We know what the Packers have been up to, but it’s been a while since we checked in on the other teams in the division. Let’s take a trip around the NFC North.
The Lions will give the Packers all they can handle in the NFC North as long as they stay out of prison. Running back Mikel Leshoure, defensive lineman Nick Fairley, tackle Johnny Culbreath and corner Aaron Berry have had run-ins with the law this offseason. Everybody is clamoring for Lions’ management to take a stand against this stuff, but really, most of it will be forgotten if Detroit plays up to its potential and contends for a division title. Winning makes the fact that your team is filled with morons a secondary story.
Percy Harvin reportedly requested a trade. There’s no way the Vikings will trade him unless they’re able to get 100 percent return on his value (unlikely). If Peterson remains hurt, Harvin is the Vikings best player on offense, and it’s not even really close. Harvin is due to make $915,000 this year, about half of what Jerome Simpson, the troubled and not-very-good WR signed by the Vikings this offseason, is set to make. Harvin is underpaid, and I don’t blame him for being mad, but I think he’d make more money if he just shut up and continued producing. He gained no additional leverage by requesting a trade, in my opinion. Harvin showed up at minicamp a day after requesting the trade, so who knows where his mind is at this point.
Matt Forte still hasn’t been signed to a long-term deal and could hold out once training camp starts. Other than that, the Bears are quietly getting healthy and going about their business. With Jay Cutler healthy, Brandon Marshall on the team, and Mike Martz gone, this offense should do more than enough to keep up with the Packers and Lions high-powered attacks. The offensive line remains shaky, but I think the sack and pressure numbers will get better with Martz gone.
Adam Czech is a a freelance sports reporter living in the Twin Cities and a proud supporter of American corn farmers. When not working, Adam is usually writing about, thinking about or worrying about the Packers. Follow Adam on Twitter. Twitter .
10 thoughts on “Around the NFC North: Lions in Jail, Vikings Trade Requests, Bears Roaring Quietly”
Wish there were more issues with the Bears…
Bears are too busy claiming the Super Bowl trophy to do anything distracting. Same thing they do every June and July.
I have a fantasy (unrealistic as it may be) that the Bears somehow cut Forte and the Packers sign him on the cheap.
That guy can ball and I’d love him on the Packers.
You sure that’s a fantasy? Sounds more like a wet dream 🙂
IMO,like Cutler said, Chi can’t afford a slow start.
Ind,GB,StL,Dal,Jac…coming out of this with less than a 3-2 record with Det,Car,Ten,Hou,SF after the week 6 bye can very well look like no more than 5-5 helding down the last 6 with Sea and 4 division against Min(2)Det,GB where after week 10 if GB is 8-2/9-1 or Det is 7-3/8-4,they’re done.
The Bears best chance/odds to be a year long threat is a 4-1 start minimum.A 3-2 keeps hope,2-3 says..sayonara.
Adam, “With Jay Cutler healthy, Brandon Marshall on the team, and Mike Martz gone, this offense should do more than enough to keep up with the Packers and Lions high-powered attacks”.
Are you serious? Martz is being replaced by Mike Tice, the second coming of ‘Ground Chuck’! Cutler better be really good with his 12 attempts per game to keep up with GB and Detroit!
I know it’s fun to ridicule Cutler, but he’s damn good. Marshall is also damn good when he’s not in handcuffs or stabbed. Forte is coming back, the O-line should be better.
I’m not saying they’ll match the Packers and Lions, but keeping up is realistic.
I hpoe Tramon gets healthy, Marshall is a beast.
True Tice loves to run the ball, but I believe his passing game will be more of a 3 and 5 step drop get rid of the ball. I’m with zac5, we need a healthy Tramon Williams this year or Marshall could make for long afternoons. Hester has never scared me as a receiver although in Tice’s offense that may change. Lets hope as Packers fans that Jefferys (2nd round choice) continues his happy ways at the dinning table and reports at 255LBS!! Go Pack Go!
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