Our preview of every division in the NFL for the upcoming season takes us to the NFC North for the latest installment. The Green Bay Packers are prohibitive favorites to win the title again this season after posting a NFL-best 15-1 record in 2011.
The Packers remain basically intact from last year's squad so it is easy to see why they are such heavy favorites. One of the problems for Green Bay could be living-up to such high expectations but another one is the Chicago Bears. If all of the talent on the Bear's offense plays to its ability and Brian Urlacher can get back on the field on defense, the NFC North race will be much closer than expected.
Detroit is in prime position for a major step backwards after last year's run to a wildcard spot in the playoffs as a result of a number of off-field issues involving some high-profile players. Minnesota hopes to have Adrian Peterson back on the field for the start of the regular season but there are still way too many holes on both sides of the ball for the Vikings to seriously compete for the division title this year.
The following is a link to my complete preview of the NFC North in an article that was originally posted on Bang the Book.
2012 NFC North Odds & Preview