By Maryam Naz
Last Updated: 14th December 2018
With two games left in the season, things are hotting up within the eight divisions. Our American Football connoisseurs are focusing on the NFC North winner projections, with insight into team news, performance and the upcoming games. So, without further ado…
The Vikings have been winners of the division in two of the last three years, and based on our NFC North winner predictions where they are trading at 25/1, they’ve been wagered to repeat their successes.
Mike Zimmer made the bold signing of Kirk Cousins in the off-season transaction window, who, last year, was the sole bright spark in a sub-par Redskin’s team. Yet working alongside outstanding receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen at Minnesota should unlock his star potential.
The Vikings are currently sitting behind the Bears in the NFC North standings, but with the Green Bay Packers breathing down their necks, they will need to erase the consecutive defeats to the Patriots and Seahawks from their memory and find a way to win games.
This week Zimmer’s men face fellow playoff contenders in the Miami Dolphins and are trading at odds of 7/25 for a victory.
Green Bay Packers
An Aaron Rodgers-led offence will pose a threat for every team across the NFL, and we’ve tipped them emerge as victors of the group, with bets at 125/1.
Yet they are so much more than Aaron Rodgers: Jimmy Graham is a great touchdown target, and Randal Cobbs, their wide receiver, possesses the pace and trickery to find just the right pockets of space to exploit.
Green Bay’s defeat to the Rams and Cardinals followed by the tough sacking of head coach Mike McCarthy has put the side in a difficult position; if they are to clinch a playoff spot they will need to win all their remaining games and hope the Vikings lose at least twice.
They have the opportunity to take positives from last week’s win against the Arizona Falcons but will have to work hard to secure a win against leaders Chicago Bears.
Mike McCarthy’s side are wagering at 11/5 to win the game at Soldier Field in our NFC North winner predictions, with the Bears betting at 37/100.
The Bears sit atop the NFC North standings and after the last few seasons being deemed as failures, our betting tipsters have given them a 6/1 chance to top the group as part of our NFC North winner predictions.
Yet, despite this, the Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is showing signs of the being the coveted player he was in last seasons draft, and the Bears receivers have caused problems for oppositions teams before to suggest that they’ll be just as threatening this time around.
Indeed, the Bears can clinch the NFC North title with a home win against the Green Bay Packers this Sunday. Our William Hill traders are forecasting the Bears to emerge as victors, with the odds priced at 37/100, while Joe Philbin’s team are tipped at 11/5.
The Lion’s absence from this years playoffs has been all but confirmed, given that the Packers won’t want to produce any hiccups in the race to leapfrog the Vikings.
We’ve made them our pick to win with odds of 200/1 as part of our NFC North winner predictions.
Matt Patricia’s side began the season with a narrow defeat to the 49ers but quickly bounced back with an impressive win against Green Bay and Tom Brady’s New England Patriots. What followed next can only be described as a downhill tumble, with a single win in their last four games.
After last week’s win against the Cardinals, they now face the Buffalo Bills, with the odds of a potential victory priced at 23/20.
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.