Let’s move on from the NFC East to the NFC North division to see how things will play out. In the NFC North, they have a pair of teams that have legitimate chances to reach the Super Bowl. Minnesota fell one game short of the Super Bowl last year. Green Bay had to deal with the injury to Aaron Rodgers, who missed most of the season with a shoulder injury. The Chicago Bears made a lot of changes with hopes of returning to the winning ways the Bears are accustomed to. Detroit is hoping to continue to improve and surprise some team like they have in years past. How will things play out? Let’s check it out and see what will happen.
The Chicago Bears finished with a 5-11 record last year and at the bottom of the division. With Mitchell Trubisky entering his 2nd season under center, they went and got pieces to put around him. They signed Allen Robinson from Jacksonville, who’s looking to bounce back after missing all last year, but three snaps. They added the speedy, Taylor Gabriel from the Falcons and Trey Burton from the Super Bowl champion, Eagles. They are hoping to get some production from former 1st round pick Kevin White, who’s been injured since being drafted a few years ago. The defense continues to improve, and they added Roquan Smith with their first pick from Georgia. Chicago has the potential to have a really good offense if Trubisky continues to improve. This team is headed in the right direction and I envision them improving by at least three games to finish with an 8-8 record.
The Detroit Lions finished last season with a 9-7 record and missing the playoffs. The biggest change they made during the offseason is hiring Matt Patricia as the new Head Coach. Detroit lost several key players like Eric Ebron, D.J. Hayden, Haloti Ngata and Tahir Whitehead. In the process, Patricia brought in several hey pieces with the hopes of getting that Lions defense on track. While Matthew Stafford is still the key guy on offense, they brought in LeGarrette Blount to help the run game. Detroit has the unfortunate task of being in one of the better divisions in the entire NFL. This will be a tough first season until Matt Patricia as they’ll finish with a 6-10 record.
Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers finished last season with a disappointing 7-9 record. As we all know, Aaron Rodgers was injured against the Minnesota Vikings, but tried to come back early. Eventually he was placed on IR and the team didn’t do well in his absence. Coming into this season, Rodgers will be without his top target for years, Jordy Nelson. Green Bay still have DaVante Adams as he’s one of the top WRs in the league. Green Bay drafted well on both sides of the ball with the hopes of those going guys step up immediately. The Packers signed Jimmy Graham, who could have a career resurrection playing with Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay will be in the running for the playoffs as they’ll finished with a 10-6 record.
The Minnesota Vikings finished last season with a 13-3 record and making it to the NFC title game after their miracle. If I had to pick an early season favorite, Minnesota would be one of my favorites. They brought in Kirk Cousins during free agency by giving him $84 million. They also gave Stephon Diggs a huge extension and they brought in Sheldon Richardson to help with an already stout defense. They loss quite a bit from last year’s team, but this team still improved in my eyes. Minnesota had one of the best defenses last year and this one will rank at the top also. Dalvin Cook will return from injury and he’ll provide explosiveness in the backfield. Don’t be surprised if this team finishes with the best record in the NFC with a 12-4 record.
My 2018-2019 NFC North Prediction
- Minnesota Vikings 12-4
- Green Bay Packers 10-6
- Chicago Bears 8-8
- Detroit Lions 6-10
What do you think about my thoughts of the NFC North this upcoming season? How do you see things playing out? Can anyone overtake the Vikings for the division? Leave a comment below.