The Green Bay Packers won the NFC North with a 13-3 regular season finish last year, and that included a perfect 6-0 divisional record. Neither of their two matchups with the Minnesota Vikings were particularly close either, winning by a combined score of 44 to 27.
It looks like oddsmakers don't expect that trend to continue in 2020 though, according to the odds released on FanDuel Sportsbook for their Week 1 matchup.
Packers vs Vikings Spread Week 1
The Packers have opened as significant 3.5-point underdogs for their opening game of the season. Granted, they will be on the road in Minnesota, but the Vikings being favored by more than a field goal comes as a bit of a surprise after the way the series went in 2019.
The Packers haven't made many improvements this offseason, especially at key spots. They still have an incredibly thin group of pass-catchers, with no depth to speak of behind Davante Adams. They also spent their first-round pick on Jordan Love, who doesn't do anything to help the team's chances in 2020. They also haven't had any key losses in the offseason, however.
The Vikings have shaken things up a bit more. They traded Stefon Diggs but drafted a replacement in Justin Jefferson. They've also had some key losses in the secondary, but that may not be much of a concern.
There's still plenty of time for things to change and for the odds to move ahead of the start of the 2020 NFL season, but this spread could indicate a potential turning of the tide in the NFC North.
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