The best football commentary of the NFL’s opening weekend didn’t come from Peter King, Mike Florio, Adam Schefter or any of the other league, er, “National Football League” mouth pieces. Nope, it came from over 9,000 miles away from a bloke who referred to the football as a “hamburger.”
Eight wins was good enough to win the NFC North last season, now Las Vegas went ahead and installed three of the four teams at 8.5 wins or higher. The big story within the division was Aaron Rodgers breaking his collarbone and missing seven games. Somehow, the rest of the division couldn’t take advantage, allowing Rodgers to return week 17 for a miraculous win at Soldier Field. This game sent the Packers to the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record and the Bears home for the winter. The Lions and Vikings enter the season with new coaches, Jim Caldwell and Mike Zimmer respectively. Marc Trestman is in his second year with the Bears, further exhibiting the lack of job security an NFL coach has these days, as the North is another division with short tenured head coaches. If Jim Caldwell is getting another shot, we’re wondering how Mike Singletary doesn’t have another head coaching job. The NFC North draws the AFC East and the NFC South this season. There’s a lot of skill player talent in this division, can it produce two playoff teams this season? Let’s take a look.