NFC North divisional future odds update
The divisional future odds are out courtesy of LVH Sportsbook in Las Vegas, so let’s take a look at the NFC North and decide which teams are over or undervalued for our NFL future picks.
Green Bay Packers (-160)
There is no doubt in my mind or anyone else’s that the Packers should be the favorites to win this division. However it is a bit curious that they are only -160 in this position. They were -280 last season but the Bears and Vikings were both right on their heels at +575 and +3500 respectfully. After sweating out the Vikings almost cashing in as NFC North champs last season, the books are taking no chances, but have they lowered the chalk on Green Bay too much? I think they have, and I’m seeing some value in the Packers. I doubt the Bears will be contenders with a new coach and the growing pains, while the Vikings still lack the depth.
Chicago Bears (+300)
The Bears retained and brought in some nice talent, but the insertion of Marc Trestman as the head coach is kind of a boom or bust move for the 2013 season. There could be some growing pains, or they could have a lot of value. Either way, +300 seems pretty adequate for the Bears right now, and that may be slightly overvaluing them. They have better odds than the Vikings even though Minnesota beat them out for the playoffs, and I don’t think that should be the case.
Minnesota Vikings (+500)
Much like in their Super Bowl and NFC conference future odds, I think the Vikings are still undervalued as they were in 2012. The Vikings were 8-7-1 ATS last season, and they were one win away from cashing as huge +3500 underdogs to win the NFC North last season. Now they enter 2013 with a lot less of a profit margin. However, at 5/1 we are one big Packers injury away from the Vikings having incredible value at 5/1 to win the division. They are going to be as good and maybe even better than last season. +500 is just enough to get me to consider a small value bet on the Vikings to hedge a larger bet on the Packers at -160 NFL betting Odds.
Detroit Lions (+700)
The Lions are all offense this season as they have spent little time retooling one of the worst defenses in the NFL with the exception of their pass rush. Detroit’s numbers don’t look all that bad from 2012 but it’s because they gave up so many big plays and points. They are going to be able to score that much is clear. With Reggie Bush now helping the rush attack, I see a ton of points being scored in Lions games this season, but that is not lending itself to an offseason future odds bet. Let’s take advantage of the over in Lions games and not waste time on a future odds bet.