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Ranking NFC North offenses

Posted By Steve Drumwright On Aug 6 2009 @ 12:24 pm In Green Bay Packers | No Comments

A few days ago, we broke down the defenses of the NFC North. Today, it is the offense's turn.

 

QUARTERBACK

1. Packers: Year 2 as the starter for Aaron Rodgers and he continues to feel more comfortable in a cautious offense.

2. Bears: Finally, a real QB in Jay Cutler. But how long will it be before the tempermental ex-Bronco gets under his teammates' skin?

3. Vikings: Brett Favre will … oh, wait. Never mind. Between Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels, they need to not lose games.

4. Lions: Matthew Stafford is the future, but Daunte Culpepper is the present … at least for a little while.

 

RUNNING BACK

1. Vikings: Adrian Peterson has taken the title of best back away from LaDainian Tomlinson.

2. Bears: Matt Forte (1,328 yards) burst onto the scene as a rookie and is expected to take the next step forward.

3. Packers: Ryan Grant's yards per carry average dropped from 5.1 yards in 2007 to 3.9 in 2008.

4. Lions: If Kevin Smith's production ever matches his mouth, watch out.

 

WIDE RECEIVER-TIGHT END

1. Packers: Greg Jennings has a new contract and is the go-to guy in one of the NFL's deeper corps.

2. Vikings: Bernard Berrian didn't have the expected impact last year despite his 20.1 yards per catch average.

3. Lions: Former first-rounder Bryant Johnson pairs with second-year phenom Calvin Johnson.

4. Bears: Will the Devin Hester experiment ever succeed? Someone needs to emerge if the passing game will work.

 

OFFENSIVE LINE

1. Bears: Orlando Pace provides an upgrade at left tackle, but will age catch up with him?

2. Vikings: Second-year pro John Sullivan takes over for Matt Birk at center and rookie Phil Loadholt is penciled in at right tackle.

3. Packers: Questions need to be answered at both tackle spots, but there are plenty of bodies around.

4. Lions: C Dominic Raiola and LT Jeff Backus provide the experience among a maligned bunch.

 

KICKER-PUNTER

1. Vikings: Ryan Longwell continues to be among elite.

2. Bears: K Robbie Gould is clutch and P Brad Maynard is consistent.

3. Packers: Mason Crosby is money, but punter is a huge concern.

4. Lions: Jason Hanson plans on kicking until he is 75.

 


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