Well this is actually the easiest favorite to pick, as we see the Green Bay Packers repeating as Super Bowl champions, but that said, we would not put any real cash on a -230 future, and since we don’t think any other teams have a realistic chance of winning this division, we would recommend simply passing.
We think that the Lions will improve, but not enough to make the playoffs and that the Bears will regress.
Green Bay Packers (-230): We know how difficult it is to repeat as Super Bowl Champions, and remember that the Packers did not even win this division last season when they finished second to the Bears, but the key is that they won the whole thing while leading the league in lost manpower and players on injured reserve. If they can do what they did playing so many backups, imagine what they will do when healthy, plus many players that started in that Super Bowl run gained valuable experience that will serve then well as reserves this year. It is no exaggeration to say this could be a potential dynasty with all that depth and Aaron Rodgers just reaching his peak.
(Also see: Packers Super Bowl Odds – Over/Under Wins – NFC Champ Odds)
Detroit Lions (+450): The Lions made a lot of progress last season to finish at 6-10, even winning two games on the road. The offensive line is still a concern though, and it is no wonder that Matt Stafford has been injured in each of his first two NFL seasons considering all the hits he has taken. So in typical Lions fashion, they did not take an offensive lineman until the seventh round of the draft. That said, Detroit is actually pretty solid in other areas this year, so an improved offensive line is all that stands between them and a legitimate playoff run.
(Also see: Lions Super Bowl Odds – Over/Under Wins – NFC Champ Odds)
Chicago Bears (+450): The Bears overachieved greatly last season, and their reward this season is a brutal non-conference schedule that includes New Orleans, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay, all on the road, as well as a visit from Atlanta. This is not to mention their usual two games vs. Green Bay and a Monday night game in Detroit that should be tough given the atmosphere. On top of this, there are still lots of doubts surrounding Jay Cutler’s leadership ability after he left the NFC Championship Game early. Not only will Chicago not repeat as division champs, but the Bears will miss out on the playoffs altogether!
(Also see: Bears Super Bowl Odds – Over/Under Wins – NFC Champ Odds)
Minnesota Vikings (+900): My, how the mighty have fallen! The Vikings were a Brett Favre overtime interception away from going to the Super Bowl two years ago, and now, we do not even see them competing with the Detroit Lions (no disrespect meant), as the second best team in this division. The Minnesota defense seemed to age overnight, the offensive line was in shambles last year and first round draft pick Christian Ponder could start immediately at quarterback. Now, we get that Ponder played a pro style offense at Florida State, but playing in the NFL will still take transitioning, and if anything happens to Adrian Peterson, the Vikes would have trouble winning a single game.
(Also see: Vikings Super Bowl Odds – Over/Under Wins – NFC Champ Odds)
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