Will the Green Bay Packers take a step back without Davante Adams? Can the new coaching regime help turn around the Chicago Bears? We discuss these topics and more in our 2022 NFC North division odds, picks, and preview.
The Packers (-170 at FanDuel Sportsbook) have won the NFC North three years in a row. Now they enter 2022 without All-Pro receiver Davante Adams, who had been with the team since 2014. How much will losing his 432 receptions over the last four years hurt the Packers’ offense?
The Bears (+1200 at DraftKings Sportsbook) look to turn their franchise in the right direction in Justin Fields’ sophomore year. They’ll do so under the direction of new coach Matt Eberflus. While he is a defensive coach, they bring in Luke Getsy, the Packers’ former quarterbacks coach, to help develop Fields.
The Detroit Lions (+1000 at Caesars Sportsbook) added wide receiver DJ Chark but otherwise didn’t have make changes. Last year was their first year without Matt Stafford in over a decade and they continued to struggle.
The Minnesota Vikings’ (+300 at FanDuel) biggest change was letting go of head coach Mike Zimmer after eight years and bringing in Kevin O’Connell, who most recently was the offensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams. They’ll look to ramp up an already good offense and keep their defense strong.
Here are our picks and predictions to win the NFC North title in 2022 based on the odds from our top-rated sportsbooks.
NFC North Title Odds
NFC North Title Picks
- Vikings to win the division (+300 via FanDuel)
- Chicago Bears win total Over 6.5 (+105 via DraftKings)
- NFC North straight forecast: 1st Vikings/2nd Packers (+350 on BetMGM)
NFC North Division Preview
Vikings to win division (+300)
While the Packers will look to continue to dominate the division, they've lost some key players on both offense and defense. The Bears are still developing Fields and while they should improve, Eberflus still has a lot of work to do with their roster. The Lions will see if Jared Goff can be successful after an up-and-down first year in Detroit. This leaves the Vikings. Yes, the Vikings have a new head coach, however, with so many strong pieces on offense and defense, this feels like the year they take the division. Justin Jefferson is one of the best wide receivers in the league and Dalvin Cook is an elite running back.
Bears win total Over 6.5 (+105)
The Bears won six games in Fields' rookie season. This year, with GM Ryan Poles revamping the offensive line and new faces on offense and defense, they'll look to continue their ascent. While their schedule looks intimidating, their opponent records in 2021 only equate to a 47% win percentage. I expect the Bears to take a step forward, making their Over 6.5 wins feel like a strong bet.
NFC North straight forecast: 1st Vikings/2nd Packers (+350)
If the Vikings win the division, it seems almost a guarantee that the Packers finish in second as the Lions and Bears continue their rebuilds. Therefore, finding Vikings to finish first and Packers second at +350 seems like a perfect bet. The Vikings have two star receivers, the division's leading running back in Dalvin Cook, and the second-best quarterback in the NFC North in passing yards and touchdowns. As long as the defense doesn't take a step back, the Vikings should have a good chance at winning this division. And the Packers won't be far behind.
2021 Division Standings
- Packers 13-4 (-165 on Sept 9)
- Vikings 8-9 (+250)
- Bears 6-11 (+550)
- Lions 3-13-1 (+2500)
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NFC North Division picks made 7/4/2022 at 3:17 p.m. ET.