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Between the Packers, Bears and Lions, the NFC North is the best division in football.
Many will suggest the NFC East is the best division in football, and while the Cowboys, Giants, Eagles and Redskins all figure to be improved teams in 2012, the NFC North now boasts the best division in the NFL.
The Green Bay Packers were the best team in the NFL throughout the entirety of last season—until they were one-and-done in the playoffs. After addressing their needs on defense with three picks in the first two rounds of the draft, they figure to be an improved team overall this year.
Detroit made the playoffs in 2011 for the first time since 1999, and despite having a plethora of offseason arrests, the Lions return their young core in 2012. Prior to injuries to quarterback Jay Cutler and running back Matt Forte, the Chicago Bears looked like a serious threat as one of the best teams in the NFC.
With all three teams back and better headed into 2012, the NFC North figures to be the best—and most competitive—division in football this season. Playoff contenders in the AFC South and NFC West, such as Houston, Seattle and San Francisco, will face a tough slate of games courtesy of the NFC North.