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2014 Green Bay Packer and NFC North Preview

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The 2013 season was a down year for the NFC North. Only the Packers had a winning record last season, winning the division with just 8 wins.  The NFC North had provided wild card teams the previous 4 years, The Packers in 2009 and 2010, the Lions in 2011, and the Vikings in 2012.

While the Packers have dominated the division the past few years, winning the North 2011-13, and making the playoffs every year since 2009, they may have strong competition from the Bears and the Lions,  both of whom have made some potentially impactful additions this offseason.

With the start of training camp just around the corner, here is how I see the NFC North.

Green Bay Packers

2013 Record: 8-7-1

Important Free Agent Additions and Key Draft Picks: Julius Peppers, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Davante Adams, Richard Rodgers

X Factor:  Health – The Packers are always among the most injured teams in the NFL, and if they hope to compete with the likes of the 49ers and Seahawks, that is going to need to change this year. The Packers are doing and saying all the right things this offseason, taking yoga classes, using a GPS monitoring system to try to help reduce injuries, but will these new strategies actually have an effect on the amount of injuries that the Packers sustain this year?

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Assessing the NFC North Offseason

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Right now we should be getting really excited about the NFL Draft, but Roger Goodell got greedy and moved it back to May so that the NFL could control every month of the year, so we are left with a slow news time for the Packers.

This is a good time to look at what the other three teams in the NFC North have done in the offseason up to this point. If you’re curious to see if their moves have improved their odds of making it to the Super Bowl, take a look here at the updated NFL Lines.

And now, without further ado:

 

Chicago Bears:

Additions:                          Losses:

Lamarr Houston            Julius Peppers

Jared Allen                     Devin Hester

Ryan Mundy                 Henry Melton

M.D. Jennings             Cory Wootton

Willie Young                Michael Bush

Josh McCown

The Bears have had a very busy offseason with all the additions and subtractions listed above and re-signing Jay Cutler, Tim Jennings, Charles Tillman and Matt Slauson. They always seem to “win” the offseason with big moves, but have still not been able to catch the Packers.

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A Little Perspective on the Green Bay Packers

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If you guys don’t mind, I’m going to climb up here and look down upon you from my high horse.  From this high horse, I’m going to plead with you, beg you, emplore you to stop complaining about Ted Thompson until after the draft.  Does he make mistakes? Of course he does.  Not addressing the safety or ILB position before last season was a clear error.  I’m certainly not always right either.  I’m right far less often than Thompson is.  I had high hopes for ILB prospect Terrell Manning and S prospect Jerron McMillian.  He’s certainly not perfect.

With that said, the facts are the facts.  What the facts say is that the Green Bay Packers are among the most successful teams in the league during Ted Thompson’s career, despite consistently dealing with more injuries than other franchises.  The Packers are the only team in the NFC to have qualified for the playoffs in each of the last 5 seasons.  The mighty New England Patriots can match that record in the AFC, not exceed it.

The Patriots play in a very weak division with QB play that has ranged from Thaddeus Lewis to Mark Sanchez, and from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Geno Smith.  Only the decidedly average Ryan Tannehill gives anyone hope in that division, and that isn’t saying much.  The Packers on the other hand, over the last 5 years have had to deal with the league’s premier running back, Adrian Peterson, it’s premier wide receiver, Calvin Johnson and up until last season Brian Urlacher and the Bears defense.  The NFC North is a superior division to the AFC East and the Packers have ruled it.

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“Out of the Pocket: Turkeys and Lions and Vikings, Oh My!

Out of the pocket Packers Podcast

A day (or two) late, because Obama blocked Chang from getting home on Monday night, but the Pocketeers assemble to talk sister kissing, Rodgers clavicle, Matt Flynn or Scott Tolzien, ask if Thompson is overrated and pray that the Lions don’t ruin our Thanksgiving.

Listen using the player below or download the podcast from the Packers Talk Radio Network on Itunes.

 

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Join two of the PocketDoppler Angels and Richard Chang as they take their show on the road and bring you a weekly dissection of the Green Bay Packers as only they know how.  All three are longtime Packer fans who bring their infinite wisdom, passion and snark to the Packers Talk Radio Network. Check out their work at PocketDoppler.com and Dick’s Favorite Blog. And follow them on Twitter at @WhatRUTinkin , @Ceallaigh_k and @RichardMChang.

 

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No Huddle Radio: Kissing Your Sister – Packers Vikings

No Huddle Radio from ALLGBP.com on Packers Talk Radio Network

Marques and Jason discuss the first tie game for the Packers since 1987 and a tie that actually brought the Packers closer to first place in the North.

The duo also hand out this week’s Game Balls and Lame Calls.  Will Aaron Rodgers play against the Lions and what are the Packers’ chances of getting their first win in November?  Can Detroit break its decade-long dry spell on Thanksgiving at the expense of a short-handed Packers team?

Listen in to the latest installment of No Huddle Radio!

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Packerstalk.com Game Prediction: Packers vs. Vikings

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Jacob Westendorf (@jacobwestendorf)

The Packers come into this game desperate for a win against a team that has not played well this season. The Vikings have sent the message all week that they think they can beat the Packers. This is their Super Bowl, and they will come out with their best punch. I think Scott Tolzien will be able to make some big plays against the porous Vikings defense, and the defense will do just enough to allow the packers to sneak out a win at home.

Packers 20 Vikings 14

 

John Rehor (@jrehor)

The Packers need to figure out a way to win this game. They have to. For their season’s sake, another loss will begin to nail the coffin shut on any playoff hopes they still have. A third consecutive loss at home will have the fans in an uproar like never before. Scott Tolzien needs to play smart, control the ball (no interceptions) and control the clock. The offensive line has to open up running lanes for Eddie Lacy. If either of these do not take place, it could be a long day on offense. On defense, the game plan is simple: stop Adrian Peterson. Do this, and it makes the chances to win improve dramatically. Failure to do this, and the Vikings stand a chance at heading home winners. It will be close. It will also be ugly. Somehow, the Packers will come up with a way to win without Aaron Rodgers today.

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Ol’ Bag of Donuts: Rivalry Weekend!

Ol Bag of Donuts podcast on PackersTalk.com with Chris Lempisis and Adam Somers

Chris and Adam are extra fired up for this week’s Ol’ Bag of Donuts podcast as not only it is Packers-Vikings, but their Gophers are actually relevant for the first time in years. The rare Gophers/Packers fans recap this disaster in New York, break down if B.J. Raji is actually worth the money, the predictability of McCarthy and more. Oh and they may talk a little about the Battle for the Axe.

Listen using the player below or download the podcast from the Packers Talk Radio Network on Itunes.

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