The NFC North features several teams that could see their fortunes drastically change in 2023. For some, that could mean more positive progression after showing flashes in 2022. For others, that could mean falling apart in 2023. Here, we look at the latest NFC North futures odds, and make our NFL betting picks to win this division.
NFC North Futures Betting Odds
For the first time in a long time, the Detroit Lions are the favorites to win the NFC North. Detroit is off to an excellent start to this season, while the Bears, Vikings, and Packers have struggled to string any sort of consistent play together. It would take a huge collapse for the Lions to fail to win this division at this point in time, and Detroit could make a deep playoff run on top of just winning this division.
The Minnesota Vikings have managed to keep their season afloat despite some major concerns after Kirk Cousins went down with a season-ending injury. They traded for Joshua Dobbs, who has looked incredibly competent since taking over under center. Now the question is whether or not Dobbs can avoid mistakes consistently enough to help the Vikings remain in the mix for a Wild Card slot in the NFC.
Green Bay Packers
After a dynastic run at the top of the NFC North, the Green Bay Packers came into 2023 with the longest odds to win their division. That is understandable, after Aaron Rodgers departed this offseason to become a member of the New York Jets. Green Bay is struggling this year with new starting quarterback Jordan Love, averaging just 20.2 points per game, and sitting out of contention for a Wild Card spot let alone the NFC North title.
Entering this season, there was a lot of hype surrounding the Chicago Bears. But that hype appears to be completely unjustified, as the Bears have lost eight of their first 11 games of the season. Justin Fields has not looked like a serviceable quarterback, and now he is dealing with injury concerns on top of his poor play. The Bears may already be looking ahead to the 2024 NFL Draft, as this season looks to be dead in the water.
2023 NFC North Futures Prediction
In 2023, expect the Detroit Lions to be the team that wins the NFC North. They are clearly on an upward trend over the last couple of seasons and have shown that they can score with the best offenses in the league. Without a suitable challenger emerging from the pack in this division, it would take a lot for the Lions to lose their grip on this division anytime soon.