The NFC North is one of the NFL’s most competitive divisions. It always seems like a toss up as to who will win it every year. But what would happen if we could take all four teams and create the best roster available?
Each team has a strength at a certain area, as well as a weakness. Breaking down each team’s current roster, we can determine the best NFC North starting offense. These are determined by their Pro Football Focus grades and overall fit to this combined offense:
- QB: Aaron Rodgers
- RB: Dalvin Cook
- WR: Davante Adams, Adam Thielen, Allen Robinson
- Tight End: Kyle Rudolph
- OL: David Bakhtiari, Brian O’Neill, Frank Ragnow, Cody Whitehair, Elgton Jenkins
Breaking It Down
The quarterback spot is an obvious one. Rodgers still owns the NFC North and can guarantee wins even in the worst situations. Despite a weakness at receiver, Rodgers can make plays. He was a big factor in the team’s success in 2020, and despite the team drafting Jordan Love and converting more to the run, Rodgers can still be a deciding factor in the team’s success.
Running back was tough to choose here. Aaron Jones had a great 2019 season, but Cook gets the push here. Ever since he was drafted in 2017, Cook has been an explosive back for the Vikings. He helps open up the passing game and grinds in the trenches to gain every yard.
With the departure of Stefon Diggs, Thielen is the best receiver in Minnesota. Adams has always been the Packers true WR1. Robinson gets a slight bump over Golladay due to his impact on the Bears offense despite their poor quarterback play. If he can put up those numbers with Mitch Trubisky and Chase Daniel, imagine what he can do with Nick Foles.
Tight ends are the NFC North’s weakest spot. Rudolph has been the most consistent of any of the team’s options.
The Packers had one of the best offensive lines last year. It was huge to their running game success. Whitehair had a down year, but the Bears also switched around his position in 2019.
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