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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
I apologize for not getting this out last week, but you’re getting it now, so I hope this makes up for it.
You all will remember that I do my power rankings a little differently. This go ’round, I’m going to rank the biggest surprises in the NFC North after the first 5 games. And there are quite a few surprises…
Well, the division was 3-1 this past weekend, with the only loss being the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings look to get their first win this week, and the rest of the division looks to keep up with their winning ways. Here we go around the division to see how they’ll fare in week 4.
Let’s start with the 0-3 Minnesota Vikings. After a scare with the Coronavirus this week after having playing Tennesee, the Vikings will travel down to Houston to take on the 0-3 Houston Texans.
It seems both teams are getting used to their offseason moves. The Vikings getting used to playing without wide receiver Stefon Diggs, and the Texans without WR DeAndre Hopkins. And so far, neither team is better for it.
I’m going to have to take the Texans in this game for 2 reasons. Quarterback play (Sorry, I just have never really trusted Kirk Cousins) and the Houston defense.
With arms extended as far as he could reach, Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson snatches a bullet from quarterback Mitchell Trubisky in a mid-air horizontal catch. It was a sight to see and a head-scratcher as to why the Bears organization continues to delay extending the contract of this prolific athlete.
Robinson’s ceiling for production is extremely high especially in the shape he is in now. His natural ability to stretch the field and grab the ball on the go is a testament to his dedication to the game and to this Chicago Bears team.
But in Bears have their sights set on $16M, while Robinson is seeking somewhere around $18 million. With players around the league getting their payday, Robinson patiently waits. But patience has a time limit and time is running out.