The NFC has some definite contenders in NFL preseason lines beginning with the defending Super Bowl champions, the New Orleans Saints.
2010 NFL preseason betting futures list New Orleans as the 9-1 second choice to win the Super Bowl behind the Indianapolis Colts. The Saints are well respected but they may have a tough time winning their own division this season. The Atlanta Falcons look improved this season and Matt Ryan should have a big year. Picking up cornerback Dunta Robinson should help the secondary. Super Bowl champs oftentimes struggle the next season and it is not hard to envision the Saints running into difficulty in 2010. The NFC South is all about the Falcons and Saints as the Panthers and Bucs look weak.
The NFC East could be the best division in the NFL. The trend pick to win the division in NFL preseason lines this season is the Dallas Cowboys. They have a very good offense led by quarterback Tony Romo and the team added wide receiver Dez Bryant in the draft. The New York Giants will be looking to dethrone the Cowboys while the Eagles and Redskins should also be very good. Quarterback Donovan McNabb moves from Philadelphia to Washington so the Redskins should be vastly improved.
The NFC North looks to be a battle between Green Bay and Minnesota although Chicago should be improved. The Packers have Aaron Rodgers while the Vikings have Adrian Peterson. The Vikings may also have Brett Favre again this season and he could decide who wins the title. Chicago has a new offensive coordinator in Mike Martz while Detroit is no longer a joke in the NFC North.
The NFC West should be San Francisco’s to win but Seattle is going to be improved under Pete Carroll. The problem for the 49ers is that Alex Smith is not an elite quarterback. What helps the 49ers is that the rest of the division had nothing at quarterback either. Matt Hasselbeck is no longer an elite quarterback for Seattle, Arizona lost Kurt Warner to retirement while St. Louis has a rookie in Sam Bradford.