Athlon Sports is using a series of roundtable debates to preview the upcoming NFL season and posed the following question: Who is more likely to knock off the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North this fall, the Detroit Lions or the Chicago Bears?
I had a chance to participate in the debate; here is how I answered the question:
I feel like I need to preface what I’m about to write by stating that I firmly believe the Packers will win the NFC North. That being said, if the Packers stumble and get surprised by a division rival, it will be the Lions. I expect the Lions and Bears to run neck and neck for most of the season but I see two teams on very different trajectories. The Lions are the up and comers with the type of team that most resembles the blueprint for success in today’s NFL. The Bears are closer to the end of their competitive window than the beginning with their aging defense. Anyone that is looking for a team to surprise the Packers has to pick the team on the up swing and that is the Lions.
The Lions lost out to the Bears 4-2 in this debate but the rest of the responses are worth a read. Check it out at Athlon Sports.