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Breaking down NFC North 2021 win totals with predictions for each team

DraftKings Sportsbook has released the odds for each NFL team’s win totals. We break down the NFC North and offer predictions for how each team will perform against the number.

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As has become tradition over the last couple decades or so, the Green Bay Packers are once again expected to be the best team in the NFC North with the three other teams looking to challenge the green and gold. It’s never too early to get a look at the projected win totals to entertain NFL fans as the long offseason continues. Here’s a look at the NFC North projections from DraftKings Sportsbook.

Green Bay Packers, Win total: 10.5

The Packers are coming off a season in which they finished 13-3 for the top spot in the NFC but fell short in the conference championship game. Green Bay will have a bit of turnover with this roster, but Aaron Rodgers remains one of the best players in the NFL coming off another MVP season. The Packers have a pretty rough schedule, but getting to 11 wins in a 17-game regular season should be doable assuming a healthy Rodgers.

Pick: Over 10.5 (-143)

Minnesota Vikings, Win total: 8.5

Minnesota went 7-9 last season, falling a game short of the playoffs. The Vikings ranked fourth in the NFL last season in yards per play on offense, as they developed an incredible wide receiver combination with Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson. However, they really struggled on the defensive side of the ball in 2020. They allowed 6.1 yards per play, which ranked No. 27 in the NFL. Minnesota likely overpaid for Patrick Peterson to help out at the cornerback position, but will he be enough to turn around that defense? I have my doubts.

Pick: Under 8.5 (+103)

Chicago Bears, Win total: 7

The Bears made it to the playoffs at 8-8 last season before being bounced in the Wild Card round against the New Orleans Saints. Chicago has been a bit of a punching bag this offseason after speculation of them trying to bring in Russell Wilson or Deshaun Watson, which is now a blessing in disguise. Instead, the Bears will ride with Andy Dalton, who is certainly an upgrade over the Nick Foles-Mitch Trubisky combination from last season. With a good defense and an improved quarterback situation, there is no reason to think this franchise will regress.

Pick: Over 7 (-121)

Detroit Lions, Win total: 5

The Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams completed the rare starting quarterback for starting quarterback trade with Matthew Stafford and Jared Goff. I’m probably a bigger Stafford fan than most, but Goff along with draft picks was a good move for the franchise moving forward. We’ll see if new head coach Dan Campbell is the answer for the long term success of this team, but he can motivate this team to play hard and reach five victories in Year 1 especially going up against a weaker schedule.

Pick: Over 5 (+100)

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