Well with the 4th installment of "the Nostradamus effect" I left the NFC North last for a reason. Many of you may remember when we resided in that division prior to 2002 back when it was called the NFC Central. This division is home to the most storied franchises in football, and can say I honestly miss it. Chicago games in the old sombrero were awesome, Green Bay as well, Detroit was a threat because Barry Sanders seemed to always have his best games against us, Minnesota games were always fun to watch our defense fight it out with their offense. Well enough of memory lane.
Hit the jump to see the individual team breakdowns and predictions.
The Chicago Bears
have pretty good defense, the problem is they spend too much time on it. They had more plays from scrimmage on defense than on offense. The Bears did name Mike Tice the OC for the 2012 season but can he make the offense better? Well the Bears did land WR Brandon Marshall in a trade with the Dolphins
for two 3rd rounders’ (lol), they draft WR Alshon Jeffrey so they addressed some offensive need. The real issue is though why have they not signed RB Matt Forte
who basically was their offense last year? They didn’t draft as bad as some grade them, with exception of the last couple rounds, they did get a pass rusher in DE Shea McClellin out of Boise State to play opposite DE Julius Peppers. Although, they did nothing to address the O-line in the draft and that was a huge area of need for them.
My prediction is that the Bears finish a little better than last year but stay 3rd in the division but they finish 9-7, the main thing is that in 2013 RB Matt Forte will sign with the NY Jets
since he does not get what he feels is far from Chicago. Next year the Bears draft RB Marcus Lattimore.
The Minnesota Vikings
have a QB Christian Ponder
that played pretty well as he was running for his life and had virtually no one open half the time. The team overall is pretty balanced in terms of defense and offense but did well to bolster both. The made upgrades to protect their young QB by drafting OT Matt Khalil and that was HUGE for this team. They got some fresh legs in a drafted WR Greg Childs
who I think will do well in that offense along with WR Jerome Simpson
who was acquired this offseason. The team is poised to change the franchise for the better; they have a pass rush and filled much needed holes on defense through draft and FA, but is it enough? They had a pretty bad season last year and want to erase it from memory.
My prediction is that they finish 8-8 and look forward to the future with some key additions and keeping their existing players (healthy also) this could turn into a dangerous team soon.
The Detroit Lions
made a huge turn around and like just about any sports fan we fall in love with the allure of the Cinderella stories and the worst to firsts. This team really came together well but they are missing a piece of the puzzle to really finish this team off and I think they had a great off season to achieve this. They had a strong draft and offseason except they still are missing that every down franchise RB. I really would have liked to see them draft one or pick up one in FA; I also think they should give RB Cedric Benson
a serious look. Benson could help the Lions have an alternate incase Best can’t stay healthy or just to prolong both careers and have success.
My prediction for the Lions is that they go 11-5 and the major prediction is they go deep in the playoffs again but fall short. Next year though they do what it takes to get their franchise RB Montee Ball from Wisconsin.
The Green Bay Packers
are a legendary team that many fans respect and admire of course there is a strong rivalry with old school Bucs fans as with any team within this division. How many thought this team would go undefeated? And how many thought a losing team in the KC Chiefs
would derail that dream? The answer 5 Chiefs fans, and to top it off they got eliminated by the Giants
and denied the repeat Super Bowl everyone thought was theirs, did this team have too much confidence in themselves? The fact is all team have holes, always, what makes a team great is the ability to adapt to the game and prepare for different things prior to. The key thing that was exposed was how bad their defense played last year, or in their case last in the league. On the contrary, their offense was top 3 in the league. The Packers drafted strongly in favor of defense to help fix this but is it enough? They weren’t very active in FA in fact they lost more than they gained.
My prediction for the Packers is that their game has been exposed and they did little in the offseason to bring in veteran help on defense and instead relied on a good defensive draft to fill those holes. You never know who will pan out and it’s risky. That oversight will come back to bite them. Packer’s finish 9-7 and the main thing is they realize their game is exposed and spend in FA to fill holes and get some much needed depth and particularly RB.
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