drama and entertainment provided by the NFL Divisional races each season. This page will help you find the best bets for your money by identifying the best price for each team at the various legal American sportsbooks with our odds comparisons tables. We’ll also offer insight into the 2020 NFL season to help you make the best bets on division winners.
On most American legal sportsbooks, you can wager on NFL Division winners by selecting “NFL” at the top of the page. Look for some variation of “Futures” or “Team Futures” and then “Division Winners.” This will bring up a list of teams for each division with a few key numbers to focus on: Team odds, percent of the handle, and percent of bets. The odds tell you who is favored (favorites have lower numbers) and how much a successful bet would earn you. The percent of the handle is the percentage of the total amount of money wagered on one team by the public, and the percent of bets is the percentage of the amount of bets that have been wagered on one team.
Let’s dive further into the odds for each division in the 2020 season.
NFL division winner odds 2020
The Green Bay Packers clinched the NFC North with a win over Detroit in Week 14.
The New Orleans Saints clinched the NFC South with their Week 16 win over the Vikings.
The Washington Football Team clinched the NFC East with their Week 17 win over the Eagles.
The Seattle Seahawks clinched the NFC West with their Week 16 win over the Rams.
The Pittsburgh Steelers clinched the AFC North with their Week 16 win over the Colts.
The Tennessee Titans clinched the AFC South with their Week 17 win over the Texans.
The Buffalo Bills clinched the AFC East with their Week 15 win over the Broncos.
The Kansas City Chiefs clinched the AFC West with a win over Miami in Week 14.
How to bet NFL division futures: A winning strategy
It seems every NFL season offers its share of sneaky good picks for division winners, but what are you looking for when trying to spot them? Before you analyze anything, come to this page to reference our updated odds comparisons table and shop different sportsbook offerings.
Next, consider the obvious like last year’s performance and whether the team improved in the offseason. Most importantly, consider the odds being offered. Reverting back to the AFC South, the Titans and Colts are certainly worth respect, but small returns on your money make wagering on them less worthy of your time and money. The Texans, however, added David Johnson, Brandin Cooks, and Randall Cobb to Deshaun Watson’s arsenal and are profiting bettors who select them to win the division 3-to-1 on their money (meaning a $100 wager would profit $300).
Lastly, consider hedging your bets. Once again using the AFC South, if you feel it’s safe to go with either the Colts or the Titans to take the division title, it could be worth it to place bets on them both. If you put $200 on Indy (+120) to take the division, it might be worth throwing another $50 down on Tennessee (+160). A $200 bet on the Colts would have a total payout of $440.00. Should the Titans (+160) win, that $50 bet would pay out a total of $130, nearly covering your original bet, but still small enough to reap a $190 win should the original bet succeed.