Hawk’s 2014 NFL Preview: NFC North Edition


Green-Bay-Packers-LogoGreen Bay Packers

This team’s success lies in the hands of one guy; Aaron Rodgers. You should never build a team around one guy because if they get hurt they are done. Once Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone, the team played pathetic football and went 0-3-1 in their first 4 Rodgers-less games. Thanks to a monumental collapse of both the Bears and the Lions, the Packers somehow scratched into the playoffs at 8-7-1, but lost in the first round.

Eddie Lacy was huge in 2013, rushing for nearly 1200 yards. It had been years since the Pack had a good running back to spell their dominant passing attack, which should remain at the top of the league as long as Rodgers stays healthy.

Defensively this team made improvements in the secondary. They drafted All American safety Ha-ha Clinton-Dix out of Alabama with their first pick, he was considered one of the best in the class at his respectable position.

Green Bay also stole Julius Peppers from the division rival Bears in free agency. Peppers lead the Bears in sacks, but at age 34 isn’t the dominant defender he once was. If he can still play at a high level, he will be a great addition to the linebacking core of A.J Hawk and Clay Matthews. A formidable trio.

As long as Rodgers is with this team, they are a playoff contender. Their two games against the Bears should decide Divisional supremacy. One of the greatest historic NFL rivals ever will once again be much watch football.
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