The Green Bay Packers, who are lined as a +600 Super Bowl odds favorite, will take aim at a fifth straight division title this season and it is safe to say almost everyone thinks they will get it. Given their status as the favorite to win the Lombardi, one can guess where the NFL odds makers at Bovada.lv anticipate Aaron Rodgers and company finishing in their division. First, of course, and they are getting -300 odds to do so according to the offshore bookmaker’s opening 2015 NFC North odds.
Green Bay Packers (-300): The Packers were not a big offseason player, signing no free agents, but it should not matter. The core from last year’s squad, division winning squad, including Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, Eddie Lacy, Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, are all still in the fold. That same group helped the team to an 8-0 home record while producing a 5-1 record against divisional opposition. Barring a catastrophic injury at a key position, the Packers should, once again, reign over the NFC North.
Detroit Lions (+600): The Lions rode a stingy defense to 11 wins and a playoff berth last season; however, several big pieces from that unit departed in the offseason. Ndamukong Suh, George Johnson and C.J. Mosley all left and aside from Haloti Ngata, the Lions do not do much to replace them. Those changes do not bode well for Detroit’s division championship prospects as it appears, at least on paper, to be even further behind Green Bay.
Minnesota Vikings (+600): The Vikings, even with Adrian Peterson playing in just one game, performed better than expected a season ago, tallying seven wins in Mike Zimmer’s first year on the sidelines. A number of pundits expect the team to take another step forward this season and challenge the Lions for second place in the NFC North standings. Minnesota still has a long ways to go to catch the Packers, though.
Chicago Bears (+1200): John Fox is a proven winner and he will, in all likelihood, get Chicago headed in the right direction eventually, but this season, as the odds would indicate, will probably be a tough one. The Bears featured one of the league’s worst defenses last year (27.6 points per game allowed) and they have serious concerns at the most important position — quarterback. Chicago, which ranked near the bottom of the NFC in scoring differential (-123) as well, also posted a 1-5 division mark.
2015 NFC North Odds: NFL Odds Provided by Bovada.lv
Green Bay Packers -300
Detroit Lions +600
Minnesota Vikings +600
Chicago Bears +1200