2015 NFC North Odds & Predictions: Bears, Lions, Packers, Vikings

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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.

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    The Lions defense will face one of the league’s better quarterbacks in Philip Rivers and a formidable group of receivers. Rivers threw for over 4,200 yards and 31 touchdowns last year. His top target is still veteran tight end Antonio Gates (69 receptions, 821 yards, 12 TDs). That being said, Rivers will be without the services of Gates for the first four games of the season serving a suspension from testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. A key factor to the home favorites covering the spread Detroit Lions vs San Diego Chargers odds will be the emergence of rookie running back Melvin Gordon. The first round pick out of Wisconsin is big, fast, shifty, and durable. He will help open up the passing game with his running ability. Gordon is also a capable receiver.

    The Chargers will have to control one of the most powerful offenses in the NFL. Quarterback Matt Stafford enters his seventh season running the Lions offense that features the league’s top receiver in Calvin Johnson, a very good No. 2 WR in Golden Tate, and capable tight ends in Eric Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew. Detroit went to the draft to get a replacement for Reggie Bush. They picked up former Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah, who should pair well with Joique Bell. If the Lions defense is up to the task, Detroit should be off and running in its quest for an NFC North title. The week 1 season opener (Sunday, September 13th) between the Detroit Lions and San Diego Chargers can be seen live on FOX at 4:05pm EST from Qualcomm Stadium.

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    The Green Bay Packers begin their quest for another NFC North title but will do so without one of the key pieces of their offense, wide receiver Jordy Nelson. The seven-year NFL veteran tore an ACL in a preseason game at the Pittsburgh Steelers and will miss the entire 2015 season. Despite having Nelson on the sideline, Packers vs Bears odds still favor Green Bay to defeat Chicago by at least a touchdown (-7) while NFL picks for week 1 have the over/under total posted at a high scoring 50. And why not? The Green Bay Packers still have last year’s NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, Randall Cobb at wide receiver, and a strong running game with Eddie Lacy and James Starks in the backfield. Rodgers has also been almost unstoppable when playing at Soldier Field.

    In his last four games against the Chicago Bears, Rodgers has completed 69.5 percent of his passes for 1,208 yards and 12 touchdowns. More importantly, in each of those four games, Rodgers led the Packers to victory. The Bears on the other hand, who will open the season at home for the sixth consecutive year, will bring a whole new look to Soldier Field. John Fox, fresh off four AFC West Division titles with the Denver Broncos, is the new head coach in Chicago. Fox and offensive coordinator Adam Gase will attempt to revive the career of starting quarterback Jay Cutler who will be a key factor if "DaBears" are to cover the 7-point spread as underdogs in Green Bay Packers vs Chicago Bears odds. Cutler will have the weapons to be very good on offense this season.

    Matt Forte is one of the most underrated running backs in the NFL. He is productive both on the ground and as a pass receiver. Alshon Jeffery becomes the No. 1 target in the passing game with Brandon Marshall now playing for the New York Jets. He will pair with rookie Kevin White to give the Chicago Bears as a good a one-two receiving tandem as there is in the NFC. Fox will look to improve the Bears defense. He’ll have pass-rushing threat Jared Allen at one outside linebacker and two veteran safeties in Antrel Rolle and Ryan Mundy. It is unlikely that Chicago will be able to slow down the Packers offense but Green Bay will need to get some production from Davante Adams and Jeff Janis, Nelson’s replacements if the Packers are to win as favorites (-7) in NFL picks for week 1. The season opener (Sunday, September 13th) between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears can be seen live on FOX at 1:00pm EST from Soldier Field.

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