The NFC looks top-heavy entering the 2023 season. The Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers are clear Super Bowl 58 contenders. However, the conference cannot match the AFC’s depth.
Following the NFC’s top two Super Bowl favorites, there’s a sharp dropoff in NFL lines. Who could surpass expectations, becoming a serious contender? Check out our Super Bowl 58 favorites in the NFC ahead of the season-opening weekend.
1. Philadelphia Eagles:
Surprise, surprise the team that comes off a Super Bowl appearance has the lowest odds in the conference. The Eagles are the second favorite to win Super Bowl 58, behind the Kansas City Chiefs (+600).
Philadelphia lost defensive tackle Javon Hargrave, guard Isaac Seumalo, running back Miles Sanders, and linebacker T.J. Edwards in free agency. The Eagles simply reloaded, acquiring running backs D’Andre Swift and Rashaad Penny.
They also drafted defensive linemen Jalen Carter and Nolan Smith. Per Las Vegas odds, Carter has the second-shortest odds to win Defensive Rookie of the Year and Smith is +2000 to win the award.
Quarterback Jalen Hurts is poised for another monster season as the third choice to win the NFL MVP Award (+900). Philadelphia is a four-point favorite against the New England Patriots.
2. San Francisco 49ers:
The 49ers are not far behind the Eagles. San Francisco is tied with the Cincinnati Bengals as the fourth choice to win Super Bowl 58. It comes off back-to-back NFC Championship Game appearances.
The 49ers are hoping to get over the hump in the 2023 season. They certainly have the pieces in place. Christian McCaffrey is the best running back in the league. He is poised for another big season in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk are among the best receiving duos in the league, and tight end George Kittle remains a daunting threat.
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San Francisco lost right tackle Mike McGlinchey in free agency. This could be the biggest concern for the upcoming season as Colton McKivitz has limited experience.
Most eyes will be on quarterback Brock Purdy and the defensive line in Week 1. Purdy is looking to make a leap in his second season, and the D-line is upgraded with Hargrave joining the fun. The sportsbook has the Niners as 2½-point favorites against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
3. Dallas Cowboys Top Next Tier of Super Bowl 58 Contenders
Behind the Eagles and 49ers, the Dallas Cowboys could have the best chance to win the NFC. NFL odds have Dallas at +600 to win the conference.
I know, the Cowboys burn bettors like clockwork in the postseason. It’s difficult to actually buy into Dallas. Keep a close eye on the Cowboys in the upcoming weeks. If they look the part, it could be worth a bet on the +1400 odds to win Super Bowl 58.
Dallas has some concerns to sort through. It starts with the offense, which hired Brian Schottenheimer as offensive coordinator. He doesn’t have a great track record, but fortunately, coach Mike McCarthy will be calling the plays.
The Cowboys will likely ride the run game more, which bodes well for Tony Pollard. Wide receiver Brandin Cooks and cornerback Stephon Gilmore are exciting additions who make their debuts on Sunday Night Football against the New York Giants. Most importantly, will Dak Prescott avoid turnovers?
4. Detroit Lions Trendy Pick to Win Super Bowl 58
The Detroit Lions hype is real. They have not made the playoffs since 2016, and Detroit’s last postseason win was in 1991. That’s a 32-year drought. Should we really put our money on that at +2200 to win Super Bowl 58?
The Lions were much improved last season. There’s no denying that. Jared Goff is not an elite quarterback, but he comes off an impressive season. Plus, his surrounding cast is strong.
Detroit has one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. Running back Jahmyr Gibbs should be a versatile weapon and he is +1000 to win Offensive Rookie of the Year.
#Lions RB Jahmyr Gibbs makes his regular-season debut on Thursday night
A source told @caplannfl Detroit doesn’t view the former Alabama star as just a RB, “rather they view him as a multipurpose offensive player.”
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If the Lions are to take another step, the defense must improve. It was 28th in allowed points per game last season. As 6½-point underdogs, Detroit is looking to make a statement on Thursday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs – the favorites to win Super Bowl 58.
5. Seattle Seahawks Among Dark Horses to Win Super Bowl 58
The Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints are the dark horses to contend in the NFC. Both are +3500 to win Super Bowl 58 in NFL odds.
Ahead of Week 1, the Seahawks are a ring above the Saints. Why? I’m glad you asked.
First, the quarterback position. Geno Smith comes off an excellent season. New Orleans added Derek Carr, but he was terrible in the 2022 season. The Seahawks’ offense is loaded with talented skill-position players. They should have one of the league’s best wideout trios in DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and rookie Jaxon Smith–Njigba.
Unfortunately, Smith-Njigba’s debut could have to wait as he is questionable with a wrist injury. Seattle’s improved defense will be on show, though. It added defensive tackle Dre’mont Jones, linebacker Bobby Wagner, and first-round rookie cornerback Devon Witherspoon.