With most of the offseason moves complete, we have a pretty good idea what each team is going to look like. At this point, the Green Bay Packers are a lock to make the playoffs. There are some variables to consider in the NFC North. For example, what is Julius Peppers’s role with the Packers and how is he going to contribute? How explosive will the Lions’ offense be with Ebron and Calvin? Will the Bears defense bounce back and stay healthy? And, who’s the Vikings starting quarterback?
The biggest threat to taking the division is the Detroit Lions, whose biggest addition is the subtraction of head-case coach, Jim Schwartz. Give them another two wins without Schwartz making bad decisions and not having a frantic head coach in the locker room. The Lions won’t prevent the Packers from at least taking one of the wild cards, but could take the division. However, I think they are at least a year away from making serious damage in the NFC.