Originally written July 22, 2012 on This Given Sunday:
With the start of the NFL season fast approaching, we continue our look around the league division by division with a stop in the NFC North, where we have a pretty good idea which team will finish first and an even better idea which team will finish last, but the middle of the division is more interesting. The cream of the division is, of course, the Green Bay Packers, who sported the best record in the regular season last year. As we chronicled earlier, the Packers were basically a non-factor in free agency. They do, however, return virtually every key player, and added much-needed reinforcements to the defensive front seven in the draft. The bigger question mark is the defensive backfield, which received a blow when Nick Collins proved unable to return from his neck injury and was released. That means more pressure on a player like Tramon Williams to have a bounce-back season and Charles Woodson to fend off the ravages of Father Time. Then again, the Pack managed to go 15-1 last ...
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