Brutal season ahead for the Bears.
WINNERS – GREEN BAY PACKERS:
You can bet your bottom dollar that Aaron Rodgers is PISSED! A 13-3 record last year and their Playoff run finishing in the NFC Championship Game would suggest they’re only a few pieces away from making it to the big show and possibly adding another Lombardi to their collection, surely going into the Draft the play was to go and get Aaron Rodgers a pass catching weapon to see if they can get over the hump but no, instead the Packers trade up and select the man who has seemingly been chosen to replace Aaron Rodgers in Jordan Love and in the 2nd round they again neglect the pass catchers to draft a Fullback! It’s not that I dislike the players they took its just that with such a glaring need and with the rest of the roster looking like a team who are in ‘win now’ mode I just don’t understand taking them over guys who could potentially help you win a ‘ship right now. I’m really hoping to see prime Rodgers this year, audibling out of scripted run plays and really showcasing his ability to throw the ball and win games by himself, he has a very good receiver in Davante Adams and a Running Back in Aaron Jones who is severely underrated but apart from those guys it’s really clutching at straws so It really is the three amigos and some guys. On defense there’s no superstars, the two pass rushing Smith’s and Cornerback, Jaire Alexander are the pick of the bunch on that side of the ball. This projection relies on the guys mentioned above playing up to their ceiling and building from last year.
BEST CASE: 12-4
WORST CASE: 9-7
2ND PLACE – MINNESOTA VIKINGS:
Damn these guys will run the Packers close this year, really strong upfront on defense and the addition of Yannick Ngakoue just strengthens that area even more so and whilst this is obviously a good thing there are more questions to be answered on the backend of the defense, 2018 first round pick, Mike Hughes and 2020 first rounder, Jeff Gladney are players I was very high on in college and I’m looking forward to seeing how they transition to the NFL, If it’s well then we could see a very good Viking defence once again this year. On offense it’s a slightly different story, trading Stefon Diggs has left them light at Receiver and first round pick, Justin Jefferson hasn’t exactly impressed so far in camp which means the Vikings could realistically have to roll out Bisi Johnson as their #2 WR and no team in the League should be doing that, It’s a situation that if Adam Thielen and Dalvin Cook can stay healthy for 16 games it might not matter but I don’t like those guys chances of playing all 16 games and if either misses any time it could be difficult for the Vikings to put points on the board.
BEST CASE: 11-5
WORST CASE: 8-8
3RD PLACE – DETROIT LIONS:
I mean if the Lions don’t improve from last season I don’t imagine Matt Patricia sees a 4th season in charge of the Lions but thankfully for him its going to be difficult to go worse than 3-12-1 and I expect to see improvement this season from a performance and overall record standpoint. The loss of star Corner, Darius Slay is going to sting and I have been against the grain in my evaluation of his replacement, 3rd overall pick in the 2020 draft, Jeff Okudah, most analysts and experts had him as a generational prospect but I just don’t see it, in fact their whole draft was a little underwhelming to me but I think they have some good pieces to work with, especially Kenny Golladay and TJ Hockenson who’re both explosive pass catchers. Ultimately, I trust Matt Stafford and the coaching staff of the Lions more than I do Mitch Trubisky and the coaching staff of the Bears and that’s why I have them finishing 1 spot and 1 game better off.
BEST CASE: 8-8
WORST CASE: 2-14
4TH PLACE – CHICAGO BEARS:
Listen, I get it, a lot of people are high on the Bears this year and sure they have a lot of talented players, especially on defense and they have a very good receiver in Allen Robinson but for the life of me I have no idea how they’re going to put enough points up to win games this year, their offense in inept, they have two backup QB’s vying for the starting job and a HC who just seems a bit lost. If Trubisky learns to throw to his left (and his own team) I could be wrong and their ceiling is definitely higher than the Lions but I cant help but feel it just all falls apart for the Bears this year, I wont be surprised if they ride their defense out to a few wins this year but the worse the offense is the more often that defense is out on the field and the quicker they tire. I think this is a team ready to blow it up and start again with a new Head Coach and new man under centre in 2021.
BEST CASE: 8-8
WORST CASE: 4-12
Green Bay Packers – Over 8.5 wins – 8/11
Chicago Bears – Under 7.5 wins – 1/1