- Green Bay Packers (11-5)
- Chicago Bears (9-7)
- Detroit Lions (7-9)
- Minnesota Vikings (4-12)
2013 Record: 8-8
2014 Draft: The Bears took Kyle Fuller (CB, Virginia Tech), Ego Ferguson, (DT, LSU), and Will Sutton (DT, Arizona State) with their first three picks in the draft.
Off-season Acquisitions: The Bears were busy this off-season. Their most notable signings included Josh Morgan (WR), Jared Allen (DE), and Lamarr Houston (DE). (I say most notable because I haven’t heard of the other 8 guys they picked up.) The Bears also signed undrafted free agent Jordan Lynch (QB, Northern Illinois) for those of you who get down on some #MACtion. They moved Lynch to running back, so that could be fun.
Off-season Losses: The Bears lost Josh McCown (QB), Michael Bush (RB), Earl Bennett (WR), Julius Peppers (DE), Corey Wootton (DE), Henry Melton (DT), and Devin Hester (KR).
2014 Prediction: Well. Here’s the thing. I think this team is good. Well. Good might be a strong word. They’re okay. But as with any Jay Cutler-quarterbacked team, I don’t really see them making a legitimate run. Cutler hasn’t played a full 16-game season since 2009. His backup is Jimmy Clausen. No, really. Sooo, yea. If Cutler can stay healthy, they may do better than I’m expecting, but he’ll probably break a nail and miss three weeks. I’ve got this team going 9-7 but still finishing in second place in this division.
2013 Record: 6-10
2014 Draft: The Lions selected Eric Ebron (TE, North Carolina), Kyle Van Noy (OLB, BYU), and Travis Swanson (C, Arkansas) with their first three picks in the draft.
Off-season Acquisitions: The Lions hired Jim Caldwell as their new head coach. Then they brought in Dan Orlovsky (QB), Jed Collins (FB), Golden Tate (WR), Darryl Tapp (DE), Vaughn Martin (DT), Cassius Vaughn (CB), James Ihedigbo (S).
Off-season Losses: The biggest (and probably best) loss for this team was the firing of head coach Jim Schwartz. The Lions parted ways with Shaun Hill (QB), Nate Burleson (WR), Jason Fox (OT), Leroy Harris (G) , Willie Young (DE), Israel Idonije (DE), Chris Houston (CB), and Louis Delmas (S).
2014 Prediction: The Lions should be a lot better than they are. Stafford to Megatron all day every day. The addition of Golden Tate does give Stafford another offensive weapon, but for some reason, this team just never performs to the level I think they’re capable of. They have talent, but it never seems to be enough. Maybe it’ll be different under a new head coach. Maybe not. To me, this team is just meh and they’ll go 7-9 and finish in third place.
Green Bay Packers
Hi boo. Love you.
2013 Record: 8-7-1
2014 Draft: The Packers chose one of the greatest names in the history of football with their first pick, Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. They drafted wide receiver Davante Adams (Fresno State), defensive tackle Khyri Thornton (Southern Miss), and tight end Richard Rogers (California). The Packers also took Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis (what a fun name) in the fifth round, but he was recently placed on IR.
Off-season Acquisitions: The Packers signed veteran defensive end Julius Peppers. Aaaaand, that’s about it. They re-signed running back James Starks and cornerback Sam Shields.
Off-season Losses: The Packers lost James Jones (WR), Marshall Newhouse (OT), Evan Dietrich-Smith (C), C.J. Wilson (DE/DT), and M.D. Jennings (S).
2014 Prediction: The Packers should have a bounce back year because hopefully boo will stay healthy and be super cute all over the field every Sunday. They drafted several receivers and Rodgers is the kind of guy that has the ability to make everyone around him better. I have the Packers going 11-5 and winning this division rather easily.
Aaaaaaaaaaand here’s another picture of boo because HE IS JUST SO GOSH DARN CUTE.
2013 Record: 5-10-1
2014 Draft: The Vikings selected Anthony Barr (OLB, UCLA), Teddy Bridgewater (QB, Louisville), Scott Chrichton (DE, Oregon State), and Jerick McKinnon (RB, Georgia Southern) with their first four picks in the draft.
Off-season Acquisitions: The Vikings added Lestar Jean (WR), Allen Reisner (TE), Corey Wootton (DE), Linval Joseph, Jasper Brinkley (ILB), Captain Munnerlyn (CB), Derek Cox (CB), and Kurt Coleman (S) to their roster.
Off-season Losses: The Vikings notable losses include Josh Freeman (QB), Toby Gerhart (RB), Jared Allen (DE), Desmond Bishop (ILB), and Chris Cook (CB).
2014 Prediction: The Vikings selected a quarterback in the first round for the second time in the last three years (See: Christian Ponder). They’ve announced Matt Cassel as their week one starter, but the odds that he finishes the season as their number one are probably slim. Adrian Peterson is always dangerous but a running back can’t carry an entire offense. This team has more questions than it does answers, and that’s a recipe for disaster. They’ll go 4-12 and finish in last place, again.