NFL Predictions 2014-NFC North
by Mark Neal
posted Aug 19 2014 11:17AM
We will be doing our NFL division predictions, one division at a time...here is the NFC North! Your thoughts and comments are welcome!
Tomorrow: NFC South
1. Green Bay Packers...In a division with plenty of solid offenses, and average defenses, they might be the best combination of the two. The Packers had the 3rd best offense is the NFL in 2013, and the addition of Eddie Lacy was a big reason. He added stability to a running game that wasn't always productive. Aaron Rodgers is still one of the best QBs in the league, and he has some targets to play with as well. The question will be on defense. The addition of Julius Peppers should help the pass rush. They have good players, just need them on the field. The NFC North will be a tough division to win, but I see the Packers getting it done in 2014.
2. Chicago Bears...I don't even recognize the Bears. They have a high powered passing game, and a bad defense? That is certainly a rare combination for the Monsters of the Midway. Jay Cutler has plenty of huge targets at his disposal between Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, and Martellus Bennett. Matt Forte is also there to make the ground game go. The questions, strangely enough, come on the defense where they ranked 30th a season ago! If that improves, maybe they can win this division. If not, look for big scores on the shores of Lake Michigan in 2014.
3. Detroit Lions...They just can't seem to put it all together. Matt Stafford is still a QB capable of big things, IMO. They have Calvin Johnson, the quintessential WR in the NFL, as good as any player in football. They have been searching endlessly for a solid #2 to go with Megatron for years, but maybe it's at the TE position where they have as much depth as any team in the league. Defensively, they ranked 16th in the NFL in 2013...good for the best rank in the NFC North! Build on that, find offense consistently from someone other than Johnson, and maybe a Wildcard is in store for the Lions.
4. Minnesota Vikings...They are still looking for that guy under center. Christan Ponder wasn't the answer. Matt Cassell might get the 1st crack at it in 2014, but 1st Rd draft pick Teddy Bridgewater is right on his heels. They still have Adrian Peterson, the best RB in the league over the past 5-6 seasons...a true warrior. The emergence of WR/KR Cordarrelle Patterson was huge for Minnesota. Every team needs a guy that is a threat to go all the way every time they touch the football. The defense was trash in 2013, with only the putrid Dallas Cowboys' defense between them and the bottom of the league in terms of total yards allowed. With the offenses in the NFC North, if that defense doesn't tighten up, it doesn't matter what the offense does. Improve there, maybe .500 is possible, but doubtful.
Filed Under :
Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall, Calvin Johnson, Eddie Lacy, Jay Cutler, Julius Peppers, Martellus Bennett, Matt Cassell, Matt Forte, Matt Stafford, Teddy Bridgewater