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Longest Shots to Win Every NFL Division in 2018-19

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If there's a sport that underdogs and favorites are separated by the slimmest of margins, it's in the National Football League. Adding that to the fact that an NFL division consists of only four teams from top to bottom, here are the biggest underdogs to win each of the eight NFL divisions in the 2018-19 season, according to FanDuel's odds. 

8. AFC West: Denver Broncos (+470)

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The Denver Broncos finished 5-11 last year, their first losing season since 2010. But the Broncos could be primed for a quick turnaround with the offseason additions of quarterback Case Keenum and No. 5 overall pick Bradley Chubb, joining Von Miller on the Denver defense. The Broncos may be a much more competitive team than the AFC West is expecting.

7. AFC South: Indianapolis Colts (+500)

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The Indianapolis Colts' shot at winning the AFC South will depend almost entirely on the health and stability of quarterback Andrew Luck, as he starts a regular season game for the first time in more than a year this week. One thing the Colts do have in their favor is the expectation for the defending AFC South champion Jaguars to show a slight regression from last year. With Deshaun Watson returning from an ACL injury in Houston too, the entire division should be much more competitive and, thus, up for grabs this season. 

6. NFC North: Chicago Bears / Detroit Lions (+850)

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The NFC North is the lone division with two teams tied at the bottom, which poses a unique option for betting purposes. Behind the favorite Minnesota Vikings and a close second in Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, you can choose between either the Detroit Lions or Chicago Bears on whichever team you've convinced yourself has the upper hand over the other. 

5. NFC East: Washington Redskins (+900)

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Even though the NFC East is far from the most competitive division in the league, any team not named the Philadelphia Eagles will have to go through the defending Super Bowl champions to win it. The Washington Redskins have a new look at quarterback this season in Alex Smith after Kirk Cousins left for a multi-year deal in Minnesota. But with what looks to be one of the weakest backfields and defenses in the NFC, the long odds make sense for the Redskins.

4. NFC South: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+900)

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Every NFC South team but the Buccaneers made the playoffs last season, and the 2018-19 season looks like it's going to be a similarly tight race. It's always tough playing in a division with the likes of Drew Brees, Cam Newton and Matt Ryan, especially when Tampa Bay's franchise quarterback Jameis Winston is suspended for the first three games of the season.

3. NFC West: Arizona Cardinals (+1400)

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The NFC West features the biggest gap between the divisional dark horse and the third-best odds with the Arizona Cardinals sitting more than +900 behind the Seattle Seahawks at +490. The Los Angeles Rams are the clear favorite, but Arizona has a lot of potential masked by question marks heading into 2018-19. The most important factor is running back David Johnson returning to his 2016 form, after a lost 2017 season. And the second being when No. 10 overall pick Josh Rosen will takeover at quarterback this season or if Sam Bradford can remain healthy. If those both go in the right direction for the Cardinals, there's a chance they sneak up on their division foes.

2. AFC North: Cleveland Browns (+1600)

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The Cleveland Browns have garnered more preseason hype than usual with HBO's Hard Knocks and the No. 1 overall pick in quarterback Baker Mayfield now in The Land. Cleveland is still the AFC North dark horse by a wide margin this season. With or without Le'Veon Bell, the Pittsburgh Steelers will likely keep their recent stranglehold on the division, and many are also expecting the Ravens to finish the regular season as a playoff team, putting the Browns in a tough spot as a long shot.

1. AFC East: New York Jets (+1800)

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While the New York Jets are still probably one of the worst teams in the league, the better half of this +1800 standing is likely determined by sharing the division with the New England Patriots. The Pats have now won the AFC East nine consecutive seasons, and unless Tom Brady or Bill Belichick decide go anywhere in the near future, New England is primed to win a 10th in a row in 2018-19.


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