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 Packers are running away with the NFC North this season. They prove to be a real contender out of the division to make a deep playoff run. Distantly behind Green Bay is Minnesota, who is recovering from a brutal start to the season. Unfortunately, it could be too little too late for the Vikings’ playoff hopes. Chicago was exposed as a contender at 5-1 some weeks ago and slip to third in the division. The Lions fired head coach Mike Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn and fall in distant last place.
New Orleans competed the season sweep of Tampa Bay and now has a firm hold on the NFC South. The Saints are firing on all cylinders and look like one of the best teams in the NFC even without Drew Brees. Following them are the Buccaneers, who have proven to be a dangerous team in themselves but are susceptible to big losses. Cleaning up the bottom of the division are the Atlanta Falcons, who fired head coach Dan Quinn after Week 5, and Carolina Panthers (mathematically eliminated).
The NFC East has the closest race of any NFL division, but not due to competitive play. The New York Giants moved up to first place despite still sitting several games behind 0.500. Washington sits second due to having been swept by the Giants this season. Philadelphia has a tie on their record, putting them above the lifeless Cowboys. Whoever limps to the finish line first will take the crown of the worst division potentially ever.
Musical chairs continues in the NFC West, who now has its third division leader in three weeks. The Seahawks regained control thanks to losses by the Cardinals and Rams in the same week. It’s turned into a two-man race between Seattle and Los Angeles at the top, followed distantly by Arizona. San Francisco has battled injuries, but could not overcome them for an impressive record and sit at the bottom of both standings and odds tables. The book is nearly closed on the 49ers.
The Steelers got off to the best start in franchise history and are running away with the division. Behind them are the Browns, who the Steelers decimated earlier in the year. Cleveland is also off to a historic start within their franchise and are looking at ending the NFL’s longest playoff draught. Baltimore, once thought to be a Super Bowl frontrunner, sits third in the division and on odds tables and are battling an ineffective offense. The Cincinnati Bengals have been mathematically eliminated from AFC North contention.
The Titans split their season series with the Colts, but took the second matchup, which oddsmakers saw as holding more weight. After flip flopping most of the season, Tennessee is beginning to take a firm hold on the AFC South. Following them are the Colts, who have shown times of being one of the best teams in the AFC. The Texans fall far behind both of those teams and are on the brink of elimination. The Jaguars have been mathematically eliminated from both the division race and the playoffs.
Buffalo is holding firmly onto the AFC East, but have been unexpectedly challenged by the Miami Dolphins, who sit one game out of first place. The New England Patriots fall further down the table in third– their worst mark in well over a decade. It’s also the latest in the season that the Patriots stand below 0.500 since 1997. The New York Jets were the first team to be eliminated from the division race and the playoffs.
No one is catching the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West. The defending champions are large and by far the favorites, holding the best odds to win their division of anyone in the NFL. Behind them are the frisky Las Vegas Raiders, who challenged Kansas City twice (even winning one of those matchups). The Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Chargers have been mathematically eliminated from AFC West contention.
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.