Today is the first day of summer, my fellow Sports Reactionists. This is the time of year where people go outside, and play volleyball, go to the beach, and get a horrible sunburn. The NBA Finals has ended, and we are right in the middle of the MLB season, which means only a little less than a hundred games left to go. (Seriously, there are almost too many games in the MLB). However, even though the MLB season is still going, this is about the time when sports fans start to think about the National Football League. Many people have their own opinions on football, but as for me, I love it. And there is nothing better than to predict who will win each division. Lets jump right in, and see how each team in the NFC North could win the division.
The Bears do not have much going for them. They finished as one of the worst teams in the league. They did sign Mike Glenn, who is expected to be the starter for the whole year. They have Jordan Howard, who had a great season last year. Many may not realize, but Howard rushed for over 1,300 yards in 15 games. He secretly had one of the best performances at the running back position last year. The Bears defense needs to improve, and it is unlikely it will, but there is always a chance, right?
WHAT IS NEEDED TO WIN THE DIVISION: Mike Glenn needs to have an amazing season, Jordan Howard continues to run like last season, and the defense can slow down the Packers just enough to get John Fox, and his team on top.
The Lions are the team that most people forget actually made it to the playoffs. They are still in the “0 Super Bowl Appearances” group in the NFL, which is not a very pretty group. The Lions usually get ignored during the season, until the last couple games where they come close to winning the division, then everyone in the media suddenly covers them. The Lions are not a bad team, and they have a good quarterback in Matthew Stafford, who has been very efficient in past years. Theo Riddick, and Ameer Abdullah are both risk, and reward players at running back. The Lions have a decent offense, and there defense has been holding up there side well enough.
WHAT IS NEEDED TO WIN THE DIVISION: If the Lions continue to score points like past seasons, and if they can find some consistency at running back, they are in the running of upsetting the Packers, if there defense does not allow a Hail-Mary.
GREEN BAY PACKERS
The Green Bay Packers are the most likely to win the division this year. They have Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. Jordy Nelson, Randle Cobb, and the recently signed tight end, Martellus Bennett. That is a great passing attack, arguably one of the best in the league. There defense has gotten better over the last few seasons, although losing veteran Julius Peppers will hurt a little. The biggest weakness that the Packers have between them, and another division win is whether they can run the ball, at least semi-effectively.
WHAT IS NEEDED TO WIN THE DIVISION: Aaron Rodgers doing his thing, and if the Packers R-E-L-A-X.
The Vikings started well last season, although they fell off at the end of the season. Mainly due to a horrible running game. The Vikings ranked last in the NFL in rushing yards per game last season, since AP was out, and McKinnon is not what you would call beast-mode. There defense still was great last season, but there offense is much left to be desired. Stefan Diggs showed flashes of great talent, but was inconsistent last season (I know, I had Diggs in fantasy). Sam Bradford has done well, considering the position he is in. The Vikings focused on building the running game this offseason, with adding Latavius Murray of the Raiders, and 2nd round draftee Dalvin Cook.
WHAT IS NEEDED TO WIN THE DIVISION: The Vikings defense plays at the same level as last season, Sam Bradford does not get injured (like in his Rams days), and Murray, or Cook prove to be a consistent, reliable rusher, causing Bradford to have some better matchups on the outside.
Well, there you have it, fellow Sports Reactionists. This is just one division, but many more articles on the other divisions will be coming out in the future. And remember, be the best sports fan you can possibly be.
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