NFC North Predictions


By Andy Benoit,


1. Minnesota Vikings

The league’s best rushing attack and run defense. Their postseason fate rests in the hands of Tarvaris Jackson.

2. Green Bay Packers

Sorry Pack, it’s just too big a change in one year.

3. Chicago Bears

Defense is very good and special teams are beyond excellent, but where is the talent on offense?

4. Detroit Lions

They overachieved early last season, which builds unrealistic expectations for 2008. Seven or eight wins would be a good year.

Best Offseason Move

Chicago Bears extending the contract of defensive tackle Tommie Harris (four years, $40 million).

Worst Offseason Move

Brett Favre everything.

Biggest Question

What will come of the Brett Favre situation?

Quick Hits

Team Bests

Passing Game 1 Packers, 2 Lions, 3 Bears, 4 Vikings

Running Game 1 Vikings, 2 Packers, 3 Lions, 4 Bears

Offensive Line 1 Vikings, 2 Packers, 3 Lions, 4 Bears

Pass Rush 1 Vikings, 2 Packers, 3 Bears, 4 Lions

Run Defense 1 Vikings, 2 Bears, 3 Packers, 4 Lions

Pass Defense 1 Bears, 2 Packers, 3 Vikings, 4 Lions

Special Teams 1 Bears, 2 Packers, 3 Vikings, 4 Lions

Coaching Staff 1 Packers, 2 Bears, 3 Vikings, 4 Lions

Front Office 1 Packers, 2 Bears, 3 Vikings, 4 Lions

Home Field Advantage 1 Packers, 2 Vikings, 3 Bears, 4 Lions

Player Bests

Pure Athlete Calvin Johnson, Lions

Big Play Threat Devin Hester, Bears

Gets Most out of Talent Aaron Kampman, Packers

Gets Least out of Talent Brandon Lloyd, Bears

Breakout Prospects Atari Bigby, Packers

Ray Edwards, Vikings

Calvin Johnson, Lions

Breakdown Prospects Al Harris, Packers

Dan Campbell, Lions

Terrence Metcalf, Bears

Best Leader Donald Driver, Packers

Unsung Hero Ben Leber, Vikings

Impact Veteran Acquisition Jared Allen, Vikings

Impact Rookie Chris Williams, Bears



QB Jon Kitna, Lions

RB Adrian Peterson, Vikings

FB Korey Hall, Packers

WR Donald Driver, Packers

WR Calvin Johnson, Lions

TE Donald Lee, Packers

LT Bryant McKinnie, Vikings

LG Steve Hutchinson, Vikings

C Olin Kreutz, Bears

RG Anthony Herrera, Vikings

RT Mark Tauscher, Packers


DE Jared Allen, Vikings

DT Tommie Harris, Bears

DT Kevin Williams, Vikings

DE Aaron Kampman, Packers

OLB Lance Briggs, Bears

MLB Brian Urlacher, Bears

OLB Ernie Sims, Lions

CB Nathan Vasher, Bears

FS Madieu Williams, Vikings

SS Atari Bigby, Packers

CB Charles Woodson, Packers


K Robbie Gould, Bears

P Chris Kluwe, Vikings

RS Devin Hester, Bears

ST Heath Farwell, Vikings

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One Response to “NFC North Predictions”

  1. Steve Kisiel says:

    When was this made? Chris Williams for the Bears and Heath Farwell for the Vikings are on IR….