Previewing the NFC North

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Welcome back to football, Team.  We made it!  And not a moment too soon!

Let’s preview how the NFC North could look this season.

I’m going to preface this by saying, pretty much when Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he was coming back, the division got a little less interesting. Because at the end of the day, the Packers are still the Packers and are the team to beat in the north. But that’s the way it is so…to the preview!

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Unofficial Team Hashtags: NFC North edition

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Since my world has not let me chat with the ladies on the OTFB Podcast recently, I figured I’d write some stuff to make up for it.  And here we go!

Training camp has started and the dawn of a new season is upon us.  Do you know how each team has a team hashtag that the NFL randomly assigns each year?  Well, in this article, and my next one, I’m going to assign team hashtags for the teams in the NFC North and the NFC East.  It isn’t going to be what the NFL may give the team (but if it is, I’m just going to assume that great minds think alike).  But just a hashtag of a word or phrase that I think will embody the team this season.

Since we’re starting with the north, let’s go alphabetically and start with the Chicago Bears.

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OTFB Fan Forum: Training Camp Edition

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter
NFC West/AFC West

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Tick tock says the clock. It is almost that time already. The 2021 NFL Training Camps are about to kick off in just a matter of weeks and while some fans may be content watching the NHL or NBA playoffs, many are just dying for football to return!

Training camp brings with it new hope. A new season full of “what could be”. New players, or players that have returned from injury, that are like shiny new toys to be excited about and loved. I decided it was time to check in with the fan forum, or at least those who weren’t on vacation, and see what players they were most excited to watch during training camp. A rookie with potential? A free agent vet who completes their team? So many things to look forward to, so let’s jump right in.

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The NFC Championship game: As seen on Twitter

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

The NFC Championship game was a couple of days ago, as we all know.  It was riddled with bad calls, bad plays, but also some great plays.

But no invention has made football games (well, sports really) more fun, than Twitter.

So, for today’s article, I’m going to see how you guys reacted to the game.  Because football Twitter has some amazing takes and an even better sense of humor!

Here are some of my favorite tweets from the game!!

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Saints roll past the Bears

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

The Chicago Bears limped into the playoff with an 8-8 record, mostly due to back to back losses by the Arizona Cardinals. The Bears drew quarterback Drew Brees and the NFC South division champion New Orleans Saints.

Let’s face it, not many people had the Bears coming out on top in this week’s wildcard round. However, the Bears stayed around to make this a very winnable game for them going into the 3rd quarter, where they only trailed the Saints by 4 points.

The Bears failed to take advantage after receiving the ball in the second half. Quarterback Mitch Trubisky and the Bears offense could only muster up 27 total yards during their first drive of the second half, ultimately punting the ball back to the Saints.

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How the NFC North was won

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Week 17 is done, and the playoffs are upon us!  I’m always excited because that usually means stress-free football for me. Nothing quite like watching games and not being stressed out. Though, to be honest, this season didn’t stress me so much.

But let’s recap the NFC North and how they got to where they are now. Because outside of the Detroit Lions, it was all pretty interesting.

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The top rookies of the NFC North

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

The NFC North has pretty much shaped up the way we thought it would preseason, though I’m not sure that people thought the Green Bay Packers would be as impressive as they were.

Instead of breaking down where teams stand as we enter the last two games of the season, this week I’m going to focus on the rookies in the division. They’ve done a good job, and deserve to get a little shine. So let’s help them get their shine on!

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Around the NFC North in 3 words

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Many things have changed since I last wrote about the NFC North. Namely, the Detroit Lions are now in the market for a new GM and head coach.  The Chicago Bears have come crashing back down to Earth, the Minnesota Vikings seem to remember who they are, and the Green Bay Packers… remain the Green Bay Packers.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I like to be a little creative when it comes to my articles.  It’s fun that way. So, for this article, I asked one fan from each team in the division to describe their season so far in three words.  A little bit challenging, but it can also be fun!

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A win for the Green Bay Packers, a career day for Aaron Rodgers.

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Green Bay Packers Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan //@lucyrk78

The Green Bay Packers won their second consecutive game on Sunday thanks to a 30-16 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. While I’m always excited about a win, I DO think the Pack unnecessarily gave up a bunch of points.

Going into halftime, Green Bay was enjoying a 20-3 lead and in under 90 seconds, a fourth-quarter field goal gave the Eagles the opportunity for back-to-back touchdowns, and most the team was nowhere to be seen.

Luckily, the Packers have quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He’s having one of his best seasons in years, almost solidifying his slam-dunk MVP/HOF placement. It’s reminiscent of 2014, which was the last time Green Bay led the NFL in scoring and Rodgers had another award-worthy season.

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The NFC North roundup

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Now that my life is somewhat less complex, let’s talk some football, shall we?

The NFC North has been a division that has surprised me.  At the beginning of the season, if you had told me that the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers would start off the season tied for first, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. But (H)alas, they did. (See what I did there?)

The Bears were what really surprised me at first, but it seems like they’re starting their descent back to Earth. After starting their season 3-0, they’ve gone 2-4. Now, losing running back Tarik Cohen certainly doesn’t help, along with uncertainty at the quarterback position, but their offense just isn’t getting it done. Sunday’s loss to the Titans pretty much showed us that.

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