1. Green Bay Packers- They were the best team in football last year without a doubt. A 15-1 mark and they won their first 13 games in a row. Aaron emerged as the league’s top Quarterback and the stats won’t lie. 45 touchdown passes and a league low 6 interceptions. He won the league MVP and believe me when I say this that was not the last MVP he will win. Despite the fact they had such a good record, they were one and done in the playoffs losing to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Giants. How will this defense respond in 2012 after such an down effort this year? What Will Aaron do as an encore?
2. Detroit Lions- Remember they were the laughing stock of the NFL in 2008 becoming the first team in NFL history to record an 0-16 season? Not 2011! They were playing January football for the first time since 1999, the Barry Sanders days. Calvin has emerged as the league’s elite WR and they finally had a healthy Matt Stafford. The Lions front 4 has been the strongpoint of that defense but the rest of that defense is a question mark. The Lions must play their brand of football if they want to win and make it back to the playoffs for the second straight year.
3. Chicago Bears- The Bears started slowly out of the gates last year then picked it up looking like the team that was a game away from the Super Bowl the previous year before. The big question mark was that offensive line. Jay Cutler has been the most sacked Quarterback in the NFL the past three seasons. In 2012, Bears fans prayers have been answered. Jerry Angelo was fired as the GM and Phil Emery was hired as the new GM and they acquired WR Brandon Marshall who was Cutler’s teammate in Denver a few seasons back. This duo can be something big not just in their conference but in the entire league if you ask me.
4. Minnesota Vikings– Just a few years back, they were in the NFC Title Game. Now they’re considered among the worst teams in the NFL. They traded for Donovan McNabb like people expected them too but that didn’t go as well as people thought it would. Adrian did his usual though running the football effectively like always. Defensively, this unit struggled except for Jared Allen who is one of the league’s elite players in the game right now. It’s year two of the Christian Ponder era in Minneapolis. How will he do? Can Adrian be the same player after injuring his knee?
1. Packers (13-3)
2. Bears (11-5)
3. Lions (9-7)
4. Vikings (4-12)
Despite the fact they didn’t win the Super Bowl last year, many feel the Packers are still the class of the NFC. I like them to take this division and compete again to bring another title back to it’s roots. This defense must be more disciplined moving forward, especially that secondary.