We continue to see who will finish in first place in each division in the NFL. We have figured out who should come from the NFC East, so now let’s turn the attention to the north. The Minnesota Vikings have made several moves this offseason to put themselves in good position. Green Bay still has Aaron Rodgers, but he lost a pair of key pieces to the receiving core. Detroit is a team on the rise, but is it too soon for them to challenge in the NFC North? The Chicago Bears look like they ae at least a couple years away from making any noise. Let’s see who will win the NFC North division in 2022.
The Chicago Bears enter the season under a brand new regime. The Bears wasted no time cleaning house firing both head coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace the day after the conclusion of the 2021 season. Chicago found their new general manager in Ryan Poles and head coach in Matt Eberflus. They will have the huge task in rebuilding this team from the ground up. The Bears traded or released a lot of veteran talent like Khalil Mack. Chicago signed a couple young receivers and some help on the defensive side. Unfortunately, this could be another long season for Justin Fields and the Bears.
The Detroit Lions played their hearts out almost every game last season. They didn’t get the results they hoped for, but you could see a culture change. Jared Goff will enter his second full season under center and he has some young weapons to play with. They resigned Josh Reynolds as he was acquired late in the season and showed promise. Detroit also signed D.J. Chark to give Goff another weapon. The secondary should get a boost with the signing of Tracy Walker III at the safety position. Detroit will not contend for the division, but they will scare a lot of teams this season.
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay will look to find a way to make a Super Bowl run again. After so much drama, they resigned Aaron Rodgers to a monster deal. His future was up in the air during the offseason for the defending NFL MVP. Robert Tonyan also signed a new deal with the Packers and he will be an intricate part of the offense. Green Bay brought in some young talent to hopefully fill some of the big shoes Davante Adams left. If Sammy Watkins can stay healthy, his signing could be huge for the Packers. This division will be a battle between Green Bay and Minnesota again.
Minnesota improved on both sides of the ball during the offseason. The biggest moves may have been starting with a new regime. Mike Zimmer is out as coach and they brought in Kevin O’Connell to lead the charge. O’Connell will bring a different type of energy to the Viking organization. The biggest pickup by the Vikings was signing Za’Darius Smith from division rival Green Bay. Smith can rush the passer just as well as anyone else in the league. Minnesota also gave Danielle Hunter an extension to go alongside Smith. Justin Jefferson should be one of the better, if not the best receiver in the league. As of now, I’m going with the Vikings to dethrone the Packers to take the division.
My NFC North Rankings
- Minnesota Vikings
- Green Bay Packers
- Detroit Lions
- Chicago Bears
What do you think about the NFC North this season? Do you see the Green Bay Packers finishing atop the division again? Can the Minnesota Vikings make a serious run? Will Kirk Cousins play up to his potential and lead the Vikings offense? Who do you think wins the division? Leave some feedback about anything related to the NFC East below.