A couple days ago, we checked to see how we thought the NFC East would play out. It’s time to turn our attention to the NFC North and see who’ll leave that division as the champion. Last year, the Chicago Bears ran away from the division. After reaching the NFC Championship game a year ago, Minnesota only managed to win 8 games. Once again, Green Bay had a disappointing season as they finished with a 6-9-1 record. Detroit continued their losing ways as they finished last in the division. In 2019, can the Bears continue their dominance in the NFC North? Could Minnesota or Green Bay make a run at the Bears this season? Let’s see how things will play out this season.
As we mentioned above, the Chicago Bears dominated the division last season. Unfortunately, a missed field goal against the Eagles in the playoffs ended their Super Bowl dreams. Chicago should still have a dominant defense lead by Khalil Mack. On offense, Mitchell Trubisky will only get better and the Bears should be a better team. They will be missing Jordan Howard because he was their workhorse. Will the Bears go 12-4 again this upcoming season? Probably not, but they should be fear in opposing offenses once again. Will it equate to another division championship?
The Lions finished last in the division a year ago in Matt Patricia’s first year as coach. With Matthew Stafford still in his prime, Detroit need to turn this things around quickly. On defense, Detroit added Tre Flowers to help sure up that defensive line. In this division, you need to have a stout defense and adding Flowers is a good thing. Having Flowers on the line with Romeo Okwara will have opposing QBs. On the offensive side, Detroit signed C.J. Anderson to team with Kerryon Johnson in the backfield. Did the Lions do enough to compete in the division this season?
Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers went through a lot of changes during the offseason. Everything started with a coaching change with the hopes of adding flair to the offense. Matt LaFleur was brought in to help Aaron Rodgers to get back into MVP form. The Packers could still have one of the better offenses in the league as long as they have Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay focused on the defense during the offseason in free agency and the draft. They signed Adrian Amos away from the Bears to help protect the secondary. They drafted Rashan Gary from Michigan with hopes of attacking the QB. They signed Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith to rush the QBs. Can they reclaim the division this upcoming season?
When Minnesota signed Kirk Cousins to that huge 3-year deal, the Vikings thought they’d be in the Super Bowl. Minnesota drafted Irv Smith Jr. out of Alabama and he could be a favorite target for Cousins. If Minnesota were to play Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith Jr, the running game could benefit. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs one of the better WR tandems in the league. With the Vikings extending Anthony Barr, the Vikings defense should be one of the leagues best this year. Can the Vikings improve on their 8-8 record from a year ago?
My Division Picks
- Chicago Bears
- Minnesota Vikings
- Green Bay Packers
- Detroit Lions
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