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Here is the 2021 Pro Football Betting Guide preview for the NFC North.
THE FAVORITE: GREEN BAY PACKERS
The NFC North futures market was more volatile than the stock market this offseason. Coming off back-to-back division titles at 13-3 and back-to-back trips to the NFC championship game, the Packers were obvious favorites, but then the Aaron Rodgers soap opera began. When rumors circulated about Rodgers retiring, the Vikings were made the chalk, with a lot of books taking the division off their boards. But with Rodgers agreeing to new contract terms, the Packers regained their role as favorites around -200.
Rodgers, who won his third MVP award last season with career highs of a 70.7% completion percentage and 48 TD passes, is obviously the straw that stirs the drink. Davante Adams is the team’s best WR and arguably the best in the NFL at a deep position, but Rodgers also spreads the ball around. RB Aaron Jones is a notch below Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook, but he has had back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons with 30 TDs over the last two years. Green Bay’s defense ranked No. 7 in yards allowed last season, feasting on weaker teams, but its shortcomings often get exposed against better teams. So the Packers are the class of the NFC North until proven otherwise but not as good a bet in other futures markets.