NFC North 2020 Predictions

Chicago Bears

The Bears added Nick Foles to the QB room and whilst it isn’t one to set the heart racing, they were still an 8-8 team last season even with terrible offensive production.  With Foles added, the Bears only need to produce ‘average’ play from the offence and their defence will take them a long way.  The defence did regress somewhat in 2019 but I think if they can stay healthy, the addition of Quinn and rookie Jaylon Johnson make a great defence even better.  I have a feeling Jimmy Graham scores against both of his old teams in 2020 and the Bears improve to edge out the Vikings for the division.

Prediction: 10-6

Minnesota Vikings

What does life post-Diggs look like in Minnesota?  I don’t think it will be too bad for them if Thielen stays healthy but a lot will depend on what production they can get from new addition Tajae Sharpe and of course they will be hoping for an immediate return from first round pick Justin Jefferson.   Much also depends on the impressive Dalvin Cook, if he can match last years production and avoids injury, the Vikings will be tough to beat again.

Prediction: 9-7

Green Bay Packers

It looks to be a fairly nice home schedule for the Pack with some tricky road games. The whole J-Lo-trade-up-situation might just create a more-pissed-off Aaron Rodgers, and playing with an even bigger chip on his shoulder is going to be bad news for opposition defences.  The Packers offence is still premium with Rodgers, Adams and Jones but not signing a wide receiver in a loaded draft seems like a mistake. 

The bookies make the Packers slight favourites over the Vikings for the NFC North but they over-achieved last year and have weakened going in to 2020, so it is hard to see how they repeat last year’s success.

Prediction: 8-8

Detroit Lions

This is a big season for Matt Patricia. Jim Caldwell was sacked after 2 winning seasons in Detroit and I can’t see anything other than another losing season and basement finish in 2020 for the Lions.  No doubt Stafford gets injured again and Chase Daniel comes out to haunt the Bears at some point…

Have a listen to the Far From Lombardi podcast special on the Detroit Lions.

Prediction: 4-12

NFC North 2020 Schedule

WkCHIMINGBDET
1@DETGB@MINCHI
2NYG@INDDET@GB
3@ATLTEN@NO@ARI
4IND@HOUATLNO
5TB @SEAByeBye
6@CARATL@TB@JAX
7@LARBye@HOU@ATL
8NO@GBMININD
9@TENDET@SF@MIN
10MIN@CHIJAXWAS
11ByeDAL@IND@CAR
12@GBCARCHIHOU
13DETJAXPHI@CHI
14HOU@TB@DETGB
15@MINCHICAR@TEN
16@JAX@NOTENTB
17GB@DET@CHIMIN

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