NFL 4-into-1: Defending champions set to rule the NFC roost again

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Eight teams remain in the NFL’s postseason, with half of them vying for the chance to head to the Super Bowl as NFC champions.

According to the betting, it will be the reigning champion Seattle Seahawks battling it out against the Green Bay Packers for that honour in a few weeks time and we tend to agree with Ladbrokes’ choice of market leader.

The Seahawks, who humiliated the Denver Broncos to claim last season’s Super Bowl, are rated as 4/6 shots to reclaim their NFC crown this year and it’s a price that is wholly justified if their season and statistics are considered.

Seattle have won six straight heading into their divisional matchup with the Carolina Panthers and owned the best running game in the league during the regular season.

That running game, featuring Marshawn Lynch, one of the heroes of the Hawks’ Super Bowl triumph last year, has improved their numbers from last season and is now of greater importance to the side’s offense with the wide receivers enduring a tough year.

One thing that hasn’t changed for the Seahawks is their dominating defence, which was once again rated as the best in the NFL during the regular season.

Another feather in their cap is their record against the rest of the field this season, having beaten both the Panthers and the Packers over the course of the season already.

The Packers’ 9/4 price is largely down to the class of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who has enjoyed a fantastic season. But unfortunately a defense that ranks 15th overall and 23rd against the run lets the side’s chances of a Super Bowl trip down badly.

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