We’ve been through the AFC, so here are the 2020 record predictions for the NFC North division!
Chicago Bears (2-14)
The Bears really need to change their game plan if they are going to compete in the North this season. They have a team built to be heavy in the run game and play-action passing but try to be too fancy with their play calling. The additions of Nick Foles will either push Trubisky to be better or push him out of the NFL. The defence was good and has added some more depth to it with additions such as Burns, Quinn and Mingo. I see them losing week one to the Lions and then picking up a win in week two against the Giants to start 1-1. They will cause problems at the Panthers and Rams, however, I don’t think they have enough to overcome either. I think they gain a second win at home to Green Bay in week 16 due to the Packers having nothing to play for.
Detroit Lions (10-6)
The Lions are an intriguing team this year for a number of reasons. They had five games last season they really should have won and either got done by a bad refereeing call or slipped up with seconds to go. They lost Slay which is a big loss but managed to find a replacement in Trufant. Patricia has got two of his defensive pieces from New England in Collins and Shelton to further bolster his defence. The loss of Rick Wagner is a sore one however they did find a replacement lineman in Vaitai. After losing week one to the Patriots, the Lions win four of the next seven into the bye week losing only to the Bills, Packers and Saints. They come into the second half of the season with wins against the Jags, Vikings, Redskins, Panthers, Bears and Packers.
Green Bay Packers (9-7)
Green Bay is coming off a good season last year until the draft, I’m not sure what they were playing at. The defence is extremely good but the offense is lacking weapons and they did nothing to help it out. Drafting Love was crazy, they didn’t need another running back and the tight end is an unknown. Rodgers is something else but he’s lost his best offensive lineman to free agency and outside of Devante Adams and the running backs he hasn’t got much to play with. A mix of games here where I think they win and lose but I think they lose twice to the Vikings, once to Detroit and the last weekend against the Bears dependent on their record.
Minnesota Vikings (13-3)
The Vikings are a well-rounded team from top to bottom and they had every chance of making the Superbowl last year. Even if Dalvin Cook sits, Alexander Mattison is waiting in the wings to do the bulk of the carrying. However, this is based on Cook playing. Adding Justin Jefferson in the draft after letting Diggs leave may actually end up being an upgrade at wide receiver. Drafting Ezra Cleveland in the second round to add depth at the interior linemen position was also a good move. The losses I see the Vikings having are minimal. I think they lose to the Seahawks, Lions away and the Saints.
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