2013 NFL Preview: NFC North

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Reasons to be Cautious:

The Offensive Line – In 2012, no QB was sacked more than Aaron Rodgers (51), and if there is one thing that could quickly derail this team, it would be an injury to Rodgers. Some teams are built well enough to withstand an injury to their QB (at least for a short period) – GB is not one of them. Normally a season ending injury to the starting LT (Bulaga) would be of concern, but when a line gives up 51 sacks, could his replacement do much worse?

 

Safety – The Packers decided to go with youth and not resign Charles Woodson. While I understand this move, I did not like it. Woodson is a great and savvy leader and given the pass happy offenses of Detroit and Chicago, along with the WR’s they will face in this division (most notably Calvin Johnson and Marshall), this could be a move the comes back to haunt them.

Overall:

This may be the best division in football and the team I am picking has huge question marks at O-Line and safety, so to say I have concerns with this pick would be an understatement. However, to me, Rodgers is the best QB in the NFL and heads and heels above Cutler, Ponder and Stafford (especially the former 2). In a league built around QBs, I default to the best QB – Rodgers. However, if Rodgers were to go down, this could quickly turn into a 4 or 5 win team because they rely on him that much.

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