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Predictions for the 2020 NFC North – Betting Odds and Analysis for Each Team
The Green Bay Packers took back the NFC North in 2019, as first-year head coach Matt LaFleur led the green and gold to a 13-3 run.
Green Bay’s season ended in a trip to the NFC title game, which had many assuming the Packers would be among the favorites to make a run at the 2020 Super Bowl.
Instead, we’re all wondering if the Packers will trade Aaron Rodgers.
It won’t happen in 2020, of course, so the top NFL sportsbooks are probably right to assign Green Bay the best odds to win the NFC North.
To assist bettors in placing the right wager, let’s break down this division and come away with our 2020 NFC North predictions.
NFC North Odds for 2020
Despite Green Bay pitching in some of the worst 2020 NFL Draft picks, they are still the favorites to win the NFC North this year.
Green Bay is the best option right now, but the top NFL sportsbooks are calling it close to the vest. Minnesota is right behind the Packers in terms of betting odds, while it’s also possible the Bears could bounce back after a disappointing 2019 season.
Detroit is the lone long shot here, but their +700 odds are better than a lot of other would-be cellar dwellers.
Assessing the NFC North Teams
You can bet on the NFC North based strictly on the odds, but the favorites don’t always win, and it’s not fun to avoid value plays altogether.
Just look at last year. Most had the Bears pegged as repeat champs, yet it was Green Bay that rose up the division.
Before placing any bets, join me with a quick look at each team in the NFC North.
Green Bay Packers
The hot topic right now has to do with Green Bay picking the heir apparent to Aaron Rodgers in the 2020 NFL Draft. That does probably signal the end of the Aaron Rodgers eventually, but it won’t necessarily come this year or even in 2021.
Beyond selecting Jordan Love, the one good thing the Packers did was fill holes and gear things toward a smashmouth, run-first system. It’s bold, but if that works — and then they have a still-effective Rodgers to turn to — they just might be overlooked.
After going 13-3 and getting within a game of the Super Bowl, that’s quite the accomplishment.
In terms of sheer talent, Minnesota beat out the Packers in this year’s draft. In fact, many would agree they had the best overall draft of 2020.
Maybe that’s true, but a bunch of young guys being added to a team that claims they’re ready to win now doesn’t equate to guaranteed success.
Let’s also keep in mind that the Vikings lost pass rusher Everson Griffen and traded away superstar wide receiver Stefon Diggs.
If Dalvin Cook ends up joining the list of NFL players that could hold out in 2020, Minnesota could feasibly take a step backward.
The Bears are a weird team to assess. They looked like they would rock the NFC North for the next five years after trading for Khalil Mack.
Mack’s presence was intimidating and looked to be the finishing piece to their elite defensive puzzle. Maybe it still is, but the defense did take a step back in 2019, and it’s no lock to suddenly morph back into what they were.
If that’s not keeping the Bears on shaky ground, bettors need to worry about their quarterback battle.
Between Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles, Chicago has more of a problem than a solution. The Bears would be better off just naming Foles the starter now and rolling out a run-based offense, but this team as a whole can’t seem to get out of its own way.
I am one of the few people that gave the Lions some credit last year. They had no pass rush, and they lost Matthew Stafford to a back injury, yet they were in the majority of their games.
It’ll take a lot to jump from 3-12-1 to anything of merit, but Matt Patricia is likely coaching for his job. He’s also a defensive genius, so don’t write him off just yet.
Detroit does have some nice talent on both sides of the ball. They just have an uphill battle in what has slowly become a pretty loaded division.
Who Will Win the NFC North in 2020?
I see a lot of things wrong with the communication in Green Bay, but in theory, the Packers actually did right by Aaron Rodgers.
Green Bay’s draft was initially about investing in the future, but the rest of their 2020 draft picks were obviously geared toward committing to the run.
A.J. Dillon is a name everyone will know pretty well when 2020 is over, and if Green Bay’s offense can take shape like LaFleur believes it will, it could also help Mike Pettine’s defense make major strides.
Minnesota will be right there, and Chicago isn’t out of it, but the Packers are still the class of this division. At +140 at BetOnline and other NFL sportsbooks, they also feel like a steal.