NFC North : Green Bay Packers Look to Reign Supreme in 2010
The Black And Blue Division is perhaps the most historic division in the NFL. Each team has won at least one NFL championship, if you count the Vikings 1969 championship win before losing to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl IV right before the NFL and American Football League merged.
While Minnesota joined the NFL in 1961, the other three teams have been in the league as far back as 1930. Much blood has been shed on the gridiron between these franchises over the decades.
A return to the divisions glorious history may not happen in 2010, but the obvious improvement of the young Detroit Lions to the young, yet arrived, Green Bay Packers, to the Vikings that were a few plays away from another Super Bowl appearance for the franchise. Factor in a veteran Chicago Bears team, and one can expect another scrum in a division known for broken bones, great play, with black and blue results.
Here are predictions of how it may go this season.
1. Green Bay Packers
Pros : Aaron Rodgers coming of age, Defensive Unit, Youthful Upside
Cons : Offensive Line, Running Back Depth, Lack of Postseason Experience
Players To Watch : Aaron Rodgers, Greg Jennings, Clay Matthews Jr., B.J. Raji, Ryan Grant, Charles Woodson, Jemichael Finley
Key Games : Week 1 @ Philadelphia, Week 7 Minnesota, Week 8 @ New York Jets, Week 9 Dallas, Week 11 @ Minnesota, Week 15 @ New England Patriots
Predicted Finish : 13 - 3
2. Minnesota Vikings
Pros : Big play making abilities of Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin, The Return of Pat Williams, Offensive line
Cons : A backup behind Peterson Is unknown, Wide receiver quality And depth, Safeties are average, Depth most everywhere is an issue.
Players To Watch : Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin, The Williams' Duo at defensive tackle, Jared Allen, Brett Favre
Key Games : Week 1 @ New Orleans, Week 5 @ New York Jets, Week 6 Dallas, Week 7 @ Green Bay, Week 8 @ New England, Week 11 Green Bay, Week 16 @ Philadelphia
Predicted Finish : 11 - 5
3. Detroit Lions
Pros : Improved Running Game, Young Stars On The Rise, Improved Defense
Cons : Offensive Line/ Depth, Strong Safety, Linebacker Depth, Youth/ Inexperience
Players To Watch : Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Jahvid Best, Ndamukong Suh, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Louis Delmas, Brandon Pettigrew
Key Games : Week 2 Philadelphia, Week 3 @ Minnesota, Week 4 @ Green Bay, Week 6 Indianapolis Colts, Week 12 Minnesota, Week 15 @ Dallas, Week 17 New England Patriots
Predicted Finish : 5 - 11
4. Chicago Bears
Pros : Running Game, Return of Brian Urlacher, Veteran Leadership
Cons : Aging trenches, Aging Defense, Wide Receiver Quality/ Depth, Secondary Questions
Players To Watch : Mike Martz/ Jay Cutler Relationship, Matt Forte, Greg Olsen, Julius Peppers, Chester Taylor
Key Games : Week 2 @ Dallas, Week 3 Green Bay, Week 4 @ New York Giants, Week 10 Minnesota, Week 14 @ New England Patriots, Week 15 @ Minnesota, Week 16 New York Jets, Week 17 @ Green Bay
Predicted Finish : 5 - 11