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NFC North Odds: Packers Remain Big Favorites

The Green Bay Packers have won the NFC North in 11 of the division’s 19 years in existence. The Pack won it easily in each of the last two seasons with a 13-3 record both years, and oddsmakers like their chances to make it a three-peat in the division’s 20th campaign. 

According to the latest odds at Bovada, the Green Bay Packers (-160) are the favorites to claim the division this season. The Minnesota Vikings (+250), Chicago Bears (+500) and Detroit Lions (+2500) are well behind the green and gold.

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Packers Lead Latest NFC North Odds

Odds To win the NFC North In 2021-22
TeamCurrent Odds
Green Bay Packers-160
Minnesota Vikings+250
Chicago Bears+500
Detroit Lions+2500

Odds as of September 9 at Bovada

NFC North Odds: Green Bay Packers (-160)

With questions surrounding the team’s quarterback situation swirling for much of the offseason, there were legitimate questions about the Packers’ outlook for the 2021 season.

If the team had been forced to turn to second-year QB Jordan Love, there’s no doubt they would not be the favorites to win the division.

Instead, all is well (for now) in Packerland as the reigning MVP, Aaron Rodgers, returns for likely his last season in green and gold.

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The Pack have a top-notch offensive line, one of the best receivers in the league and one of the best running backs, and should have no trouble scoring a ton of points. 

The team added cornerback Eric Stokes in the first round of the NFL draft to add to a group of defensive backs that now includes three recent first-round picks (Jaire Alexander and Darnell Savage Jr. being the others).

This team is rightfully at the top of the list in NFC North odds and a relative bargain at -160.  

NFC North Odds: Minnesota Vikings (+250)

The Minnesota Vikings are an interesting case this season. The team returns key defensive starters Danielle Hunter, Anthony Barr, Eric Kendricks and Michael Pierce, who should all be a huge help to a unit that struggled last season.

The team also added veterans Dalvin Tomlinson, Bashaud Breeland and Patrick Peterson to the mix on defense. All in all, this will be a completely different defense from last season – one that should keep the Vikings in a lot of games.

Questions arise on offense. Not at receiver, where Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen form a great tandem. And not at running back, where Dalvin Cook projects to be one of the league’s best again.

The question comes at quarterback as questions surround Kirk Cousins’ quite public decision not to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If Cousins avoids the COVID-19 list all season, the Vikings should be able to rebound from their lacklustre 7-9 season last year and challenge for a playoff spot. 

But if Cousins ends up missing time, all bets are off on how many wins this team could manage without him. 

NFC North Odds: Chicago Bears (+500)

The big question for the Chicago Bears this season: Who will start at quarterback? The team drafted Ohio State star Justin Fields with the 11th overall pick to be their quarterback of the future, but the team appears to be going with vet Andy Dalton to start the year.

However, it’s hard to imagine that being an optimal decision for the Bears, or one that leads to more wins. So we expect Fields to get into the lineup sooner than later.

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The offensive line is also a bit of a mess for Chicago. They let a couple of key players walk in free agency and have now sustained some injuries to the replacements. It could be a problem for whoever starts at QB.

The defense should be fine with talented players at all levels, but the team’s ranking as third in NFC North odds feels warranted until we get word that Fields is ready to take over and be the difference-maker so many believe he will be.

NFC North Odds: Detroit Lions (+2500)

It’s another “rebuilding” year for a Lions team lacking talent in many parts of their roster. That starts at QB, where Jared Goff takes over from the Rams in a trade. He should be fine as a low-end NFL starter and placeholder.

The team also has maybe the worst collection of pass catchers in the NFL as the projected No. 1 receiver, Tyrell Williams, is a veteran journeyman who has not crested 700 yards in either of his last two seasons. Beyond Williams, the receiving corps is a complete mystery at this point.

The defense will also have its share of questions with a young, unproven secondary and patchwork linebacking corps. 

But as much as the Lions may be the butt of some jokes as one of the presumed worst teams in the league, it may have actually gotten to the point of them being slightly underrated.

We don’t think they will be anywhere near a playoff position, but Detroit has a very quality offensive line, a solid defensive line and a stud running back in D’Andre Swift who could help control the pace of games. 

If Goff can be average, the Lions could have a chance to grind out a couple more wins than people think. That said, they deserve to be fourth in NFC North odds.

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 -160 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 $162.50 – your original $100 is returned along with your prize of $62.50. On the other hand, you could believe that the Vikings at +250 are going to rise to the top. That same $100 on them would give you a payout of $350 – you get your $100 back coupled with your winnings of $250.

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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.