In the past few years, when it comes down to teams that could win the NFC North division, it has been the Green Bay Packers and everyone else. In fact, Green Bay has won four consecutive division titles during the coaching and quarterback era of Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers. 2015 NFC North odds are expecting the Packers to win it again listing the "cheeseheads" at -300 followed by everyone else; the Detroit Lions (+600), the Minnesota Vikings (+600) and Chicago Bears (+1200). The Green Bay Packers will also enter the 2015 season as the clear favorites in Super Bowl predictions to win (+600) despite falling apart in the fourth quarter of last year's NFC Conference championship to the Seattle Seahawks (28-22). Green Bay allowed Seattle to score 15-points in the fourth quarter to force overtime where the Seahawks won and moved onto the Super Bowl.
That was last season however and the Packers are vowing this year will be different. Aaron Rodgers enters his 11th season at QB and will be looking to better throwing 4,381-yards for 38-touchdowns in 2014. Much of the offense remains intact with Eddie Lacy at running back, John Kuhn at fullback and WR's Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb filling the slots. On the defensive side of the ball, Green Bay's first round pick Damarious Randall (Arizona State) will see some snaps throughout the year but the starting tandem of Sam Shields and Casey Hayward will carry most of the load. The Packers could also have won of the best linbacking trio not only in the 2015 NFC North but in all of the league. Julius Peppers will contain the outside with Clay Matthews and Carl Bradford patrolling the inside.
Much ado was made about the Detroit Lions trading DT Ndamukong Suh to the Miami Dolphins during the off-season however head coach Jim Caldwell and his staff beefed up the defensive line by signing Haloti Ngata (Ravens), Tyrinn Walker (Saints) and drafting Gabe Wright (Auburn) to fill the void. QB Matthew Stafford (4,257-yards, 22-touchdowns) returns for his 11th year as the starter and will have the best wide receiver in the league, Calvin Johnson (1,077-yards, 8-TD's), terrorizing opposing defensive backs. Johnson will deservingly draw the attention of numerous double teams which will free up the versatile Golden Tate (1,331-yards, 4-touchdowns) in many situations. The Lions also drafted running back Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska) to balance the rushing attack with Joique Bell. If the Packers don't live up to expectations this season, the Lions could be a profitable option in 2015 NFC North odds to win at +600.
The Minnesota Vikings will be an interesting team to watch this year with RB Adrian Peterson once again behind QB Teddy Bridgewater. Peterson was forced to sit out most of last year due to legal issue stemming from child abuse allegations. With Peterson back in the starting lineup, Bridgewater should have enough time to better last season's mark of 2,919-yards for 14-TD's with WR's Cordarrelle Patterson and the newly acquired Mike Wallace (Dolphins) opening up the passing game. And then there are the Chicago Bears who finished last season going 5-11 SU and 7-9 ATS. Head coach John Fox (Broncos) was brought in to provide a leadership that was lacking with Marc Trestman. The Bears haven't seen the postseason since 2010 and much of the blame can be attributed to QB Jay Cutler. The 10-year pro threw 18-interceptions last season but is hoping the new additions of WR Kevin White (West Virginia) and Eddie Royal (Chargers) will be the missing ingredients to a successful year. When you consider that Cutler will also have the experience of WR Alshon Jefferies, TE Martellus Bennet and RB Matt Forte, there is no reason why Chicago can't defy NFL predictions and vie for the 2015 NFC North title.