2021 NFC North Predictions with Odds and Expert Betting Picks
A year ago, the NFC North was dominated by the Green Bay Packers. They were 13-3, and the Chicago Bears finished second with an uninspiring 8-8 record.
Green Bay will be the team to beat again this year. However, if you can identify a contender that will dethrone the Pack, you can take home some positive money.
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Green Bay Packers
FanDuel Odds: -145
There was a lot of off-season Aaron Rodgers drama, but all’s well that ends well for Packer fans. The 2020 NFL MVP and future Hall of Famer will be under center again in 2021, and he will have the weapons that he needs to dismantle opposing defenses.
Superstar wide receiver Devante Adams will anchor the receiving corps, and Rodgers will be reunited with slot receiver Randall Cobb, who was acquired from the Texans. You can’t have enough guys named Rodgers, so the Pack traded up on draft day to get Clemson wide receiver Amari Rodgers to put more ammo in the holster.
When you add in tight end Robert Tonyan, who snared 11 TD passes last year, and versatile running back Aaron Jones, you have a truly explosive offense.
Joe Barry is the Packers new defensive coordinator. And given his past record, the hire is somewhat of a head scratcher. Last year, the Packers were 13th in total defense, and there is no reason to think that they will be any better this time around.
I’m not a guy that likes to take a negative return on a season-long bet. However, in this case, it may be worth the investment.
FanDuel Odds +250
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was a defensive coordinator throughout his career before he landed the head coaching job in Minnesota. He has assembled some dominating defenses over the years, but last year was a defensive disaster in Minneapolis.
The results were not good, but they were riddled with key injuries, and these players are coming back this year. Plus, they have made some strong free-agent additions, so the defense should be a strength in 2021.
Offensively, Dalvin Cook, Justin Jefferson, and Adam Thielen are as good as it gets. Kirk Cousins is the beneficiary of this treasure trove of talent, and he is a solid QB that is probably underappreciated all things considered.
You can make a case for the Vikings at +250 in the futures if their defense starts clicking on all cylinders.
FanDuel Odds +500
I’m going to cut straight to the chase when it comes to the odds of the Chicago Bears winning the NFC North. The Bears are simply in a different stratosphere offensively when you compare their talent to the Packers and the Vikings.
Andy Dalton versus Aaron Rodgers, really? Even if the Bears go with rookie Justin Fields, there is no comparison, and the same can be said about the skill players.
The Bears defense was not as good as many people expected them to be in 2020, and I cannot see them riding this defense past the Packers or even the Vikings.
In my opinion, +500 is simply not enough, and I will go nowhere near this bet.
FanDuel Odds +1900
It’s out with the old and in with the new when it comes to the Lions braintrust. General manager Bob Quinn has been replaced by Brad Holmes, and Dan Campbell has taken over for Matt Patricia as the head coach.
They will also have a new quarterback after trading Matthew Stafford for Jared Goff. They lost standout wide receiver Kenny Golladay to free agency, and they let pass catcher Marvin Jones walk as well.
The defense was dead last in the NFL in points allowed last year, so the new management has a big job ahead of them.
The last time the Lions won the division was in 1993. It is little wonder that they are +1900 to win it this year. But if you believe in miracles, this is a great bet.
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