Tuesday, November 12, 2013

NFL Midseason Report: NFC North

Detroit Lions 6-3

With Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers likely to miss multiple weeks with a collarbone injury, the Lions are now the preliminary favorites in this strong division. Led by Franchise Quarterback Matthew Statfford Detroit has an offensive big three: Stafford, Reggie Bush, and Calvin Johnson. Put together with star Defensive Lineman Ndt Suh the Lions just may have what it takes to take the NFC North.


Stafford is a QB1, Bush is a RB1/2, and Johnson is a superstar WR1.

Green Bay Packers 5-4

The Green Bay Packers were my preseason pick to win the Division. I predicted they would go all the to the NFC Championship Game. On Monday Afternoon I still believed in my predictions. Now, 3 days after a 27-20 loss to the  Division-Rival Bears I'm not so sure. Green Bay lost Star Quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a broken collarbone. They have already lost Tight End Jeremichael Finley and Receiver Randall Cobb for the season. Receiver James Jones and star Linebacker Clay Matthews are also out indefinitely. Backup Quarterback Scott Tolzien must hold his own for the Packers to stay in Division-Title contention until Rodgers comes back.


Running Back Eddie Lacy is a RB1. Hold onto Rodgers, and pickup James Jones to start when he is fully healthy.

Chicago Bears 5-4

The Bears were my pick to get 2nd in the Division and earn themselves a Wild Card spot. But then Quarterback Jay Cutler went down and it looked like the Bears season was over. But led by backup Quarterback Josh Mccown the Chicago beat the Division rival Packers and are now right with the Lions and the Packers in the race for the NFC North title. Who will win the Division? I say wait and see when Rodgers and Cutler come back.


Cutler is a strong QB2 when he comes back, Running Back Matt Forte is an every-week RB1, and Receiver Brandon Marshall is a WR1/2.

Minnesota Vikings 2-7

After a strong year last year in which Minnesota went 10-6 and made the playoffs. This year's failure
is largely in debt to arguably the greatest running back of all-time, Adrian Peterson. His numbers have dropped by 1.5 yards per carry and 43.8 yards per game. AP doesn't deserve all the blame, however, the Quarterback situation has been an issue, Third-Year Quarterback Christian Ponder struggled early on leading Head Coach Leslie Frazier to go with backup Matt Cassel, when Cassel produced just 1 win in 3 starts, Frazier signed Buccaneers castoff Josh Freeman. But Freeman struggled going just 20 of 53 in a 23-7 loss to the Giants. Frazier then went with Ponder once again,
who went  1-1 and gave Vikings fans some hope, but then the news broke: Ponder had sustained an injury and would miss time. So now Frazier wil have to decide whether to go with the washed-up Cassel, or the fading Freeman.


Peterson is a RB1.

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