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NFC North: A Game by Game Preview

Benjamin ClarkContributor IAugust 28, 2008

A lot of writers go through and predict how many games teams will win, but how many actually go through each game to figure out how things will turn out?  Here's my look into each team's schedule in the NFC North, complete with how I think they will do:

Chicago Bears

My opinion:  I think the Bears will be relying on their defense again this year, and Orton is the right pick at QB (out of the two options they had) to keep them in the game.  They should compete every week provided they stay healthy, but I can't see them beating teams that have a good balance team-wide.  I have them beating the Packers twice because they seem to have their number ever since Lovie Smith came to town.

Week 1:  @ IND -- Lose (0-1)
Week 2:  @ CAR -- Win (1-1)
Week 3:  TB -- Lose (1-2)
Week 4:  PHI -- Lose (1-3)
Week 5:  @ DET -- Win (2-3)
Week 6:  @ ATL - Win (3-3)
Week 7:  MIN -- Lose (3-4)
Week 8:  Bye
Week 9:  DET -- Win (4-4)
Week 10:  TEN -- Win (5-4)
Week 11:  @ GB -- Win (6-4)
Week 12:  @ STL -- Win (7-4)
Week 13:  @ MIN -- Lose (7-5)
Week 14:  JAC -- Lose (7-6)
Week 15:  NO -- Lose (7-7)
Week 16:  GB -- Win (8-7)
Week 17:  @ HOU -- Lose (8-8)

Detroit Lions

My opinion:  Detroit could do much better than I have them here.  I actually think they'll either approach .500 this year or be completely out of the running.  It depends on injuries and how their games go.  In this prediction I have them losing most of their games - I just see most of their opponents as better teams and can't imagine them losing to the Lions this year.

Week 1:  @ ATL -- Win (1-0)
Week 2:  GB -- Lose (1-1)
Week 3:  @ SF -- Win (2-1)
Week 4:  Bye
Week 5:  CHI -- Lose (2-2)
Week 6:  @ MIN -- Lose (2-3)
Week 7:  @ HOU -- Lose (2-4)
Week 8:  WAS -- Lose (2-5)
Week 9:  @ CHI -- Lose (2-6)
Week 10:  JAC -- Lose (2-7)
Week 11:  @ CAR -- Lose (2-8)
Week 12:  TB -- Lose (2-9)
Week 13:  TEN -- Lose (2-10)
Week 14:  MIN -- Lose (2-11)
Week 15:  @ IND -- Lose (2-12)
Week 16:  NO -- Lose (2-13)
Week 17:  @ GB - Lose (2-14)

Green Bay Packers

My opinion:  I think the Packers made the right move in sticking with Aaron Rodgers and trading Favre.  They should still be competitive this year and they were able to obtain some compensation for the future.  That said, Mr. Rodgers is young and hasn't played yet.  I expect him to have some growing pains in the first half of the season but get things under control by the second half of the year.

Week 1:  MIN -- Win (1-0)
Week 2:  @ DET -- Win (2-0)
Week 3:  DAL -- Lose (2-1)
Week 4:  @ TB -- Win (3-1)
Week 5:  ATL -- Win (4-1)
Week 6:  @ SEA -- Lose (4-2)
Week 7:  IND -- Lose (4-3)
Week 8:  Bye
Week 9:  @ TEN -- Win (5-3)
Week 10:  @ MIN -- Win (6-3)
Week 11:  CHI -- Lose (6-4)
Week 12:  @ NO -- Win (7-4)
Week 13:  CAR -- Win (8-4)
Week 14:  HOU -- Win (9-4)
Week 15:  @ JAC -- Win (10-4)
Week 16:  @ CHI -- Lose (10-5)
Week 17:  DET -- Win (11-5)

Minnesota Vikings

My opinion:  The Vikings are every writer's pick this year it seems.  I don't agree.  The team is solid and has made some good moves during the off-season, but there are serious questions about Jackson and I personally have doubts about Adrian Peterson staying healthy.  Having said that, I do believe they are on the rise and will compete with the Packers for the division title.  Look for them to have some trouble early on with games against Green Bay, Indianapolis, and New Orleans (who I believe will be a bit more like they were a couple of years ago).

Week 1:  @ GB -- Lose (0-1)
Week 2:  IND -- Lose (0-2)
Week 3:  CAR -- Win (1-2)
Week 4:  @ TEN -- Win (2-2)
Week 5:  @ NO -- Lose (2-3)
Week 6:  DET -- Win (3-3)
Week 7:  @ CHI -- Win (4-3)
Week 8:  Bye
Week 9:  HOU -- Win (5-3)
Week 10:  GB -- Lose (5-4)
Week 11:  @ TB -- Win (6-4)
Week 12:  @ JAC -- Lose (6-5)
Week 13:  CHI -- Win (7-5)
Week 14:  @ DET -- Win (8-5)
Week 15:  @ ARI -- Win (9-5)
Week 16:  ATL -- Win (10-5)
Week 17:  NYG -- Lose (10-6)

Final Standings:
1.  Green Bay (11-5)
2.  Minnesota (10-6)
3.  Chicago (8-8)
4.  Detroit (2-14)

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