We're finally going to be off and running for the 2012 NFL season and this weekend marks the start of what should be one of the most competitive seasons the NFC North has ever seen.
Three teams can make the playoffs, though things have to fall right for it to happen.
Mlive.com's Anwar Richardson and Justin Rogers touch on one of the things the Lions need to go right—the secondary.
As the guys point out, the Lions have been shuffling around trying to solve their issues in the secondary. Aaron Berry looked like he might grab a permanent starting spot but some off field shenanigans got him cut instead.
Really, Berry had been streaky on the field and not great. However, his departure makes things harder on the secondary and we've seen the results in some late summer signings.
Dwight 'Little Bill' Bentley could be the answer opposite Chris Houston, but as hard a worker as he is and as dedicated and smart as he is, he's undersized and a rookie.
He has a tough road, no doubt.
The other big problem is safety Louis Delmas' knee injury which will keep him out at least this week and perhaps beyond. Delmas is a good safety—though not great—but behind him are a lot of question marks.
The Lions are hoping John Wendling—who had a nice preseason—could be an answer both before and after Delmas returns and are also counting on Erik Coleman to produce as well.
It's a passing league and nobody knows that better than the Lions and their fans.
To win, you also have to stop the pass. This week we start to find out whether the Lions can do that.
ESPNChicago's Micheal Wright says the Bears and Cutler have yet to discuss a new deal.
The Bears don't have a history of handling injuries well according to Mark Potash of the Sun-Times.
Brett Solesky takes a look at starting left tackle J'Marcus Webb and the offensive line here at Bleacher Report.
MLive.com's Justin Rogers says that very few national media think the Lions can repeat. Clearly he hasn't been reading my stuff. We may deal with this in a side article today. I have that feeling.
Sean Yuille talks about the restructuring of Kyle Vanden Bosch's contract over at Pride of Detroit.
Zach Kruse illustrates (with an assist from Aaron Rodgers) a play which should have been a touchdown and why it wasn't over at CheeseheadTV.com.
The gang at Bleacher Report productions give you a little video breakdown on this weekend's Packers-49ers. Join Matt Miller, Josh Zerkle, Mike Schottey and myself to break it all down.
Hey Packers fans. Think you guys are going to do well? Let me introduce you to Bob McGinn: Wet Blanket, who says this season could be one of struggle for the Packers. I kid, but he's not wrong—there are a lot of pieces which can go kablooey.
A little late to the party, but no less well done for that, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has a new post at the Pioneer Press about Black Friday aka Cut Day.
There's a video by Dan Weiderer at the Star Tribune debating to be or not to be: should Frazier play Adrian Peterson?
Tim Arcand has a piece at B/R grading how the Vikings' did filling in their weakness this offseason.
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