Will Aaron Rodgers once again lead the Green Bay Packers to an NFC North title?

Is the NFC North catching up to the Green Bay Packers?

The National Football League has been designed to promote a level playing field, something that can be best seen during this past offseason when the rest of the NFC North teams seemingly made grounds on the Green Bay Packers.

The Minnesota Vikings, who had the most to gain this offseason, did just that. They got a new coach, a new quarterback, spent $100-plus million on improving its defense and still have the best running back in all of football.

Not far behind were the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions. Both of these teams added players and coaches designed to level the NFC North playing field and make it more competitive.

However, the Green Bay Packers were also right up there in making improvements to a team that won its third straight NFC North Division in 2013 and have the best quarterback in all of football.

Julius Peppers will wear number 56 in 2014 with his new team - the Green Bay Packers. Photo courtesy of packers.com

Julius Peppers will wear number 56 in 2014 with his new team – the Green Bay Packers.
Photo courtesy of packers.com

Defense was the number one target for the Green Bay Packers this offseason and Packers general manager Ted Thompson did take the necessary steps to help make that happen. He re-signed cornerback Sam Shields, signed defensive lineman Julius Peppers during free agency, and drafted Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, which will go a long way in helping to solidify the Packers weakest points.

Surprisingly, Thompson also bolstered the wide receiver position by drafting three high-quality players who will compete for a spot on the 53-man roster.

So, Thompson addressed both sides of the ball and has started the process of building another talented team that will once again compete for a division title.

But was it enough to keep the Packers at the top in light of all the changes their division rivals made this offseason?

That remains to be seen. We could provide all kinds of statistics and formulas, but we all know championships aren’t won in the offseason. Improvements can be made, but until the teams line up against one another when the games count, there’s no scientific way to analyze improvement.

Without question, the NFC North has taken steps across the board – steps that will surely make for an incredibly exciting and unpredictable season in 2014.

Here’s a brief look (courtesy of allgreenbaypackers.com) at all of the additions each of the NFC North teams made this offseason:

Green Bay Packers

Chicago Bears

Detroit Lions

Minnesota Vikings

Let the games begin and let the best team remain standing at the end.

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  • Mike Brand

    got to say the lions . with a new coach and one of the most dangerous front lines in the nfl and new toys on offense they are in win now mode

  • Wayne Davis

    All three of those WR’s are nice pick ups for Green Bay …good quality at those rds…can’t wait for the season to start

  • http://powip.com vermontaigne

    Was there any information in this article? Because if there was, I somehow missed it.

    • K.L.

      What were you expecting? Football news on a Sunday during the offseason?

      • http://powip.com vermontaigne

        You’re quite right. I guess the title made me think that there might be some, y’know, analysis and risk taking.

  • RyansDad

    I think the competition in the NFC North will be tighter, that Detriot will be our toughest competition, but believe we will win the division.

  • K.L.

    I’m glad the NFC north is catching up to the packers. I welcome the competition. I don’t want it handed to us on a silver platter every year. Let us see if we are truly the most deserving of the championship.

    • Mark Rudolph

      I also like competition and think our division will be the best in football. However did you not see last season? We won the North by impossible comebacks v. Minnesota Atlanta and at Dallas, and then three fourth down advances at Chicago – and should have beaten SF even with a dreadfully wounded team

      • K.L.

        Yea, I saw last season. I saw the Bears and the Lions in the perfect position to seize the NFC north and they choked. The packers played well under the circumstances, but they also got very lucky.

  • Jim G

    Agreed, no info in article, so let me take a shot.
    The biggest improvement for the Pack should be the offensive line. We have two number ones coming back – Sheffield and Baluga. They will compete for spots on a line full of very good sophomores. The guards look good. I like the center draft out of Ohio State – he looks very strong, but he will have to compete with Tretter. The offensive line has been a problem for the passing game. Hopefully not this year. I expect Rogers, “the best quarterback in football” to be more effective than ever. Getting Colt in free agency was like getting another #1 draft pick.
    The defense should be much better. We have a bunch of high draft picks (Perry, Neal, Jones) that haven’t done much yet, but they are all due. They seem very much alike – big, relatively fast, hybrid linebackers / defensive ends. I think think Capers has a plan, and we might see all three on the field more than expected. I like Ha-Ha, and the secondary looks good with Hayward coming back and Hyde getting more time. It will be nice to see Hayward back and to see what Ha-Ha can do. Still worried about the inside linebackers, but I do not expect we will see the same line-up of as before. We have some very quick people on the defensive line-Daniels, Thorton, and Worthy were all drafted for quickness and penetration. I miss Jolly, but not so much Pickens.
    I am looking forward to the season without injuries and expect the Pack to take the division again.

  • Peter Maiz

    The NFC north most improved are the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers. We play the Lions twice, we will see how we stack up. Stafford can be pretty good but doesn’t compare to Rodgers. But there is a new sheriff in town in Detroit and he’s got plenty to prove and he knows who his most admirable adversary is.
    I don’t think TT is going to be too happy with the powers that be if our secondary doesn’t improve and if we don’t win our division.

  • packer4real

    Greenbay will still be the leader of this division. It will be some split but the pack have the upper hand. Detroit will be scary as always, and the viking are unknown at this point and time. The bears will always give the pack a good game. Greenbay defense will be better and has to be better. This draft was a good draft for the pack and a gooD select of undrafted free agents as well.

  • chrisyygirl6218

    got news for you, WE’RE GOING TO OWN YOU THIS YEAR! Go Bears!