NFC North 2010: Who Will Claim the Division?

May 15, 2010 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: BleacherReport

The NFC North, it seems, is becoming one of the toughest divisions in the league.

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Paris

Salem, WI

#1 May 18, 2010
Kind of a "glossy-eyed" 2010 Pack evaluation.

Major questions remain in the secondary, which the better QBs were able to exploit last year. Much of that problem, however, was magnified because of an ineffective pass rush that gave the good QBs way too much time. A good pass rush makes up for a not exactly "top" secondary. The return of Harris playing at the top of his game might also be questionable. And of course, one of the safeties stepping-up and playing really good would help significantly. It will be interesting to see if the 3-4 defense repeats and continues its development and improvement. With a good pass defense and their league-leading rush defense, this could get real interesting.

Special teams MUST continue to improve. It's been a weakness for years.

The offense will be just fine, especially if Rogers figures out getting rid of the ball quicker. If he does, watch out, although I suspect his completion percentage will come down some as a result. Their league-leading time of possession must be repeated, so that the other team can't score and the defense can rest. There's no reason why this offense can't continue to impress and grow.

As for the Vikes, they are a powerhouse. But just how many powerhouse teams have we seen from them before? Really good teams that have just not delivered. And now they have a really good QB who has failed to deliver in his last two Championship games. The Vikes are a totally different team without Favre threading the needle. And at 40+ you just know his body will soon start "talking" to him. I think I can hear his ankle.

With Favre, it should be interesting and competitive with GB. Without him, I don't see the Vikes going anywhere. Many teams have been able to stop AP or make him fumble. And management has refused to do anything new should the team be Favre-less. There is universal consensus on the Viking forums & blogs, that the 2 & 3 QBs are not the answer, and the #4 recently drafted is maybe a receiver. A season without BF means a repeat of previous years with the other two QBs. Neither one of those two will EVER be anywhere near BF, and it took BF and his arm to win some of those games last year, especially in the 4th quarter. If BF shows up, Viking fans are expecting the same from him as last year. Unlikely statistically.

With or without BF, the Vikes do not repeat last years level of play.

With or without BF, the Vikes will do what they always do.

With or without BF, the Pack quietly takes the division.
Bullfarts

United States

#2 May 18, 2010
The lame Chiefs could win this pathetic division
packerhacker

Carpentersville, IL

#3 May 18, 2010
Paris wrote:
Kind of a "glossy-eyed" 2010 Pack evaluation.
Major questions remain in the secondary, which the better QBs were able to exploit last year. Much of that problem, however, was magnified because of an ineffective pass rush that gave the good QBs way too much time. A good pass rush makes up for a not exactly "top" secondary. The return of Harris playing at the top of his game might also be questionable. And of course, one of the safeties stepping-up and playing really good would help significantly. It will be interesting to see if the 3-4 defense repeats and continues its development and improvement. With a good pass defense and their league-leading rush defense, this could get real interesting.
Special teams MUST continue to improve. It's been a weakness for years.
The offense will be just fine, especially if Rogers figures out getting rid of the ball quicker. If he does, watch out, although I suspect his completion percentage will come down some as a result. Their league-leading time of possession must be repeated, so that the other team can't score and the defense can rest. There's no reason why this offense can't continue to impress and grow.
As for the Vikes, they are a powerhouse. But just how many powerhouse teams have we seen from them before? Really good teams that have just not delivered. And now they have a really good QB who has failed to deliver in his last two Championship games. The Vikes are a totally different team without Favre threading the needle. And at 40+ you just know his body will soon start "talking" to him. I think I can hear his ankle.
With Favre, it should be interesting and competitive with GB. Without him, I don't see the Vikes going anywhere. Many teams have been able to stop AP or make him fumble. And management has refused to do anything new should the team be Favre-less. There is universal consensus on the Viking forums & blogs, that the 2 & 3 QBs are not the answer, and the #4 recently drafted is maybe a receiver. A season without BF means a repeat of previous years with the other two QBs. Neither one of those two will EVER be anywhere near BF, and it took BF and his arm to win some of those games last year, especially in the 4th quarter. If BF shows up, Viking fans are expecting the same from him as last year. Unlikely statistically.
With or without BF, the Vikes do not repeat last years level of play.
With or without BF, the Vikes will do what they always do.
With or without BF, the Pack quietly takes the division.
All those words, lol! Farve killed you guys and had a blast doing it!!!! He'll be doing it again!!!! And the Bears take the division.

“We've been Norv'ed”

Since: Nov 09

Erie

#4 May 18, 2010
Paris, thank you for a intelligent post amidst all the nonsense that has flooded these threads lately. Vikes WILL be just as competitive however, BF has had a year to gel with these skill positions, the O-line, while it has it's weaknesses, has also had a chance to gel a bit after basically starting 2 rookies on the line. The Wall situation is a precarious one but one that can be dealt with I believe with some good game plans if they are to miss 4 games. GB will be very good again and it will be a battle to the end for that division winner provided both teams escape the major injury bug obviously. Bears and Lions should be more competitive but are not there yet. Our skill positions are the X-factor here as we win the division again, look for AP to return to form and the fumbling dilemma dramatically reduced. Both teams make noise in the playoffs, that is as far as I am going in terms of my take on how the season may go, still way to early, too many moves to be made still.
Da Bears 2010

Aurora, IL

#5 May 18, 2010
Bullfarts wrote:
The lame Chiefs could win this pathetic division
Holy Cow!!! Look who's back. Where have you been?? There was rumors of you and Bulldog3 on vacation together!!!Vike fans missed you
Da Bears 2010

Aurora, IL

#6 May 18, 2010
erie-vike fan wrote:
Paris, thank you for a intelligent post amidst all the nonsense that has flooded these threads lately. Vikes WILL be just as competitive however, BF has had a year to gel with these skill positions, the O-line, while it has it's weaknesses, has also had a chance to gel a bit after basically starting 2 rookies on the line. The Wall situation is a precarious one but one that can be dealt with I believe with some good game plans if they are to miss 4 games. GB will be very good again and it will be a battle to the end for that division winner provided both teams escape the major injury bug obviously. Bears and Lions should be more competitive but are not there yet. Our skill positions are the X-factor here as we win the division again, look for AP to return to form and the fumbling dilemma dramatically reduced. Both teams make noise in the playoffs, that is as far as I am going in terms of my take on how the season may go, still way to early, too many moves to be made still.
Remember the Bears are the "Gosh darn Bears"
Da Bears 2010

Aurora, IL

#7 May 18, 2010
Bullfarts wrote:
The lame Chiefs could win this pathetic division
The "Chefs" may have to move to the NFC North with the expected departure of the Vikings to LA.

“We've been Norv'ed”

Since: Nov 09

Erie

#8 May 19, 2010
Da Bears 2010 wrote:
<quoted text>Holy Cow!!! Look who's back. Where have you been?? There was rumors of you and Bulldog3 on vacation together!!!Vike fans missed you
There are rumors the Bears are about to sign S. Springs and T. Owens as a package deal totaling 24 million combined for the two plus incentives, this assures them of a birth in the "not so bright bowl."
eric

Monroe, WI

#9 May 19, 2010
packerhacker wrote:
<quoted text>All those words, lol! Farve killed you guys and had a blast doing it!!!! He'll be doing it again!!!! And the Bears take the division.
You mean as a new Packer defense forced Cry baby Cutler into 4 Int's and the Packers swept Chicago last year?
eric

Monroe, WI

#10 May 19, 2010
erie-vike fan wrote:
Paris, thank you for a intelligent post amidst all the nonsense that has flooded these threads lately. Vikes WILL be just as competitive however, BF has had a year to gel with these skill positions, the O-line, while it has it's weaknesses, has also had a chance to gel a bit after basically starting 2 rookies on the line. The Wall situation is a precarious one but one that can be dealt with I believe with some good game plans if they are to miss 4 games. GB will be very good again and it will be a battle to the end for that division winner provided both teams escape the major injury bug obviously. Bears and Lions should be more competitive but are not there yet. Our skill positions are the X-factor here as we win the division again, look for AP to return to form and the fumbling dilemma dramatically reduced. Both teams make noise in the playoffs, that is as far as I am going in terms of my take on how the season may go, still way to early, too many moves to be made still.
You make very valid points here and it was a pleasure to read it! IF I MAY, you are correct Favre had a year to gell with his new offensive mates,VERY TRUE! BUT, the Packers also had a year to adjust to a new defense as well.yes the defense ( G.B.) still has weak spots,but, a 2nd year should prove more productive then the 1st year in a new defense and as BF is a year older and although he can do it,it iis almost not fair or expected for BF to duplicate the fantastic MVP quality season he had last year.
Jeremy

Barney, ND

#11 May 19, 2010
eric wrote:
<quoted text>You make very valid points here and it was a pleasure to read it! IF I MAY, you are correct Favre had a year to gell with his new offensive mates,VERY TRUE! BUT, the Packers also had a year to adjust to a new defense as well.yes the defense ( G.B.) still has weak spots,but, a 2nd year should prove more productive then the 1st year in a new defense and as BF is a year older and although he can do it,it iis almost not fair or expected for BF to duplicate the fantastic MVP quality season he had last year.
I think BF will be back, and will have to hand the ball off more if he expects to play a full healthy season. It should make for another fun season in the North. With the Bears and Lions improving on paper, and the(GB)3-4 one more year into transition, this should make for a very competitive division. I expect Stafford to have a solid year, he has won over the leadership role on that team.
wal0645

Yorktown, VA

#12 May 19, 2010
Here is my two cents; GB appears to have their offensive line in order and that will not be good news for the rest of the division. Granted Tauscher and Clifton are coming to the end of their careers, but both are still pretty decent. GB also has two quality guys to back either up in Lang and Bulaga. This unit is set going into the season which is much different than was the case in 2009. So if Rodgers has a little extra time everyone has to admit he will play lights out with all the weapons GB has. Another thing to note is G's rush defense is every bit as good as the Vikes and they probably upgraded their SS position with the draft. I think it's GB, Chicago, Minnesota, and Detroit.
Da Bears 2010

Aurora, IL

#13 May 19, 2010
erie-vike fan wrote:
<quoted text>There are rumors the Bears are about to sign S. Springs and T. Owens as a package deal totaling 24 million combined for the two plus incentives, this assures them of a birth in the "not so bright bowl."
No I think we are set. I see you guys havent got Haynesworth yet!!
eric

Monroe, WI

#14 May 19, 2010
wal0645 wrote:
Here is my two cents; GB appears to have their offensive line in order and that will not be good news for the rest of the division. Granted Tauscher and Clifton are coming to the end of their careers, but both are still pretty decent. GB also has two quality guys to back either up in Lang and Bulaga. This unit is set going into the season which is much different than was the case in 2009. So if Rodgers has a little extra time everyone has to admit he will play lights out with all the weapons GB has. Another thing to note is G's rush defense is every bit as good as the Vikes and they probably upgraded their SS position with the draft. I think it's GB, Chicago, Minnesota, and Detroit.
I have to say, the Packers didnt really improve their pass rush alot,which is why upgrading our SS is that more important and we are depending on Morgan Burnett to play lights out and he hasnt taken a snap in the NFL yet,If he does out play Bigby and by a long shot we will be better,b ut, they better hope their Corners they signed as FA undrafted step up or the injured Pat Lee or Wil Blackmon play up to potetial and healthy.I know the Packers drafted Mike Neal who i think will be a good one and an OLB and a few Undrafted guys who should have been drafted,but, on paper it looks good,they just need to bring it on the field.
Favre.Well, Im sure he thrives on being depended on,but, is it fair to expect him to have a year like he did last year? he was almost lights out until N.O. pounded him and its on film for others to game plan,which Minn will have to counter,but,AP will ahve to take more of the offensive load and the WIlliams wall should be suspended for failing a drug test for 4 games,hey a failed Drug test is a failed drug test,but, this is coming from a Packer fan so take it as you will

“Goodbye my friend!”

Since: Jan 07

Pringle Hill.

#15 May 19, 2010
Favre IS coming back. Late like last year.

Gerhart was drafted so they CAN continue to pound the ball effectively. Favre didn't even start throwing really 'til about week four last year.

Fred Evans doesn't exactly suck. Vikings best position depth is D-line I think so, they may not be as bad off without the Williams' as some think.

They will duke it out with the Pack neck and neck. Hard to say what the other two teams will do.

Chester will be good for the Bears. Peppers......although known to disappear, sure took care of business against McKinnie last year. Hope they're watching that film. Cutler might break Favre's INT record in record time though if he's not more careful.

Stafford is for real but the Lions might need another year before they're really a threat.
packerhacker

Carpentersville, IL

#16 May 19, 2010
eric wrote:
<quoted text>You mean as a new Packer defense forced Cry baby Cutler into 4 Int's and the Packers swept Chicago last year?
Pack did'nt do so hot the first game, how many times did we sack AR? He was running around like a girl in his own end zone!!!! SAFETY!!!! Every team is coming after AR....easy sacks!!!! Pass rushers around the league are licking their chops!!!!!
Bullfarts

United States

#17 May 19, 2010
It all just doesnt matter

Vikes wont win a Super Bowl anyway
eric

Monroe, WI

#18 May 19, 2010
packerhacker wrote:
<quoted text>Pack did'nt do so hot the first game, how many times did we sack AR? He was running around like a girl in his own end zone!!!! SAFETY!!!! Every team is coming after AR....easy sacks!!!! Pass rushers around the league are licking their chops!!!!!
How quickly you forget who swept who.You also forget you did it with n o tackles,now if you face Bulaga early and he is learning, you can prob beat him year 1,IF YOU face him later with some Playing time,he will be tougher,if you face a healthy Chad Clifton,its a whole new ballgame,besides AR will get it and release it faster,you might start worrying over cry baby and his no WR once again and when he gets INT'ed left and right again and starts whining or when he doesn't have a clue whats expected from him in Martz new offense for the 1st half of the season.
Bullfarts

United States

#19 May 19, 2010
Da Bears 2010 wrote:
<quoted text>No I think we are set. I see you guys havent got Haynesworth yet!!
This would assure the Vikes of a birth in the "Fatest Joke D-Line Bowl."
Bullfarts

United States

#20 May 19, 2010
eric wrote:
<quoted text>and when he gets INT'ed left and right again and starts whining
Why do you always bring Favre up

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