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The Cowboys are one of several NFC teams that can buck the trend of recent AFC Super Bowl dominance

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It’s time to bring the Lombardi back to the NFC.

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There have been 54 total Super Bowls since it’s inaugural season back in 1966, and would you believe both the NFC and AFC have each won exactly 27 times! Talk about balance. Even though the overall record is split right down the middle, what has been odd about the championships over the years is that there have been several periods where one conference has dominated for a good amount of time. Looking back through history reveals:

  • After the Green Bay Packers won the first two ever Super Bowls, the AFC won 11 of the next 13 contests. And it just so happened that it was the Dallas Cowboys that were the only NFC team that won during that stretch. They won twice, during the 1971 and 1977 seasons.
  • In the mid ‘80s the NFC won 13-straight Super Bowls. All these titles were won by just six teams because there were several teams that won multiple Super Bowls - San Francisco (5), Dallas (3), Washington (2), and New York (2).
  • The AFC got back into the swing of things near the turn of the century when they won eight out of 10 from Super Bowl XXXII to XLI. This was largely due to the emergence of the Patriots dynasty who joined the Cowboys as the second team ever to win three Super Bowls in four years (2000, 2002, and 2003).
  • And finally, we are currently sitting in a period where the AFC has won five of the last six Super Bowls. Again, the Patriots had a big hand in that as three titles are courtesy of the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady reign. Many Cowboys fans would probably wish it was six straight for the AFC as that lone outlier in the group belongs to Nick FolesPhiladelphia Eagles as the green birds won their first and only Super Bowl title.

Looking ahead to this season, it may not appear that the worm is going to turn as the top two teams with the best Super Bowl odds are the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Baltimore Ravens, who are coming off a 14-2 season with last year’s most valuable player Lamar Jackson.

While they may be the favorites, the next seven teams with the best odds are all squads from the NFC.

San Francisco 49ers (7 to 1) - The defending NFC champs are still viewed as the top team in the conference as they have a stacked defense and an outstanding offensive mind in Kyle Shanahan as their head coach.

Dallas Cowboys (12 to 1) - With a new head coach, potent offense, and a defense with the potential to make plays, the Cowboys once again on paper look like legit contenders. But can they rise up to the occasion when the games mean the most?

New Orleans Saints (12 to 1) - Led by their version of the triplets in Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara, and Michael Thomas, they are coming off of two straight 13-3 seasons.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12 to 1) - The last time the Bucs made the playoffs was in 2007 when Tom Brady’s Patriots went 16-0 in the regular season. That’s 12 straight seasons without a playoff appearance. Speaking of 12, Brady is now the quarterback in Tampa Bay and he’s got a slew of weapons that include Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and even Rob Gronkowski. And guess where the Super Bowl is being held this year? That’s right, Tampa, Florida.

Green Bay Packers (18 to 1) - Many view the team as looking ahead to the future as they surprised people by moving up in the draft to select quarterback Jordan Love, but keep in mind that the Packers finished 13-3 last season and they still have Aaron Rodgers.

Philadelphia Eagles (18 to 1) - The NFC East hasn’t had a back-to-back division winner since all the way back in 2004. It just so happens it was the Eagles who were the ones to do it. Philly is the only team that has dethroned the AFC in recent years and they’re hoping to get another crack at it.

Seattle Seahawks (18 to 1) - As long as Russell Wilson is behind center, the Seahawks always have a shot. The NFC West is going to be tough this year, but Seattle is coming off of eight straight winning seasons, so those guys are always in the mix.


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