After months of drama, the Green Bay Packers and QB Aaron Rodgers settled things down.
The Packers remain favorites to win the NFC North for the third time in a row, and there isn’t a team near their talent level inside the division.
The Packers have higher expectations than just winning the division. The Bears and Vikings will try to stop them, while the Lions are again in a complete reconstruction phase.
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Odds to Win NFC North 2023
|Green Bay Packers||-175|
|Bet On The NFC East Division Winner At|
Green Bay Packers -175
Betting on the Packers, means betting on a team that has won the NFC North over the last two seasons, even reaching the NFC championship game both times, but failing to get to the Super Bowl each time.
Green Bay didn’t make any splash in free agency or the NFL draft to suggest they will be substantially better.
However, having QB Aaron Rodgers happy will guarantee a divisional title, mainly because their offense is efficient and better than any of the other three.
The problem comes when they have to deal with more powerful teams inside the conference, like Tampa Bay or the LA Rams.
But for the sake of the current discussion, the Packers at -175 are a solid bet. I’m even surprised the price is not higher.
Minnesota Vikings +225
The Vikings struggled mighty on defense last season, and the offense was not good enough to carry the team.
Minnesota shouldn’t be as bad on defense in 2021, but their talent doesn’t scream divisional winners.
I think they will be an entertaining team, especially in WR Justin Jefferson’s second year, but they are not at Green Bay’s level.
Can they be a wildcard team? It’s hard to tell.
QB Kirk Cousins had a good 2020 season with 35 TDs over 4000 passing yards and just 13 interceptions.
Their defense should improve but jumping from seven wins last season to ten or more this year is a big ask.
Chicago Bears +550
The Bears have made the playoffs in two of the last three seasons, including last year. Yet, they haven’t won a postseason game since 2010.
Chicago will have an above-average defense again, but will that be enough to reach the playoffs in 2021? It will be hard to pull it off, especially when their QB situation remains a weak link.
Sure, the Bears drafted their QB of the future in Justin Fields, but HC Matt Nagy is unwilling to put Fields on the field so soon. Weird wording.
An OK QB Alternative
Instead, they will go with Andy Dalton as the starter. Dalton is an OK alternative, but nobody is buying his jersey or purchasing a ticket to see him play.
Last year he couldn’t successfully backup Dak Prescott in Dallas, and now we have to believe he is a starter in this league? I don’t see it.
Chicago must realize sooner rather than later that the rookie is the one who will give them a better chance to succeed this season.
Detroit Lions +1800
The Lions are not the worst team in the NFL because the Houston Texans have clinched that title already. But the point is Detroit is back to being one of the worst organizations in the league.
They don’t have talent, and their QB Jared Goff has taken a few steps backs since playing Super Bowl 53 a couple of years ago.
Detroit has no shot here. But BetUS has their over/under regular-season wins at 5. I would take the Under with a -125 price.
NFC North Predictions
The Packers have a balanced team without the superstars, other than their QB Aaron Rodgers and WR Davante Adams.
Their offseason drama is a thing of the past, and they are focused on reaching the big game.
Is Green Bay a Super Bowl team? I would say no, but they sure are the best team inside their division.