Last week we broke down the contenders in the NFC, noting the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks were the top two choices to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.
We were curious to see what impact the non-contact, season-ending injury of Jordy Nelson had on the NFC Future odds, not only with the Packers but also the Seahawks. After all, Nelson is coming off a Pro Bowl season in which he led his team in targets, catches, yards, yards per game, yards per catch, and touchdowns. Clearly the top receiving weapon on a Super Bowl contender is a huge loss.
Randall Cobb is a suitable replacement and is more than capable of handling the increase in workload. The problem for Green Bay will be to match the production Cobb gave the Packers as the #2 reciever.
Surprisingly, that loss has had zero effect on their odds of success – so far. Seattle is still a +275 favorite to win the NFC with Green Bay right behind them at +280 at this online sportsbook – the same exact odds prior to Nelson’s injury.
Those odds could change depending on the amount of action the online sportsbook takes in going forward on their NFC Championship odds. But for the time being, a Seattle wager at +275 looks far better now than it did a week ago.
While some don’t consider receivers as vital to a team’s success, the loss of a quarterback certainly is. Washington saw starting quarterback Robert Griffin III suffer a concussion in a game that saw RG3 get pummeled on a regular basis. That has led to some questioning head coach Jay Gruden keeping him a “meaningless” preseason game for so long.
More key injuries are likely as this upcoming weekend of NFL Preseason action is when the starters see the most action, and therefore have the most chance to sustain a serious injury.
For those that like to bet on NFL Futures, these injuries can offer better line value on teams not affected. If you liked Seattle to repeat as NFC Champs prior to the start of the preseason, then now would certainly be the time to back them as their biggest challenge has suffered a big blow to their roster. If you still like Green Bay, then you may want to wait a bit for the odds to go up and receive a bigger potential payout.
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