6 reasons why the Vikings will be better than the Packers in 2020

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Will the Minnesota Vikings win more games than the Green Bay Packers in 2020?

The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers hope to end up at the top of the NFC North division, like most years, in 2020. Oddsmakers hypothesize the Vikings and Packers both finishing with nine wins this season, while the rival Chicago Bears (eight) and Detroit Lions (6.5) lag slightly behind.

The Bears will likely have their typical, tough defense this year. But questions about their offensive potency linger. Barring a possible rookie emergence elsewhere in the NFL, Chicago is the only team in the league entering the 2020 season with a significant quarterback battle.

Incumbent starter Mitchell Trubisky has, what feels like, one final opportunity to solidify his legitimacy as the Bears franchise quarterback. If he isn’t worthy of the assignment, Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles is sharpening his knives.

In any event, if Chicago does not thrive in 2020, it could potentially be the end of head coach Matt Nagy’s tenure with the team and probably Trubisky’s too.

The Lions are befuddling. They hired former New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia in 2018 to give longtime signal-caller a Matthew Stafford an actual defense to depend on. He’s handed him one, but it’s been average, at best.

Detroit ranks 21st in points allowed in the two seasons since Patricia’s hire. Moreover, the Lions have a 9-22-1 record since 2018, the fourth-worst in the NFL. It would not be shocking if Detroit to popped up and made a run at the division this year, but it’s unlikely

That leaves the Vikings and Packers, per usual, to scuffle for this season’s NFC North crown. Let’s go over why Minnesota will be the team to win more games in 2020 than their Interstate 94 buddies.