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Football Insiders’ NFC North Predictions

FInd out who our Football Insiders’ experts believe will win the NFC North. The results are not unanimous.

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The staff at Football Insiders weighed in on who would win the NFC North.  Without any further ado, here are the results:

Mark Gunnels-

1. Green Bay Packers
2. Detroit Lions
3. Minnesota Vikings
4. Chicago Bears

Despite losing Jordy Nelson for the season, the Packers still have Aaron Rodgers, who has a knack for making teammates better. Rodgers alone makes Green Bay the overwhelming favorite in the north yet again. The battle for second place will be interesting, but I believe the Lions offense is enough to have them competing for a wildcard spot. Minnesota is on the rise, but they’re a year away and Chicago still has a poor defense and the mightily inconsistent Jay Cutler is still their quarterback.

Charlie Bernstein-

1. Green Bay Packers
2. Minnesota Vikings
3. Detroit Lions
4. Chicago Bears

The Packers have the best quarterback (in the world), and the best quarterback usually wins, even if he doesn’t have his No. 1 wide receiver….The Vikings have a nice young nucleus to go along with a presumably healthy Adrian Peterson.  They should compete for a Wildcard….The Lions have a really balanced offense, but replacing Ndamukong Suh won’t be easy.  It’s also difficult to put supreme confidence in Jim Caldwell and Matt Stafford….The Bears have no defense…and Jay Cutler as their quarterback. ‘Nuff said.

Jeff Carlson-

1. Minnesota Vikings
2. Green Bay Packers
3. Detroit Lions
4. Chicago Bears

Green Bay and Minnesota will fight it out for the top spot, but with Jordy Nelson going down, I’m leaning towards Mike Zimmer’s team breaking on top with Adrian Peterson back in the fold.  Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson will hook up enough to stay just ahead of the Chicago Bears, who are never going to do much of anything with Jay Cutler leading the way.

John Owning-

1. Green Bay Packers
2. Minnesota Vikings
3. Detroit Lions
4. Chicago Bears

The Green Bay Packers have Aaron Rodgers, which automatically makes them the favorite and eventual winner of the NFC North. The Minnesota Vikings boast a young and talented squad led by the best young quarterback in the NFL, Teddy Bridgewater. Their improved offense and suffocating defense will allow them to narrowly best the Lions in the NFC North. The Lions have a very talented squad, but the loss of Ndamkukong Suh and Nick Fairley will be  just enough to keep them out of the playoffs. The Chicago Bears are in the process of rebuilding and Jay Cutler isn’t the answer at quarterback.

Pat Donovan-

1. Green Bay Packers
2. Minnesota Vikings
3. Detroit Lions
4. Chicago Bears

The Green Bay Packers remain the class of the NFC North, even with the loss of Jordy Nelson, but the Minnesota Vikings will close the gap in Teddy Bridgewater’s second year. The return of Adrian Peterson will be huge for the Vikings offense, and the defense has underrated players at every level. The Detroit Lions have to prove they can overcome multiple losses across the defensive line including Ndamukong Suh, and the Chicago Bears are just entering year one of what will ultimately be a complete rebuild.

Devon Jeffreys-

1. Green Bay Packers
2. Minnesota Vikings
3. Detroit Lions
4. Chicago Bears

There is little reason to believe that the Green Bay Packers won’t continue to run this division for the foreseeable future as long as Aaron Rodgers is still throwing footballs….the big question is whether the Packers defense can get back to a form that takes them higher than that, but for now they’re good enough to win a fifth straight division title….the Vikings were one of the NFL’s biggest surprises last year and with Adrian Peterson back, Teddy Bridgewater continuing to improve, and a Top 10 defense, they will be in the playoff hunt…It’s a toss up between Minnesota and Detroit for 2nd & 3rd place, but the Lions losses on defense and the work in progress that is their offensive line make them a little more suspect than the Vikings….The Bears are essentially rebuilding on the fly, and they have a long way to go, so it will be another painful season in the NFC North cellar.

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Charlie Bernstein is the managing football editor for Football Insiders and has covered the NFL for over a decade.  Charlie has hosted drive time radio for NBC and ESPN affiliates in different markets around the country, along with being an NFL correspondent for ESPN Radio and WFAN.  He has been featured on the NFL Network as well as Sirius/XM NFL Radio and has been published on Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, ESPN as well as numerous other publications.

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