Over the past decade or so when you thought of the dominant power in the NFC North you immediately thought of the Green Bay Packers. That is still the case heading into this season, but the gap between the Packers and the Chicago Bears could be much tighter than you may think.
Green Bay still has one of the top two or three quarterbacks in the league in Aaron Rodgers which will always make it a legitimate contender for the division title, but a change at the top in Chicago could have the Bears back on track for a playoff run. Longtime head coach Lovie Smith was fired at the end of last season despite leading his team to a 10-6 record. The Bears decided to bring in a more offensive-minded coach that would be able to squeeze the most production out of their quarterback, Jay Cutler. They went 'north of the border' and hired Marc Trestman, who was the coach of the CFL's Montreal Alouettes at the time. It is hard to tell how well this duo will gel this season, but all signs point to a much more dynamic offensive attack then we have seen from Chicago in the past.
The following is a link to my complete preview of the NFC North in an article I recently wrote for Cappers Picks:
NFL Previews – 2013 NFC North Betting