The Packers are the worst team in the division!
Here's my break down:
Lions: Had the #1 offense in the preseason! Yes, that's right. THE LIONS HAD THE #1 OFFENSE IN THE PRESEASON!!! Ok, now that I got that out of the way, let's focus. They finished 2nd in the league in rushing yards, and 10th in passing yards. Not only did the Lions finish first in offense, they also finished 9th in total defense! That amounts to 9th in passing D and 17th in run D. According to preseason stats, the Lions should be one of the best teams in the NFL this year! (Of course, they also were the only team to go 4-0 last preseason, so take all this with a grain of salt)
Packers: Even after everyone is singing Green Bay's praise this preseason because of their offense, they still only finished 12th in the league in total offense. Now don't get me wrong, I think GB's offense has the potential to be top 5 this year. But they obviously have ZERO depth. How else could they be so dominant with their starters in, and yet finish 12th overall? The answer: lack of depth. They finished 20th in passing yards. But they did finish 6th in rushing yards, which was what was missing from their offense last year. A lot of Packer fans like to point to the fact that their D had a lot of injuries last year, which is true. They say that all the starters are back, so their D should be just fine. I say, your D still sucks, since is finished 28th in preseason. 28th!!!!!! That amounts to 15th in rushing D, and 30th in passing D. (don't people say their secondary is one of the best in the league? Ha!)
Bears: This offseason, the Bears made arguably the biggest splash, trading for disgruntled (to say the least) QB Jay Cutler. How has that move worked out for them so far? They finished 13th in the league in total offense (which was last in the NFC North). They did finish 13th in passing yards, but they were only 21st in rushing yards. Now on to their "dominant" defense... Their defense finished 11th in total yards given up. They did finish 10th in passing D, but an average 16th in rushing D. Those stats just aren't good enough to win the NFC North this year.
Vikings: Now on to the grand finale! Your Minnesota Vikings! The Vikings had the 6th best offense this preseason. 6th!! The Vikings were 16th in passing yards, which isn't great by any means, but it's an improvement over last season. And the Vikings don't need to have a top 10 passing game when they have the best RB in the game. (Vikings finished 3rd in rushing yards this preseason) What really impresses me the most was the Vikings D this preseason. We finished 2nd in total yards given up! The 2nd biggest question mark coming in to this season was our passing D. The Vikings finished 5th in passing yards given up, which is huge! Couple that with the 3rd best run D this preseason, and the 6th best offense, and the Vikings have arguably the best team coming in to the season.
Bottom line is this. Preseason stats don't mean squat. But they can be used as indicators, and what these stats tell me is that the Vikings should have an excellent season, and they should be one of the most complete teams in the NFL. I am excited! SKOL Vikings!