Breaking Down the NFC North for t he 2008-2009 Season

Kyle BuntonCorrespondent IJune 24, 2008

1Mon, Sep 8at Green Bay7:00 PM
2Sun, Sep 14Indianapolis1:00 PM
3Sun, Sep 21Carolina1:00 PM
4Sun, Sep 28at Tennessee1:00 PM
5Mon, Oct 6at New Orleans8:30 PM
6Sun, Oct 12Detroit1:00 PM
7Sun, Oct 19at Chicago1:00 PM
9Sun, Nov 2Houston1:00 PM
10Sun, Nov 9Green Bay1:00 PM
11Sun, Nov 16at Tampa Bay1:00 PM
12Sun, Nov 23at Jacksonville1:00 PM
13Sun, Nov 30Chicago8:15 PM
14Sun, Dec 7at Detroit1:00 PM
15Sun, Dec 14at Arizona4:05 PM
16Sun, Dec 21Atlanta1:00 PM
17Sun, Dec 28NY Giants1:00 PM


Detroit Lions

1Sun, Sep 7at Atlanta1:00 PM
2Sun, Sep 14Green Bay1:00 PM
3Sun, Sep 21at San Francisco4:05 PM
5Sun, Oct 5Chicago1:00 PM
6Sun, Oct 12at Minnesota1:00 PM
7Sun, Oct 19at Houston4:05 PM
8Sun, Oct 26Washington1:00 PM
9Sun, Nov 2at Chicago1:00 PM
10Sun, Nov 9Jacksonville1:00 PM
11Sun, Nov 16at Carolina1:00 PM
12Sun, Nov 23Tampa Bay1:00 PM
13Thu, Nov 27Tennessee12:30 PM
14Sun, Dec 7Minnesota1:00 PM
15Sun, Dec 14at Indianapolis1:00 PM
16Sun, Dec 21New Orleans1:00 PM
17Sun, Dec 28at Green Bay1:00 PM


Ok, now that we have that out of the way, let's get down to the dirty work: predictions and key acquisitions.


Chicago Bears

As we all know, Cedric Benson is gone, thank the lord, Brian Urlacher is happy being on the field, Lance Briggs is still a Bear, Robbie Gould got a new contract, as did Tommie Harris, who became the highest paid DT.

There is quarterback controversy brewing with Kyle Orton and Rex Grossman, but whoever wins the starting job will not bring the team much success.

Now, I know people are saying that this team stinks, but they did make some key upgrades via the draft and free agency.

The Bears drafted: Chris Williams (OL, Vanderbilt), Matt Forte (RB, Tulane), Earl Bennett (WR, Vanderbilt), Marcus Monk (WR, Arkansas), Kellen Davis (TE, Michigan State), Chester Adams (OT, Georgia), Ervin Baldwin (DE, Michigan State), Marcus Harrison (DT, Arkansas), and Craig Steltz (S, LSU).

The Bears also picked up receivers Marty Booker and Brandon Lloyd from free agency.

Chris Williams should move into the starting job, as should Matt Forte, Marty Booker, and Brandon Lloyd, if he can live up to his potential.

I see the Chicago Bears going 9-7 this season, which might be a wild-card spot, but I doubt that will happen.


Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers had some key players leave the team, but the one that hit them the most was the retirement of Brett Favre. Aaron Rodgers comes into the season with the starting job, but it is also his to lose. Rookie Brian Brohm is right on his heels. The Packers released WR Koren Robinson and TE Bubba Franks.

The Packers picked up two QBs in the draft, Brain Brohm of Louisville, and Matt Flynn from LSU. They also drafted Jordy Nelson, WR from Kansas State, Brett Swain, WR San Jose State, Jermichael Finley, TE from Texas, Jeremy Thompson, DT from Wake Forest, and Patrick Lee, CB from Auburn.

I see the Green Bay Packers going 12-4 this year.


Minnesota Vikings

What a surprise last year. Adrian Peterson's record-breaking year, a defense that was amazing, and a team that almost made the playoffs when nobody thought they would come even close.

This surprise has a lot of high expectations this year, due to the success of the running game with Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor.

In the draft the Vikings took: John David Booty (QB, USC), Jaymar Johnson (WR, Jackson State), Justin Surrency (WR, Northern Iowa), John Sullivan (OL, Notre Dame), Letroy Guion (DT, Florida State), and Tyrell Johnson (CB, Arkansas State).

Now, for the really big news: Jared Allen is the new starting DE for the Minnesota Vikings, as if Kevin and Pat Williams weren't enough. They also picked up Bernard Berrian in free agency.

I see the Minnesota Vikings possibly going 12-4, but probably more along the lines of 10-6 or 11-5. If the QB play is consistent, and the defense and running game can start where they left off last year, then they will go 12-4.


Detroit Lions

Oh, the season they could've had. But they blew it.

In the draft, the Lions brought in: Kevin Smith (RB, UCF), Kenneth Moore (WR, Wake Forest), Cliff Avril (DT, Purdue), Landan Cohen (DT, Ohio), Andre Fluellen (DT, Florida State), Jordan Dizon (LB, Colorado), and Caleb Campbell (CB, Army).

They lost DT Shaun Rodgers to the Browns in free agency. They also released RB Kevin Jones.

I see the Lions going 8-8 and nothing more, but possibly a whole lot less.