2017 NFC North Projections Total Wins Betting Prediction

NFC North Predictions 2017

For the past decade, the Green Bay Packers have dominated the NFC North, winning the division six of the last 10 years.

This year, the Detroit lions and Minnesota Vikings will try to end Green Bay’s domination of the division and claim the NFC North crown.

Will the Packers win the NFC North for the 7th time in 10 years? Or will either the Lions or Vikings claim the throne? Find out in our NFC North preview.

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NFC North Division 2017 Win Total Predictions

Chicago Bears

The Bears are projected to win 5.5 games.

To be honest, the Bears will likely be the worst team in the NFL this season after what was seems to be one of the poorest planned out offseason strategies in the league.

Chicago lost quarterback Jay Cutler, and wide receiver Alshon Jeffries, leaving the team with second year running back Jordan Howard as their only consistent offensive weapon.

The Bears drafted North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky as their franchise quarterback but he will experience a lot of growing pains especially without any legitimate receiving options.

Grabbing Trubisky might not be all too baffling, except for the fact that a few months into training camp they signed Mike Glennon as quarterback in free agency (guess they forgot about that).

The trio of Glennon, Jordan Howard, and Cameron Meredith might make for an interesting offense, but, again, they lack the depth to make it work.

Their schedule is also harrowing. Before their bye week, they’ll face the Falcons at home, the Bucs on the road, Steelers at home, Packers at home, Vikings at home, Ravens on the road, Panthers at home, and the Saints on the road. Man almighty! Trubisky better hold on to his head, lest it be chopped off early on.

The Bears will be one of the worst teams in the league and won’t win more than five games.

  • Over/Under Prediction: UNDER 5

Detroit Lions

The Lions are projected to win eight games.

Last year, Detroit won nine games and made it to the playoffs. This year, the team is trying to build on last year’s success and will try to challenge Green Bay for the division title.

The Lions are very talented on offense but have a few holes to address on the defensive end, especially on the line, which hasn’t been as good since Ndamukong Suh left.

The problem I have with the Lions’ offense is that it’s not entirely consistent. Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and Eric Ebron were up and down last year, and their running game depends on Ameer Abdullah staying healthy.

If Detroit’s defense improves and Matthew Stafford plays as well as he did last year, the Lions will be a tough team to beat. If Jarrad Davis does turn out to have an impact early on, then you can expect good things from this defense.

Their schedule is tough however, they face the Cardinals, Giants, Falcons, Vikings, Panthers, and Saints. All of these teams are tough, but the Bears can pull through.

The Lions should be able to win at least nine games.

  • Over/Under Prediction: OVER 9

Green Bay Packers

The Packers are projected to win 10 games.

Last year, Green Bay started slowly but ran the table, winning their final six games to make the playoffs.

This year, the Packers will be trying to avoid another late season rally and will come out swinging out the gate.

Offensively, the Packers will remain one of the best in the league as long as Aaron Rodgers is healthy. The expectations on Rodgers are high, as always, even if he did lead the Packers to “only” win 10 games last season.

In addition to Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, the Packers gave Rodgers another weapon in Martellus Bennett, who won the Super Bowl with the Patriots last year.

Green Bay also took on Jamaal Williams at the running back position, and should be a good complement to Ty Montgomery.

Defensively, the Packers are also improved, but they still have a lot of young players that need to prove they can excel on defense consistently.

Their schedule have them facing the Seahawks at home and then the Falcons on the road to open, which should be a great test early on.

The Packers are very loaded and play in a weak division so I don’t see a reason they shouldn’t win more than 10 games.

  • Over/Under Prediction: OVER 10

Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota is projected to win 8.5 games.

The Vikings are not expected to do much this year with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater still recovering from his knee injury from last season, but they have enough young talent to make some noise in the division.

For all intents and purposes however, Sam Bradford should still be the Vikings’ quarterback, even if Bridgewater is healthy enough to play, at least, that’s what coach Mike Zimmer has stated.

Defensively, the Vikings are one of the best teams in the league, and at their best, are capable of stopping any team.

Offensively, the Vikings were inconsistent last season especially at both the running back and quarterback positions.

Their biggest concern was on their offensive line, which failed to provide adequate pass protection last year, but that should improve having taken on tackles Riley Reiff and Mike Remmer,

With the team releasing Adrian Peterson during the offseason, Dalvin Cook is expected to be the new face of the franchise, but without solid play at the quarterback position, the Vikings might be in for a long season.

Green Bay’s receiving core should also improve with 2016 first-round pick Laquon Treadwell looking to take a big step forward alongside Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen.

However, somehow, I still have a feeling Minnesota will win less than eight games this year.

  • Over/Under Prediction: UNDER 8

Which team will win the North Division? I expect the Green Bay Packers to win the NFC North this season.

 
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