2015 NFL Football Betting – NFC North Preview
The NFL season is approaching, and the main question in the NFC North concerns the ability of any team to catch the Green Bay Packers, a team that feels it should have made the Super Bowl last season.
NFC North Preview
This is a division in which there’s a clear favorite, but a real chance that a competitor could make some noise. In this sense, the NFC North is more like the AFC West or NFC West than the AFC East. In the AFC West and NFC West, the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks are favorites, but you can realistically imagine other teams – especially the San Diego Chargers and Arizona Cardinals – winning those divisions. In the AFC East, there’s simply no doubt that the New England Patriots are going to win the division again.
In the NFC North, the Green Bay Packers are a clear favorite, but you can see another team winning the division if everything breaks right.
The Detroit Lions could contend with the Packers for the NFC North. The Lions have lost Nick Fairley, which will hurt. They lose Ndamukong Suh, which will rob them of some strength on their defensive line, but they will not miss the distractions and the circus atmosphere Suh carried into the locker room with his various antics, misdeeds and distractions. Detroit could be a much more cohesive and unified team this season, which might make the difference between merely making the playoffs (as the Lions did last season) and going a round or two deep into the playoffs. The Lions have not won a playoff game since 1991. They picked up Haloti Ngata to compensate for their losses of Fairley and Suh. They still have Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson, along with Golden Tate. If they can get production at running back and the tight end spot, they could be in for a big year.
The Chicago Bears will have a tough time keeping up with the Lions, not to mention the Packers. The big problem with the Bears is that they have expressed their displeasure with – and their lack of trust in – quarterback Jay Cutler. Yet, with new coach John Fox aboard, they seem to have no plan to get a new quarterback or implement a new approach. The Bears are stuck with Cutler, and that does not bode well for anything this team will do in the coming season.
The team that won’t compete for the division, but which could jump past the Bears and maybe match the Lions if Detroit struggles, is Minnesota. The Vikings have an exciting young defense and a very talented young quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater. If Minnesota can get a spirited performance from its offensive line this season, the Vikings’ offense could be able to carry the workload on the team as much as the defense. If that happens, Minnesota could threaten to win 10 games this year. It’s not likely, but it’s possible.
Then comes the final team in the division, the huge favorite. The Green Bay Packers have Aaron Rodgers, which automatically makes them the best team in a division with Cutler, Stafford and Bridgewater as the other quarterbacks. The Packers were one dropped onside kick from the Super Bowl last year. They are going to be very motivated to take that final step, and they’re going to have the talent needed to make that step.