A flashy draft, or a functional draft? Which proves more useful?

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By John Errico // @MikeZimmersEars

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There have been many debates over the years. Waffles or pancakes? Chocolate or peanut butter? Tastes great or less filling? Allow me to add one more related to the NFL draft: Best available or fill needs?

I decided to dig into which strategy works better by researching ten years of drafts from 2009 through 2019. I chose the best team in each NFL division based on the overall record from that same period. I first looked at statistics for each season for these eight teams.

Items such as points scored and allowed, offensive and defensive rankings in each season, sacks allowed and recorded, and depth issues formed the baseline for what I saw as team needs for each draft. Any player chosen that would help improve the team in any of these areas was seen as a need pick, not a best available. Here are the teams and my analysis:

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What’s in store for the Green Bay Packers in 2020

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Green Bay Packers Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan //@Lucyrk78

The NFL schedules were released Thursday night, although we have known the opponents throughout the week. I was surprised to see Green Bay opening the season in Minnesota. I can’t remember a time the opener wasn’t a Chicago Bears/Green Bay Packers game. And I know I cannot be alone – this is actually the first time in Packers franchise history.

Due to the pandemic, what will games even look like this season? Will the number of fans be limited severely, with at least 6ft of space between seats? Or will we only be able to watch in our houses, and sports bars? How will the lack of crowd hype make a difference in a player’s game?

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Did the draft make the NFC North better?

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

It’s a week after the draft, and we’ve all had time to look at who teams took, and if they made the right choice or not, and I’m wondering if the NFC North got stronger or not.

As of now, I don’t think the division did.  If anything, there are more questions than answers right now.  And the way things are going, who knows if we’re going to get answers to those questions.

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The San Francisco 49ers are Miami bound!

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

There was a feeling right at the start of the NFC Championship game between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers. A feeling that the 49ers were completely dialed in. And they were. It was pretty much over right after it got going.

The 49ers scored on their second series of the game, and that was pretty much it, they never looked back. Running back Raheem Mostert was definitely the star of the game. He had over 200 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns, becoming the 1st player to score 4 touchdowns in a conference championship game.

The Green Bay Packers? Well, to put it nicely, they never really got going.

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Previewing the NFC Championship game

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

At the beginning of the season, if you’d have told me that the San Fransisco 49ers were going to be in the NFC Championship Game, I think I would’ve responded like this:

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And yet,  here we are. The 49ers are in the NFC Championship Game, with home field no less, and they get to face the Green Bay Packers.  Again. Had you told me at the beginning of the year that the Packers were going to the NFC Championship game, I don’t think I would’ve gone 100% “Sure, Jan” but I still wasn’t 100% sold on them either.

However, both teams have proven me wrong and will face each other to earn a spot in the Super Bowl.  So, what’s it going to take for each team to get there?

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The NFC North: Let’s go caroling

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

As you are well aware, it’s Christmas time. One of my favorite times of the year.  Hopefully, your Christmas (or insert whatever holiday you celebrate around this time of year) isn’t too stressful for you, and you’ve got a chance to rest and reflect on what’s past and what’s to come.

Another hallmark of this time of year is the Christmas carols and songs. My all-time favorite Christmas song is Sleigh Ride. (side note:  I didn’t realize that there were actual words to the song until I was like 10. Tweet me, we’ll talk about it!)  It’s also time for me to write my article about the NFC North, and I figured that I’d incorporate Christmas into it.

But not your typical Christmas List for Santa type of article.  NOPE….I’m going to look at what carol reflects what team in the NFC North.  Now, of course, there are only 4 teams and a bazillion carols. So, if you think I could have done better, by all means, let me know.

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Packers playoff scenarios

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Green Bay Packers Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan //@lucyrk78

With last weekend’s Green Bay Packers (ugly) win over the Washington Redskins, they now sit at 10-3 and are one step closer to a first-round bye and are pushing for the NFC North title. Today, the Packers hold the No. 2 seed in the NFC.

Of course, I, along with every other loyal Packers fan, would like their chances to be a bit stronger – there are a few too many teams affecting the Packers desired outcomes currently.

Let’s take a look at the possible playoff scenarios and how they might come out ahead.

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I got the power: NFC North Power Rankings

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Welcome to the stretch run of the 2019 season.

The NFC North really hasn’t been the battle that most thought it would be at the beginning of the season.

But in the end, it looks like it’s coming down to the usual suspects.

Today, I’m taking a look at who’s hot and who’s not going into the last part of the season in the NFC North.

So, without further ado and/or fanfare here we go.

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Six cities, three weeks, one American sports obsessed Scottish lass

Shona Duthie
Podcaster, writer, editor

By Shona Duthie // @ShonaDuthie4

About the author: Shona is Sub-editor (sport) for @dct_media, co-host for the popular @GridironWine podcast, editor for @PFN365, and writer for @ninetynineyards

Heading back to the States was always a big plan of mine after I spent three months across the pond five and a half years ago.

What I find quite funny about this now, and if some of you have read my stuff elsewhere, you will know I was on an NFL boycott due to a guy I was dating dumping me out of the blue.To explain, he was, and I think still is, a Green Bay Packers fan, and he was the one that got me into the Harbaugh Bowl, also known as the Brother Bowl.

Well, thanks to Seattle winning that glorious trophy, and for my friend deciding to do a weekend trip there, I caught the Hawks bug – hook, line, and sinker. And it just so happened we won the 2014 NFC Championship against the Packers… in your face dude!!

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The NFC North: Should we sound the alarm?

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

I know. You can’t win them all. But this past Sunday, the NFC North laid an egg.  All 4 teams went on the road, and all 4 teams lost their games. Sometimes it’s hard to win on the road in the NFL.

But should we start to sound the alarm? And by alarm, I mean, should we start panicking that the team is heading for disaster and this season is totally shot?  Well, lets head around the division and see what we find.

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