Predicting The NFC North Standings In 2022

The NFC North has been dominated by Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers over the last decade, and while the other teams are certainly getting better, Rodgers is coming off back-to-back MVP awards, with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. This division is good enough to feature multiple playoff teams, and given the animosity that exists between them and will get started in Week 1, it's going to be fun all season long.

4. Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears have been close to a directionless mess over the last few years, and while they're currently looking to evaluate their young Quarterback Justin Fields, they lack the talent and protection around him to genuinely evaluate this season. The team lost Allen Robinson in the off-season and Roquan Smith wants out too, so it's safe to say that 2022 and the immediate future isn't going to be good for the Bears, as they'll likely be in line for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 draft. 

3. Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions have been one of the NFL's worst franchises over the past two decades, but under Dan Campbell, this team is building something potentially special, and with skill position players like Amon Ra St. Brown, DeAndre Swift and potentially Jameson Williams, this could be a fun group to watch in 2022. If Jared Goff can be solid this season, the Lions may win more games than many expect, but with two very tough teams in the division, it's unfortunately just very hard to imagine them making a genuine playoff push in 2022.

2. Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings 2021 season was highlighted by the incredible breakout campaign of Justin Jefferson, and with all their weapons getting healthy, this is a team that shouldn't be overlooked as a Super Bowl threat in 2022. If Kirk Cousins can be at his best, this team could genuinely challenge the Packers in the NFC North, but as they grow, they may struggle in the biggest moments without big time experience. Don't be surprised though if the Vikings are neck and neck with their biggest rival as the season grinds to an end in week 17. 

1. Green Bay Packers

Despite losing his biggest weapon in Davante Adams, this team is still going to be good on the back of No. 12, and if the defence can continue improving on the field, this team should again be a dominant regular season squad. The challenge for this team is to make an impact when it matters most in the postseason, as Green Bay have struggled over the past few years to make a deep run, and with Rodgers career winding down, it's time that they finally capitalize on all the talent at their disposal. 

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