Packers: Power ranking NFC North by position groups

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Running backs

1. Vikings

This is a close one, but the slight edge goes to the Vikings. Dalvin Cook is coming off a career-year with 1,654 total yards and 13 touchdowns. If Cook misses any time, Alexander Mattison proved to be a capable backup with 544 total yards and a touchdown last year.

The depth behind these two isn’t great, but the Vikings have one of the best 1-2 punches in the NFL.

2. Packers

The Packers strengthened their backfield this offseason by drafting AJ Dillon in the second round, and he joins Aaron Jones, who is coming off his first 1,000-yard season while also leading the NFL in rushing touchdowns. Add in Jamaal Williams and Tyler Ervin, and this is a talented group.

3. Lions

Rookie D’Andre Swift can be a great addition to the Lions’ backfield. Third-year Kerryon Johnson is a talented player but he needs to stay healthy after missing 14 games in his first two seasons. The addition of Adrian Peterson gives the Lions’ RB room more depth but I’m not sure the backfield improves all that much.

4. Bears

The Bears are banking on a second-year jump from David Montgomery, who rushed for 889 yards and six touchdowns in 2019. Montgomery could be healthy in time for Week 1, but Chicago lacks depth at running back. If Montgomery misses any time, who starts? Tarik Cohen? Cordarrelle Patterson?