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Sneaking up on the pack last season, the Chicago Bears ended a seven-year run of NFC North supremacy by the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings. Under rookie head coach Matt Nagy, the Bears posted their most wins since the 2006 Super Bowl season, putting an emphatic end to their run of four straight last-place finishes. The talent remains for another strong season and oddsmakers have the Bears pegged as the division favorite, slightly ahead of the Packers and Vikings. For the first time since 2005 Green Bay will start the season with a new coach. Matt LaFleur takes over and his success is directly tied to the play of Aaron Rodgers, who remains one of the best in the game.

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Chicago Bears +167

Green Bay Packers +210

Minnesota Vikings +225

Detroit Lions +1275


The same four teams have played in the division since before the NFL/AFL merger, after the merger and through realignment. The rivalries among those teams are so fierce that the NFC North was tabbed the “Black and Blue Division.” The Packers have won nine crowns since 2002, but they haven’t won since 2016, a dormant period that coincided with injuries to Rodgers. It’s no secret that Green Bay will go as far as Rodgers takes them and the team is banking on an innovative new approach with LaFleur to spice up the offense.

A breakout season last year had fans in Chicago flocking to Soldier Field for the first time in years. Taking a page from the 2017 Los Angeles Rams, the Bears hired an offensive-minded coach to work with a second-year quarterback. The results were eerily similar right down to a division title and wild card playoff loss in the first season. Mitchell Trubisky was the beneficiary and the Bears were a fun team to watch. But their defense is what got them to the top of the heap. Looking like the “Monsters of the Midway” the Bears allowed the fewest points in the NFL and return much of the same personnel. They won’t have the architect of the unit, though, with Vic Fangio heading to Denver to take the head gig.

The Vikings and Detroit Lions will need stronger quarterback play in 2019 to have any hopes of contending for the title. Minnesota forked out a lot of cash for Kirk Cousins and his debut season in the Twin Cities didn’t go as planned. Cousins has put up numbers every year, and they were decent last season. However, he’s reached the playoffs just once and he’s yet to win a game. The Lions may have been the busiest team during the offseason with several moves to strengthen a defense that didn’t fit the mold of Matt Patricia. Getting key playmakers back from injury on offense, including QB Matthew Stafford, will make the group stronger. But right now the Lions aren’t in the same class as the other teams in the division.

National Football Conference Teams

Philadelphia Eagles Chicago Bears New Orleans Saints Los Angeles Rams
Dallas Cowboys Green Bay Packers Atlanta Falcons Seattle Seahawks
Washington Redskins Minnesota Vikings Carolina Panthers San Francisco 49ers
New York Giants Detroit Lions Tampa Bay Buccaneers Arizona Cardinals

List of NFC North Winners

2018 Chicago Bears 12-4
2017 Minnesota Vikings 13–3
2016 Green Bay Packers 10–6
2015 Minnesota Vikings 11–5
2014 Green Bay Packers 12–4
2013 Green Bay Packers 8–7–1
2012 Green Bay Packers 11–5
2011 Green Bay Packers 15–1
2010 Chicago Bears 11-5
2009 Minnesota Vikings 12–4
2008 Minnesota Vikings 10–6
2007 Green Bay Packers 13–3
2006 Chicago Bears 13-3
2005 Chicago Bears 11-5
2004 Green Bay Packers 10–6
2003 Green Bay Packers 10–6
2002 Green Bay Packers 12–4
2001 Chicago Bears 13–3
2000 Minnesota Vikings 11–5
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1999 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11–5
1998 Minnesota Vikings 15–1
1997 Green Bay Packers 13–3
1996 Green Bay Packers 13–3
1995 Green Bay Packers 11–5
1994 Minnesota Vikings 10–6
1993 Detroit Lions 10–6
1992 Minnesota Vikings 11–5
1991 Detroit Lions 12–4
1990 Chicago Bears 11–5
1989 Minnesota Vikings 10–6
1988 Chicago Bears 12–4
1987 Chicago Bears 11–4
1986 Chicago Bears 14–2
1985 Chicago Bears 15–1
1984 Chicago Bears 10–6
1983 Detroit Lions 9–7
1982 Green Bay Packers 5–3–1
1981 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9–7
1980 Minnesota Vikings 9–7
1979 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10–6
1978 Minnesota Vikings 8–7–1
1977 Minnesota Vikings 9–5
1976 Minnesota Vikings 11–2–1
1975 Minnesota Vikings 12–2
1974 Minnesota Vikings 10–4
1973 Minnesota Vikings 12–2
1972 Green Bay Packers 10–4
1971 Minnesota Vikings 11–3
1970 Minnesota Vikings 12–2
1969 Minnesota Vikings 12–2
1968 Minnesota Vikings 8–6
1967 Green Bay Packers 9–4–1

The NFC North started as the Central Division in 1967 with Green Bay, Minnesota, Chicago and Detroit comprising the membership. After the merger it became known as the NFC Central and added Tampa Bay for the 1977 season. The Bucs are the only other team to be a member of the division. Tampa was placed in the NFC South when the league realigned in 2002 and the division became known as the NFC North.

The division has seen decades of dominance, unfortunately Detroit fans are still waiting for theirs. The Vikings were kings in the 1970s winning eight division titles and a record six straight from 1973 to 1978. They also captured the last two of the 1960s and the 1980 title giving them 11 in 13 seasons. The Vikings appeared in four Super Bowls during that stretch, but failed to get a victory. They haven’t been back since losing Super Bowl IX following the 1976 season.

The Bears ended a seven-year drought by claiming their 11th division title in 2018. Five of their NFC North titles came consecutively from 1984 to 1988. The 1985 team is considered one of the best in league history after going 15-1 during the regular season and hammering New England in Super Bowl XX. The Bears returned to the Super Bowl following the second of back-to-back titles in 2006, falling to the Indianapolis Colts.

Green Bay has won 12 of its 15 division titles and two Super Bowls since the 1995 season. Their win in Super Bowl XLV came after the Pack qualified as a Wild Card with a 10-6 record. The Lions haven’t won a division title since 1993, the longest current drought of any franchise operated continuously over that span.

Most NFC North Division Titles

Minnesota Vikings 20 2017
Green Bay Packers 15 2016
Chicago Bears 11 2018
Detroit Lions 3 1993
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3 1999

The Green Bay/Chicago rivalry is the oldest and fiercest in the NFL and is part of the reason why the division is called the Black and Blue. Throw in the Lions, who have been around since 1930 and the Vikings, who came into existence in 1961, and the division has a bunch of old, nasty franchises. The division crowns have been closely split among the Bears, Packers and Vikings, who have combined for 46 of the 52 since the formation of the division in 1967.

The Lions have just three division titles with their last coming in 1993. Tampa Bay left the old Central Division for the newly created NFC South when the NFL realigned for the 2002 campaign, but they won three divisions in their brief stay, the same number as Detroit.

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