2014 NFC NORTH PREVIEW

The NFC North will be tight this year. The Lions have the most talented team, the Bears have the best WR duo, the Packers are the Packers and their QB is not unhandy and the Vikings have AP and. Well they have AP. 

Here is a preview of the four teams form the NFC North: 

Green Bay Packers 

Coach: Mike McCarthy

Stadium: Lambeau Field 

Collarbone. Fixed. That’s all you really need to know if you are a Packers fan. A healthy Aaron Rodgers means the cheeseheads won’t be on the nose this season. Their star running back from last year, Eddie Lacy will get better with Rodgers by his side this year and while you always expect snow to fall in Green Bay, expect plenty of touch downs to fall the way of this team, too. They’ve added some salt and Peppers to spice things up as well.  

Key losses: WR James Jones, C Evan Dietrich-Smith

Key signings: LB / DE Julius Peppers, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

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Chicago Bears 

Coach: Marc Trestman

Stadium: Soldier Field 

This team can score points and plenty of them. They just had some trouble tackling last year and they’ve looked to address this in the offseason. Bears might be circus animals, but the wide receiving duo of this team are magical and will fit under any Big Top. When Brandon Marshall’s his troops, the Soldiers will be marching. 

Key losses: DE Julius Peppers, KR Devin Hester, QB Josh McCown, DT Henry Melton 

Key signings: DE Jared Allen, DE Lamarr Houston, DE Willie Young, DB Kyle Fuller

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Detroit Lions 

Coach: Jim Caldwell

Stadium: Ford Field 

With the roster of this team and given the injuries of key personnel in other division rivals, it was just assumed the Lions would make the play offs last season. Somehow and beyond all odds, they didn’t make it. Matthew Stafford is so close to being an incredible QB. If he can tweak a few things he will be able to lead this team to a division title and it’s up to them if they go further. It’s Jim Caldwell’s first year with the Lions. Let’s see if he calls well or ends up at the bottom of the well.  

Key losses: CB Chris Houston, S Louis Delmas, WR Nate Burleson, DE Willie Young, PK David Akers, QB Shaun Hill, S John Wendling 

Key signings: WR Golden Tate, S James Ihedigbo, TE Eric Ebron, LB Kyle Van Noy, PK Nate Freese, QB Dan Orlovsky, FB Jed Collins, CB Cassius Vaughn, CB Nevon Lawson, OL Travis Swanson, DE Darryl Tapp, DE Larry Webster, DT Caraun Reid.

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Minnesota Vikings

Coach: Mike Zimmer

Stadium: TCF Bank Stadium

You have to Ponder about this team. How did they overachieve so much in 2012 and then be so disappointing in 2013? Who will be the Quarterback for this team? Has there been enough water under the bridge for Matt Cassel and will Vikings fans finally find something to hold on tightly to, like Teddy Bridgewater? Their home ground is TCF but if they don’t produce results it might become TFC- thanks for coming. By the way, they still have some running back called Peterson or something.

Key losses: DE Jared Allen, TE John Carlson, CB Chris Cook, QBJosh Freeman, RB Toby Gerhart, DT Letroy Guion, LB Erin Henderson, LB Marvin Mitchell, DT Kevin Williams

Key signings: Rookie LB Anthony Barr, rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater, LBJasper Brinkley, S Kurt Coleman, CB Derek Cox, DT Tom Johnson, NTLinval Joseph, rookie RB Jerick McKinnon, CB Captain Munnerlyn, DE Corey Wootton

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