A Message To The NFC North: You Have No Shot

Andy RAnalyst IJune 20, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  A marching band performs during the pre-game show prior to the start of Super Bowl XLIII between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

That's right. The Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, and Minnesota Vikings don't have a shot at a Super Bowl title in 2009.

Who cares about Minnesota and their sixth ranked defense. They only had 45 sacks last season. They only have Adrian Peterson. They only the best rushing defense three years running. They only sign a future Hall of Famer to lead their talented offense.

Who cares about Green Bay. Their team was decimated by injuries last season, but that doesn't matter. Aaron Rodgers only threw for 4,038 yards and 28 touchdowns last season. The fact that they have an insane secondary with four former Pro-Bowlers doens't matter.

Who cares about the Bears. They only acquired a quarterback who threw for 4,526 yards last season. The fact that they have a running back who can rush for 1,200 yards and catch close to 500 more yards is garbage. After all, their defense gave up a total of 4.9 yards per play which was good for sixth in the league.

Who cares bout the Lions. No, seriously...

The fact is, the NFC North has three teams that can easily compete for a Super Bowl title in 2009.

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To all of you who think the North doesn't stand a chance, let me ask you, "Why not?"

With some very bad luck on their side last season, the Bears still mustered a solid 9-7 record with a relatively tough schedule. With some key coaching changes like the pickup of defensive line coach, Rod Marinelli, their luck will change for the better.

The Packers finished 13-3 only a year ago before being ousted two weeks before the Super Bowl. They were destroyed by injuries and it's unlikely that it will happen again. Their defense is very underrated and we could be in for a major surprise.

The Vikings finished 10-6 with no help from the quarterback position and injuries to two of the teams captains. While a new quarterback is on the way, this team could be extremely deadly.

The Lions are the Lions, but don't count them out. They may not be a Super Bowl team, but they will shock some teams in 2009. Their quarterback has reportedly lost a ton of weight, they have upgraded their entire roster, and people will underestimate them foolishly.

To say that the NFC North is a weak division because of an 0-16 team is ridiculous. Last time I checked, there are three other teams in the division, all more than capable of beating you.

With all the changes in the NFC North this season, it's hard not to believe that two of them won't be going to the playoffs in 2009.

That's right, I'll say it. A wild card team will come out of the North. Who exactly remains to be seen.

If your team faces the NFC North next season, think twice before tallying in a win. The biggest favor you can do is underestimate us.

So keep on talking NFL fans. Keep thinking the NFC North is weak. Your oblivious nature will be your downfall.

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