The NFL’s NFC North is essentially just one big and ongoing rivalry. Because these teams have so much history, pretty much everyone has a historical gripe with all of the other 3 teams in the division. This makes for loud and full crowds every time there is an inter-division matchup. This is one of the most storied divisions in all of professional sports and certainly one of the oldest. The combined ages of its current teams is approaching 350 years old.
The NFC North has been nicknamed the Black & Blue Division, with smashmouth football teams, representing hard working blue collar cities. It is currently home to the Chicago Bears, the Detroit Lions, the Green Bay Packers, and the Minnesota Vikings. It’s been also dubbed the frostbite division, with all of their northern teams playing in colder-than-hell areas.
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NFL NFC North Scores And Standings
Here’s a glance at the NFC North Standings. Keep track of the division leaders, the cellar dwellers and follow who’s on the move.
|1||New England Patriots||16||14||2||441||250||0.875|
|3||Kansas City Chiefs||16||12||4||389||311||0.750|
|6||New York Giants||16||11||5||310||284||0.688|
|8||Green Bay Packers||16||10||6||432||388||0.625|
|14||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||9||7||354||369||0.563|
|22||New Orleans Saints||16||7||9||469||454||0.438|
|26||New York Jets||16||5||11||275||409||0.313|
|27||San Diego Chargers||16||5||11||410||423||0.313|
|28||Los Angeles Rams||16||4||12||224||394||0.250|
|31||San Francisco 49ers||16||2||14||309||480||0.125|
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Let’s start with the Packers. Their strength starts with the franchise player in Aaron Rodgers. He’s a stat-compiling and winning machine that leads them wherever they go. He needs to be healthy all year for them to keep playing at this level. A few odd experts are actually picking the Packers to go all the way, but it’s not very likely. They will most likely make the playoffs, and even advance to the second round.
Elsewhere, Adrian Peterson guided the Vikings to the playoffs in 2015, but struggled once there. He’s going to dictate how far they go again this year, but he’ll be aided by a strong core of young talent. They have done well at the draft recently, and the future looks bright. They will need one of these young players to step up to pro bowl levels of play if they want to reach the second round of the playoffs.
Meanwhile, The Bears go as far as Jay Cutler will take them, and that simply hasn’t been the postseason recently. The Bears are favoured to stay among the cellar-dwelling teams for some time to come, unless something massive happens. They do have a lot of cap-space on the horizon though. Finally, the Lions actually finished pretty strongly last year, after a brutal start.
They are going to have to build on that and get career years from both the offense and defense if they want to improve and even talk about a playoff season. But Detroit fans have learned to expect very little.