NFC North Week in Review
Dec 29, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) meet at midfield after the game at Soldier Field. The Green Bay Packers win 33-28. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Hey people, there are more teams in the NFC North than just the Bears. As much as I don’t pay much attention to them, I think it’s important that we keep up with the Jones’ so to speak and take a look at the happenings of our fellow NFC North teams. How else are we supposed to make fun of them if we don’t find out what they are doing.
The biggest news this week was the official release of the NFL 2014 schedule. The Bears will be playing the Packers, Lions and Vikings at home and away this upcoming season. Off-season Training Activities, or OTAs began this week for a few teams. It’s the beginning of football people. Be excited. Let’s recap this weeks news for the NFC North.
Dec 15, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn (10) throws in the pocket against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
The Packers haven’t made a big splash in free agency this year, unless you count signing the old broken Julius Peppers. But this past Tuesday, Ted Thompson did something he should have done at the beginning of free agency. He re-signed free agent QB Matt Flynn. It was evident last year when Aaron Rodgers went down that the Packers need to have a reliable backup who actually knows the offense. Matt Flynn is that guy. I kind of wish that they didn’t resign him, but it was the smart thing to do.
The Packers officially began thier offseason workout program this week. You can check out a bunch of photos if you want to see Julius Peppers wearing green and yellow. He looks revitalized I tell you.
Feb 21, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer speaks to the media in a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Did you hear that the Vikings got a new coach this year? Yeah, not much happening this week for the Vikings. They still have no quarterback, they lost Jared Allen to the Bears and they still have that running back named Adrian Peterson. You can watch some video of their cheerleaders if you want. I think they should be wearing winter coats, the Vikings are going to be playing outdoors this year. These girls must of missed the memo when they were trying out.
Nov 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws against Chicago Bears defensive tackle Stephen Paea (92)at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
The big news this week is that the Lions will be hosting the Bears on Thanksgiving for the first time since 1999. I don’t know if I am a fan of this. Not only are the Bears now playing two Thursday night games, but they are playing the Lions at home. The Lions were tough to beat last year and they have a new offense being installed this offseason. They may be a force to be reckoned with. Oh, and the Lions are bringing Jason Hanson back to interview kickers. Yep, this is offseason news folks. Can’t wait until the draft.
Did you find any other interesting NFC North news that I may have missed? Post it in the comments below. Go Bears!