The football season returns in a matter of days, and we’re preparing for it with NFL futures bets for the entire NFC, including projected NFC East, NFC SouthNFC West division champions and NFC championship odds for the coming season. We will also examine some NFL betting odds and uncover a couple of sleeper picks to make a run in the postseason.

The Eagles emerged as the frontrunners last season and came agonizingly close to claiming a win in the Super Bowl against Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Isiah Pacheco and the Kansas City Chiefs. Philadelphia quarterback Jalen Hurts played incredibly well on the biggest stage and was rewarded with a mammoth contract from the Eagles during the offseason.

Let’s get into some NFC North odds as we make our picks for the division.

NFC North Division odds 2023-24 

Detroit Lions +130
Minnesota Vikings +275
Chicago Bears +350
Green Bay Packers +400

NFC North Odds to Finish Second

Detroit Lions +200
Minnesota Vikings +250
Green Bay Packers +300
Chicago Bears +300
NFC North Odds to Finish ThirdGreen Bay Packers +200
Detroit Lions +350
Minnesota Vikings +275
Chicago Bears +225

NFC North Odds to Finish Fourth

Chicago Bears +225
Green Bay Packers +140
Detroit Lions +550
Minnesota Vikings +300

Favorites to win NFC North Division

The Detroit Lions are the current favorites to win the NFC North, and with good reason after a strong finish last year. The Lions’ odds to win the NFC North are +130, while the Vikings have slightly longer odds at +275

Detroit won eight of its last 10 games in 2022, going from 1-6 to 9-8. The Lions will carry that momentum into the upcoming season. Despite Minnesota’s 13-4 record last year, Detroit is the team oddsmakers favor in the NFC North.

The Lions’ running game will feature a new group led by David Montgomery and rookie Jahmyr Gibbs, while the passing game should benefit from the addition of tight end Sam LaPorta.

Detroit’s Jack Campbell will play a hard-nosed, gritty middle linebacker role, and the Lions have brought in veteran talent in their secondary to try and plug gaps that exposed their defense last year. This is one of the most dangerous teams in the NFC North, and it will look to build on last year's momentum when the new season begins.

2023-24 NFC North Predictions and Best Bets

The Detroit franchise has become a bit of a media darling following the “Hard Knocks” series and its insight into Dan Campbell’s team last year. Everybody loved them as the underdog, and it was easy to enjoy seeing them win after the struggle they faced early in the year.

That said, the Lions have lost receiver Jameson Williams again for the early portion of this season, and the secondary might look different, but it remains unproven.

Minnesota’s 13 wins last season drew criticism based on the Vikings’ strength of schedule, but I like the additions they have made this year.

Wide receiver Jordan Addison should immediately contribute and could make serious waves with so much attention placed on Justin Jefferson. Tight end T.J. Hockenson became a key contributor after being traded to Minnesota by Detroit, and K.J. Osborn is certainly no slouch.

The concern for the Vikings is their running game, and whether Alex Mattison is capable of replicating Dalvin Cook's production from last season. Much like the Lions, the Vikings have tried to plug gaps in a secondary that leaked a lot of points last season, but if they can patch over the cracks, I prefer the Vikings’ odds to win the NFC North at +275 rather than the Lions’ odds at +130.

The Pick: Minnesota Vikings to win the NFC North +275

The second of my NFC North predictions concerns second place in the division.

I believe it's possible that many fans are underestimating the Green Bay Packers. Quarterback Jordan Love might not have all that much gameday experience, but he has spent the last three seasons learning the Packers’ system, working with the coaches, and taking pointers from Aaron Rodgers.

While it might be a different coaching staff and a different era, the last time the Packers elected to draft their future quarterback several years too early, it worked out pretty well.

Love could come out and play well, if not spectacular, which could easily be enough for Green Bay to at least finish second in the division.

The Packers have a talented defense and brought in three pass catchers for Love over the first three rounds of the NFL draft. Green Bay is not a bad team, it’s simply unproven, which makes it one of the more intriguing NFC North teams to bet on this year.

The Pick: Green Bay Packers to finish second in the NFC North (+300)

Odds are subject to change*

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