Lions, Vikings, Packers and Bears OH MY! The NFC North will be filled with fierce divisional games this year. Every team in this division has questions swirling around them about the quarterback position. Can a star qb bounce back? Was Mitch worth the 2nd pick in 2017? Was Kirk Cousins the right move in free agency? Will Matt ever become elite? We won’t solve the mysteries in this article yet, but all 4 of those players will have a huge impact on their team.
Over/Under: 6.5 wins
Now this is a team I am excited to see step on the football field in 2018. New coach Matt Nagy is an offensive guru and I expect him to use all the weapons at his disposal to ensure Trubisky doesn’t feel the weight of needing to be the franchise quarterback. They added some serious talent with Allen Robinson, Roquan Smith, Trey Burton and a steal in the draft with Anthony Miller. All the talent in the world isn’t going to help them deal with the growing pains of a rookie head coach and a tough schedule ahead. Winning 7 games is a stretch and I don’t see it happening this year take the under.
Green Bay Packers
Over/Under: 10 wins
The big question is will good ole A-A-Ron return back to full health. If so, this team is the team to beat in the NFC north simply because Rodgers can keep them in any game. The loss of Rodgers safety blanket Jordy Nelson will hurt them more than they believe, but they will look for comfort in Jimmy Graham. Jaire Alexander and Wilkerson will step in immediately on defense and make an impact. 10 wins for Aaron Rodgers and company: your damn right. Take the over and maybe consider a future bet to win the NFC Championship.
Over/Under: 8 wins
New coach, same old issues with the Lions. Can Matthew Stafford take the next step and become elite? They upgraded the OL with Frank Ragnow in round 1, free agent adds TJ Lang and Kenny Wiggins; Blount, Abdullah, and Riddick could form a great trio of RB’s to keep teams opposing defenses honest. Their wide receivers are good but not great. Let’s be real, Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, Kenny Golladay and Luke Wilson are good players but no defensive coordinator is losing sleep over the 4 of them. On Defense I could give this in depth report but it would probably all be lies or filled with made up nonsense. On the other hand I do love Ziggy Ansah and wish him a great season. The Lion’s schedule is surprisingly tough this year. They should beat the Jets so that’s at least 1 win. In my opinion, The Lions in year 1 of Matt Patricia’s era don’t get it done. 8 wins and give me the under.
Over/Under :10 Wins
The Vikings have all the pieces to the puzzle and were a great team last year even without a star quarterback or an above average running back. However, they had a great defense and the journeymen Case stepped in and lead that team all year long to everyone’s surprise. They get what should be a major upgrade at QB with Kirk (You Like that) Cousins. Hopefully there will be a healthy return on Dalvin Cook and bring back solid playmakers like Diggs, Thielen and Kyle Rudolph. I believe they possess one of the best defenses all around with pro bowlers littered throughout. They have an extremely tough schedule with a few (should be) easy wins with the Jets, Bills, Cardinals, Dolphins. They play a lot of playoff contenders including the Eagles, Patriots, and Rams to name a few. Personally, I think they win 10 games, but you can’t bet for a push. Give me over ten wins.