NFL Preview: NFC North

Will the reigning Super Bowl Champs repeat?

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

Green Bay Packers

The Pack surprised everyone by running the table and winning the SuperBowl. It was Aaron Rodgers coming out party to the league, one that shouted 'I am one of the elite'.This year, Rodgers will look to live up to his own hype with an even better season. He gets back 2 key weapons he didn't have last season in tight end Jermichael Finley and running back Ryan Grant. Both will be huge pluses to a team that is already Super. This will be a good season for the Pack, how good though, is the magical question.

Predicted Finish: 11-5


Detroit Lions

Health permitting, the Detroit Lions should make that leap they have been flirting with the past couple of seasons. I see them contending for a Wild Card, if not the division, they are just that talented. With the talent they have on both sides of the ball, winning is a must this season. Now they just need to convince themselves they are good enough to get the job done.

Predicted Finish: 9-7


Chicago Bears

The Bears have to keep Cutler upright if they want to have a shot this season, period. Last year, the Bears offensive line allowed Cutler to be sacked 52 times, 12 more than any other QB in the league, and when he inevitably succumbed to injury in the worst possible time, it cost the Bears a trip to the SuperBowl. Chicago has a lot of hurdles in getting back to that spot, most noticeably the teams in their own division. There is going to have to be a miracle or two if Chicago expects to take the division this year.

Predicted Finish: 8-8


Minnesota Vikings

It's very hard to judge how good the Vikings are going to be because you don't know how much Donovan McNabb has left in the tank. That, combined with the fact that he will not be playing in a West Coast offense for the first time in over a decade, leaves a lot of people writing this team off. They have the talent to make a run, the Vikings are only a year removed from the NFC Championship, so if they do, it won't be a total shocker, but something tells me it's going to be a rough one for Minnesota fans.

Predicted Finish: 7-9