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The NFC North is Back!

Posted on: July 20, 2010 10:36 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2010 3:05 pm

The NFC North is the most storied division in all football. It has long been considered one of the best divisions until it saw a dip in playoff performance after the turn of the century. The NFC North is the oldest division in the NFL: a combined 303 years old (The Packers are 91 years old - founded in 1919; the Bears are 90 years old - founded in 1920; the Lions are 80 years old - founded in 1930; the Vikings are 49 years old - founded in 1961.); and these teams have been together as a division since 1967. 

These teams have made 10 Super Bowl appearances (Packers, Vikings - 4; Bears - 2) and have 4 Super Bowl titles (Packers - 3; Bears - 1). Of the top 5 NFL teams with the highest winning percentage throughout its franchise history, three of them reside in the NFC North (Bears: .577; Packers: .558; Vikings: .555).  For 6 years in a row (from the 1995 season through the 2000 season) one team from the NFC Central/North made an appearance in the NFC Championship game. After the 2000 season no NFC North team appeared in the NFC Championship game until the Bears made a Super Bowl run in the 2006 season. 

Then a slow rise began to take place. The Bears went to the Super Bowl in 2006 and the Packers lost in overtime in the 2007 NFC Championship game. The division took the 2008 season to revamp their teams. In 2008 the Packers named a new starting QB in Aaron Rodgers and in 2009 the Vikings (Brett Favre), Bears (Jay Cutler), and Lions (Matthew Stafford) each named a new starting QB.With each team retooled at arguably the most important player on the team the division started to show life not just in one or two teams, but in all four. Although the Lions and Bears finished under .500 they showed some important steps. The Packers finished 11-5 and lost a tough one in the Wild Card round. The Vikings took their run all the way to an overtime loss in the NFC Championship game making that 3 appearances in the last 4 years in that game. 

Now looking forward to the 2010 season the Packers and Vikings are heavy favorites to make deep playoff runs. You can safely predict that both the Packers and Vikings have a solid chance at making it to the second round of the playoffs. The Bears have a chance at being a Wild Card team, but you can be sure they will hover around the .500 mark by season's end. The Lions will be no push over either. With the weapons they have in Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson, and with Brandon Pettigrew and a revamped running attack the Lions will also be competitor (at least by their last 2 season's standards) winning 4-6 games.

Yes, the NFC North is back and you can bet these teams will make deep playoff appearances for year to come (yes, that even includes the Lions).

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: July 22, 2010 3:24 pm

The NFC North is Back!

Interesting that you bring up the nickname the Black and Blue Division since another old nickname the division had was the Frostbite Division. This was because the four teams were all up north and played in some of the coldest climates. Unfortunately, the Lions and Vikings lost that nickname for us when they moved into domes in the 70s and 80s respectively. Now only the Packers and Bears have the cold weather advantage (which might be why they split so often). 

So for all the teams that visit the Pack in November and December better dress warm. In fact these teams are the Vikings, Falcons, Lions, and Patriots. Of these teams really the only team it shouldn't have too much effect on is the Patriots. However, I think the Pack have a strong chance of going 4-0 in these consecutive home games.

Since: May 20, 2010
Posted on: July 22, 2010 1:38 am

The NFC North is Back!

Yes natespoon, it appears that the Black and Blue Division is back. This will be one of the most challenging seasons to date for our division, and not only because we play our own rivals twice. This year, not only are we going mano a mano against the powerhouse N.F.C. East but we will also be taking on the A.F.C. East as well! Yes, the season schedule is stacking up to being very tough but if we can avoid a major injury then I think its all up for grabs.

Here's to hoping that the Packers pass coverage problems are solved!

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