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Packers have betting edge over Vikings in NFC North race

Can Green Bay repeat as division champs in the NFC North for the first time since 2014? We break down the odds for the teams in the division.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers during the first quarter in the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers won the NFC North for the first time in two years last season and are favored to repeat as division champs in 2020. They have a slight edge over the Minnesota Vikings after posting a 13-3 record in 2019. We break down the divisional odds at DraftKings Sportsbook following ten days of free agency.

Green Bay Packers (+140)

The Packers were dominant in their first year under head coach Matt LaFleur, despite Aaron Rodgers playing at a lower level than usual and a depleted receiving corps. Davante Adams was the only reliable wideout, but Aaron Jones was serviceable in the running game and through the air out of the backfield.

Green Bay opened the year at +135 and hasn’t made a splash through the first wave of free agency. The departure of Blake Martinez and Bryan Bulaga are significant, as well as the loss of Jimmy Graham. The Packers have only experienced a slight decline in their chances to come out on top, and they need to work on depth out wide to better them.

Minnesota Vikings (+155)

The Vikings finished second to the Packers last season and have the second best odds to win the division. They lost a key player in Stefon Diggs, who was traded to the Buffalo Bills for draft picks in mid-March, but still have a solid group on offense. Kirk Cousins picked up his play as the season went on and Dalvin Cook is coming off a career year. Adam Thielen is set to headline the receiving corp, but a secondary option needs to be brought into the picture. Key departures in the secondary and on the defensive line also need to be replaced. The Vikings’ odds have worsened since opening the year at +140, and they haven’t made any major moves in free agency.

Chicago Bears (+450)

The Bears won the division in 2018 but dropped to .500 the following season and missed the playoff after finishing third in the division. Much of the blame was placed on Mitchell Trubisky for his inconsistency at quarterback, but Chicago has traded for Nick Foles in hopes that he can become the final piece it needs to make a deep playoff run. Jimmy Graham, Robert Quinn, and Foles are the Bears’ most notable acquisitions as of late, and their odds have improved from the +500 mark they opened the year with.

Detroit Lions (+800)

Matthew Stafford’s season-ending back injury ended any chances Detroit had at winning the NFC North in 2019. He had a solid connection with Kenny Golladay through the first half of the year, but the Lions had the worst secondary in the league hindering their success on the other end. The defense is expected to get better with their secondary signings in free agency and the fourth pick in the 2020 draft though. Detroit’s odds have received a slight bump from +900 after signing Desmond Trufant and a few other defensive backs, but they’ll still likely finish at the bottom of the division.

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