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2013 NFC North Odds

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The NFL season is just around the corner and every team in the league has begun mini camps in preparation for the upcoming season. The 2013 NFC North Odds currently have the Green Bay Packers heavily favored to win the division. The Packers are also one of the teams considered to be a Super Bowl contender this season.

AFC North Odds

Green Bay Packers -200
Chicago Bears +350
Detroit Lions +500
Minnesota Vikings +600

Aaron Rodgers returns for another season to guide the Packers of Green Bay this season. It was a less than stellar year one season ago for the Packers, even though they finished the regular season with an 11-5 record. But it seems that with Rodgers under center anything less than a Super Bowl isn't a successful year for the Pack. Now they have to replace disgruntled receiver Greg Jennings and the team is putting a lot of stock in James Jones. They also picked up a legitimate threat at running back in Eddie Lacy, the bruiser from Alabama. The defense, though, will be key for the Packers this season.

In Chicago Jay Cutler is batting away the criticism from everyone and just looking to get back to football. He's got a great bevy of receivers to get the football to this season, led by Brandon Marshall, one of the best in the game. They didn't run the ball very well last season, so getting Matt Forte back to 100 percent and getting a lot of touches will certainly be important for the Bears. They ranked just 29th in rushing yards per game a season ago. Martellus Bennett will help Cutler from the tight end spot but how will the Bears defense react to no longer having Brian Urlacher anchor them?

Detroit and Minnesota will both be solid teams this season, but their odds are considerably longer because they aren't sure-fire 10-win teams yet. The Lions have a dynamic offense with Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford and now Reggie Bush. The defense has gotten better in the off-season but how will this team, which has built up a pretty bad reputation the past few seasons, bounce back from a dismal 4-12 season. The Vikings were 10-6 last season and won four of their six games against NFC North opponents. Adrian Peterson is the best overall player in football and he's poised for another amazing season.

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