The NFC North hasn’t had a repeat champion since 2014, when Green Bay won the division. The Packers are favored to repeat in 2020, but it would be a major surprise if they duplicated their 13-3 record from last year.
Despite drafting Jordan Love in the first round, head coach Matt LaFleur and Packers insist that Aaron Rodgers is their starting quarterback. But Green Bay struggled so badly against the San Francisco 49ers, it almost didn’t feel like it reached the NFC Championship Game.
Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings went 10-6 before winning at New Orleans in the playoffs, but they also ran into the 49er buzz saw. Plus, they discarded Stefon Diggs in an offseason trade with the Buffalo Bills, which will put more pressure on Cousins and the passing game.
After Mitch Trubisky led the Chicago Bears to the NFC North title in 2018, the Monsters of the Midway became the masters of mediocrity by finishing 8-8. Nick Foles, who was jettisoned by the Jacksonville Jaguars after just one season, will compete with Trubisky for the starting QB job.
Meanwhile, the Detroit Lions will be looking to roar after finishing 2019 with a whimper. Bill Belichick disciple Matt Patricia enters his third season as head coach, and Matt Stafford will try to bounce back after missing eight games due to injury.
When looking at the running back groups in the NFC North, they are compelling. Some teams will feature multiple backs. Others will rely on a workhorse. Let’s take a look at how each group will handle the 2020 season.