Behind QB Aaron Rodgers, and the second-easiest schedule in the NFL this year based on 2011 win-loss records. The Packers should be on a collision course for another 15-win season. Easily eclipsing the O/U 12 currently offered.
An 8-8 season was a big disappointment for the Bears, especially after starting the season on a 7-3 tear. Then the bottom fell out when QB Jay Cutler went down to injury. If Cutler can remain healthy, he should be able to lead Chicago to a 10-win season, and without the interference of departed OC Mike Martz. Martz however, never had weapons like wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall, who will potentially provide a moody Cutler two premier targets.
The Lions roared out to an 8-2 start in 2011, and after finishing 10-6, could not keep pace in their first playoff appearance since the 1999 season, continuing their string of seven straight postseason loses. Yet, if QB Matt Stafford can stay healthy for 16 games, this team has the goods to build on last year’s breakthrough season, and could easily rack up 10 wins again.
Without a real solid starter at quarterback, the Vikings are likely to finish exactly where they did last season in one of the best divisions in the NFL. However, this is a team that does have other skilled position players, and solid defense that could surprise, making them a risky OVER bet with the potential for a sizeable return.