Behind Enemy Lines: NFC North Round Table Part Four
By Mike Payton
What worries you?
Nov 27, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) on the sidelines during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Payton, SLR: “What worries me is the Lions may never figure themselves out in 2015 and the Lions will ultimately go into the 2016 season with a completely new front office, coaching staff and a high draft pick. It seems like such a simple fix for the Lions. Play to the strengths of your talent and you’re good to go. Just not sure the Lions will actually do that.”
Roethlisberger, LA: “Not much. The Packers are playing phenomenal on both sides of the ball, and the defense has kept guys like Marshawn Lynch, Jamaal Charles, and Carlos Hyde in check. The one thing that does worry me is the play at the tackle position, between Don Barclay and David Bakhtiari who have looked “shakey” this season. I think they get it resolved though, which makes the Packers that much better. ”
Carlson, TVA: “There’s always the concern of injury. The Vikings have already lost some of their offensive line to injury and have just traded away some of their linebacker depth. However, the biggest worry is that Minnesota will revert to the type of play that we saw during week 1 of the season. I don’t think that head coach Mike Zimmer will allow that to happen, but I would hate to see the kind of sloppy, undisciplined play that made Vikings fans ashamed.”
Burzawa, BGO: “There are still a lot of risks in the remaining schedule. The Bears’ depth will be challenged if injuries continue to pile up. I don’t feel like there’s a lot to worry about because the pressure is not on the Bears to become a winner in 2015, so as long as some young players stay healthy and show improvement, I’m good.”
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