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Vikings to Win NFC North in 2009

OK, so here we are, on the verge of yet another NFL season. A fresh start ! All 32 teams with visions of Super Bowl grandeur dancing within their heads. Of course, everyone has their own predictions for what is to transpire before our eyes.

Yes, of course the Raiders will rebound and be 15-1 this season. The Dolphins will prove that last years weak schedule wasn’t a fluke and go 14-2. The Bengals will shock the world by going 19-0 and winning the big one ! But seriously, Ocho Cinco has Guaranteed 10 wins this season by the Bungles. 10 WINS !!! I’m laughing so hard my sides hurt ! Poor, supercilious, naive rabid fans !!! OMG !!!

I live in Patriot land. Do you have any idea how insufferable Patriot fans are ??? Almost…..but not quite as bad as Cowboy fans when they are actually winning !

Anyway, like I said, everyone has their own predictions and these are my picks for the NFC North this year.

OK, here goes ……..

The Vikings will once again win the division going 12-4. Yep, I said it ! I am a raging homer and I am more excited for this season then I have been since 1998. But there is a method to my rambling prediction.

Now that the Vikings have a real live quarterback, They are a team without any glaring weaknesses. Is Favre still as good as the guy who Viking fans have hated for so long ? Doubtful ! But really, do the new Purple People Eaters need that ? With Adrian Peterson carrying the rock, what they really need is someone who can read defenses, make the appropriate adjustments and provide on the field leadership. No heroics necessary, just be competent enough to keep defenses from packing eight men on the line of scrimmage and don’t turn the ball over.

At this point in his career, the role is a perfect fit for Favre. His leadership skills are tough to deny, as is his ability to read defenses. Is he the best quarterback in the league ? Hardly. He’s not even the best QB in the NFC North, but for what he means to the Vikings, Favre is arguably as valuable then Aaron Roger is to the Pack, or Jay Cutler is to the bears. Quarterback was the ONLY position that the Vikings weren’t near, at or above the rest of the division and now, we have parody behind the Center.

The Vikings have the best Running back in Football in Adrian Peterson who had 363 carries for 1,760 yards even with opposing teams stuffing eight men in the box. With Favre around to keep defenses honest, Peterson might break the NFL single season record.
The Vikings also have the best Offensive and Defensive Lines in the NFC North, and arguably the deepest Secondary in the division.

They are second only to the Packers offensively and have the best overall defense in the NFC North although both the Bears and Packers will also be strong here.

All four teams will be improved from last season’s versions, making the NFC North possibly the leagues best division.

The trendy pick right now seems to be the Packers. Their transition to the 3-4 seems to be smooth and their offense looks nearly unstoppable under 2nd year starter Aaron Rogers. They have the best receiver corps in the division with Donald Driver and Greg Jennings and have excellent LB’s in A.J. Hawk ( 86 tackles – 3 sacks ) and Nick Barnett, and a strong secondary led by LCB Charles Woodson and his team high 7 Interceptions and RCB Al Harris and free safety Nick Collins. However, their offensive line is a bit thin especially at guard and the running game has no franchise back so the Packers by virtue of these question marks ( of which the Vikings have fewer ) finish 10-6 and make the wild card.

Da Bears should be a much better offensive team this year by virtue of the controversial Cutler trade. Many feel that this move alone makes them the favorite in the division. Coupled with the strong running of Matt Forte who had 1238 yards rushing last season. Their offensive line was bolstered by the signing of Orlando Pace at LT. They have an excellent defense, anchored by the great Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs at linebacker. The pass rush will be very good if DT Tommie Harris can return to his 07 form and Adawale Ogunleye remains at the same high level. But this is a defense that slipped last year from supreme to merely very good. Can they make it all the way back ? Possibly, but the biggest question marks concern the health of their line.

But they are thin at Corner and have the weakest receiving corps ( Devin Hester as your number 1 ?? ) in the division. So they finish 10-6.

Lions – A much improved team with their new Quarterback Mathew Stafford and one of the games best receivers in Calvin Johnson ( 78 receptions ) and RB Kevin Smith ( 238 carries for 976 yards ). They had an excellent draft and of course have that new and more ferocious logo on their helmets. However, their offensive line is next to non-existent and their Defense has linebackers Ernie Sims and Julian Peterson and not much else, so I’m thinking 5 – 11 which is a significant improvement for a team that has no where to go but up.

09 NFC North

Minnesota Vikings 12 – 4

Green Bay Packers 10 – 6

Chicago Bears 10 – 6

Detroit Lions 5 – 11

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2 Responses to “Vikings to Win NFC North in 2009”

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  2. Bismuth says:

    I’ve been living in MA for 4 years, and I have to say that Pats fans aren’t nearly as bad as Sox fans… even though they are the same people!

    You don’t happen to be in western MA, do you?

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