If it's toughness, excitement and a sheer will to win that you want, watch NFC North football, I promise all of you it won't disappoint.
In 2009, the NFC North was the place to be. The Vikings were atop the division, the Packers kept making run after run toward the playoffs and ultimately succeeded, and despite the Bears and Lions' woes, they put up a good fight for most of the season.
But that's all in the past, and in 2010, expect to see these four teams slug it out in another difficult decade of North football.
However, before we look at the teams themselves, it's important to look at the players and more importantly, just which guys may have to fight for their starting role this season.
The list isn't long, but it sure is exciting. So to quote Will Smith, "Let's kick it off!". Here's a look at The Top 10 Positional Battles in the NFC North.
Seeing as Jay Cutler has been granted a second opportunity to actually perform well for the Chicago Bears this season, a lot lays on the line for No. 6, given his woeful ways in 2009.
For the Chicago Bears, life is pretty simple. Win, and we'll get off your back. Lose, and we'll continue to question and scrutinize you.
Unfortunately for the Bears though, a lot comes down to how Jay Cutler performs this season, and whether he can truly step up to the plate, and prove that all the money the Bears have invested in him has been worth their while.
Realistically, Jay Cutler probably won't be replaced. It would take a real fall from grace for him to step out of the limelight, but just so he doesn't get too comfortable, the Bears drafted Dan LeFevour back in April.
Weirder things have happened in Chicago, and I think we all have bad memories of the boos heard at Soldier Field accompanied by "We Want Griese."
Jay Cutler needs a good season, and so do the Bears. Still, LeFevour is a shot, and if Cutler goes down injured, he may get his chance at the big game.
It's not a real competition, but is it one that could heat up at a moment's notice.
Since the Packers have made the transition from a good offense to a great offense, the need for a 100 percent work ethic has increased for all players.
In the past, the Packers have always been about two men: Donald Driver and Greg Jennings. They've been there since the Brett Favre days, and are still putting up underrated numbers year in and year out.
Realistically, both of these guys could make a small case for the Hall of Fame. However, before they eye Canton too much, some new talent may be swooping in to rally for their starting roles.
Just who am I talking about?
Well, some of you may not know them as well as Packer fans do, but I'm talking about Jordy Nelson and James Jones, two young men that have begun to slide their way into the Packer lineup.
Both of these guys possess a ton of talent, and given Driver and Jennings' age, both men are likely candidates to takeover when the untimely day comes for the old timers to retire.
They may not win the starting role this season, but keep your eye on them. They have that uncanny explosive ability to surprise you at any given moment.
The Lions have a list a mile long of issues and concerns, but the cornerback position has been an ongoing problem for Detroit in past years.
For the most part, Detroit faithfuls have taken off the paper bag and placed their utmost trust in newly signed cornerback Chris Houston, who has been brought in from the Atlanta Falcons.
As promising as this all sounds though, some serious competition awaits the young man, as the Lions have intensified the situation by drafting Iowa standout Amari Spievy this offseason.
Not only this the Lions have also acquired former Ram Jonathan Wade, who hopes to earn his way into the side in his very first Lions season.
For some odd reason, this battle has gone a little underrated. However, Detroit fans now fancy their chances at a possible number two spot in the NFC North as Brett Favre has "retired", than the cornerback position needs some attention.
Fans, keep an eye on this battle, as we may see head coach Jim Schwartz utilize both men equally this season. Hopefully by this time next year we have a definite answer, until then though, enjoy the show.
Ever since Bryan Bulaga was drafted by the Packers in April, fans seem to have forgotten that the Packers had some serious offensive line concerns last season.
Still, you can't help but credit Green Bay for drafting a suitable player, and even though he does look like a standout to prosper, some competition still looms on the Packers offensive line roster.
The real battle here is easy. Daryn Colledge vs. Jason Spitz vs. T.J Lang.
All three occupy the left guard position, one of the key area's quarterback Aaron Rodgers was exposed upon last season.
Perhaps an offensive line battle isn't quite as exciting as say a wide receiver or quarterback rally, but it's always good to see big guys slug it out.
For Packer fans, some nails will be chewed, but hey, at least the Packers have some depth, right?
A season on, are we all in agreement that Percy Harvin is a damn good player? I hope so.
Now that Brett Favre has seemingly retired, the Minnesota Vikings receiver position has become all that more vital.
Right now three standouts are on the roster, whose names are Percy Harvin, Bernard Berrian, and Sidney Rice.
Last season saw Brad Childress rotate all three of these guys quite fairly. This season though, with no great quarterback in site, expect to see some solidification come into play in the coming weeks.
For the most part, Minnesota aren't recognized for their wide receivers, but all three are fun to watch.
They all have that "Big play" factor about them, and given Percy Harvin's age, he alone should be able to go a long distance.
No Favre and no great quarterback may equal no playoffs. Therefore, the Vikings need to ensure they have the right receivers for the job.
If you haven't heard already, rookie running back Jahvid Best has impressed just about everyone at team training camps the past week.
He's been rushing the ball well, catching well, and above all else just fitting into a rebuilding system nicely.
Unfortunately for Best though, things aren't all positive, as 2009 starting running back Kevin Smith has a few things to prove in his 2010 season.
More to the point, this is a very intriguing battle. Both guys are young, and both want to stabilize the Lions in the best way possible.
Who is fit for the job? It's a very tough call, as Jahvid Best has such a following right now.
However, it isn't a popularity contest, and at the end of the day, one of these guys will win the starting role. A position battle? Think again. This is an all-out war between two potentially star athletes.
I'm not normally a numbers guy, but there have been 40 different combinations at the safety position since Lovie Smith took over. That's nearly as many men as there are on an entire roster.
For the Bears, it is vital that they configure their defense this season. They've acquired Julius Peppers, and the transition of Danieal Manning and Chris Harris to free and strong safety hopefully will work out for them.
Back to the numbers though, if there have been 40 different combinations, that factor alone means there is some serious competition.
Rest assured that if both of these guys fail in the early going, Lovie Smith won't hesitate to take any action necessary.
It's a good ol' Chicago battle that has been drawn out for quite some time. They may not be the most recognizable guys in the league, but it makes for a very good showdown.
This battle is between the young and the old, Atari Bigby vs. Morgan Burnett.
Ever since I can remember, I've been an Atari Bigby fan. Firstly, it's hard to not love a guy that has the same name as a video console, and secondly, he is just a fantastic player to watch.
However, in the past two years or so, he has taken his finger off the button, and let his performance slip a little. Given he posted four interceptions last season, Atari Bigby hasn't been as reliable as Packer fans had hoped for.
And to make matters worse, the Green Bay Packers have now drafted safety Morgan Burnett, which adds more pressure to Atari's situation.
For the Packers, their defense has been elite in the past 12 months. So when it comes right down to it, whoever performs better will take the honors.
A safety battle is always interesting, and this one promises an Academy Award-winning performance.
It's obvious to just about everyone that the Bears have some serious concerns at the wide receiver position.
Jay Cutler is a question, and with no No. 1 wide receiver in sight, things could go from bad to worse in the Windy City this year.
Luckily, the Bears do have some options. The first is Devin Hester, who has been okay, but far from great at the wide receiver position.
The others are Johnny Knox, Greg Matthews, Devin Aromashodu along with numerous other experienced and inexperienced players who could step into the starting role this season.
Every good quarterback is as good as his receivers, so Lovie Smith needs to get this decision right. Let the guys play, and it should all be determined in time.
It seems to be now official that Brett Favre won't be returning in 2010, so now comes the time for the Vikings to figure out which backup will start this season.
The competitors are simple: Tarvaris Jackson, Sage Rosenfels and Joe Webb.
Are any of these guys even considerable? Well, we've seen Tarvaris in action already, so no, probably not. But we'll give them all a second chance anyway.
The Vikings are still a playoff team, minus a great player, so it is important that they regroup and try and come up with a solution to having a potentially weak quarterback.
Minnesota may be kicking themselves that they didn't draft a quarterback in April, but live with the mistakes you make.
Favre is gone, and now comes the time for one of these three men to show us just what they've got. Bring on the competition, it is by far the most exciting one of all.