NFC North Preview


Green Bay Packers (predicted 11-5)

For the past couple of years the Packers have been a team to reckoned with, Aaron Rogers has been one of the major reasons for this dynasty.  Rogers has many veteran receivers back in his huddle.   Not only are have these receivers been in the league for a while, but Rogers has thrown to them before.  The Packers running back situation is one that scares a lot of Cheese Heads.  The number one and number two backs on the depth chart are rookies Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin.  There is no reason to be worried about these two backs.  If you watched college football you saw the explosive plays from both Lacy and Franklin.  Both of these backs will see a lot of play time throughout the year.   the number three man DeJuan Harris has only one year of experience and the number four man Alex Green has three.  Young backs are not always a bad thing in the NFL they tend be more healthy than veteran backs.

The Packers defense may be the thing that has led the team to many wins.  Needless to say the Packers have the best or one of the best defenses in the league.  Led by showy linebackers Clay Matthews and A.J. Hawk.  The packers defense is made of of all veterans besides one defensive end Datone Jones from UCLA.

Chicago Bears (predicted 10-6)

The Bears have a favorable schedule this year.  Out of all twenty-two starters on the Bears this year only one rookie will start, Kyle Long the guard out of Oregon.  Matt Forte who has been one of the Leagues best backs the last several years will run behind a very experienced line, there is nothing better than that.  The passing attack for the Bears will be very dangerous this year.  Jay cutler throwing to Alshon Jefferey and Brandon Marshall.  Jefferey who is still young had a great career at South Carolina, while Marshalll has been making some noise in the NFL.

The Bears defense is strong.  Not one rookie will get the start this year on d.  Some say have rookie starters is good, but when you have a defense that has been playing in the league for a long time that is maturity that most teams would pay for.

Detroit Lions (predicted 9-7) 

For years the Detroit Lions have been getting early round draft picks.  people have been wondering when all this great college talent will finally be modeled into a great team.  The time is now.  Although 9-7 is not a great record the improvement is great.  The Lions have a veteran offence led by Matthew Stafford.  Almost all the starters on both sides of the ball have approximately 5 years of experience this is because off all the early draft picks that they have had.

The defense has all the experience too.  Only one rookie is getting the start and that is Ezekiel Ansah who had a great year at BYU.  So why not the Lions in 2013?

Minnesota Vikings (predicted 8-8)

Christian Ponder looks to have a great years this year.  At the receiver position there is not a lot of veteran depth.  Besides Jerome Simpson and Greg Jennings the Vikings are very young at the receiver position.  The running backs will be the key part of the offence as long as Adrian Peterson stays healthy.  Toby Gerhart is a good back, but not good enough to carry the team.

On the defensive side of the ball the d-line is very strong, led by Jared Allen.  Rookie Gerald Hodges from Penn State will get the start at WLB.  The middle linebacker and the strong-side linebacker are experienced  but not the best.  The problem with the Vikings this year will be the young defensive backs.

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