Sportsbook handicappers will have little reason to consider the woeful Detroit Lions against the NFL odds but they might offer unexpected value as an afterthought. The Chicago Bears look to be a renewed sportsbook wagering threat with the acquisition of quarterback Jay Cutler from the Denver Broncos.
The Bears won and covered 2 out of their first 3 preseason games against the NFL odds and have looked solid in the process. The offense ranked 7th overall in the sportsbook stat charts for scoring and Cutler had a quarterback rating of 92.0.
The Bears have a veteran and solid defense that has carried them in the past few sportsbook seasons and is expected to pair up with Cutler for a championship season. The Green Bay Packers look to be the hottest preseason team on the sportsbook board with a perfect record of 3-0 both straight up and against the spread.
The Pack entered preseason under fire at home from their fans but their offense has been high octane and ranked 2nd in preseason scoring. Their sportsbook weaknesses from last year, special teams and defense, have looked improved so far in exhibition action. Starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers has an eye-popping 151.1 quarterback rating.
The Pack looks to be back! The Minnesota Vikings were considered by nearly all sportsbook handicappers as being loaded at every position except one: quarterback! The Vikings looked to change that with the acquisition of Brett Favre, who just so happened to star for the Packers for 16 sportsbook wagering seasons before an ugly separation.
Favre would love nothing more than to stick it to the Pack but whether he has the endurance for an entire season and the support of the locker room remains to be seen. The Viking defense ranks with the Bears as the two best in the division.
While the Lions are not ready to contend they do have a new attitude and keep in mind that last year they had several near misses in their winless season. That could change and also be the difference in the NFC north race!
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