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2014 NFC North odds & prediction: Lions ready to roar? Packers, Bears favored

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With just a little over a month until the NFL kicks-off the 2014 season, Las Vegas sports books are bracing for another busy year as gamblers get set to risk millions of dollars weekly on the NFL. The odds to win each division for every team have been released, now it’s time to figure out which teams will live up to the hype.

According to an ESPN report on July 29, the NFC North may have arguably the best talent when it comes to quarterbacks, but overall as a division they seem to fall short of expectations when it comes to winning the Super Bowl. This season may be different as the NFC Conference is more wide open than ever.

Preseason always brings a lot of questions and high expectations for each team, but for some like the Detroit Lions it is time to win now.

With Matt Stafford at QB and talent like Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Reggie Bush and Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit is far from being in a rebuilding stage under first year coach Jim Caldwell. The Lions were 6-2 after Week 8 last season before the wheels once again fell off in Motown.

Excuses will not fly in the Motor City this year. With the best WR in the game in Calvin Johnson, and one of the best offenses in the entire NFL, Detroit should make a run at the NFC North in 2014. The addition of Golden Tate from Seattle has Megatron thinking the offense will be even better in 2014.

“Golden is going to get a lot of one-on-one coverages, man,” Johnson said Tuesday. “All those weapons that we have, those one-on-ones, they go full-circle and I might get some more myself.”

Is 2014 the “Year of the Lion?”

A healthy Jay Cutler in Chicago and Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay will also be fighting tooth and nail to win the North. Also, let’s not forget about the Vikings. Any team with a player like Adrian Peterson is always a threat to win on a weekly basis. The NFC North was one of the weakest divisions on paper last season as the Packers won the title with an 8-7-1 record. They also were without Aaron Rodgers for nearly half of the season. Rodgers missed 7 games in 2013 with a fractured collarbone.

The Bears are always tough at home – and they added Jared Allen on defense. However "Da Bears" will only go as far as Jay Cutler takes them. When Cutler is on, Chicago is tough to beat.

Here is a look at the current odds to win the 2014-15 NFC North Division and prediction.

2014 NFC North Odds:

Green Bay Packers -110
Chicago Bears +250
Detroit Lions +400
Minnesota Vikings +1000

Prediction: It may be cliche, but if every team stays healthy the division crown may not be decided until the final week or two of the season. The Lions - Packers game in Week 17 may decide this division.

Prediction:

1. Detroit

2. Green Bay

3. Chicago

4. Minnesota

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