NFL predictions for the upcoming 2015 season are all the rage right now as football fanatics everywhere are gearing up for a new season. It seems like the Super Bowl was just last week, however that may be because deflategate won’t go away. Nevertheless, all 32 teams will once again start off fresh at 0-0 as hope springs eternal for all!
According to an ESPN report, when it comes to the NFC North, they may be one of the most talented divisions in all of football from top to bottom – that is if they play up to their potential. Every team in the NFC North has a good quarterback, but for one particular QB 2015 may be put up or shut up time.
Matt Stafford and the Detroit Lions were one play (okay, one horrible changed call by the referee) from possibly heading to the NFC Divisional playoff round last season. Nevertheless, Stafford is entering his seventh season as the Lions signal caller and many experts believe that this season should be Stafford’s best. It will have to be if the Lions are going to make the postseason once again.
Detroit has a rough schedule in 2015. They start the season with three of their first four games on the road, and they finish the season with three of their last four games on the road. Now that’s not easy! Add to that the fact that Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are once again stacked, and the Vikings are improving under quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and will have Adrian Peterson back on offense this season and this season could get real ugly real fast.
However, the positive for Detroit fans is just like Green Bay, the Lions are loaded with talent, but this is where Matt Stafford must come up big for Detroit and actually lead them to a couple of big wins during the season.
Stafford has great numbers, however he has not put together back-to-back winning seasons in his career. Detroit finished 10-6 in 2011, only to finish 4-12 in 2012. While the 2013 season started off great, Detroit lost 6 of its last 7 final games finishing 7-9 on the campaign. Since Stafford arrived in the Motor City the Leo’s are 3-31 against teams .500 and above – 0-17 on the road. 2015 has to be the year Stafford breaks the stigma in Motown or it seriously may be time to start thinking about drafting a new QB of the future.
Below is a look at the current Las Vegas odds to win the NFC North division in 2015 as of August 2 according to Bovada sportsbook.
2015-16 NFC North Odds — Over/Under win totals
Green Bay Packers -300 (Over/Under 11)
Detroit Lions +600 (Over/Under 8.5)
Minnesota Vikings +600 (Over/Under 7.5)
Chicago Bears +1200 (Over/Under 7)
- Green Bay Packers 13-3 — OVER
- Detroit Lions 9-7 — OVER
- Minnesota Vikings 9-7 — OVER
- Chicago Bears 6-10 — UNDER