Packers: Power ranking NFC North by position groups in 2022

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Running backs

1. Vikings

Dalvin Cook has consistently been one of the top running backs in football, hitting the 1,000-yard milestone three years in a row. The Vikings also have a capable backup in Alexander Mattison. The backfield remains an offensive strength for Minnesota.

2. Packers

Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon both put up over 1,000 yards from scrimmage last season, giving the Packers one of the best 1-2 punches in the NFL. Both players can be trusted to lead the backfield when needed.

With the passing game potentially taking a step back, Matt LaFleur may need to lean on his top two backs more frequently.

3. Bears

There’s also a lot to like about the Bears’ backfield. In David Montgomery, Chicago has a talented RB1. He had 1,070 rushing yards in 2020 and 849 yards from 13 games last season. Khalil Herbert also showed potential in his rookie year, rushing for 433 yards and two touchdowns.

Chicago will need to lean on its rushing attack this season.

4. Lions

D’Andre Swift averages a healthy 4.1 yards per attempt in his first two seasons but hasn’t been given a featured role. The Lions do have good depth with former Packer Jamaal Williams as the top backup to Swift.

The Lions have potential at running back, but they now need to turn that into production.