The final division that is in the spotlight in the NFC is the NFC North. It has been widely considered as the best divison in football. The Green Bay Packers only went 8-7-1 but it was just enough to win their division. Here is a preview and predictions of the NFC North:
Green Bay Packers– The Green Bay Packers had the weirdest season a team could have. Despite going 8-7-1, the Packers somehow won the division. Quarterback Aarron Rodgers was out for seven weeks due to a fractured collarbone. Quarterbacks like Seneca Wallace and Scott Tolzien had to carry the load. Can Rodgers stay healthy this season? The defense have been a problem for the Packers in seasons past, but picked up former Bears and Panthers great Julius Peppers. Peppers is a instant upgrade for the defense and will help out this defense. They also drafted Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix who will help out the 24th ranked pass defense. The offense will not be a problem but can the defense help pick up the slack? One thing for sure, they will not be 8-7-1.
2014 Record: 12-4, first in the NFC North
Chicago Bears– The Chicago Bears basically went Rambo this offseason. After going 8-8 this past season, the Bears signed a number of defensive players including former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston, Willie Young and Israel Idonije. Can these mass signings help out the Bears defense? As for the offense, can Jay Cutler finally establish himself as an elite quarterback?
2014 Record: 11-5, second in the NFC North
Detroit Lions: The Lions are a bit of an enigma. Last season, they seem to have the North all wrapped up but they lost their final four games to fall 7-9. The Lions fired Jim Schwartz and hired Jim Caldwell as head coach. After a year of total collapse, can the Lions right the ship with their new coach?
2014 Record:9-7, third in the NFC North
Minnesota Vikings The Minnesota Vikings are in the midst of rebuilding mode going 5-10-1. With a new stadium being built, the Vikings will play at TCF Stadium home of the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Vikings selected quarterback Teddy Bridgewater from Louisville. Will he beat out Matt Cassel for the starting job? Will Adrian Peterson run for 2,000 yards again?
2014 Record 3-13, last in the NFC North