NFL NFC North 2019 Season Preview

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by Chris Feery
August 27th 2019, 7:50am

The race for the NFC North crown may be one of the most competitive in the NFL for 2019.

As you can see in the odds listed below, there’s just not much separating the top three teams in the division. A legitimate case can be made for each of them to take it down.

Let’s take look at what each team in the division brings to the table as the season fast approaches.

NFC North Winner

Favorite to Win the NFC North

Chicago Bears

The Bears surprised the NFL world in 2018. Rookie head coach Matt Nagy led the team to an unexpected division title.

While Chicago was bounced in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, this is a team that showed clear signs of one which could be a powerhouse for a while.

Mitch Trubisky

Mitchell Trubisky took nice strides last year, and the offense could be even better for the second year of Nagy’s tenure. The acquisition of Khalil Mack helped transform the defense into a ferocious unit, and it’s looking like it’ll be more of the same in 2019. 

Chicago will be in the mix for a division title once again, or at least a Wild Card berth.

Bears Season Wins

Bears Make Playoffs

A contender to Watch in the NFC North

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers and Matt LeFleur

A disappointing campaign led to the in-season firing of Mike McCarthy. Matt LaFleur will now be patrolling the sidelines while seeing if he can make the most of what’s left of the prime of the career of Aaron Rodgers. 

The Packers were uncharacteristically active in the offseason. The team added a number of new faces on defense, and the unit looks like one which could be much improved in the coming year.

As long as Rodgers remains upright, the offense will be just fine. 

A year after missing the playoffs, Green Bay is back to being a team in the hunt.

Packers Season Wins

Packers Make Playoffs

The Rest of the NFC North

Minnesota Vikings 

In the wake of a run to the NFC Championship game after the 2017 season, the arrow continued to point up in Minnesota.

Unfortunately, the teams' performance last year didn’t match the preseason expectations as the Vikings missed the postseason entirely.

Kirk Cousins

A late-season change at offensive coordinator was made with an eye to the future. Kevin Stefanski will now have a full year to see what he can do with Kirk Cousins and the talented supporting cast.

The defense is still loaded with talent, so the Vikings may be the most well-rounded team in the division. 

A good amount of observers are sleeping on the Vikings after last year’s disappointment. We’re not.

Minnesota Season Wins

Detroit Lions

Rookie head coach Matt Patricia had a rough first year at the helm. While not a ton was expected out of the Lions heading into 2018, the team still underperformed and had the look of a squad which was lost a number of times during the season. 

Expectations are muted once again in Detroit. The club is bringing up the rear on the odds board to win the division, but there are some talented pieces in place on both sides of the ball.

We’ll have to wait and see if Patricia’s message resonates better in year two. 

Oddsmakers have placed the Lions in the basement of the NFC North. We see nothing to suggest they’re wrong. 

Lions Wins Over/Under

Bottom Line on the NFC North

This is an interesting three-team race which likely won’t be decided until late in the year. While the Bears look great on paper, they also won’t be surprising anyone this year.

The Packers have made some nice additions on defense, but there are questions on how well the offense will click for the first year of LaFleur’s tenure. 

That brings us to the Vikings, a team that disappointed in 2018. They remain loaded with talent, and it won’t take much to turn it around. We like Minnesota to win the NFC North.