NFC teams have become the popular choice to win Super Bowl 58 in NFL predictions. The conference’s top teams are off to brilliant starts as the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys are 2-0.
The NFC features three of the sportsbook’s top four favorites to win Super Bowl 58. The AFC drew most of the Super Bowl hype during the offseason. Have the roles flipped? So far, it looks like the NFC features the top teams in the league. The 49ers and Cowboys lead the NFL in point differential. Check out our top five Super Bowl 58 contenders from the NFC.
1. San Francisco 49ers (+700) Co-Favorite to Win Super Bowl 58
We saw enough in Week 2 to raise the 49ers to the top spot. San Francisco was not as dominant this week as it won 30-23 against the Los Angeles Rams. The Niners were able to pull away with a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter.
The defense allowed nearly 400 yards and 300 through the air. However, two forced turnovers were the difference. San Francisco certainly has areas to work on. Still, the 49ers won as NFL game predictions expected. The Niners are tied with the Kansas City Chiefs as Super Bowl favorites.
2. Philadelphia Eagles (+750) Looking to Find Consistency
The Eagles are 2-0 so let’s not criticize Philadelphia too much. However, the lack of consistency is evident. Philly got out to a 16-0 lead in Week 1 and had to come up with a late stop in the 25-20 win against the New England Patriots. Another big lead dwindled away in Week 2. The Eagles led by 20 points early in the third quarter and won 34-28 against the Minnesota Vikings.
So what’s the biggest concern so far? The passing game has sputtered. Quarterback Jalen Hurts has yet to reach 200 passing yards in a game. Philly needs a quality passing attack to win a Super Bowl. The run game is a bright spot, though. Running back D’Andre Swift totaled 175 yards in Week 2. The Eagles have the second-shortest odds to win Super 58 in 2023 NFL predictions.
The #Eagles haven’t had a RB since LeSean McCoy who could make that cut. Great vision by D’Andre Swift.
His vision is all over the tape from Thursday night, but this one is the most impressive cut pic.twitter.com/zcq38ZBvgF
— Shane Haff (@ShaneHaffNFL) September 18, 2023
3. Dallas Cowboys (+750) Roll to Another Lopsided Win
The Cowboys have a league-best 60-point differential through two games. Yet, Dallas remains in the third sport in our rankings. What will it take for the Cowboys to move up? Not much, as Dallas is tied with the Eagles in NFL odds as the second choice to win the Lombardi Trophy.
The defense is living up to the hype, perhaps even surpassing expectations. The Cowboys’ Doomsday Defense – a dominant unit in the late 1960s and early 1970s – should not be used lightly. But so far, Dallas’ unit could don the nickname once again, especially if it has postseason success. According to Las Vegas odds, edge rusher Micah Parsons is the favorite to win the Defensive Player of the Year (+225).
4. Detroit Lions (+2000) Fall in Overtime
The Detroit Lions saw their Super Bowl odds fall to +1600 after defeating the Chiefs in the season opener. Following a 37-31 overtime loss against the Seattle Seahawks, the Lions’ odds are up to +2000.
NFL picks predictions continue to back Detroit to win the NFC North. The Lions are the favorite at -105. However, there are clear concerns that could hold this team back from becoming a contender. Detroit’s defense turned in a stinker on Sunday, allowing 393 yards. After holding up against Patrick Mahomes and Co., the Lions’ secondary struggled.
To make matters worse, injuries are beginning to pile up. Safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson could be out for the season with a torn pec and running back David Montgomery could miss a couple of games with a thigh bruise.
5. New Orleans Saints (+3000) Leaning on Dominant Defense
The New Orleans Saints are this week’s new entry into the top five. They are 2-0 following the 20-17 win against the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football. Both of New Orleans’ games have been rather uneventful thus far. The Saints are leaning on their defense, which ranks in the top five of allowed points and yards per game. They are also averaging two takeaways per game (sixth).
The offense is showing potential, though. If this unit improves, New Orleans will be dangerous in the NFC. The unit is leaning on quarterback Derek Carr, who has been up and down. The run game should improve in the upcoming weeks. Alvin Kamara has one game remaining on his suspension and Jamaal Williams could return from a hamstring injury.
Thanks to the dominant defense, the offense has not had to do much so far. The receiving corps has been a major bright spot with Chris Olave and Rashid Shaheed.
Wow, Chris Olave. pic.twitter.com/rFZzGgSdA2
— Eleven Warriors (@11W) September 19, 2023