Monday, August 16, 2010

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TeamPredicted RecordLast Years Record
Packers12-411-5
Vikings11-512-4
Bears8-87-9
Lions3-132-14
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Green Bay Packers

Key Acquisitions: Bryan Bulaga, Mike Neal, Morgan Burnett, James Starks

Key Losses: Aaron Kampman

Week 1@ EaglesWeek 9vs. Cowboys
Week 2vs. BillsWeek 11@ Vikings
Week 3@ BearsWeek 12@ Falcons
Week 4vs.  LionsWeek 13vs. '49ers
Week 5@ RedskinsWeek 14@ Lions
Week 6vs. DolphinsWeek 15@ Patriots
Week 7vs. VikingsWeek 16vs. Giants
Week 8@ JetsWeek 17vs. Bears

The Packers enter the 2010 season with high expectations.  Last season their Offensive Line allowed a league worst 51 sacks, and Aaron Rodgers still was able to complete 64.7% of his passes.  The OLine is going to have to do a better job of protecting Rodgers this season in order to win the division.  The 3rd best offense last season (28.8ppg) and the #7 defense(18.6ppg) is still intact, only losing Kampman.  They allowed 83 yards a game on the ground and picked off 30 passes last season.   They could be 6-0 before they play any tough opponents. 

Minnesota Vikings

Key Acquisitions: Ryan Moats, Lito Sheppard, Toby Gerhart, Everson Griffen, Chris Cook, Rhys Lloyd

Key Losses: Chester Taylor, Artis Hicks

Week 1@ SaintsWeek 10@ Bears
Week 2vs. DolphinsWeek 11vs. Packers
Week 3vs. LionsWeek 12@ Redskins
Week 5@ JetsWeek 13vs. Bills
Week 6vs. CowboysWeek 14vs. Giants
Week 7@ PackersWeek 15vs. Bears
Week 8@ PatriotsWeek 16@ Eagles
Week 9vs. CardinalsWeek 17@ Lions

The Vikings season rests in Brett Favre's hands.  If he plays the Vikings could win the division.  If he does not play the Vikings will be fighting for a wild card spot.  Regardless, Adrian Peterson is still on this team and that makes them great.  Jared Allen leads this scary defense and they will get after the QB and get to the RB in the back field.  They only allowed 87ypg on the ground and had 48 sacks.  As long as the Offense can control the clock the Vikings will be in good shape with or without Brett Favre. 

Chicago Bears

Key Acquisitions: Julius Peppers, Chester Taylor, Brandon Manumaleuna, Chris Harris, Tim Jennings, Major Wright

Key Losses: Alex Brown, Jamar Williams, Nathan Vasher, Orlando Pace

Week 1vs. LionsWeek 10vs. Vikings
Week 2vs. CowboysWeek 11@ Dolphins
Week 3vs. PackersWeek 12vs. Eagles
Week 4@ GiantsWeek 13@ Lions
Week 5@ PanthersWeek 14vs. Patriots
Week 6vs. SeahawksWeek 15@ Vikings
Week 7vs. RedskinsWeek 16vs. Jets
Week 9@ BillsWeek 17@ Packers

New offensive coordinator Mike Martz should help the Bears offense score some points.  But the key to the Bears success this year is for Jay Cutler to make smarter decisions, and for Matt Forte to revert to his 2008 form.  Cutler threw 26INTs last year and no team can win with that many turnovers.  Forte fumbled 6 times and rushed for 300 less yards then 2008.  The defense was mediocre last season but lost Urlacher for the season during week 1.  His leadership alone makes the defense that much stronger this season, not to mention the addition of Julius Peppers.   

Detroit Lions

Key Acquisitions: Ndamukong Suh, Jahvid Best, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Corey Williams, Tony Scheffler, Nate Burleson, Rob Sims, Shaun Hill, Chris Houston, Jason Fox

Key Losses: Ernie Sims, Larry Foote

Week 1@ BearsWeek 10@ Bills
Week 2vs. EaglesWeek 11@ Cowboys
Week 3@ VikingsWeek 12vs. Patriots
Week 4@ PackersWeek 13vs. Bears
Week 5vs. RamsWeek 14vs. Packers
Week 6@ GiantsWeek 15@ Buccaneers
Week 8vs. RedskinsWeek 16@ Dolphins
Week 9vs. JetsWeek 17vs. Vikings

The Lions are still the Lions but they did get better on paper this offseason.  Jahvid Best, Tony Scheffler and Nate Burleson should help Matthew Stafford.  But it was the leagues worst defense last year that faulted the Lions.  Ndamukong Suh and Kyle Vanden Bosch should help right away with getting pressure on the QB and keep RBs in the backfield.  But this will be another hard season to watch for Lions fans as their schedule is just so tough.  Vikings and Packers x2, Jets, Patriots, Eagles and the Cowboys all made the playoffs last year.

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