2008 NFC North Predictions

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2008 NFC North Division Preview
By Adam Barone

1. Minnesota Vikings (9-7): Adrian Peterson’s phenomenal abilities are obvious, but his ability to stay healthy is not. If he stays on the field the Vikes’ defense is good enough that they could have a shot at the playoffs, having forced 21 fumbles last season—second best in the league. Tarvaris Jackson will need to learn to manage the offense better, and improve on his touchdown-interception ratio of 9:12.

2. Green Bay Packers (8-8): Aaron Rodgers is not Brett Favre, so this will not be the same 13-3 Packers from last season. Six of the last seven teams the Packers played last season had almost nothing to play for. Their schedule will be more difficult, and Ryan Grant will need to prove that he’s for real with defenses less respectful of the passing game.

3. Chicago Bears (6-10): Not selecting a quarterback at all in the draft seems like an obvious mistake for the Bears. But if Matt Forte can find some running room and the defense can return to its old form, then the quarterback situation won’t be too important. The strength of the passing game will be the tight ends, but there’s some untapped talent in the receiving corps. Rex Grossman’s hands are the same size they were when he was 10 years old, so there will be more fumbled snaps.

4. Detroit Lions (5-11): Last season started off well in Detroit, but they were eventually back to the same old Lions. Running back Kevin Jones is out, rookie Kevin Smith is in, and will compete with Tatum Bell for the starting job. Smith’s numbers at Central Florida were some of the best in the country, but against inferior competition. Detroit will also have to replace defensive tackle Shaun Rogers, which will be tough.

We have broken down each NFC North team in-depth. Read the individual NFL previews of the Bears, Lions, Packers, and Vikings from Maddux Sports.

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