Best Bets: 2021 NFL Division Winners

Yahoo Sports’ Senior NFL Writer Frank Schwab shares his top 3 division winner wagers for the upcoming season.

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FRANK SCHWAB: I'm Yahoo Sports senior NFL writer Frank Schwab here with my three best bets for division winners in the NFL this season. Let's start at number three in the NFC West with the San Francisco 49ers. 49ers are plus 200 at BetMGM, and I think there's value there. Gonna be a lot of hype on the Rams with Matthew Stafford, Seattle Seahawks are still there, but I think the 49ers are the best team in this division. Kyle Shanahan is a great coach, a lot of injuries last year, the defense is going to be good again, and then I think their offense is going to be very good once rookie quarterback Trey Lance takes over. So I'm taking the 49ers to win that division at plus 200.

Moving on to number two, we go to the NFC North and the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings are plus 280 at BetMGM, and this play is simple. There's a lot of issues in Green Bay and I'm not sure they're all going to get settled by the time the season starts. So you start looking for other value. I'm not sure the Bears are ready to make a run for a division title-- Lions sure aren't. So I'll take the Vikings, who are a steady organization under Mike Zimmer, Kirk Cousins, Justin Jefferson, Dalvin Cook. They still do have some star power and if Green Bay's issues don't get resolved, I think the Vikings are right there to win a division and cash a plus 280 ticket.

Finally, we move to the NFC East for number one and no, it's not the Dallas Cowboys. I like the Washington Football Team at plus 300 at BetMGM to win this division. I'm not totally sold on the Cowboys. Yes, Dak Prescott is going to be back, their offense is going to be very good, but let's remember early last season, their defense was terrible. They couldn't get any stops and I'm not sure they resolved all those problems. Washington is kind of the opposite team. They're gonna have a great defense this year, maybe a little underrated going into the season, and I think their offense is going to be just fine. Ryan Fitzpatrick takes over at quarterback, they have a lot of young talent, I really respect Ron Rivera as a coach. I think they're going to be in contention, and plus 300 is going to be good value.

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