Expectations for the NFC North

We move on to the NFC North, where the division is more wide open than you'd think. Of course, there's always that one team that's not going to compete (surprise! It's not the Lions). But here's what each team should look forward to this year.

  • Chicago Bears: Pain: And lots of it, too. This Bears team looks ready to rebuild. Khalil Mack is gone, Roquan Smith wants out of town, and there's the whole debate about moving to Arlington Heights. This Bears squad is a mess right now, which is bad news for Justin Fields and his development.

  • Detroit Lions: Shock the World: For too long, the Detroit Lions have been the laughingstock of the NFL. They've finished a season without any wins in 2008, have had years of futility under Matt Millen, and have never been to the Super Bowl, let alone win an NFC North title. They probably won't make it this year, either. But they have the proper weapons in place, i.e. Penei Sewell and Amon-Ra St. Brown.

  • Green Bay Packers: Next Man Up: Out is Davante Adams, for he has gone to the Las Vegas Raiders. It's up to Allen Lazard and company to take the reins and help Aaron Rodgers out for another division title. Otherwise, expect more noise from the reigning NFL MVP next offseason.

  • Minnesota Vikings: Win the Division: There has never been a better opportunity for the Vikes to Skol their way to a division crown. Green Bay has lost their aforementioned star in Adams. Detroit is still putting the pieces together. Chicago is taking the pieces apart. With an underrated Kirk Cousins and arguably the best receiving corps in the NFL, don't be shocked if Minnesota wins the NFC North this season.