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NFL odds 2017: Rodgers, Packers lead NFC conference odds for season ahead

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The Green Bay Packers are heavy favorites at the sportsbooks to represent the NFC in Super Bowl LII next February ahead of the Falcons, Cowboys, and Seahawks.

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The Green Bay Packers finished 2016 on an 8-1 straight up and 7-2 against the spread run. The Packers will try to carry that momentum into 2017 and advance to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2011.

Green Bay is a +190 favorite to win the NFC title at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. After starting the season off 4-6 SU in 2016, the Packers went 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS down the stretch to win the NFC North and defeated New York and Dallas in the playoffs before falling to Atlanta in the NFC Championship Game.

The acquisition of Martellus Bennett gives Aaron Rodgers another offensive weapon to work with, complementing one of the best receiving groups in the game.

The Packers, second at +750 on the Super Bowl LII odds, are certainly dangerous, but potential holes at running back and on defense keep them from being a sure thing. Value bettors might instead turn to three of the conference's best teams, all going off at +600, in the Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks.

How big of an impact will losing Kyle Shanahan at offensive coordinator have on the defending NFC champions? That is the question bettors will need to ask themselves before placing a wager on the Falcons, who return all of the key players of an offense that torched the league for 33.8 points per game in 2016.

The pressure will be on new coordinator Steve Sarkisian to keep the offense rolling for an Atlanta team that went 13-6 SU overall and 12-7 ATS on the NFL point spreads last year.

Led on offense by a pair of sensational rookies in Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott, the Cowboys went 13-4 SU and 10-6-1 ATS in 2016. Both young stars return with more experience this season, and the addition of Nolan Carroll this offseason should help Dallas' secondary. Barring any key injuries, a drop-off doesn't appear likely in Dallas this season.

Seattle beefed up its offensive line with the acquisitions of Oday Aboushi, Luke Joeckel and LSU prospect Ethan Pocic and its backfield with Eddie Lacy in hopes of taking some of the pressure off star quarterback Russell Wilson. If Wilson is able to stay healthy this year, the Seahawks should push for their third Super Bowl berth in the last five years.

Other potential contenders to win the NFC include the New York Giants (+900), Arizona Cardinals (+1400), Carolina Panthers (+1400), and Minnesota Vikings (+1400).

NFC Conference Champion Odds (see the complete list at OddsShark)

Green Bay Packers +190

Atlanta Falcons +600

Dallas Cowboys +600

Seattle Seahawks +600

New York Giants +900

Arizona Cardinals +1400

Carolina Panthers +1400

Minnesota Vikings +1400