CANTON,Ohio- Going from one of the toughest divisions to pick a winner in the NFC South to a division that I feel will come down to two team, maybe three. Welcome to the NFC North. Historically one of the best divisions in the NFL.
OFFENSE- I think Jay Cutler is a good QB when he has protection and his mind is right. But neither of those have been consistent enough. Chicago does have some weapons at wide receiver with Alshon Jeffrey, Eddie Royal and Kevin White. I’m just not expecting a lot out of the Bears from this side of the ball.
DEFENSE- Unless the Bears have some players that really step up, I think teams that have a good offense and maybe even a decent offense should be able to score on Chicago.
FINAL SUMMERY- Clearly a rebuilding year for “Da Bears” especially being in the same division as Detroit, Green Bay and Minnesota. Their schedule for 2016 definitely won’t help. They need a fresh start at the quarterback position with a young guy that they can build around. Maybe the 2017 draft?
OFFENSE- No more Calvin Johnson. Yes, that’s a big loss if you ask me. The front office in the “Motor City” got right to work signing free agent WR Marvin Jones from the Bengals. Nice pickup but he’s no Calvin Johnson. Nonetheless, QB Matthew Stafford has plenty of targets at wide receiver in Jones, Golden Tate, Anquan Bolden and Andre Caldwell. Maybe Ameer Abdullah can help take on some of the work load at running back. I’m curious to see how this Lions offense goes with the loss of Johnson.
DEFENSE- Here’s my question with Detroit’s defense. Can their secondary do enough to help out the front 7?
FINAL SUMMERY- I do see Detroit reaching 8 wins possibly with the schedule they have. As for playoffs? I’m not sure about that.
OFFENSE- Teddy Bridgewater continues to grow as a player and only get better. Now you give him weapons like Adrian Peterson in the backfield, Stefon Diggs, Kyle Rudolph and rookie Laquon Treadwell. I can see Minnesota really lighting up the scoreboard this year.
DEFENSE- Chad Greenway, Anthony Barr and Xavier Rhodes are just some of the play makers the Vikings put on the field for defense. It will be tough to score on Minnesota this year.
FINAL SUMMERY- The NFC North will be a toss up. I know I have Minnesota in second, but they could very easily win the North. They do have some tough opponents waiting for them in 2016.
OFFENSE- Aaron Rodges should have Jordy Nelson back full go back week 1. If Eddie Lacy can take on a good amount of the work load through the whole season, the Packers will go deep into the playoffs. Yes, even the Super Bowl.
DEFENSE- Green Bay I like the secondary, but will the front seven be able to help out the secondary. This might be the last year that the Packers can hold onto first place in this division.
FINAL SUMMERY- Green Bay is still young on offense, but can the front seven keep up with the secondary? Green Bay doesn’t exactly have a light schedule either. Should be interesting.
Talk about a tough decision to make between first and second place. Let me add this little note. If Detroit can have a good year defensively, I really think they could challenge for second place but only if the Packers are the team that falls behind Minnesota.
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