By Maryam Naz
Last Updated: 17th October 2018
After months of waiting the NFL is finally underway and seven weeks in we’ve already been shown a whole host of action. We know it’s still early days, but we’ve broken down 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 odds of 6/4, 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.
Nevertheless, they’ve struggled for form in recent games. Last Sunday’s victory over the Arizona Cardinals was only their second in four previous attempts, and with their next game against the New York Jets things aren’t looking to get any easier for Mike Zimmer’s men.
They’ve been tipped to win against the Jets, with odds of 5/9, while Todd Bowles’s team are 6/4 favourites.
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 2/1.
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.
Last week’s narrow win against the Santa Francisco 49ers where they won by a late Mason Crosby field-goal proves that their attacking assets need to be operating at peak efficiency when they face the St Louis Rams next Sunday.
We’ve tipped them to win against the Rams, as part of our NFC North winner predictions, with this their upcoming bye-week a chance to re-evaluate their attacking assets.
The Bears are still playing catch-up to the rest of the heavyweights in the group, and after the last few seasons being deemed as failures, our betting tipsters have given them a 5/2 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.
This week they face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, and after last weeks narrow defeat to the Dolphins, they will face a tough task in trumping Bill Belichick’s men.
The Pats are 33/20 favourites, with the Bears trading at 7/5.
The Vikings and the Packers may overshadow the Lions, but the Lions could be the dark horses of the group and we’ve made them our pick to win with odds of 10/1 as part of our NFC North winner predictions.
Matt Patricia’s side impressed last season with quarterback Matthew Stafford delivering the goods, and they’ve made off-season recruitments to boost their running game, adding an extra dimension to their offence.
They 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 despite following up with a narrow defeat to the Cowboys.
On the back of a bye week, the Lions now face the Miami Dolphins and should be fit and raring to go.
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.