2018 NFC North Preview

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What does the NFC North look like at this point?

Chicago Bears

Upcoming Free Agents: 20

Must Re-Sign: Prince Amukamara, Kyle Fuller

Toughest Out of Conference Games: Rams, Patriots, Seahawks, @Bills and @49ers

Biggest Question: Will we finally see offensive consistency? Matt Nagy has put together a very impressive staff but now it’s time for them to prove themselves. We had three painful years of watching the inconsistent John Fox Chicago Bears “run, run, pass” offense week after week. Hopefully that will end this year.

Detroit Lions

Upcoming Free Agents: 17

Must Re-Sign: Tahir Whitehead, Ezekiel Ansah

Toughest Out of Conference Games– Panthers, Rams, Pats, Seahawks, @Bills, @Cowboys, @49ers

Biggest Question: Can Matthew Stafford finally win the big game? The New England Patriots DC Matt Patricia has been rumored to be the next HC of the Detroit Lions once the season is completed. Personally I love the hire. Patricia was always my favorite New England assistant over McDaniels. Patricia’s biggest task ahead of him will be solving the Lions run game. They have not had a 100 yard rusher since Reggie Bush on Thanksgiving in 2013.

Minnesota Vikings

Upcoming Free Agents: 14

Must Re-Sign: Jerick McKinnon, Any QB (Read Below)

Toughest Out of Conference Games: Bills, Saints, 49ers, @Rams, @Pats, @Eagles, @Seahawks

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Biggest Question: Who is going to be the QB of the future? All 3 quarterbacks (Keenum, Bradford, and Bridgewater) on the Vikings roster are going to be Free Agents. With Pat Shurmur, the Vikings OC, eyeing a HC job himself, it is believed that Keenum might follow Shurmur wherever he lands.

Green Bay Packers

Upcoming Free Agents: 8

Must Re-Sign: Morgan Burnett, Jahri Evans

Toughest Out of Conference Games: Falcons, Bills, 49ers, @Rams, @Pats, @Seahawks

Biggest Question: How will the new defense look? Will it help take pressure off Rodgers? However, even with a new defense the Packers can’t stay healthy. For the past couple seasons the Packers haven’t been able to keep any players on the field. Going an entire season without having to deal with consistent injury issues might be the biggest help the Packers could use.