2013 NFL Predictions: NFC North

The Green Bay Packers are huge favorites to win the NFC North division despite the fact that they can’t protect Aaron Rodgers inside the pocket.

bearspackersRodgers threw a ridiculous 4295 yards, 39 TDs and 8 interceptions last season with an offensive line that allowed 51 sacks the entire year.  If the o-line finds a way to give him time, then this offense will be unstoppable.

The Packers lost Greg Jennings and Donald Driver from last year in the receiving unit, and Jordy Nelson has problems with a knee. That could be trouble in the opening day.

“You’re going to get more reps in practice; you’re going to get more looks in practice, you’re going to get more balls in practice,” said Nelson, who underwent minor knee surgery Aug. 5. “That, to me, is the more important thing than going to Kansas City and getting three, five plays or whatever it might be.”

The Chicago Bears have Marc Trestman as the head coach now; he’s an offensive minded coach who needs to put together a game plan less predictable than what the Bears presented over the last few years.

As the Packers, Chicago has offensive line problems.

The Detroit Lions improved in their pass rush, but they need to work on their secondary defense.  Running back Reggie Bush arrive this offense with the idea to give more balance to the unit; last season Mikel Leshoure recorded less than 800 yards in the entire season.

The Vikings managed to get to the playoffs last year, but they don’t have a good offense, especially with Christian Ponder leading the way.  It will be hard for Minnesota to make it to the playoffs in back to back years.

Odds To Win NFC North

Chicago Bears 7/2

Detroit Lions 11/2

Green Bay Packers 4/7

Minnesota Vikings 6/1

NFL Prediction: Green Bay Packers.

Geoff Johnson

MTS co-founder Geoff Johnson is a lifelong Mets fan, something he can't do anything about. He has a great track record when it comes to wagering on baseball – largely because he's more than willing to bet against the Mets. His career profits are impressive, but not quite as good as his handsome friend Frank Lorenzo. He wishes he hadn't let Frank write his profile.