Earlier this week ESPN’s gridiron geek John Clayton released his predictions on AFC wins for each team. ¬†Now his NFC totals have been released and a few¬†surprises¬†lie in his numbers.
Clayton’s NFC East numbers didn’t stray too far from bookmaker lines with the maximum differential being just a half-of-a-win:
|NFC East||Clayton Wins||Total Wins Line||Differential|
|New York Giants||9||9.5||-.5|
To nobody’s¬†surprise, Clayton had the 49ers to win the West again. ¬†However, bookmakers have the Rams and the Seahawks ¬†winning 6 and 7 games respectively but Clayton¬†strongly¬†disagrees. ¬†Clayton has the ‘Hawks winning 5 games more than the Rams in 2012-13:
|NFC West||Clayton Wins||Total Wins Line||Differential|
|San Francisco 49ers||10||10||0|
|St. Louis Rams||4||6||-2|
Clearly the Packers are the strongest team in the division heading into the year — and Clayton agrees. ¬†But Clayton disagrees with who will finish in 2nd place as he has the Bears winning 10 games. ¬†Also, Clayton is very down on the Vikings, pegging them with just 3 wins for the season – yikes, that’s even worse than the Browns:
|NFC North||Clayton Wins||Total Wins Line||Differential|
|Green Bay Packers||12||12||0|
While bookmakers have the Saints atop the division, Clayton has the Falcons finally surpassing them with 11 wins (a +2 win differential).
|NFC South||Clayton Wins||Total Wins Line||Differential|
|New Orleans Saints||9||10||-1|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||6||0|
Odds courtesy of 5Dimes.