Prepare yourself for a wacky season of betting on the NFL’s NFC North division. That’s how it was last year, after the Green Bay Packers started slow and the Minnesota Vikings, surprisingly, solidified their case as division favorites, en route to winning a ridiculous 11 games. Mix in the sudden, albeit not totally unexpected, regressions of the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions, and the NFC North division became a labyrinthe of uncertainty—something all sportsbettors must keep in mind when betting on this group in 2016.
NFC North Sports Betting Odds
See below for all the latest NFC North betting odds. This tool has every upcoming game, along with the moneylines, spreads, overs and unders, for each of the division’s four teams.
Make recurring looks at these odds a part of your routine. Odds change throughout the week in the NFL since the games are spaced oug and more likely to be impacted by injuries and roster returns.
Stay plugged in on social media to keep up with those injuries, returns and general roster transactions. Team websites and internet searches can help, but Twitter has things available in real time these days.
It’s a necessary tool for any savvy sportsbettor. Familiarize yourself with it. Create an account. Follow respected beat writers and newsbreakers. You’ll find you have a marked edge on or before gameday at the sportsbooks.
Try letting past games and team performances aid in your betting as well.
For instance, have the Packers regained their swagger at home? How do the Vikings do against the spread on the road?
Do the Bears have an on-field identity yet? Are the Lions still good over plays because of a cruddy defense?
How did the Packers fare against their latest opponent previously? Do the Bears, Lions, Packers or Vikings perform particularly well or poorly when facing division rivals?
Some version of these questions should be asked every week for every team. They are simple, yet effective, and they give you a clear advantage over the oddsmakers.
What Are The Current NFC North Standings
These are your NFC North standings. Let them help you figure out which teams are better than others within the same division. Also let them simplify any futures on which you have your eye.
Within the first few weeks of the season, you should have a good idea of the division favorite, at which point you can direct divisional futures toward them or single out a second- or third-place dark horse with a larger payout.
Keeping up with the NFC North’s standings is also paramount when taking stock of the playoff picture.
You are able to see which teams will and which teams won’t enter the postseason discussion, propping up the accuracy of not ony your divisional futures, but your NFC championship and Super Bowl futures as well.
|1||New England Patriots||16||14||2||441||250||0.875|
|3||Kansas City Chiefs||16||12||4||389||311||0.750|
|6||New York Giants||16||11||5||310||284||0.688|
|8||Green Bay Packers||16||10||6||432||388||0.625|
|14||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||9||7||354||369||0.563|
|22||New Orleans Saints||16||7||9||469||454||0.438|
|26||New York Jets||16||5||11||275||409||0.313|
|27||San Diego Chargers||16||5||11||410||423||0.313|
|28||Los Angeles Rams||16||4||12||224||394||0.250|
|31||San Francisco 49ers||16||2||14||309||480||0.125|
NFC North Online Betting Tips
The Packers should be fine. Ten wins wasn’t cause for panic, but their fan base expected more. And they should get more this season with a healthy Jordy Nelson and healthier Eddie Lacy.
The Vikings, however, are a relative mystery, which is weird for a squad that rattled off 11 victories and a division title last season. But there are just too many questions to call them anything else.
Is Teddy Bridgewater ready to become a superstar quarterback? Can they count on the same production from Adrian Peterson? Will Stefon Diggs recover from the rookie wall he hit last year?
So many things need to break right for the Vikings to retain their place atop the NFC North. And even then, the Packers might still be better.
There is no point in wasting your time on the Lions. They were in dire straights last season and aren’t on the mend just yet.
To the contrary, star receiver Calvin Johnson retired, putting their offense in a hole. They don’t have a proven stud receiver, their running back corps is unimpressive and Matthew Stafford remains erratic.
Getting a read on the Bears is even more difficult. The crux of their roster is intact, but that’s not necessarily a good thing.
Jay Cutler, the starting quarterback still, was under control last year, and the defense has its share of individual talent. But the Bears were woefully mediocre on both sides of the ball in 2015.
Thus, there isn’t a lot of poignant big picture options here. The Packers are the only team that appears on the cusp of being Super Bowl-ready, so adjust the expectations on your futures to accommodate that outlook.
Limit all your NFC North offseason futures to the Packers. Feel free to mess around with win total overs and unders, obviously. Those are good, fun, safer plays for pretty much every team in the league, since the regular season only spans 16 games. But the big time futures—NFC championship and Super Bowl plays—should consist mainly of Packers bets.
Aaron Rodgers remains a top three quarterback, someone fully capable of ferrying his team toward a division title and few playoff victories. If the Packers can stay healthy on the offensive side of the ball, his job becomes much easier and the team returns to its rightful place among the touchdown throwing elites.
All of this in mind, as we move forward, don’t disqualify the Vikings from similar consideration. You’ll need to let part of their season unfold before you view them in the same light as Rodgers and the Packers, but they could get there.
Consider this: They won 11 games with an average to below average offense last season. Teddy Bridgewater was still developing, the receiving core’s production slipped toward the end of the season and Adrian Peterson yet again bore an unfathomable workload. They rode a top five defense into the playoffs—a defense that, based on returning personnel, could be just as good in 2016.
And on top of that, the offense should improve. Bridgewater is entering the third year of his NFL career and should only get better, Peterson will be fine so long as his carries dip a little bit, which is a formality if Bridgewater evolves, and the Vikings have a possible star in the making with Stefon Diggs.
They need help from the other receiving slots and from the tight end position, make no mistake. But their stock is nonetheless on the rise. And while it feels unlikely that they will duplicate last season’s 11-win success, they absolutely could.
Holster all Vikings futures, including divisional plays, until around Week 5 or later. If they’re keeping pace, or if they’ve surpassed, the Packers by then, start looking into all divisional, NFC championship and Super Bowl odds. They should still be long shots by then, but they’ll be among the shortest, most promising long shots there are.
Where Can I Bet On NFC North Online
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