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2018 NFC North Preview

Vikings Look Like the Team to Beat in NFC North

Our 2018 NFC North preview hub page offers you quick insights into each team in the division, their projected order of finish, and links to each club’s full sports betting preview. Through this page, you’ll get a sound picture of the positives and challenges that define each NFC North club. When you go to an individual team page, focusing on the Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, and Detroit Lions, you’ll have access to a complete analysis of that team.

NFC North- 2017 Season

Despite various challenges last season, the Minnesota Vikings rose to the top of the division. The took the division by winning 13 games. The Detroit Lions were second, a good four games behind the Vikings. The Green Bay Packers simply could not get it together. The Pack struggled to win seven games. The Chicago Bears, who won just five games, lost their last five-of-six.

2018 NFC North Preview: Teams

We offer some quick points to consider when looks at team matchups, pluses and minuses, and possible game outcomes. Of course, as the season develops, make sure you use the most up-to-date information available before making any sports bet.

Chicago Bears

  • Four straight double-digit loss seasons and last-place finishes
  • Rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky had a mediocre season at best
  • Ranked 32nd in passing yard
  • In year two, RB Jordan Howard was exceptional
  • WR Allen Robinson added as long-ball pass-catching threat
  • Defense was solid but not exceptional
  • Rookie LB Roquan Smith could have immediate impact

Detroit Lions

  • Offense features massive arm of QB Matthew Stafford
  • Golden Tate and Marvin Jones are fine receivers
  • RBs LaGarrette Blount and Kerryon Johnson try to revitalize ground attack
  • New head coach Matt Patricia attempts to turn defense around
  • D high points, Darius Slay (8 INTS) and Ezekiel Ansah (12 SCKs), are back
  • Talented free agent LB Devon Kennard added
  • Special teams are some of the best in the league

Green Bay Packers

  • QB Aaron Rodgers age and health are real issues
  • Rodgers’ backups are worrisome
  • QBs sacked 51 times in 2017
  • Rush attack is weak
  • D is mediocre at best
  • Quality safety Morgan Burnett and CB Demarious Randall gone
  • Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix needs to recapture 2016 Pro Bowl verve

Minnesota Vikings

  • Cousins is in and Keenum, Bradford, and Bridgewater are out
  • Wideouts Stefon Diggs and Adam Theielen are awesome offensive weapons
  • If RB Dalvin Cook stays healthy, he’ll run, run, and run
  • Five Pro Bowl players on defense
  • DE Everson Griffen had 13 sacks
  • Safety Harrison Smith (5 INTs) is best around
  • Blistering D adds Sheldon Richardson

Projected Order of Finish

Our 2018 NFC North Preview sees the following order of finish:

  1. Minnesota Vikings
  2. Detroit Lions
  3. Green Bay Packers
  4. Chicago Bears

Final Thoughts- 2018 NFC North Preview

Make sure you utilize our 2018 NFC North Preview as the season begins and progresses into the first few weeks. Our analysis is devoted to making sure that avid sports bettors can access useful information. As the season goes on, make sure that you check in with Betting Brain on daily basis to check out NFL news, free picks, and more. We have all of the information that NFL bettors want and need.

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Paul has been writing about sports betting and sports for more than a decade, offering picks on the NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA, as well as on college sports and European football. He's written thousands of season and post-season previews, innumerable articles on sports betting strategies, and various books on sports and sports betting.

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