2022 NFL Division Futures Favor Packers in NFC North

  • NFL Division Futures favor the Green Bay Packers (-175) to continue their dominance of the NFC North
  • Minnesota (+275) hopes new coach Kevin O’Connell can reinvigorate their passing game
  • The Lions (+1100) should be among the most-improved teams in the NFL in 2022

It’s almost like Packers GM Brian Gutekunst is torturing Aaron Rodgers through a series of Machiavellian moves. In the 2020 NFL Draft, he famously passed on the likes of Tee Higgins and Michael Pittman Jr. to draft “quarterback of the future” Jordan Love. Then, after spending two full years smoothing things over with the three-time MVP, he traded away All-Pro receiver Davante Adams as soon as Rodgers signed on the dotted line.

Despite all this, Green Bay is still the favorite in their division. Before looking at the NFC North futures, here’s where you can check out the top betting sites for NFL football in 2022 and see our Super Bowl betting guide.

NFC North

Green Bay Packers-180-175
Minnesota Vikings+240+275
Chicago Bears+1100+900
Detroit Lions+1100+900

Packers favored again

Heading into the season with a barren pass-catching corps headlined by second-round rookie Christian Watson and journeyman Allan Lazard, Green Bay (-175) is still favored to win its fourth-consecutive division title. This is due to having a strong running back duo in Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon, and a scary-good defense after adding Georgia’s Quay Walker and Devonte Wyatt in the 2022 NFL Draft. Not to mention the NFC North’s only Hall-of-Fame QB.


Vikings have a new coach

The Vikings (+275) canned coach Mike Zimmer and GM Rick Spielman in the offseason but there haven’t been nearly as many changes to the roster. On offense, it’s still Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson – who should all be expected to put up fantasy points under new coach (and Sean McVay disciple) Kevin O’Connell. Minnesota also brought in edge rusher Za’Darius Smith to add juice to a defense that’s significantly better up front than the back end.

If disaster strikes the Wisconsin area, the Vikings could win their first division title in five years. However, this looks like a .500 squad on paper.

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Lions a better value than the Bears

While Chicago and Detroit share the same odds of winning the NFC North at +1100, we couldn’t feel more different about their chances. The Bears look poised to waste Justin Field’s sophomore season with nothing alongside Darnell Mooney at receiver. And the hiring of Matt Eberflus won’t be enough to prop up a defense that has become more mediocre with every passing year since the team’s last division title in 2018.

Only the Jaguars compiled a worse record than the Lions’ 3-13-1 mark last year, but no one could say the team didn’t play hard under first-year coach Dan Campbell. After adding Michigan pass rusher Aidan Hutchinson with the No. 2 overall pick, Detroit’s defensive line could be just as dominant as the hog mollies they have on the offensive side of the ball.

The Lions should also put up plenty of points with an attack featuring third-year back D’Andre Swift, sophomore slot receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown and No. 12 overall pick Jameson Williams. While claiming their first NFC North championship since 1993 seems far fetched, Detroit is only an Aaron Rodgers injury away from winning a bad division. 

NFC North Value Bet: Detroit Lions (+1100)

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