The Green Bay Packers are the favorite in 2010 NFL preseason betting to win the NFC North but they are not an overwhelming choice.
2010 NFL preseason odds list Green Bay at -130 to win the NFC North followed by Minnesota at 6-5 and Chicago at 4-1. Detroit is given not a chance at odds of 23-1.
The Packers have a very good offense led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He has some excellent wide receivers in Greg Jennings and Donald Driver.
The problem for Green Bay was an offensive line that gave up too many sacks last year. The defense was nothing special and the secondary really struggled at times. The Packers are getting a lot of support in 2010 NFL preseason betting but they are no guarantee to win this division, especially with the Vikings looking strong and with Chicago and Detroit being improved.
The Minnesota Vikings are led by running back Adrian Peterson and a potent offense if Brett Favre returns at quarterback. The Vikings have so many weapons that Favre can spread the ball around to Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin and Visanthe Shiancoe. The defense for Minnesota is very good led by the front line of Jared Allen, Kevin Williams and Pat Williams. Getting E.J. Henderson back from injury will be huge. The Vikings don’t have a quality backup quarterback so their hopes rest on Favre returning.
The Chicago Bears are the wildcard in this division. They have a new offensive coordinator in Mike Martz and a lot of hope for 2010. If quarterback Jay Cutler can avoid making mistakes the Bears could be vastly improved this season. It would also help if running back Matt Forte regains his form. The defense is solid and will be helped by the return of linebacker Brian Urlacher and with the addition of Julius Peppers.
The Detroit Lions will probably not win the NFC North but they are going to be a lot better in 2010. Quarterback Matthew Stafford will have another year of experience, receiver Calvin Johnson should get some help with from Nate Burleson and the defense should also be improved with the addition of defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.