With the rise of the Chicago Bears, the NFC North could be the most competitive – and compelling – division in all of football. The Bears will fight the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers for the top spot in the standings, and let’s not count out the Detroit Lions, who could do throw a wrench in the plans of those divisional rivals.
Here’s a rundown of the Sports Betting Odds to win the NFC North this NFL season:
Chicago Bears +165
With a fierce defense and an innovative offense, the Bears pushed past the rest of the NFC North in 2019. Can Chicago keep that momentum now that it has a target on its back? The heart and soul of the Bears is the stop unit, namely the pass rush generated by Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks. New defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano will add some new wrinkles to one of the best defenses in the league. Offensively, Chicago continues the maturation of QB Mitch Trubisky, who has plenty of weapons around him to take the next steps including WR Allen Robinson, who missed all of 2018. This is Year 2 in Matt Nagy’s offense, so expect some fun and innovative playcalling.
Green Bay Packers +210
As long as Aaron Rodgers is under center in Green Bay, the Packers will be a threat to win the NFC North. He pushed head coach Mike McCarthy out midway through 2018 and now gets a fresh set of eyes on the offense with new coach Matt LaFleur. Davante Adams is still the top target for Rodgers but behind him, there isn’t much depth at receiver (which you may not need when you have a QB as good as Rodgers). The Packers defense still has Mike Pettine running the show and were aggressive this offseason putting in pieces that work within his schemes. Gone are some mainstays on the stop unit, reloading Green Bay with a bunch of younger talents.
Minnesota Vikings +225
Want a value pick to win a divisional title this season? Look no further than the Minnesota Vikings. Kirk Cousins didn’t have the huge year everyone thought he would after signing a monster deal with the Vikings, but there’s no denying the potential of this offense with WRs Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Minnesota is still holding its breath on RB Dalvin Cook, who has been hampered by injuries in his two pro seasons. The Vikings stop unit did not meet its 2017 standards last season and more questions remain, especially around some younger talent and in the secondary. If the veterans can hold down the ship, Minny might be a sleeper pick to win the NFC North.
Detroit Lions +1,500
Detroit is getting little respect from the oddsmakers at this price. The Lions enter Year 2 under Matt Patricia, who is under pressure to produce “Patriots-like” results in Motown. Matt Stafford had a down year in 2018 but was missing plenty of skill players around him, namely Marvin Jones and RB Kerryon Johnson (the team also traded away WR Golden Tate midseason). However, with those players healthy, the Lions have a nice core of skill players along with WRs Danny Amendola and Kenny Golladay, as well as TE Jesse James. The Detroit defense struggle to start under Patricia but really started to click in the second half of the season. The team added pass rusher Trey Flowers, who gives this stop unit some claws.