This division has always been a difficult one to be a member of, but each team is well on their way towards a positive upswing, meaning the biggest lesson we learned this season is the NFC North is running away, and Minnesota has to catch up.
The Green Bay Packers are currently the reigning Super Bowl Champions, and there's a good chance they will repeat this year.
The Chicago Bears were well on their way towards a postseason berth before the injury to Jay Cutler, but again, the Bears are in full upswing mode.
The Detroit Lions—the newest divisional threat—just began their turnaround, and what a turnaround it has been for them. Led by Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and a deceptive defense, this team is only a few pieces away from being the next suitor to challenge for the division crown.
This all puts a lot of emphasis on the Minnesota Vikings to learn the lesson of "keep up or stay down."
The Vikings showed that they can compete with their divisional rivals, however, by a final tally of 194-178, an average score of 32-29.
The grand lesson here is that this Vikings team was heavily injured, less talented comparatively and outmatched against their divisional rivals, and they still kept themselves to with a three-point cumulative gap.
In other words, they may be competing in a runaway division, but there is plenty of reason to suggest the Vikings can and will keep up.
I hope you guys enjoyed this "year in review," and thanks for reading. Coming up this Friday, some Mock Draft fun.