Wednesday, August 9, 2017

2017 NFL Division Preview: NFC North


It's about that time again football fans. The season is just around the corner and everyone is getting geared up for another season of NFL football. Once again, I am doing a game-by-game predictions for every single game in the NFL. After going 143-111 last year (which I don't think is too shabby) I look to improve and get more game results correct. So here it is, starting with the NFC North.

NFC North

Chicago Bears – 2016 Record – 3-13
Week 1 – vs Atlanta Falcons (Sun, Sep 10, 1:00 PM FOX) – 41-20 L
Week 2 – @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Sun, Sep 17, 1:00 PM FOX) – 36-14 L
Week 3 – vs Pittsburgh Steelers (Sun, Sep 24, 1:00 PM CBS) – 30-21 L
Week 4 – @ Green Bay Packers (Thu, Sep 28, 8:25 PM CBS) – 24-21 L
Week 5 – vs Minnesota Vikings (Mon, Oct 9, 8:30 PM ESPN) – 21-13 L
Week 6 – @ Baltimore Ravens (Sun, Oct 15, 1:00 PM FOX) – 31-20 L
Week 7 – vs Carolina Panthers (Sun, Oct 22, 1:00 PM FOX) – 27-16 L
Week 8 – @ New Orleans Saints (Sun, Oct 29, 1:00 PM FOX) – 38-14 L
Week 9 – BYE
Week 10 – vs Green Bay Packers (Sun, Nov 12, 1:00 PM FOX) – 21-19 W
Week 11 – vs Detroit Lions (Sun, Nov 19, 1:00 PM FOX) – 24-23 W
Week 12 – @ Philadelphia Eagles (Sun, Nov 26, 1:00 PM FOX) – 36-24 L
Week 13 – vs San Francisco 49ers (Sun, Dec 3, 1:00 PM CBS) – 16-13 L
Week 14 – @ Cincinnati Bengals (Sun, Dec 10, 1:00 PM FOX) – 17-16 W
Week 15 – @ Detroit Lions (Sat, Dec 16, 4:30 PM NFL) – 31-21 L
Week 16 – vs Cleveland Browns (Sun, Dec 24, 1:00 PM CBS) – 28-19 W
Week 17 – @ Minnesota Vikings (Sun, Dec 31, 1:00 PM FOX) – 38-24 L
2017 Record – 4-12

Detroit Lions – 2016 Record – 9-7
Week 1 – vs Arizona Cardinals (Sun, Sep 10, 1:00 PM FOX) – 38-28 W
Week 2 – @ New York Giants (Mon, Sep 18, 8:30 PM ESPN) – 37-24 L
Week 3 – vs Atlanta Falcons (Sun, Sep 24, 1:00 PM FOX) – 41-33 L
Week 4 – @ Minnesota Vikings (Sun, Oct 1, 1:00 PM FOX) – 25-21 W
Week 5 – vs Carolina Panthers (Sun, Oct 8, 1:00 PM FOX) – 24-17 W
Week 6 – @ New Orleans Saints (Sun, Oct 15, 1:00 PM FOX) – 33-20 L
Week 7 – BYE
Week 8 – vs Pittsburgh Steelers (Sun, Oct 29, 8:30 PM NBC) – 30-28 L
Week 9 – @ Green Bay Packers (Mon, Nov 6, 8:30 PM ESPN) – 27-24 L
Week 10 – vs Cleveland Browns (Sun, Nov 12, 1:00 PM CBS) – 15-13 L
Week 11 – @ Chicago Bears (Sun, Nov 19, 1:00 PM FOX) – 24-23 L
Week 12 – vs Minnesota Vikings (Thu, Nov 23, 12:30 PM FOX) – 28-24 W
Week 13 – @ Baltimore Ravens (Sun, Dec 3, 1:00 PM FOX) – 24-21 L
Week 14 – @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Sun, Dec 10, 1:00 PM FOX) – 27-26 L
Week 15 – vs Chicago Bears (Sat, Dec 16, 4:30 PM NFL) – 31-21 W
Week 16 – @ Cincinnati Bengals (Sun, Dec 24, 1:00 PM FOX) – 28-19 W
Week 17 – vs Green Bay Packers (Sun, Dec 31, 1:00 PM FOX) – 17-16 W
2017 Record – 7-9

Green Bay Packers – 2016 Record – 10-6
Week 1 – vs Seattle Seahawks (Sun, Sep 10, 4:25 PM FOX) – 31-28 W
Week 2 – @ Atlanta Falcons (Sun, Sep 17, 8:30 PM NBC) – 28-27 L
Week 3 – vs Cincinnati Bengals (Sun, Sep 24, 4:25 PM CBS) – 27-24 W
Week 4 – vs Chicago Bears (Thu, Sep 28, 8:25 PM CBS) –  24-21 W
Week 5 – @ Dallas Cowboys (Sun, Oct 8, 4:25 PM FOX) – 28-24 L
Week 6 – @ Minnesota Vikings (Sun, Oct 15, 1:00 PM FOX) – 34-30 L
Week 7 – vs New Orleans Saints (Sun, Oct 22, 1:00 PM FOX) – 38-23 W
Week 8 – BYE
Week 9 – vs Detroit Lions (Mon, Nov 6, 8:30 PM ESPN) – 27-24 W
Week 10 – @ Chicago Bears (Sun, Nov 11, 1:00 PM FOX) – 21-19 L
Week 11 – vs Baltimore Ravens (Sun, Nov 19, 1:00 PM CBS) – 33-28 W
Week 12 – @ Pittsburgh Steelers (Sun, Nov 26, 8:30 PM NBC) – 31-28 W
Week 13 – vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Sun, Dec 3, 1:00 PM FOX) – 27-23 W
Week 14 – @ Cleveland Browns (Sun, Dec 10, 1:00 PM FOX) – 49-21 W
Week 15 – @ Carolina Panthers (Sun, Dec 17, 1:00 PM FOX) – 26-24 L
Week 16 – vs Minnesota Vikings (Sat, Dec 23, 8:30 PM NBC) – 38-27 W
Week 17 – @ Detroit Lions (Sun, Dec 31, 1:00 PM FOX) – 17-16 L
2017 Record – 10-6

Minnesota Vikings – 2016 Record – 8-8
Week 1 – vs New Orleans Saints (Mon, Sep 11, 7:10 PM ESPN) – 31-30 W
Week 2 – @ Pittsburgh Steelers (Sun, Sep 17, 1:00 PM FOX) – 28-24 W
Week 3 – vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Sun, Sep 24, 1:00 PM FOX) – 27-25 L
Week 4 – vs Detroit Lions (Sun, Oct 1, 1:00 PM FOX) – 25-21 L
Week 5 – @ Chicago Bears (Mon, Oct 9, 8:30 PM ESPN) – 21-13 W
Week 6 – vs Green Bay Packers (Sun, Oct 15, 1:00 PM FOX) – 34-30 W
Week 7 – vs Baltimore Ravens (Sun, Oct 22, 1:00 PM CBS) – 22-21 W
Week 8 – @ Cleveland Browns (Sun, Oct 29, 9:30 PM NFL) – 42-14 W
Week 9 – BYE
Week 10 – @ Washington Redskins (Sun, Nov 12, 1:00 PM FOX) – 25-20 W
Week 11 – vs Los Angeles Rams (Sun, Nov 19, 1:00 PM FOX) – 27-17 W
Week 12 – @ Detroit Lions (Thu, Nov 23, 12:30 PM FOX) – 28-24 L
Week 13 – @ Atlanta Falcons (Sun, Dec 3, 1:00 PM FOX) – 35-24 L
Week 14 – @ Carolina Panthers (Sun, Dec 10, 1:00 PM CBS) – 21-16 L
Week 15 – vs Cincinnati Bengals (Sun, Dec 17, 1:00 PM CBS) – 33-28 W
Week 16 – @ Green Bay Packers (Sat, Dec 23, 8:30 PM NBC) – 38-27 L
Week 17 – vs Chicago Bears (Sun, Dec 31, 1:00 PM FOX) – 38-24 W
2017 Record – 10-6

Final AFC North Standings

1. Green Bay Packers – 10-6
2. Minnesota Vikings – 10-6
3. Detroit Lions – 7-9
4. Chicago Bears – 4-12

Division Preview:

Starting from the bottom of the division, the Chicago Bears will struggle mightily this season. Their quarterback is the unproven Mike Glennon and outside of running back Jordan Howard and wide receiver Kevin White they lack talent at the skills positions. Their offensive line is suspect and their defense will be below average. It will be a tough year for the Bears.

Finishing third is going to be the Detroit Lions. Quarterback Matthew Stafford is their lone bright spot on offense as I feel running back Ameer Abdullah and wide receiver Golden Tate aren't good enough to get it done. Their defense has some talent but will be on the field often due to the offensive ineptitude.

Losing on a tie-breaker, the Minnesota Vikings will be the runner up in the division. With his second year in the system, Sam Bradford will be more comfortable, but the loss of running back Adrian Peterson will be felt in the ground game. They need to hope that Latavius Murray and Dalvin Cook can pick up what the all-time great Peterson left behind for them.

Sitting on top of the division yet again is all-pro Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. With his receiving corps being healthy for the first time in ages and Ty Montgomery back as a dynamic running back they are poised to make a deep playoff run. The defense should be just good enough to hold opposing offenses at bay with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix as its anchor.

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