How the NFC North Will Shape Up in 2008

Dustin BumgarnerContributor IAugust 28, 2008

Right now, everyone is making their predictions on who will win each division, and what fantasy players you should draft. Well, it's time for me to make some predictions of my own. Since I like to write about what I know the best, I'm going to write about the NFC North.


Green Bay Packers

The Packers are going to be a different team now that Favre is a Jet. That doesn't mean they will be a worse team. The Packers are one of the most well-rounded teams in the NFL. The only weaknesses they might have are Aaron Rodgers, with his first year in command, and a very young and developing O-line. If Aaron Rodgers can get time in the pocket and make good decisions, they will be great. Prediction: 12-4


Minnesota Vikings

A solid team that looks to make a splash in the playoffs in '08. Very sound on defense, with one of the strongest defensive fronts in the league. The addition of Jared Allen will help improve their rush defense, and in addition, cause more turnovers. They obviously have a tremendous rushing attack with Adrian Peterson at the helm.

That should not be a concern unless he gets injured. The biggest question mark comes at the quarterback position. Tarvaris Jackson needs to relax and make good decisions; he might struggle at times though. This is a toss up, as it all depends on Jackson. Prediction: 10-6


Detroit Lions

A team that doesn't quite come together as a whole unit. Kevin Smith is a very good pick up at running back from UCF, and he will help their rushing game greatly. Jon Kitna is never going to be the type of quarterback to lead a team to a championship. Sorry Detroit, better luck next year. Prediction: 6-10


Chicago Bears

Where do I start with Chicago? Grossman and Orton are fighting for the starting spot, though neither would be a good selection. An aging defense that still has some fight in them might keep them in some games this year, but that's about it. If Matt Forte and Kevin Jones are outstanding, they have a chance at an eight-win season. Prediction: 5-11


Those are my predictions for the NFC North in 2008. Let's see how the season goes.