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2011-12 NFL Preview: NFC North

September 3rd, 2011 by Scott Dargis | 1 Comment | Filed in Football, General

The NFC North is on the verge of becoming one of the most competitive divisions in football. We all know what the Packers did last season, but remember that the Bears finished with the second best record in the NFC. While it may have been somewhat of a fluke year in which everything just goes your way, the Bears still had to go out and win those games. The Detroit Lions found out that they have the next great defensive player in Ndamukong Suh, but also found themselves with an injured starting QB for most of the season. The Minnesota Vikings had a year that the front office would like to forget as quickly as possible. I will give them credit though, the last two weeks of the season saw no Brett Favre and helped Leslie Frazer prove that he is ready to lead this team back to contendersville.

Green Bay Packers

The Packers come into this season with the goal of repeating as world champions. There has been very few teams that have been able to repeat as Super Bowl champions, the last team to do so was the 05 New England Patriots. Last year the Packers were constantly having to deal with injuries across the board. Aaron Rodgers proved that he was an elite quarterback. He did this with very little help from the rushing game in the regular season. James Starks did emerge during their playoff run. Rodgers showed his ability to not only throw the ball on a dime while under pressure, but doing so to all of the targets at his disposal. Mix that with a healthy Jermichael Finley and the offense becomes even more dangerous than it was last season.

Defensively the Packers return almost all of their starters. DT Cullen Jenkins departed for Philadelphia. This is an overall unit that is overflowing with talent. Up front B.J Raji, Clay Mathews, Ryan Picket are downright studs and in the secondary the ageless Charles Woodson always seems to be making plays, but what is scary is that the other cornerback Tramon Williams was actually better statistically last season.

Make no mistake about it, the Packers are the best team in football and will only continue to prove so this season.

Player to watch: RB James Starks
While Ryan Grant will be listed as the starter come opening day, Starks is going to be the starting RB at some point during this season. He showed explosiveness that Grant just does not have. More importantly he showed that he can be very dangerous in the screen passing game, something that will only make a spread offense that much more dangerous.


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