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SN: NFC North’s last place finishing team this year? Pt. 1- Offense

UBV says: Ok, let's try this again. Here's the whole post.

Anyone remembers the 2010 Vikings? You don't? Well, I don't either. I had to erase that horrible, black hole out of my mind. Or at least attempt to. I don't think rehab helped me very well. Only thing I remember was we sucked, bad! We had like 15 different starting QB's, Brett Favre decided to ditch the team for a Sears commercial, Randy Moss vomited on the team, and our head coach's true coaching skills were brought too light. No, not the light off of his forehead. Sorry, didn't mean to insult him, but if he can't blame his self for his firing, then he deserves something bad. Well, let's cut to the chase. With the Super, Potential "Dynasty" team in our division, the Vikings won't win the division any time soon right? Eh, we'll see.

 

Well basically I'm going to go down the list of positions, grade them, and add them up. The team with the lowest to highest, will then be ranked accordingly.

Quarterback

Bears

3 out of 5.

Come on, Jay Cutler is a whiner, not winner. He can have his strides of "goodness", not greatness, but even then he's still interception prone. I'm one of many, or few, who lobbied for the Vikings to trade for Cutler, but what do I know? I'm just a regular guy who expresses more opinions then facts. He doesn't consistently win games, but he can still win them. Bears, 3 points.

Lions

2.5 out of 5.

No doubt, the Lions are on the rise. Doubt, there QB situation really isn't any better, if better than the Vikings. I think they will officially ban hitting Stafford in practice because really, the guy has troubles staying healthy. At least they can depend on Shaun Hill when needed. That's a great plus in my mind.

Packers

4 out of 5

The Packers have Aaron Rodgers. He just led his team to a Superbowl. He's on his way to greatness. And if he's not, Viking fans, ask yourself, whose Quarterback situation would you prefer to have on your team out of this division? The only reason I didn't give the Packs a 5 out of 5 is because of their depth at the position. I know Flynn showed a little of what he can do last year against the Patriots, but that only makes me wonder does the way the Packers run their offense makes there QB's excel.

Vikings

2 out of 5

Veteran who knows the offense. Check. Veteran with a winning record. Check. Young players who the veteran can teach, check. If our depth was a little more established, this squad would have at least a 3.

 

Point  count.  Leader: Packers 4/5, Bears 3/5, Lions 2/5, Vikings 2/5.

 

Running Backs

Bears

3 out of 5

Forte can gain decent, but not excellent yardage. I really think he's almost an exact duplicate of Chester Taylor, just younger. The Bears can't run at will, but can run to compliment the pass game.

Lions

2 out of 5

Jahvid Best can't hold the team on his shoulders alone, and with rookie running back Mikel Leshoure suffering a torn Achilles doesn't help that cause.

Packers

3 out of 5

The Packers are getting Ryan Grant back. He's an above-average runner and gives them the hard yards when needed.

Vikings

5 out of 5

If he is number 3 on the NFL's, player top 100 NFL players, topping out many top Quarterbacks in the game, that should say a lot about Adrian Peterson. The best running back in the NFL.

Point  count.  Leader: Packers 7/10, Vikings 7/10, Bears 6/10, Lions 4/10.

Wideouts

Bears

2 out of 5

POS First String Second String Third String Fourth String
WR Roy Williams Johnny Knox Dane Sanzenbacher Onrea Jones
WR Devin Hester Earl Bennett Sam Hurd Kris Adams

 

Uh, who? Knox is the biggest threat I see on this list. Not saying the others won't show up to play, but they, including Roy Williams, haven't proved much as of lately. I like Earl Bennettt though, and he should see more throws his way. Heads up to the Bears, Hester should always return kicks for you.

Lions

3 out of 5

Nate Burleson made the Vikings look like college players the last game of last year. Everyone knows Calvin Johnson is a pretty good wideout and a great threat on the Lions. I think the Lions could have a 4 here if they had a respectable slot man. Also, I like Titus Young. Maybe it's just his name though.

Packers

5 out of 5

The Packers don't have elite wideouts, but all of them are good going back to the third stringers. I think this is the best wideout corps in the league.

Vikings

2 out of 5

I really do hope Michael Jenkins is good. I have read what Falcons fans have said about him, and I really don't think any of it was positive. Losing Sidney could potentially be huge for this team. I also heard Jenkins is a good blocker. So was Sidney. So that's also a big plus in my mind. Someone other than Percy will have to step up this year, and I've got my money on Jaymar Johnson being that guy. But I can't make these rankings based on the future, only the past.

Point  count.  Leader: Packers 12/15, Vikings 9/15, Bears 8/15, Lions 7.5/15.

Tight-Ends

Bears

2 out of 5

Come on man!!! How could you trade Greg Olsen? He's pretty decent; if not good. I guess they plan on blocking more with the tight ends this year.

Lions

3 out of 5

TE Brandon Pettigrew Tony Scheffler

Pretty good combination. I think this area is one of their advantages. With Nate and Calvin on the outside, they should find ways to get their tight ends involved, and a lot.

Packers

3 out of 5

I've seen numerous people buy into the hype of Jermichael Finley. Yes the guy is good, but I don't understand why his name is included with the Jason Whitens and Gates of the league. Let's take a look at this great player's career stats.

TOTAL 82 catches 1,051 yards 62 longest 7 touchdowns

These are stats over a 3 year span. Shiancoe's last 3 year stats top these.

Vikings

3 out of 5

We just drafted Zach Rudolph, but I'm not really adding him into the equation yet because he's a rookie. Jim is a Viking forever, and he's an awesome Viking at that. He's so versatile and valuable to this team. Shiancoe is the big tight end we need to go up and get the ball in the redzone, or across the middle. Jeff Dugan helps the blocking game a bit as well.

 

Point  count.  Leader: Packers 15/20, Vikings 12/20, Lions 10.5/20, Bears 10/20

Offensive Lines

This one is a four way tie. All teams in this division have Offensive Line issues. I don't think any of them are addressed enough, as they should be. Are we the worst offensive line division in the NFL? Someone please tell me. I think we are. Maybe I'm wrong.

All teams 2 out of 5.

Point  count.  Leader: Packers 17/25, Vikings 14/25, Lions 12.5/25, Bears 12/25

This is the conclusion of the offensive side of the ball'srankings. So far, the Bears have some catching up to do. They just might have enough on defense to outweigh one of the other teams. We shall see soon.

 

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