The NFC North was thrown for a loop when rumors of an Aaron Rodgers trade started to float. It’s not clear whether he’s going to retire, get traded or stick with Green Bay. For now, the Packers are still favored in the online sportsbook but a lot could change. Let’s take a closer look at the latest NFL odds in this division.
Green Bay Packers (-150)
- April 24: 11 -105o/-125u
- May 17: N/A
Aside from the Rodgers drama, the Packers were able to continue to add talent during the draft. They snagged cornerback Eric Stokes out of Georgia in the first round then grabbed offensive lineman Josh Myers of Ohio State in the second. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like their draft picks were enough to convince their future Hall of Fame quarterback to stay.
To make matters worse, they have the fourth-hardest schedule. They were able to plug a few holes but with a wildly difficult schedule and the Rodgers situation currently ongoing, it will be hard for them to win 13 games again.
Minnesota Vikings (+275)
- April 24: 8½ -135o/+105u
- May 17: 8½ -130/+100
The Minnesota Vikings had an interesting draft, coming away with a few nice selections. Trading with the New York Jets in order to move up and grab Christian Darrisaw, the Vikings bolstered their offensive line with the tackle out of Virginia Tech. Darrisaw will more than likely start at the beginning of this season and can help provide better protection for Kirk Cousins. The Vikings didn’t have a second-round pick but did select quarterback Kellen Mond in the third round.
Taking a look at the schedule, Minnesota has the fifth-toughest, making things more difficult. Coming off of a 7-9 season, the Vikings have their work cut out.
Detroit Lions (+2500)
- April 24: 5 +100o/-130u
- May 17: 5 -115/-115
The Detroit Lions have one of the lowest win totals on the board and some wonder how their offseason has gone so far. They were lucky enough to grab what many arguably believe to be the best offensive lineman in the draft with Penei Sewell. However, many questioned their back-to-back selections of defensive linemen in the second and third rounds, taking both Levi Onwuzurike and Alim McNeill. Though the defensive line was a concern and they truly feel like both can immediately step in and contribute, they maybe had more pressing needs. Detroit is clearly looking to win in the trenches.
The Lions have the seventh-hardest schedule and a tough division to battle through. We’ll see what Dan Campbell can do in his first season.
Chicago Bears (+300)
- April 24: 7 -115/-115
- May 17: 7 +100o/-130u
The Chicago Bears had a fantastic draft. They were able to move to the No. 11 spot in the first round and pick Justin Fields, a quarterback who many expected to go in the Top 5. Chicago used a lot of their draft capital to do so but it is only a matter of time before Fields is able to take over the starting job. Their second-round pick backed up their first, as they grabbed the offensive lineman Teven Jenkins. Both of these selections should help improve an offense that was one of the worst a year ago. However, similar to the rest of their division, the Bears have the third-hardest schedule in the league. Their year will be contingent on how quickly Fields can get acclimated to the NFL.