NFC North Futures - 2024 NFL Season Predictions

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The NFC North is shaping up to be a competitive division for the 2024 NFL season. With the first few days of free agency done, let’s take a look at where the best place to put your money is with the NFC North. All odds are from Draftkings and are current from March 15th, 2024. 

Detroit Lions +160

The Lions were able to win the NFC North in 2023 with a 12-5 record, and they were just a couple of quarters away from a Super Bowl berth. The Lions haven’t been super busy in free agency so far, but they have had a couple of key pickups. Marcus Davenport missed a lot of games in 2023 for the Minnesota Vikings, but when he’s healthy, he’s a force. Defensive tackle DJ Reader has also been brought in. Jared Goff is still under center, and he found a ton of success in 2023. If the Lions defense can step up in 2024, this could be a year that the Lions repeat as NFC North champs. 

Green Bay Packers +185

The Green Bay Packers got out to a slow start in 2023 and a big reason was because of the struggles of Jordan Love. As the season went on, Love gained confidence, and now he is going to be trying to prove that he is the best quarterback in the NFC North. The Packers lost one running back in Aaron Jones, but the team feels they got a big upgrade, bringing in Josh Jacobs from the Las Vegas Raiders. On defense, the Packers also brought in safety Xavier McKinney who is one of the best at his position in the NFL. If Love can even improve more this offseason, the Packers can win the NFC North. 

Chicago Bears +320 

Whoever is under center for the Chicago Bears in 2024 is going to have a ton of weapons. Justin Fields is still on the roster at this point, but at this point, it would seem shocking if the team didn’t draft Caleb Williams with the first pick in the 2024 NFL draft. During last season the team traded for DJ Moore, and now they just made a trade star receiver Keenan Allen. The Bears also signed D’Andre Swift to help improve the running game. On defense, the Bears brought in cornerback Jaylon Johnson and Kevin Byard. There could be some growing pains under center, but this is a team that is setting up to be good for a long time if they can find their quarterback of the future. 

Minnesota Vikings +750

The Big question for the Minnesota Vikings is who will be the starting quarterback under center. Kirk Cousins is gone to the Atlanta Falcons, and the Vikings brought in Sam Darnold to replace him, maybe. Most signs point towards the Vikings also drafting a quarterback in the first round, but he might not start right away. The Vikings have made it a point to sure up the defense, and they have spent a lot of money trying to get Brian Flores's squad better. Jonathan Greenard comes over from the Houston Texans. On the offensive side of the ball, they also brought in Aaron Jones who should be a big upgrade in the backfield. It’s just hard at this point to place a bet on the Vikings with so much uncertainty at the quarterback position. 

NFC North Futures Prediction 

We are going to take a shot here with the Packers. What Love did during the second half of the season was impressive, and with another offseason under his belt, he’s going to be even better here. I am still not sold on the Lions' defense being that good, and their inability to slow down offenses is going to really hurt them. Look for the Packers to finish with 10 or 11 wins, and that will be enough for the division win. 

Shane’s Pick Green Bay Packers +185

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