It’s hard not to be a Brett Favre fan. the man has done it all in the NFL and proven himself the toughest quarterback to ever play the game. But am I alone in thinking that the constant game playing and retirement carousel isn’t just a little self serving? Anyway here’s the NFC North with or without Brett.
Green Bay Packers – Regardless of the quarterback situation Mike McCarthy has built an organization capable of winning it all. Aaron Rodgers has shown great promise and could outplay an aging Brett Favre in the short term. They won’t catch anyone by surprise though and the improvement in other teams in the division make tis pick a shaky one at best.
Minnesota Vikings – The Vikings secret weapon in 2007 won’t be a secret in the 2008 NFL season. Adrian Peterson is a prototype back, bruising and blazing, and should be even better in 2008. The Vikings success will hinge on developing a deep passing game to match the running game and stopping the other teams aerial attack. Minnesota could be the team to beat in the NFC North and even into the playoffs but it all hinges on Tarvaris Jackson.
Chicago Bears – How do the Chicago Bears finish at #28 on defense. I’m still baffled by that one. Unfortunately for Bears fans I don’t see any major changes on that side of the ball. More to the point, not addressing the highly erratic quarterback situation could cost the Bears dearly. On the other hand I am rooting for the Bears because I expect Matt Forte, a kid from my hometown, to assume the starting running back position.
Detroit Lions – I feel for Lions fans. I’ve been a Saints fan so I know what years of losing feels like. Apart from Green Bay, the NFC North is wide open for the taking. The Lions have been getting better so there’s always hope. But like most most Detroit Lions fans I’ll have to see it to believe it.