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Early 2014 NFC North Division Predictions + Sportsbook Betting Odds

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The NFC North was a major disappointment during the 2013 NFL season. The Green Bay Packers won the division, but they did it with an unimposing 8-7-1 record. This, of course, came after the group had three teams with double-digit wins the year before.

In 2014, the NFC will look to be vastly improved, once again with Green Bay as the favorite. Parity may be in effect, though, as each team has reason to believe it’s improved since last season.

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Minnesota Vikings +2000

The Minnesota Vikings finished the 2013 season with a record of 5-10-1. It was a drastic fall-off from the year before, and chances are, 2014 will be more like last season than the one prior.

All that said, this team should still be improved. Matt Cassel could very well start the season behind center, but there’s a reason it drafted Teddy Bridgewater. The rookie quarterback should earn substantial time this season, and could put up some big-time numbers along the way with Adrian Peterson as his crutch.

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The Vikings will face the challenge this season of playing outdoors at home. They have two years until they find a permanent location, giving them the added bit of adversity that is playing outside in the Midwest late in the year – although the schedule is improved from last season, which should equate to another win or two.

Detroit Lions +360

The Detroit Lions may very well have the most explosive offense in the entire NFC North. If Matthew Stafford can control the football and let his big arm make headlines for the right reasons, he’ll have plenty of targets night in and night out.
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The team went 7-9 in 2013, which was only good enough for third in the division. Based on the odds, that’s the same position it’s slated to finish this upcoming season.

Finishing the year in strong fashion will be crucial to Detroit’s success in 2014. Last year, the team lost six of its final seven games, which is a clear recipe for disaster for any playoff hopeful. Unfortunately, the latter half of the schedule is more challenging than the first, as it has two back-to-backs that will test its legitimacy as a playoff contender.

Chicago Bears +333

The Chicago Bears have six primetime games this season, which is the most in the NFC North and one more than the Green Bay Packers. The exposure is great for this team that could improve from last season, but unfortunately for the Bears, they play the most games (out of NFC North teams) against playoff squads from last season.

Luckily for Chicago, it plays four of its final five games at home. In fact, it plays five of its final seven at Soldier Field. Combine that with a modestly improved run defense (the worst in the league last season), and you’ve got a team that should be competing for the division lead late in the year.

Green Bay Packers -125

Injuries were the key storyline for the Green Bay Packers in 2013. Aaron Rodgers was the one most people talked about (and rightfully so), as he played in just nine contests all year (his fewest since 2007), but both the offense and the defense suffered losses, leading to the 8-7-1 record.

The Packers are favored to once again lead the NFC North at the end of the season, as the assumption is that we’ll see a much healthier group take the field in 2014. We’ll get to see early on just how competitive this team is, as it takes on each of its division rivals in just the first five weeks.

Toward the end of the year, the Packers have a favorable schedule. Their opponents in the last four weeks went just 21-43 in 2013, which is quite the opposite situation Detroit and Chicago have. The overall schedule won’t be a cake walk for Green Bay, but timing is everything, and this group will look to take advantage down the stretch.

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