The NFC North looks like it might have a traffic jam at the top if you believe the oddsmakers. They have Chicago, Minnesota, and Green Bay all with +200 odds to win the division.
Last season Chicago ran away with the NFC North, finishing 12-4. The Vikings were a distant 8-7-1, while the Packers and the Lions both had losing records.
NFC North 2018 Record Division Odds Super Bowl Odds
Chicago Bears 12-4 +200 +1400
Minnesota Vikings 8-7-1 +200 +2500
Green Bay Packers 6-9-1 +200 +1400
Detroit Lions 6-10 +900 +10000
Odds Courtesy of Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook
The thinking is the Bears are going to come back a little bit, especially with Vikings QB Kirk Cousins pledging to be better than a .500 team. Aaron Rodgers is back healthy with the Packers after suffering a season-ending knee injury.
What else happens in the NFC North? We take a look at three questions for 2019.
Will Detroit do Enough to Save Matt Patricia’s Job?
When the Detroit Lions fired Jim Caldwell after the 2017 season, they wanted a different direction for the club that had finished 9-7 that year. They hired longtime Patriots’ defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, convinced he could take the team to a higher level.
With virtually the like gift that get under one’s skin the Lions in the playoffs in two of Caldwell is four times of year, Patricia pass the squad down not up, eat upping final in the partitioning with a 6-10 book.
Now comes time of year two, and the honeymoon is over. Patricia is squad leave have got to present some melioration in a tougher partitioning than final twelvemonth. The coiffure bolster up the Defense Department with erstwhile Meat packers justificatory oddment Mike Daniels. The law-breaking get under one’s skin a novel artillery in sozzled oddment T.J. Hockenson, so the spells are there.
Give notice Aaron Rodgers Get Along with Matt LaFleur?
First-year Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur came to the Packers he brought with him an offensive system that didn’t lend itself to the quarterback calling audibles at the line of scrimmage. This rankled Aaron Rodgers, who for more than a decade has been able to change plays before the snap.
It seemed the two were destined to butt heads even before the season began, but after less than a week in training camp, there apparently is the start of a compromise.
“What I give notice read is that him and I are quakers,” Rodgers read.”I think that is the beginning parting of the kinship. The on-the-field kinship is one that grows over meter. He has not called a turn into me in a plot spot yet, so there is a cognitive operation of sensing well-fixed with the fashion the turn comes in and him relying me and me relying him. But I feel heavy about the communicating.”
Does Chicago Have Answer at Kicker?
Chicago was shocked last year in the Wild Card game when kicker Cody Parkey’s game-winning 43-yard attempt bounced around like a pinball before bouncing no good. Parkey was waived and a search for a new kicker began.
They brought in eight free-agent kickers and a kicking consultant in May, but only one survived, Elliott Fry. Then the team traded for Oakland’s Eddy Pineiro.
So those two will battle it out, and Fry went first on Saturday, drilling eight straight field goals, including one from 60 yards. If the Bears can solve this problem they should go deeper in the playoffs.