With the NFL season right around the corner (crossing fingers, toes, and nose), I am going to kick off a series where I breakdown each division in the NFL. Recap the key additions, subtractions from the offseason and tell you what you should bet on the Over/Under for each team.
Today I am going to continue my series within the NFC North and tackle the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers.
Key Additions: Justin Jefferson, Jeff Gladney, Ezra Cleveland, Michael Pierce, Tajae Sharpe
Key Subtractions: Stefon Diggs, Josh Kline, Everson Griffen, Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, Andrew Sendejo
Last years record: 10-6
Strength of Schedule: .516 (T-10)
Vegas Over/Under Win Total: 9
The Vikings lost a ton of talent this offseason while utilizing the plethora of picks in the draft to attempt to fill some holes that they were forced to cut or trade.
Replacing Stefon Diggs wasn’t going to be an easy task, but Justin Jefferson should fill out those shoes in the coming years and for half the cost.
The defense is the big concern with the losses of Griffin, Weatherly, Rhodes, Alexander, and Sendejo, they have got to have some youth step up and make plays.
Vikings Over/Under 9: Over, but I am not touching it.
2020 Record: 10-6
Can Cousins turn the Vikings into a formidable team on his arm? Can Cook play 16 games and lighten Cousins load? Can Jefferson fill the shoes of Diggs fast? So many questions need to be answered.
Key Additions: Christian Kirksey, Rick Wagner, AJ Dillon, Josiah Deguara
Key Subtractions: Geronimo Allison, Jimmy Graham, Bryan Bulaga, Blake Martinez, Tramon Williams
Last years record: 13-3
Strength of Schedule: .504 (15th)
Vegas Over/Under Win Total: 9
The Packers had one of the weirdest drafts in modern-day, not only did they draft Jordan Love (a year after paying Rodgers), they also took A.J. Dillon in the 2nd round while not adding any wide receivers for Rodgers in the draft.
They added Funchess who they had hoped would be a red zone threat, but he opted out, and they ‘lost’ Jimmy Graham as well. They are going to need Lazard, Scantling, or Kumerow to step up to the plate and second-year tight end Jace Sternberger.
Packers Over/Under 9: Bet the Over, I think no matter what this season has in store, I believe in Rodgers.
2020 Record: 11-5
Defensively they have the Smith combination leading the charge, Kirksey was a huge addition and will break out if he stays healthy and the secondary is primed to have another solid season.
I believe in Rodgers. I understand a lot of people have questions regarding the talent around him, but he is going to play with a chip on his shoulder, and he has one of the best WR in football on his team and a formidable run game, don’t count out Rodgers in 2020.
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