NFL Odds making can be a science at time and this is certainly true when setting odds for the teams from NFC North, with Favres future unclear, do Green Bay have what it takes to fly the flag for the NFC North?
After leading the Green Bay Packers on a surprising run to the NFC title game last year, QB Brett Favre retired. Then he un-retired. Then he wanted to be released, or traded. As of this writing, the situation still wasn’t settled. The Packers won 13 games last year, ranked 2nd in total offense, although just 21st in rushing and 11th in total defense. Green Bay also went a ridiculous 12-3-1 vs. the NFL betting. This is a nice young team. Aaron Rodgers may the QB this year, or it may be Favre.
The Minnesota Vikings lost their last two games last year to finish 8-8 and home for the holidays. Powered by the RB tandem of Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor, Minnesota led the league in rushing, and the defense – anchored by Williamses Kevin and Pat – ranked 1st vs. the run. Conversely, the Vikings ranked 28th in passing, and dead last vs. the pass. QB Tarvaris Jackson went 8-4 in his first season as the starter, despite a 9/12 TD/INT ratio. He may be helped this year, though, by the signing of WR Bernard Berrian. And newly-acquired DE Jared Allen, who led the league in sacks, may take pressure off the defensive backfield.
The Chicago Bears contracted a case of Super Bowl hangover last year, going 7-9 and missing the playoffs. Chicago ranked 27th in total offense, 30th in rushing, and 28th in total defense. Then, over the offseason, they lost their top receiver and a couple of starters from the offensive line. This year the QB situation is still a mess, their biggest offensive threat is a former defensive back playing WR, and a rookie topped the RB depth chart in July. Chicago could battle for first place in this division this year, or they could finish last again. Such form gives NFL odds makers a considerable headache.
The Detroit Lions seemed on the verge of the playoffs last year, winning six of their first eight games. But a 1-7 finish dashed those dreams. Still, Detroit’s 7-9 mark broke a streak of six straight seasons of double-digit defeats. But the Lions also went just 6-9-1 vs. the NFL odds, and 1-8 ATS over the last nine weeks. Detroit ranked 19th in total offense while averaging 80 measly yards rushing per game, and dead last in total defense. The Lions got rid of OC Mike Martz, and will try to run the ball more, with Tatum Bell and maybe rookie Kevin Smith.