2017 NFC North Outlook

Posted: August 28, 2017 in NFL
Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears finished last season 3-13 and last place in the NFC North for the third consecutive year. John Fox will now enter his third year as head coach of the Bears. Dowell Loggains will enter his second year as offensive coordinator for the Bears. Vic Fangio will lead the Bears defense for a third straight season.

Prior Year DVOA Rankings (footballoutsiders.com)

Offense – 17th Overall, 18th Rushing, 20th Passing

Defense – 23rd Overall, 29th Rushing, 17th Passing

Offseason Summary (walterfootball.com)

Departures: QB Jay Cutler, QB Brian Hoyer, QB Matt Barkley, WR Alshon Jeffery, WR Eddie Royal, C Ted Larsen, DT Will Sutton, DE/DT Cornelius Washington, ILB Christian Jones

Arrivals: QB Mike Glennon, QB Mark Sanchez, WR Kendall Wright, WR Victor Cruz, WR Markus Wheaton, TE Dion Sims, OT Bradley Sowell, DE/DT Jaye Howard, NT John Jenkins, CB Prince Amukamara, CB Marcus Cooper, S Quintin Demps

Top Draft Picks: QB Mitchell Trubisky (North Carolina, #2 overall), TE Adam Shaheen (Ashland, #45 overall), S Eddie Jackson (Alabama, #112 overall)

Preseason Awards

MVP: Jordan Howard

Offensive Player of the Year: Josh Sitton

Defensive Player of the Year: Jerrell Freeman

Other Notable players: Cody Whitehair, Prince Amukamara, Danny Trevathan, Akiem Hicks

Strongest position group: Front seven

Weakest position group: Offensive skill players

Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions went 9-7 last year and made the playoffs for the second time in three seasons under Jim Caldwell. Caldwell is entering his fourth year as head coach of the Lions. Jim Bob Cooter will enter his third year as offensive coordinator. Teryl Austin is entering his fourth season as defensive coordinator for the Lions.

Prior Year DVOA Rankings (footballoutsiders.com)

Offense – 15th Overall, 25th Rushing, 13th Passing

Defense – 32nd Overall, 19th Rushing, 32nd Passing

Offseason Summary (walterfootball.com)

Departures: WR Anquan Boldin, OT Riley Reiff, G Larry Warford, DE Devin Taylor, DT Stefan Charles, OLB DeAndre Levy, OLB Josh Bynes, S Rafael Bush

Arrivals: TE Darren Fells, OT Ricky Wagner, OT Greg Robinson, OT Cyrus Kouandjio, G T.J. Lang, DE Armonty Bryant, DT Akeem Spence, ILB Nick Bellore, ILB Paul Worrilow, CB D.J. Hayden

Top Draft Picks: LB Jarrad Davis (Florida, #21 overall), CB Teez Tabor (Florida, #53 overall), WR Kenny Golladay (Northern Illinois, #96 overall)

Preseason Awards

MVP: Matthew Stafford

Offensive Player of the Year: Travis Swanson

Defensive Player of the Year: Darius Slay

Other Notable players: Golden Tate, T.J. Lang, Darius Slay, Marvin Jones

Strongest position group: Quarterback

Weakest position group: Front seven

Green Bay Packers

The Packers finished last season at 10-6 and won the NFC North for the fifth time in six years. Mike McCarthy enters his twelfth season as head coach of the Green Bay Packers. Edgar Bennett will be the Packers offensive coordinator for his third consecutive season. Dom Capers will lead the defense for his tenth straight season.

Prior Year DVOA Rankings (footballoutsiders.com)

Offense – 4th Overall, 5th Rushing, 7th Passing

Defense – 20th Overall, 14th Rushing, 23rd Passing

Offseason Summary (walterfootball.com)

Departures: RB Eddie Lacy, RB Christine Michael, RB James Starks, TE Jared Cook, G T.J. Lang, C J.C. Tretter, DE Julius Peppers, DE Datone Jones, DT Mike Pennel, CB Sam Shields, S Micah Hyde.

Arrivals: TE Martellus Bennett, TE Lance Kendricks, G Jahri Evans, DE/DT Ricky Jean-Francois, CB Davon House

Top Draft Picks: CB Kevin King (Washington, #33 overall), S Josh Jones (N.C. State, #61 overall), DT Montravius Adams (Auburn, #93 overall)

Preseason Awards

MVP: Aaron Rodgers

Offensive Player of the Year: Jordy Nelson

Defensive Player of the Year: Mike Daniels

Other Notable players: David Bakhtiari, Martellus Bennett, Morgan Burnett, Nick Perry

Strongest position group: Offensive skill players

Weakest position group: Secondary

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings finished third in the NFC North last year with a record of 8-8. Mike Zimmer will begin his fourth season as the Vikings head coach. Pat Shurmur will be taking over full-time as offensive coordinator after serving on an interim basis for the last 9 games of the season. George Edwards is entering his fouth season as defensive coordinator.

Prior Year DVOA Rankings (footballoutsiders.com)

Offense – 26th Overall, 31st Rushing, 19th Passing

Defense – 8th Overall, 16th Rushing, 8th Passing

Offseason Summary (walterfootball.com)

Departures: RB Adrian Peterson, RB Matt Asiata, FB Zach Line, WR Cordarrelle Patterson, TE Rhett Ellison, OT Matt Kalil, G Brandon Fusco, G Mike Harris, OLB Chad Greenway, ILB Audie Cole, CB Captain Munnerlyn, P Jeff Locke

Arrivals: QB Case Keenum, RB Latavius Murray, WR Michael Floyd, OT Riley Reiff, OT Mike Remmers, DE Datone Jones

Top Draft Picks: RB Dalvin Cook (Florida State, #41 overall), C Pat Elfein (Ohio State, #70 overall), DT Jaleel Johnson (Iowa, #109 overall)

Preseason Awards

MVP: Sam Bradford

Offensive Player of the Year: Stefon Diggs

Defensive Player of the Year: Harrison Smith

Other Notable players: Xavier Rhodes, Linval Joseph, Everson Griffen, Danielle Hunter

Strongest position group: Secondary

Weakest position group: Offensive line

NFC North Preseason Projections
Team Projected Record 90% Confidence Interval Odds to win Division
Packers 10-6 5.9-10.1 13.4-2.6 64.4%
Vikings 8-8 4.5-11.5 12.2-3.8 27.5%
Bears 7-9 3.1-12.9 10.7-5.3 5.3%
Lions 6-10 2.7-13.3 10.2-5.8 2.7%

 

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