As usual, the road to . . . well, maybe not the Super Bowl, but at least the playoffs goes through Green Bay. And while Aaron Rodgers and the Packers aren’t as dominant as they once were, despite going 13-3 in Matt LaFleur’s first season as a head coach, no one else in the division has really stepped up to challenge them for the crown. At the same time, the Packers haven’t done much to improve from last year, and only time will if Rodger’s initial displeasure over not getting the help he wanted at wide receiver, and instead getting his presumptive replacement at QB in Jordan Love, will impact his play. Minnesota has a history of looking good on paper only, no one knows what to expect from the Chicago’s QB carousel, and the Lions are still the Lions. Green Bay goes into the season as the favorite by default.
In 2019, the NFC North was expected to be a powerhouse division, maybe even the class of the league. One year later, the NFC North could be the most under-achieving division in the NFL.