2021 NFC North Odds: Futures, Predictions, Picks, NFL Betting Preview
The 2021 NFC North odds outlook has gone through a wide variety of ups and downs this offseason, thanks to a lot of quarterbacking news. The Lions traded Matthew Stafford and got Jared Goff in return. The Bears got rid of Mitchell Trubisky, drafted Justin Fields, and are thinking about starting Andy Dalton. Aaron Rodgers’ status with the Packers was the talk of the entire offseason, while the Vikings have dealt with COVID-related quarterback issues. More money has been wagered on the 2021 NFC North odds than any other division, and if the offseason was any indication, the only thing that is for sure is that nothing is for sure.
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2021 NFC NORTH ODDS & FUTURES
CHICAGO BEARS ODDS:
Win Total: 7.5 (+103/-125)
To Make Playoffs: Yes (+200), No (-250)
Division Finish: 1st (+550), 2nd (+225), 3rd (+130), 4th (+400)
NFC Championship Odds: +2800
Super Bowl Odds: +6000
There is no quarterback competition more controversial than Andy Dalton vs. Justin Fields in Chicago, with fans and media desperately wanting the rookie Fields to take the reigns, while head coach Matt Nagy insisting that Dalton deserves to be in the mix. But regardless of how the battle shakes out, the Bears are one of the three most wagered-on teams in terms of futures by handle and bets, along with the Buccaneers and Chiefs. Only Tampa Bay and Kansas City are backed by a larger percentage of Super Bowl handle and bets than the Bears.
Chicago is backed by 21% of the total handle to win the NFC (second-most) and 17% of the total bets to win the NFC (second-most), despite having relatively long odds (+2800). The Bears have the third shortest odds to win the NFC North, but are responsible for over half the total handle. There is more money on NFC North futures than any other division, making the Bears responsible for more money to win their division than any other team in the NFL.
DETROIT LIONS ODDS:
Win Total: 5 wins (+105/-125)
To Make Playoffs: Yes (+575), No (-910)
Division Finish: 1st (+2500), 2nd (+1000), 3rd (+300), 4th (-265)
To Have An 0-17 Record: Yes (+2800), No (-10000)
NFC Championship Odds: +8000
Super Bowl Odds: +20000
For the first time since 2008, Matthew Stafford isn’t under center for the Lions, and while expectations weren’t incredibly high prior to the blockbuster trade, the 2021 NFC North odds, and all futures odds — really — suggest the Lions are going to be one of, if not the, worst team in the NFL. Is Jared Goff that much of a downgrade from Stafford? The Matt Patricia era was a huge disappointment, but is Dan Campbell worse? The Lions have the longest odds to win the NFC Championship of any team, and the second-longest odds to win the Super Bowl, with only the Houston Texans with worse odds.
The most popular Lions future at BetRivers.com is Detroit to miss the playoffs (-910).
GREEN BAY PACKERS ODDS:
Win Total: 10.5 wins (-125/+102)
To Make Playoffs: Yes (-360), No (+275)
Division Finish: 1st (-177), 2nd (+260), 3rd (+650), 4th (+2000)
To Have A 17-0 Record: Yes (+8000)
NFC Championship Odds: +550
Super Bowl Odds: +1200
Aaron Rodgers’ offseason of tumult made the Packers difficult to grade and difficult to bet on. But since Rodgers announced he would return to Green Bay for the season, bets and money have poured in on the Packers. Since July 1, more money has been wagered on Packers futures than any other team in the NFC. Only the Buccaneers and Chiefs, last season’s Super Bowl competitors, are backed by more money to win the 2021 Super Bowl than the Packers. Green Bay is backed by the second largest percentage of NFC Championship bets (18%), behind just the Buccaneers, and only the Bucs and Bears are backed by more money to win the NFC.
The Packers are -177 to win the NFC East, and only the Chiefs (-300 AFC West) and Bucs (-200 NFC South) have shorter odds to win their respective divisions than the Packers. Although the Packers are backed by 43% of the total bets to win the NFC North, both the Bears and Vikings are backed by a larger percentage of the total handle to win the division, at 51% and 23% respectively. The Packers are currently backed by 19% of the NFC North handle.
MINNESOTA VIKINGS ODDS:
Win Total: 9 wins (-104/-118)
To Make Playoffs: Yes (+120), No (-148)
Division Finish: 1st (+300), 2nd (+130), 3rd (+250), 4th (+650)
NFC Championship Odds: +2200
Super Bowl Odds: +4500
The public is surprisingly strong on the Vikings in the NFC North, backed by 23% of the handle (second-most) to win the division. The Vikings opened the offseason +225 to win the NFC North, but their odds have only gotten longer, moving to +250, then +275, finally settling in at +300. I’m nervous about Minnesota. I’m not particularly fond of their head coach, Mike Zimmer and they’ve already had a COVID-19 scare among the QBs. Kirk Cousins refuses to get vaccinated and is apparently going to practice in plexiglass. I’m willing to bet this doesn’t bode well for the Vikings. I’m betting on them to NOT make the playoffs at -140 and UNDER 9 games (-107).