The 2016 NFL football season is here!!
Since I’m a Packers fan, let’s do a NFC North Preview. This year, the NFC North pulled the NFC East and the AFC South. Here are their respective standings from 2015.
What does this all mean for the Packers and the NFC North this year? Just looking at the graphics above can make the Packers, Bears, Vikings, and Lions see Super Bowl rings in their future …
Six of the eight teams didn’t even have a winning record!
The NFC East division champ, the Washington Football Team, had 9 wins, but those wins were in a division in which the competition didn’t break 500. That’s not saying a lot about those 9 wins …
As for the Cowboys, 2016 isn’t looking great. Tony Romo went down in the preseason and won’t be expected back until the middle of the schedule or until he meets the requirements for a do not resuscitate order. The Giants have a new coach, so maybe that’s something to look forward to … but getting rid of Tom Coughlin? A wise person once said, when thinking about getting rid of a coach, you always have to ask yourself, who are you going to get that’s better? Apparently, the organization thinks Ben McAdoo is the answer. Hmmm.
Eagles have a new coach in Doug Pederson. He is a disciple of Andy Reid, so maybe it is a return to better times for the Eagles??? According to SB Nation, don’t get your hopes up. They did an article about the poor clock management Mr. Pederson coached during his Kansas City Chiefs playoff game against the Patriots (see link). So maybe not such a good thing?
As for the AFC South, what is there to say? I never watch them, there is no need to watch them, and I don’t care. I mean, really … what’s the incentive? Let’s take a gander at the recent past of the amazing Jacksonville Jaguars.
Seriously, that’s just impressive.
The only thing to be lukewarm to moderately excited about in the AFC South is the Houston Texans. A new quarterback, Lamar Miller from the inept Dolphins (perhaps he will actually get utilized this year), and DeAndre Hopkins round out the inner circle. It must be thrilling to be a Texans fan and realize you are perhaps the only competent team in the AFC South. Well, unless the Colts get their shit together. However, I give zero fucks about investigating why they were so bad last year.
Now, for the real meat and potatoes of this post … the NFC North.
Here is how the NFC North wound up last year.
Oh, the Bears. What to say …
Really, there isn’t much to say. Langford might be the only ray of light (Go Green!). Miller has never really met expectations and Jeffrey isn’t the same threat after Marshall left. After these mediocre facts, I just really want to add this gif …
I feel so bad for the Lions. In a division where Cutler is the best hope for the Bears, and the Vikes just lost Teddy Bridgewater, this year should be easy breezy for the Lions. Yet, the Lions have the worst luck ever. Without Megatron, I just don’t see how they compete. Number 81 drew double and triple coverage — Matt Stafford is in for a lot of unopen receivers in 2016.
I do have to say though, mad props to Stafford who might be the toughest QB in the league. Each year he takes beating after beating and still gets up. He does nothing but impress me in this regard, but only in that regard.
Green Bay Packers:
This is our year. Honestly, if we don’t win the Super Bowl this year it’s a catastrophic failure.
- Strength of schedule
- Jordy Nelson’s return
- No Megatron
- No Teddy Bridgewater
- No Beastmode
- No nemesis team, i.e., Niners
- Jay Cutler
- Hopefully a more motivated Eddie Lacy (who should be helped by the presence of Jordy)
- Play calling experiment over — McCarthy has taken back the reigns
- Jake Schum — okay, this is a weak one, but only because of the individual, not the concept. We needed a better punter, badly.
Here is our depth chart thanks to Ourlads.com:
Our window isn’t closing, but it’s not wide open either. We have so many things going for us this year. This is the year we need to get it done.
So yay! Let’s do it Packers!
Poor Vikings. They were the NFC North division champs last year with a bright, shiny 2016 ahead of them. How fast things can change. Teddy Bridgewater dislocated his knee along with an ACL tear in the preseason. That is devastating.
Fortunate for the Vikings (as of Sept 1st), the general manager was quoted as saying this in an NFL.com article:
“The one thing that I will not do, and I promise you this, is put our organization in a situation where it’s going to inhibit us or hurt us going into the future,” Spielman told reporters before the Vikings played the Rams in their preseason finale .
That sounds good, right?
Hmmm. Just wait for it …
Sam Bradford traded from the Eagles!
Here is what the Vikes gave up:
- 2017 1st round draft
- 2018 4th round draft pick (could be a 3rd round if win NFC championship or a 2nd round if win the SB)
- $7 million
Yeah, you know, just what Spielman said, no impact on the future …
Here is what Bradford brings:
- A somewhat shiny QB for the Vikes grand opening of their new stadium
- 2016: 3, 725 yards, 19 touchdowns, 14 interceptions
- 2015: Missed two game due to concussion, missed two other games for sprained shoulder
- 2014 Left ACL reinjury (preseason) – out for season
- 2013 Left ACL tear (week 7 of season)
- 2009 A/C joint surgery
Oh, man. Good luck Vikes. I mean, wow. Just … wow …
I hope this blog was informative, maybe got you up to date, or at least got you pumped for the season.
As always, GO Pack GO!
Until next time!
**** Madeline Fresco is a novelist who lives in San Diego. She is the author of CROSSED THE LINE, available for Kindle at Amazon.com, for Nook at Barnes & Noble, and as an ePub at other eBook retailers. You can also listen to her novel as a free, serialized audiobook at http://www.madelinefresco.com. Her second book THE CHOICE, is available on Kindle at Amazon. Her third book ANGUISH, is available for Kindle at Amazon.com