Doc’s Office: NFL 2018 – NFC North Team Totals

NFL 2018 NFC North Preview

 

Chicago Bears

Coaches:

Head Coach: Matt Nagy (new; was KC OC)

OC: Mark Helfrich (new; was Oregon HC)

DC: Vic Fangio (4th year)

Key Position Week 1 Starters (Projected):

QB: Mitchell Trubisky

WR: Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, Anthony Miller (rookie)

RB1: Jordan Howard

TE: Trey Burton

Key Player Changes:

New WR corps; Allen Robinson (coming off ACL), Taylor Gabriel, Anthony Miller (rookie 2nd round pick)

Drafted Roquan Smith LB eighth overall

Strength of Schedule:

17th

Schedule Break-down:

Favored in three games; TB, NYJ and DET all at home

Touchdown or worse dog in 1 game, dog of 3 or less in 8 games

Bears play 6 top 10 opponents and 6 bottom 10 opponents

Season win total:

Over 6.5 -150 / Under 6.5 +130

Doc’s Pick:

Under 6.5 +130

I do look for Bears to be improved just can’t lay the juice on the over, I think they win six or seven games this year; I will be looking closely at their team totals each week, think this offense will be fast paced/higher scoring

 

Detroit Lions

Coaches:

Head Coach: Matt Patricia (new; was NE DC)

OC: Jim Bob Cooter (3rd year)

DC: Paul Pasqualoni (1st year; was BC DL)

Key Position Week 1 Starters (Projected):

QB: Matt Stafford

WR: Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, Golden Tate

RB1: LeGarrette Blount

TE: Luke Wilson

Key Player Changes:

Brought in two RBs (Blount and second rounder Kerryon Johnson) to compete with Ameer Abdullah / Theo Riddick / Zach Zenner

Eric Ebron out, Luke Willson looks to be in line for the starting TE job

Strength of Schedule:

26th

Schedule Break-down:

Favored in four games; NYJ, SEA, CAR, CHI all at home

Touchdown or worse dog in 1 game, dog of 3 or less in 6 games

Lions play 6 top 10 opponents and 6 bottom 10 opponents

Season win total:

Over 7.5 -130 / Under 7.5 +110

Doc’s Pick:

Over 7.5 -130

I don’t think the Lions have any trouble winning 8 games this year. Their WR are solid and have established chemistry with Stafford. While they don’t have a stud RB they have a stable of options that will get the job done.

 

Green Bay Packers

Coaches:

Head Coach: Mike McCarthy (13th year)

OC: Joe Philbin (1st year; was IND asst HC)

DC: Mike Pettine (1st year; was CLE HC)

Key Position Week 1 Starters (Projected):

QB: Aaron Rodgers

WR: Davante Adams, Randall Cobb, Geronimo Allison

RB1: Jamaal Williams (Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery will contribute as well)

TE: Jimmy Graham

Key Player Changes:

Brought in Jimmy Graham; lost Richard Rodgers

Lost Jordy Nelson (88 targets last year); getting healthy Aaron Rodgers back

Added Tramon Williams CB, Muhammed Wilkerson DE, first 3 draft picks were on the defensive side of the ball

Strength of Schedule:

8th

Schedule Break-down:

Favored in 12 games; dog to LAR, NE, MIN all away

Favored by 6 or more in five games

Packers play 5 top 10 opponents and 6 bottom 10 opponents

Season win total:

Over 10 +120 / Under 10 -140

Doc’s Pick:

Over 10 +120

The Packers will win a tough NFC north this year, with the Vikings close behind. Rodgers coming back full strength plus the addition of several defensive pieces should have them ready to roll to 12-13 wins.

 

Minnesota Vikings

Coaches:

Head Coach: Mike Zimmer (5th year)

OC: John DeFilippo (1st year; was PHI QB)

DC: George Edwards (5th year)

Key Position Week 1 Starters (Projected):

QB: Kirk Cousins

WR: Stefon Diggs, Laquon Treadwell, Adam Thielen

RB1: Dalvin Cook

TE: Kyle Rudolph

Key Player Changes:

Kirk Cousins, Trevor Siemian in and Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater, Case Keenum out

Lost Jerick McKinnon but get back healthy Dalvin Cook

Added Sheldon Richardson DT

Strength of Schedule:

21st

Schedule Break-down:

Favored in 11 games; dog to GB, LAR, PHI, NE all away

Favored by 6.5 or more in five games

Vikings play 6 top 10 opponents and 6 bottom 10 opponents

Season win total:

Over 10 -110 / Under 10 -110

Doc’s Pick:

Over 10 -110

Minnesota has perhaps the best skill position group in the NFL with Diggs, Thielen, Rudolph and Cook and they should not have any issues putting points on the board. They win 11-12 games this year.

 

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