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Odds to Win the NFC North: Packers are the Favorites in Competitive Division

Odds to Win the NFC North

The NFC North has been one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL in recent years, and the race to be crowned king of the North in 2020 is once again likely going to come down to the wire.

At Bovada, the Packers are the +150 front-runners, followed by the Minnesota Vikings (+170), Chicago Bears (+400) and Detroit Lions (+650).

LaFleur Has Led Packers Back to Relevance

After multiple down years, the Packers won 13 games in 2019 to win the division en route to making an appearance in the NFC championship game before getting ousted by the San Francisco 49ers.

The Packers’ offseason spending to improve the defense paid dividends, as Za’Darius and Preston Smith gave the unit a completely different look. Still, there were plenty of holes on D, and the Pack had plenty of inconsistent moments on that side of the ball.

Davante Adams came back from an injury to be the dominant force we’re accustomed to seeing, and even though Aaron Rodgers is clearly not the player he once was, he’s still a star at the end of the day.

Green Bay’s decision to pass on drafting a wide receiver in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft raised plenty of eyebrows around the league – especially since they traded up to draft Rodgers’ successor, Jordan Love, instead. Regardless, the Packers have enough talent on offense to challenge for the division title in 2020.

Cousins Has Found His Footing in Minny

The Vikings were widely criticized for the massive fully guaranteed deal they gave QB Kirk Cousins in 2018, but the signal-caller had a nice season last year and won some big games – something he’d previously struggled to do. Minnesota recently rewarded Cousins with a two-year contract extension to keep him around for the foreseeable future.

Minnesota’s defense remains a juggernaut and Dalvin Cook is already one of the top running backs in the league after a breakout (and healthy) sophomore campaign. Disgruntled wide receiver Stefon Diggs was dealt to Buffalo for a haul of draft picks, leaving a hole on the depth chart.

Adam Thielen is ready for the No. 1 WR spot and the Vikes drafted LSU wideout Justin Jefferson in the first round, so I don’t think the Diggs departure will have immediate effects. At +170, the Vikings are a solid value play to win the NFC North in the upcoming campaign.

Is it Foles Time in Chicago?

After a promising sophomore season, Mitchell Trubisky took a major step back in 2019 and the Bears were left with a major decision at the starting QB spot.

Despite general manager Ryan Pace insisting Trubisky was his guy, the Bears acquired Nick Foles from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a fourth-round pick in the draft in the first day of free agency.

Foles is coming off a disappointing lone year in Jacksonville and has struggled to find success outside of Philadelphia. There’s no denying the Super Bowl 52 MVP has what it takes to succeed on the biggest stage, so at least the Bears have an option outside of Trubisky under center.

With one of the most ferocious defenses in the NFL, the window for the Bears to win is now. Whether or not the QB play can hold up is going to determine if the Monsters of the Midway can return to the playoffs.

Lions are on the Outside Looking in

Everything that could’ve gone wrong for the Lions went wrong last year. Detroit suffered through a 3-12-1 season that saw starting QB Matthew Stafford miss eight games.

At +650, the Lions are relative long shots to win the division. While I don’t think they’ll suffer through a miserable season like 2019, they’re in tough to catch up to the three teams in front of them on the oddsboard.

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Odds to Win the NFC North in 2020
TeamOdds
Green Bay Packers+150
Minnesota Vikings+170
Chicago Bears+400
Detroit Lions+650

Odds as of May 12 at Bovada


How to Understand NFC North Odds

When you take a trip to any NFL sportsbook to make a futures bet – more on that later – you’ll notice the odds laid out the same way they are in the above table. Teams with a minus sign (-) preceding their odds are favorites. The rest are underdogs, which you can see because of the plus sign (+). However, when divisions are tight or there are no clear front-runners, the team with the lowest odds is considered the fave.

At +125, you may like Green Bay and decide to throw $100 on them. If they did win the NFC North, you’d get a payout of $225 – your original $100 is returned along with your prize of $125. On the other hand, you could believe that the Vikings are going to rise to the top. That same $100 on them would give you a payout of $300 – you get your $100 back coupled with your winnings of $200.

To see how much you’d win based on the amount bet and the odds offered, check out our Odds Calculator.

When oddsmakers set the lines they look at everything from past performances to roster moves to schedule. If a team is a +3500 underdog, it’s probably because they deserve to be. Don’t bet blindly on dogs without doing your research.

What is a Futures Bet for Football?

This is a bet you’d make weeks or even months in advance on which team you think has the best odds of winning the NFC North. Future betting lines are available early and if you see odds you like, it’s best to jump on them. The odds will shift as the season progresses, players succumb to injuries, trades happen, and teams climb or fall in the standings.