Packers Co-Favorites In The NFC North
The Green Bay Packers went 7-9 last year, but that was with Aaron Rodgers going down in week 6 and the Packers sputtering without him. With a healthy Rodgers heading into the season, there is a lot to like about this Packers team. The oddsmakers agree, listing the Packers as basically co-favorites with the Minnesota Vikings to win the NFC North and the seventh-best odds to win the Super Bowl.
To Win NFC North
- Minnesota Vikings +140
- Green Bay Packers +150
- Chicago Bears +600
- Detroit Lions +600
The Vikings ran away with the division last year posting a 13-3 record that tied for tops in the league. They went 5-1 in the division with two wins over the Packers, including a 16-0 road win in week 16.
Even with that dominance from last year, the Vikings are only the slightest of favorites over the Packers to win the division in 2018. The big reason of course is Aaron Rodgers being healthy heading into the 2018 season. The Packers were 4-1 heading into week 6 last year, which was when Anthony Barr and the Vikings body slammed the Packers’ season.
The Packers are a completely different team with Rodgers at QB, so the odds are fair. The Packers have a great shot at getting back to the top of the NFC North this year if Rodgers can stay healthy and the defense improves.
To Win Super Bowl
- New England Patriots +625
- Philadelphia Eagles +800
- Minnesota Vikings +1000
- LA Rams +1200
- Pittsburgh Steelers +1200
- Green Bay Packers +1400
According to BetOnline, the Packers have the seventh-best odds to win the Super Bowl this year. Last years finalists are No. 1 and No. 2 and then it’s the NFC North rival Vikings sitting as the third favorites at 10/1.
After going 7-9 last year it might seem like a stretch for the Packers to be +1400 heading into this season, but if Rodgers can stay healthy, the Packers truly are legitimate contenders every year. Everything must fall into place, but when you have the best QB in the world, the oddsmakers aren’t going to list you much higher than 14/1.
Packers Total Wins
- Over/Under 10 wins
The Packers were only able to win seven games in 2017, so oddsmakers are expecting a significant improvement with the over/under set at 10 this season.
Last year only seven teams in the entire NFL were able to win 11 or more games, so betting on the Packers to win 11-plus is an optimistic wager.
That said, looking at the Packers schedule I do agree with the total being set at 10 wins for this Packers team heading into the season. If they hit that total, they should be in solid shape for the playoffs and possibly the division title.