After an unusually hectic offseason that seemed to drag on forever, the 2020 NFL season is rapidly approaching at long last.
The 2020 Super Bowl race is wide open, but some early favorites stand out in the Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers. Before anyone starts thinking about the Super Bowl, however, they need to worry about handling their business within their division during the regular season.
With that in mind, here's how the experts see the NFC North shaping up in 2020.
Picks to Win the NFC North
ESPN projections are from their Football Power Index (FPI) projections, Sporting News projections are from Vinnie Iyer's 2020 predictions, USA Today's projections are from Nate Davis' updated 2020 predictions and FanDuel Sportsbook projections are from their 2020 NFL betting odds.
ESPN: Minnesota Vikings
Sporting News: Minnesota Vikings
USA Today: Green Bay Packers
FanDuel Sportsbook Favorite: Minnesota Vikings (+165)
Only one of the experts likes the Packers to repeat as NFC North champions despite their stellar 13-3 finish in the 2019 season. Instead, it's the Minnesota Vikings that are the consensus pick to win the division in 2020.
Minnesota Vikings Predictions 2020
ESPN: 9-7 (1st)
Sporting News: 10-6 (1st)
USA Today: 8-8 (2nd)
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 8.5
Odds to Win the NFC North: +165
Green Bay Packers Predictions 2020
ESPN: 8-8 (2nd)
Sporting News: 9-7 (2nd)
USA Today: 9-7 (1st)
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 9.0
Odds to Win the NFC North: +190
Chicago Bears Predictions 2020
ESPN: 8-8 (3rd)
Sporting News: 7-9 (3rd)
USA Today: 5-11 (4th)
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 8.0
Odds to Win the NFC North: +370
Detroit Lions Predictions 2020
ESPN: 7-9 (4th)
Sporting News: 5-11 (4th)
USA Today: 7-9 (3rd)
FanDuel Sportsbook Win Total: 7.0
Odds to Win the NFC North: +500
With the exception of a couple 5-win projections between the Bears and Lions, experts are expecting a very close race in the NFC North this season despite the fact that 10 wins separated first and last place in the division in 2019.
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