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Who Will Reign Supreme: NFC North Preview
Analyzed Sports breaks down the NFC division for the upcoming 2018 season. The NFC North has some major QB questions that need to be answered for the top contenders. Aaron Rodgers returns to the Green Bay Packers. The Minnesota Vikings who were in the NFC Championship game felt they need to upgrade to become even better than last year.
The Bears are still in rebuilding mode and nowhere ready to topple the Vikings or the Packers. There is some buzz in the windy city though with the new hire of head coach Matt Nagy. Young Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky showed flashes as the Bears traded up in the draft last year and he enters his second season. His pass-catchers in Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, and Trey Burton are an upgrade from a season ago. The Bears ranked 10th overall in total defense as per usual for the monsters of the midway to have played on that side of the ball. The home schedule is difficult, Rams, Patriots, Seahawks, come to town. The new look offense looks to better but Aaron Rodgers isn’t ready for the Bears to come up just yet.
The Lions are in a tough position. With the Packers and Vikings looking to battle for the NFC North crown, it’s going to be tough for the Motor City team to make the playoffs. Especially with the offensive line missing key pieces from last year. The signing of LeGarrette Blount isn’t the answer at running back as he is a power back, not a game breaker. The team finished tied for last at 3.4 yards per carry. Matthew Stafford could also use help from a pass-catching running out the backfield. New head coach Matt Patricia will need some time to put in place his scheme in place.
Green Bay Packers
A certain top 3 QB in the league returns from injury. Rodgers missed nine contests due to a broken collarbone. With Aaron Rodgers returning it’s almost certain a return to the playoffs is in order. With Green Bay having a subpar defense it’s usually up to Rodgers to push the team to greatness. Green Bay splurged broke away from building through the draft and added Jimmy Graham and Muhammad Wilkerson through free agency. Graham will be Rodgers’ favorite target since the Packers released wideout, Jordy Nelson.
The Vikings went 13-3 last year on the strength of an elite defense and an offense that was efficient but not high octane. On paper, both sides should be better. Can new QB Kirk Cousins open up the offense? Cousins enters the fray after three straight 4,000-plus-yard campaigns in the nation’s capital. He will be distributing the ball to a talented receiving core. A top 5 defense added one of the best 3-technique defensive linemen in Sheldon Richardson. Tune into a week 4 matchup on Thursday Night Football when the Vikings go on the road to take on the high powered Rams.