NFL: NFC North Standings Predictions for the 2018 Season

Well, we are about a week away from the start of the 2018 season and the NFC North is an intriguing division.  Last years 2 seed and NFC Runner-up not only improved at QB Kirk Cousins over Kase Keenum but also picked up some defensive help. UCF’s Mike Hughes will help that defense almost from the jump. He will also give a boost to special teams. Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers will be back and healthy. He finally has an athletic tight end in Jimmy Graham. The Detroit Lions are an interesting team because we do not know what they will be. The Chicago Bears have second-year QB Mitchell Trubisky and we don’t know what we are going to get from them. So let’s jump into previews and predictions now for the NFC North.

4 – Chicago Bears

Mitchell Trubisky looked lost at times on the field and that is normal for a rookie QB. He did show signs of improvement so I do not believe they will be as bad as they were last season but I do not see this being an overnight change. Bringing in Matt Nagy to be the head coach was a good start but may not be the answer right away.

Last Year 5-11

This year 6-10 (2-4 Division)

3 – Detroit Lions

Did not make the playoffs last year but were one of 3 teams who finished one game behind the Falcons for the final playoff spot. In my opinion, this team overachieved last year by a lot. So I don’t feel like this season they will end up with a better record or a playoff spot. Offensively they are very deep and talented, with the likes of Stafford and Tate and Jones and Golladay. However, there are too many questions marks on the defensive side of the ball.

Last Year 9-7

This year 8-8 (3-3 Division)

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2 – Green Bay Packers

Lost Aaron Rodgers to a freak injury and that didn’t really cost them a playoff spot because Brett Hundley played well but we all know if Rodgers was healthy Green Bay probably makes the playoffs. This year they sign Jimmy Graham and lose Jordy Nelson but it looks like the running back position is starting to settle itself out for them. I think Davante Adams and Randall Cobb are ready to fill the void left by Jordy Nelson

Last Year 7-9

This Year 10-6 (4-2 Division)

1 – Minnesota Vikings

Last year Minnesota rode their defense to a number 2 seed in the NFC and played pretty good on offense as well. Fast forward to this offseason they sign Kirk “You Like That” Cousins to a 3 year 90 million $ deal all guaranteed. In addition, Dalvin Cook, their explosive play running back, is coming back from injury. Their Defense is better than it was a year ago and will keep them in games even if the offense isn’t firing at 100%.

Last Year 13-3

This Year 13-3 (6-0 Division)

Will Aaron Rodgers be able to regain the top spot in this division or does Minnesota’s talented team continue to separate themselves from the rest of the division.

What do you think of my picks? What are your picks for the NFC North? Comment here or hit me on Twitter.

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