NFC North Preview: Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions

With the NFL season fast approaching, here at Fiasco Sports we are very excited and we will be previewing each of the eight divisions in the lead up to the season opener on Friday September 5 Australian time.

 

Source: Evan Siegle/ Press-Gazette Media

Source: Evan Siegle/ Press-Gazette Media

 

The NFC North is one of the most famous divisions in the NFL, with some big name teams competing within it.

 

The Green Bay Packers have dominated this division over previous years, but the other three teams will be hot on their tail in the 2014/15 season.

 

Detroit Lions

 

One of the most inconsistent teams in recent memory has been the Detroit Lions.

 

With incredible individual talents on offense, the Lions have been unable to put together a complete season.

 

When you see names like Reggie Bush, Matthew Stafford, and Calvin Johnson you immediately think of the freakish things they can do on the field.

 

They added further depth over the off-season with the acquisition of Seahawks receiver Golden Tate and expect the former Seahawk to add another dimension to his new team.

 

Similar to their offense, the Lions defensive unit has enough potential to have opponents tossing and turning at night time.

 

Led by their star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, Detroit have shown glimpses of brilliance, but have been unable to string many good games together.

 

All Lions fans will be hoping that this is the year that their team will finally put it together for a full season.

 

Green Bay Packers

 

After a 2013 season ravaged by injury, the Green Bay Packers will be looking to bounce back this year with a trip deep into the playoffs.

 

While they were hit by injuries on both offense and defense, the Packers offense was particularly depleted, but led by star Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, they look poised for a big season.

 

Despite lengthy negotiations, wide receiver Jordy Nelson signed with the Packers and he along with Randall Cobb will make a lot of defensive coordinators nervous.

 

With 2013 offensive rookie of the year Eddie Lacy giving them a solid running game, look for Rodgers to relish a bit more freedom with the ball in his hands.

 

Green Bay also added some experience on defense with the signing of former Chicago Bears Line Backer Julius Peppers.

 

In tandem with a fit Clay Matthews, expect the Packers sack count to increase this season.

 

Chicago Bears

 

Start the season off really strongly, but then fade out towards the back end of the year; that is how the Chicago Bears recent seasons have gone.

 

But just like the other 31 teams, the Bears will head into the upcoming season full of confidence and looking for a big year.

 

As always, a lot of the Bears hopes will rest on the shoulders of their Quarterback Jay Cutler.

 

While on the sidelines due to injury last season, Cutler’s back up Josh McCown shone so brightly that he was signed by the Buccaneers.

 

The effect of his departure will be interesting in terms of whether Cutler gets a bit complacent with no real pressure coming from one of his understudies.

 

Despite losing Julius Peppers, the Bears added some serious strength to their defense by landing former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen.

 

Minnesota Vikings

 

One of the teams with a new head coach this season will be the Minnesota Vikings, and their new boss Mike Zimmer will have a few key decisions to make.

 

A veteran defensive coordinator, Zimmer will be looking to sure up the Vikings defensive line with the departure of Jared Allen leaving a major hole.

 

But his most important decision will come when he has to pick his starting Quarterback for week one of the regular season.

 

While it looks as if Matt Cassel will get the gig, highly touted draft pick Teddy Bridgewater could force his way into the starting team.

 

Whoever is chosen will have plenty of talent to work with, including Kyle Rudolph, Greg Jennings and Adrian Peterson.

 

Expect the latter to flourish under new offensive coordinator Norv Turner, with the former Chargers head coach known for his use of running backs as a passing option.

 

Expect the Vikings to be a competitive team this season, but whether they can make the big step to become a playoff team is still to be seen.

 

Written by: Joe Schwab @Meadowswidget

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