Chicago Bears are a Threat to Detroit’s +130 NFC North Odds

  • The Detroit Lions are +130 to win the NFC North in 2023 after finishing second last season.
  • Despite winning the division last season, the Minnesota Vikings are +300 to repeat as NFC North Champions.
  • Offseason improvements on offense and defense gives the Chicago Bears +325 divisional odds value.

DETROIT – Offseason NFC North odds favor the Detroit Lions with +130 odds. The Chicago Bears have great value at +325 to win the NFC North for the first time since 2018.

Offseason: NFC North Odds

  • Detroit Lions +130
  • Minnesota Vikings +300
  • Chicago Bears +325
  • Green Bay Packers +450

Detroit added defensive backs C.J. Gardner-Johnson and Cameron Sutton to improve their only true weak point from last season. So long as the defense doesn’t allow over 25 points per game, Jared Goff and a potent Detroit Lions offense are worthy of their +130 odds.

2023 marks the first year since 2005 that the Detroit Lions have less than +300 preseason odds to win the NFC North. The Green Bay Packers are in the complete opposite position, with +450 odds to win the division being their longest number since 2007.

The departure of four-time MVP Aaron Rodgers has football sportsbooks questioning a Jordan Love operated Packers offense, influencing their +450 odds to win the NFC North.

Minnesota Vikings +300

The Minnesota Vikings NFC North odds are in a volatile spot due to contract situations with Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson. Cutting Dalvin Cook after June 1 would save the Vikings over $10 million in cap space, a move that has been supported by experts and even indirectly by the Vikings themselves.

Second-string running back Alexander Mattison has replaced Dalvin Cook on the Minnesota Vikings twitter header, possibly hinting that the Vikings don’t plan on bringing Dalvin back for the 2023 season. The move would free up cap space necessary to retain Justin Jefferson, the NFL’s top receiver in 2022.

Chicago Bears +325

General Manager Ryan Poles made a ton of offseason moves that have propelled the Bears from the worst record in 2022, to +325 odds to win the NFC North in 2023. The Chicago Bears found their groove on offense as Justin Fields began to get accustomed to the speed of the NFL, but the defense gave up the most points per game in the NFL last season at 27.2.

Chicago will be much better on defense this year, spending over half of their cap space on defensive players in the free-agency period.

Chicago Bears Offseason Acquisitions

  • WR D.J. Moore
  • TE Robert Tonyan
  • RB D’Onta Foreman
  • RB Travis Homer
  • OG Nate Davis
  • LB T.J. Edwards
  • LB Tremaine Edmunds
  • DL DeMarcus Walker

Giving Justin Fields a true number one receiver in D.J. Moore, while also bringing in two of the best linebackers in the NFL makes the Bears +325 NFC North valuable for the 2023 NFL season.

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