Packers Morning Buzz: Looking at a four-way tie at 8-8 in NFC North
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
We'll start with a prediction from SI.com's Albert Breer that no NFC North team will finish with a losing record .... but all four could finish 8-8.
The NFC North won’t have a team with double-digit losses. And it’s possible all four teams finish 8-8 or better. I’m saying that for a few different reasons. I think both Minnesota and Green Bay, coming off playoff years, are good-but-not-great. I think Stafford has an MVP run in him, and that Detroit's roster is aligned in a way it hasn’t been in years. I think the Bears’ 12-win year of 2018 wasn’t a total fluke, the defense has a run in it and Mitchell Trubisky has tremendous coaching infrastructure around him after Matt Nagy’s staff makeover. Also, the North drew the two South divisions, which is, at least, manageable schedule-wise.
Not bold enough for you? Well, it was pretty tough to come up with a bold prediction this year, with all the time we had to pick everything apart. Stafford as an MVP contender, Kyler Murray having a huge breakout season and the Steelers bouncing back big … all felt like mainstreamed takes. So the NFC North being super balanced is what I got for you. — Albert Breer
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