The NFC North is expected to be one of the tightest division races during the 2019-20 season.
The Chicago Bears ran away with the division last season with a 12-4 record. The Minnesota Vikings (8-7-1) and Green Bay Packers (6-9-1) both had down years last season.
The Detroit Lions (6-10) finished last in the division and aren’t expected to improve this season.
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The bookies expect the Bears, Packers, and Vikings to battle it out for the division title.
Odds to Win the NFC North in 2019
● Chicago Bears +150
● Green Bay Packers +175
● Minnesota Vikings +185
● Detroit Lions +850
I’m betting on the Bears to repeat as division champs. They easily have the best defense in the NFC North and the offense should continue taking strides as Mitch Trubisky gains experience.
I also expect the Packers to have a stronger season and earn one of the NFC wild-card spots.
Chicago Bears Team Preview
The Bears defense ranked 3rd in yards allowed (299.7 YPG) and 1st in points allowed (17.7 PPG). This is going to be a top defense again, despite losing S Adrian Amos and CB Bryce Callahan.
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Losing DC Vic Fangio hurts as well, but DC Chuck Pagano is a great replacement. With the talent on the Bears defense, I don’t see them regressing too much from the numbers they posted last season.
Chicago scored 26.3 PPG (9th), but only ranked 21st in yards gained (343.9 YPG). RB Jordan Howard is gone, but they drafted RB David Montgomery who I expect to fit right into the RBBC in Chicago.
Green Bay Packers Team Preview
The Packers usually never spend big in free agency, but that changed this off-season. They ended up losing some veterans, including EDGE Clay Matthews and WR Randall Cobb.
However, the team brought in S Adrian Amos, EDGE Za’Darius Smith, and EDGE Preston Smith. The defense will be improved, after allowing 25 PPG (22nd) and 354.4 YPG (18th).
The reason I don’t expect GB to contend with the Bears is because of the offense. Aaron Rodgers will post great numbers like always, but apart from Davante Adams, the team lacks WR depth.
Minnesota Vikings Team Preview
Minnesota is talented enough to win the NFC North, but that’s dependant upon Kirk Cousins taking the next step, which I’m not sure he’s capable of. He has been terrible in big games over the years.
The Vikings offense ranked 13th in passing yards (252.3 PYPG) and 30th in rushing yards (93.3 RYPG). If Dalvin Cook can remain healthy the run game should improve on those numbers.
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I’m also worried about the defense, as they lost a lot of key pieces and didn’t replace them. Minny was a top 10 defense last season, allowing 309.7 YPG (4th) and 21.3 PPG (9th).
This team will be reliant on Cousins winning games against teams above .500, which he hasn’t shown he can do in his career. If they got hot, look out, but my money is on a 3rd place NFC North finish.
Detroit Lions Team Preview
With the talent at the top of the division, the Lions seem destined for a last-place finish. This team just can’t get it together despite QB Matthew Stafford being one of the highest paid QBs.
WR Kenny Golladay and RB Kerryon Johnson are great young players at the skill positions, but the team lacks depth behind them, despite signing WR Danny Amendola and TE Jesse James.
Detroit had a middling defense last season, as they allowed 22.5 PPG (16th) and 335 YPG (10th). They added EDGE Trey Flowers and CB Justin Coleman, but this defense will likely struggle again.