So here we are another season about to begin and the predictions are going to start flying. Well as you know from last year’s mildly popular Nostradamus effect I am going to do it again this year. So we start in the NFC North home of the Bears, Lions, Packers and Vikings. So without further adieu let’s get started:
The Chicago Bears
are one of the teams in a division with probably the most storied franchises in the league. They seemed to be hot then cold then hot then cold all season. I do like Kasheem Greene and really hoped we would have drafted him but to be honest we didn’t need him as much as the Bears do and him paired with Jon Bostic should make the LB corps pretty solid and flexible in coverage. I think they are on their way up and if they can keep QB Jay Cutler
vertical they can compete but I don’t see enough to be playoff contenders. I have the Bears fighting to not be last in this division.
The Detroit Lions
looked legit the year before last and I had them set to take the division last year. Boy was I wrong lol. This was by far my worst prediction and I owe it all to the fact that the Lions secondary has more holes than Swiss cheese but not quite 2012 Bucs. Their run game was weak at best. They made some positive changes in terms of the run game by adding Reggie Bush
and bolstered their secondary by signing CB Chris Houston
. They still have a lot of room to go and I am shocked they passed on Dee Milliner
for Ezekiel Ansah who is raw and not as much a need as CB was. But they did add Darius Slay
to compete for a starting spot. I see Detroit as having all the tools but something is keeping them away from glory and I think that is HC Jim Schwartz. They end up at the bottom of the division this year again, but better than last year.
The Green Bay Packers
most definitely have a playoff caliber team and needed a few key elements to take them further. Most notable a clear cut starting bell cow RB. They did so through draft by adding Both Eddie Lacy
and Johnathan Franklin
. This will give them a good tandem in the backfield starring Lacy and a utility/3rd down back in Franklin. I was a little shocked they went with 2 young backs and did not bolster their struggling defense. Although they did add a DE he was kind of a shock as he is not ideally suited to the GB defense with the draft of Datone Jones. Well regardless this team went 11-5 last year and will likely repeat that this year. I see this team winning the division and going farther in the playoffs with a balanced run game and passing attack.
The Minnesota Vikings
lost a key player with Percy Harvin
but did pick up Cordarrelle Patterson
and while I realize talent wise he is not Percy Harvin, system wise he is a much better fit. They have THE premier RB in AP and some top defensive players. Also their QB Christian Ponder
is coming along nicely but I still think there is room for this team to grow. While they did make the playoffs last season I have them missing it this season.
Now your turn:
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