By Trey Crosby
Green Bay Packers
Last Season Record: 8-7-1
2014 Record Prediction: 11-5
Impact Players: Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, Jordy Nelson, AJ Hawk
Rookie Impact: HaHa Clinton-Dix
Top Pickups: Julius Peppers
Needs to Step Up: Julius Peppers
Overall Thoughts: This team won the division last year without Aaron Rodgers for a considerable amount of time. Aaron Rodgers stays healthy and Green Bay should run away with this thing.
Last Season Record: 8-8
2014 Record Prediction: 9-7
Impact Players: Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall, Charles Tillman
Rookie Impact: Kyle Fuller
Top Pickups: Jared Allen
Needs to Step Up: Jay Ratliff, Stephen Paea
Overall Thoughts: “DA BEARS” will look the same as they did for the most part last season. The offense will carry them and keep Chicago in every game, but defensively they will be in a lot of trouble. Can’t win the division if your only chance in stopping Aaron Rodgers is hoping he’s injured. Until the Bears answer their problems on the defensive end they will forever find themselves looking up at the Packers in the standings column.
Last Season Record: 6-10
2014 Record Prediction: 7-9
Impact Players: Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh
Rookie Impact: Eric Ebron, Kyle Van Noy
Top Pickups: Golden Tate
Needs to Step Up: Nick Fairley
Overall Thoughts: The Detroit Lions had a horrible meltdown last season after a great start and ended with them on the outside looking in when it came time for the playoffs. While I don’t foresee an epic collapse, I do see a team with tons of potential that like always, just doesn’t get the job done.
Last Season Record: 5-10-1
2014 Record Prediction: 4-12
Impact Players: Adrian Peterson, Matt Kalil
Rookie Impact: Teddy Bridgewater, Anthony Barr
Top Pickups: None
Needs To Step Up: Everson Griffen
Overall Thoughts: The Vikings are in rebuilding mode. I wasn’t a fan of Bridgewater before the draft, but I have liked what I’ve seen so far in the preseason. I think the Vikings should let Teddy go out and play and let him go through his bumps in the road like any other rookie quarterback with potential. The Vikes’ are 3-0 in the preseason. With a deadly start to their schedule, they will be lucky to win three games all year. Skol’ that.