NFL 2010 Preview: NFC North

Al Dannity | Updated Oct 04, 2017

Green Bay and Minnesota will be in a season-long battle to decide the NFC North according to Al Dannity.

Gallery of weapons When Aaron Rodgers wakes up every morning he knows that he has Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, and Jermichael Finley to throw to. When Brett Favre makes his final decision on whether or not to get up in the morning, no doubt involving several indecisive moments when he presses the snooze button, he has it pretty good as well. Bernard Berrian, Visanthe Shiancoe, Sidney Rice, and Percy Harvin all greet the old gunslinger at the Vikings training ground. One thought enters both Rodgers’ and Favre’s heads “It’s good to be me.”

All joking aside, the wealth of options on offense in both Green Bay and Minnesota is staggering. I haven’t even mentioned Adrian Peterson or Ryan Grant yet. Both are substantial threats who require an extra man in the box, granting their quarterbacks more license to exploit their arsenals of receiving talent. NFL betting fans should expect plenty of points from both the Vikings and Packers this year.

A division where 3-13 is better than 7-9 Detroit and Chicago couldn’t be much further apart in terms of expectation. After the Bears went 7-9 last season, calls rang out for change. Well the fans got what they wanted, with Chicago splashing out in free agency. Anything less than a run to the playoffs will surely disappoint Bears fans in 2010.

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Lions fans aren’t quite as demanding at present. Any improvement on last season’s 2-14 showing will be viewed as a step forward, a sign Detroit is headed in the right direction. The dearth of talent in the Motor City is such that three wins would be viewed as a great return from the coming season. This team is just about good enough to deliver.

The final shake-up I like the Lions to inch forward in 2010. It may only be a baby step but a 3-13 record could, if it’s followed by a solid draft, be the foundation for better days. For all the headlines the Bears made in the off-season, this season screams disappointment to me. I see a second straight losing season and that could spell doom for Lovie Smith.

The arms race for top spot will be far more fascinating than any of the goings on in Chicago or Detroit. Green Bay is on the rise while Minnesota is trying to prove it still belongs on top. I expect 2010 to be a year of near parity between these two goliaths of the NFC North. I like both to go 11-5 and make the playoffs, with a decent chance the two teams meet a week later in the Wildcard round.

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