NFL 2012 Season Preview: Win Totals + Predictions Galore – NFC North

Welcome to part 2 of our NFL season preview! Today the NFC North is up, and we’ll be looking at each team’s outlook for the 2012 season.

NFC North

Green Bay Packers

  • Let’s not overreact over losing to a great 49ers team that had months to prepare for last week. So maybe they don’t go 15-1, I still see a first round bye for the team from the Bay. Here’s why:
  • Aaron Rodgers is the best QB in the NFL.
  • His weapons – Jennings, Nelson, Cobb, Finley, Driver – are some of the best in the league
  • He might be the only QB to throw for 300 yards against that 49ers defense – which bodes well for when the Packers play any other team this season. 
  • Speaking of which, if you’re ever wandering around titletown on a Friday evening and start to feel pangs of hunger, head on over to Legends restaurant and brewery for their perch dinner. It’s amazing.
  • WIN/LOSS TOTAL: 13-3 (First Round Bye)
  • Bonus Prediction: If you eat Legends’ perch dinner, you will not be disappointed. Oh, don’t forget to order the beer cheese soup on the side. #YOLO

Chicago Bears

  • Ok. They looked scary good on Sunday. They might legitimately challenge the Packers for the NFC North title.
  • I have a faint memory of Jay Cutler targeting Brandon Marshall approximately 197 in his last season with the Broncos.
  • That faint memory seems more real when you look at Cutler’s affinity for hucking it in Marshall’s direction regardless of coverage, down and distance, day of the week, what he ate for breakfast, etc etc…
  • On Sunday, Nov 11 the Bears play the Texans on Sunday Night Football. Listen closely for Al Michael’s to involuntarily blurt out Brandon Marshall’s name in a unique, hilarious fashion.
  • The Bears are still coached by Lovie Smith, do with that what you will.
  • WIN/LOSS TOTAL: 11-5 (WILDCARD)
  • Bonus Prediction: Kyle Adams emerges as the primary TE in the Bears offense when Lovie Smith finally realizes how slow Kellen Davis is. 

Detroit Lions

  • Calvin Johnson stands out even when he’s not standing out, if that makes any sense. He just changes the game with or without touching the ball. There are very few players like that.
  • They almost lost to the Rams – is it possible that a team can get caught looking beyond week 1?
  • The Lions are fake tough, and fake tough won’t get them to the playoffs.
  • Kevin Smith is a viable fantasy back whenever he’s healthy.
  • WIN/LOSS TOTAL: 7-9
  • Bonus Prediction: Jim Schwartz is not the Lions’ head coach in 2013. (Fake tough gets you Real fired)

Minnesota Vikings

  • Christian Ponder or Joe Webb – does it matter?
  • New stadium on the way, so it’s not all grim for Vikings fans.
  • WIN/LOSS TOTAL: 5-11
  • Bonus Prediction: Joe Webb becomes the starter before week 6, and just like Tavaris Jackson, steals the hearts of Minnesotans for at least 12 minutes. 
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