NFL Season Preview: NFC North

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August 31, 2012 6:57 PM by Smash

Packers (12-4) (14-2)

The Packers finished the regular season at 15-1 last year and were embarrassingly knocked out of the post season in their first game. Aaron Rodgers and the majority of the same team are back.  They’re excellent on both sides of the ball, have one of the weakest schedules in the league, and want to fix the mistakes of last season.  Packers take the NFC North.

The Pack will go 14-2 and Rodgers will have one of his best seasons ever.

Bears (10-6) (11-5)

The Bears are going to have a much improved season in 2012-2013. Cutty is back with his boy Brandon Marshall which should prove to be a very nice hookup.  As much as I don’t like Lovie Smith, the Bears have a great shot at the post season this year (wildcard) if the crucial players can remain healthy.  Bears finish the season with 10 wins.

If they stay healthy they will give the Pack a run for their money 11-5.

Lions (8-8) (8-8)

The Lions are the type of team I always want to see win.  I don’t know if it’s because I grew up watching Barry Sanders, their annual Thanksgiving game, or simply because they were so bad for so long. Whatever it is, I still don’t think this will be the year of the  Lions.  Not only do they have the Packers and the Bears to overcome, they have a very questionable secondary.  Stafford and Megatron is another lethal combination in the  league.  If the defense can hold up and running game remain steady, they have a  legitimate shot.

It will be a frustrating season for the lions. They will slump and finish at .500. Calvin Johnson will try to put the team on his back but it will prove too tough.

Vikings (4-12) (5-11)

Having another terrible season last year, the Vikings made little-to-no improvements this off season.  Sure Adrian Peterson is healthy again, but one obvious weapon in the backfield does not win you games.  Christian Ponder has shown solid improvements but the team is in complete rebuild mode.  They’re in a tough division with little otential.  The  Vikings are bringing up the rear at a dismal 4 and 12.

5-11 AP will be a disappoint…again.

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