Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Goody's 2014 NFL Predictions: NFC North

Green Bay Packers (12-4): As we found out last season, Aaron Rodger remaining healthy is key for the Green Bay Packers. With Rodgers healthy and the running game once again becoming a factor for the offense they should still remain one of the leagues best. The big question for this team, is can the changes for their defense improve them enough to beat the Seahawks and 49ers of the league?

Chicago Bears (9-7): This isn't your dad's Chicago Bears anymore. Last year we seen a team that was strong offensively and very lack luster on defense. The Bears performed reconstructive surgery on their defense this off season in hopes of changing that. With Marshall and Jeffery at WR, expect more of the same from what we saw last year offensively from them as well.

Detroit Lions (6-10): To me the Detroit Lions are the Cowboys of the NFC North. We keep waiting for a "talented" roster to break through. Just like the Cowboys the Lions have a potent offense that can put up a ton of points, but have a QB in Matt Stafford who has show a lot of inconsistency for me to trust him. New head coach Jim Caldwell hopes to change that along with the discipline the Lions have showed in the past. However their secondary still looks too weak to contend this year.

Minnesota Vikings (5-11): Just as it was big factors for the Vikings last year, QB play and secondary play will make this team sink or swim. With the team drafting Bridgewater in this years draft they now hopefully have their QB of the future. I do think it will be a couple more season before new head coach Mike Zimmer will get this team were he wants it to be.

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