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2023 NFC North Division NFL Odds & Predictions

By Jeff Stinger

There’s a sudden power shift over in the NFC North, as the Packers bid farewell to its franchise player to blow the division race wide open. Who holds the most power outside of Green Bay is still up in the air, though, which makes this division one of the more unpredictable and exciting groups to follow all season long.

Nitrobetting is here to take your bets into the end zone this 2023 NFL season. This time, let’s break down each team from the NFC North and their corresponding odds of winning the division title in 2023.

2023 NFL Odds to Win the NFC North

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Detroit Lions

As a surprise to many football fans, the Lions were one of the more entertaining teams to watch last season thanks to their prolific offense that breached the 30-point scoring barrier in half of their games last season. Former first-overall draft pick Jared Goff proved that he’s still an elite QB after his Cinderella Super Bowl run with the Rams, and Amon-Ra St. Brown was his favorite target who’s an All-Pro wideout in the making.

Unfortunately, Detroit traded away tight end T.J. Hockenson in the middle of last season and also saw the departure of franchise record-breaking running back Jamaal Williams this offseason. The team signed Chicago’s David Montgomery to fill in the void left by Williams, while young wideout Jameson Williams will rejoin the team after serving his six-game ban. The defense is still suspect, but head coach Dan Campbell’s motivational approach to sending the Lions to new heights is enough to give them the current edge as the odds-on favorite to win the AFC North title for the first time in three decades.

Minnesota Vikings

Skol Nation had to navigate through rough waters last season, as the Vikings needed an unprecedented string of winning close games to stay in the running for a title push. However, towards the end of the campaign that culminated in an expected first-round exit in the playoffs, the Vikes were exposed as pretenders to the crown despite winning their division with a glowing 13-4 record.

It doesn’t hurt that the reigning Offensive Player of the Year, wideout Justin Jefferson, is under Minnesota’s employ. On the other hand, the team also lost a lot of notable pieces in their high-flying offense, cutting stud running back Dalvin Cook and shipping Jefferson’s partner in crime Adam Theilen to Carolina. That puts even more burden on quarterback Kirk Cousins to top last year’s performance, especially with the defense still being his team’s weak link. Nevertheless, Minny can be considered a co-favorite to repeat as division champs for as long as the offense outpaces its opposition in 2023.

Chicago Bears

The biggest question in the Windy City remains: is Justin Fields the franchise QB that Chicago has been searching for in what feels like an eternity? The former Ohio State standout set new franchise records with over 1,100 rushing yards and eight rushing TDs, but Fields’ passing numbers (under 2,300 passing yards; 11-7 TD-INT ratio) still leave a lot to be desired.

On the bright side, the Bears finally knew how to utilize their dual-threat play-caller and did sign former standout Panthers receiver D.J. Moore to aid his development in the passing game. They also did a ton of work to improve a defense that was the worst in the NFL by almost all metrics last season, which called for the signings of linebackers T.J. Edwards and Tremaine Edmunds this offseason. This added pairing on D is still a far cry from the once-vaulted defensive lineup Chicago had in 2021, which is why the team is seen as no more than a sleeper pick to win the NFC North this season.

Green Bay Packers

Missing out on the playoffs last season was the last straw for two-time defending league MVP Aaron Rodgers to cut ties with Green Bay after 18 years of Hall-of-Fame-worthy service in the organization. This puts the Packers in their most vulnerable position in the division race odds-wise since Rodgers’ breakout campaign in 2008. Green Bay will now have to operate with fourth-year QB Jordan Love under center. Love was a mixed bag in relief of Rodgers last season, which means the team will likely be more run-focused on the attack with the terrific backfield duo of Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon.

A middle-of-the-pack defense (no pun intended) got a significant boost by way of linebacker Lukas Van Ness, whom the Packers took with their 13th-overall pick in this year’s draft. With their division rivals having glaring flaws, Green Bay is still a compelling sleeper pick to return to the top of the division as long as Love continues the franchise’s history of having a competent QB under center in his first season as the team’s full-time starter.

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