Accurate or Not.........What do you think of this?
1. Chicago 8-8 â€“ The Bears will regress from their 11-5 season of a year ago but maintain a good enough team to win the weak North Division. While Panthers WR Steve Smith exposed the secondary in the playoffs last season, the front seven dominates opposing teams with relentless pressure. Even with the inconsistent Rex Grossman set to start the season at quarterback, Brian Griese is a good insurance should the former first-round pick stumble. It will be interesting to see how coach Lovie Smith handles the running back situation with Cedric Benson hurt and the disgruntled Thomas Jones back in the fold.
2. Minnesota 7-9 â€“ The Vikings have shipped WR Randy Moss and QB Daunte Culpepper away in the last two years and have nothing to show for it. They ranked 25th in total offense last year and recently released No. 1 wide out Koren Robinson. That means 2005 first-round pick Troy Williamson will assume the top role, but he needs to improve on an inconsistent rookie year. It seems every season the Vikings pour money and draft picks into a defensive unit that never gets better. The defense ranked 21st last season and fails to work as a cohesive unit.
3. Detroit 6-10 â€“ It amazing how this team continually picks in the top 10 of the draft yet never lands elite players. The fans wonâ€™t have QB Joey Harrington to kick around anymore as that role now falls to Jon Kitna. The former Bengals backup simply doesnâ€™t possess the accuracy to fit into coordinator Mike Martzâ€™s timing based offense. The Lions do have some playmakers on defense and the addition of WLB Ernie Sims will only enhance this unit. However, the inconsistent play of the offense will be too difficult to overcome.
4. Green Bay 5-11 â€“ QB Brett Favre is out of his mind if he thinks this is a talented football team. RB Ahman Green is past his prime and the offensive line has more leaks than an old garden hose. Favre, who will lead the league in interceptions again, will quickly realize that he shouldâ€™ve retired last season. Depite the drafting of ultra-talented WLB A.J. Hawk, the secondary will give up big plays often, which should test the patience of first-year coach Mike McCarthy.