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5 Bold Predictions for the NFC North in 2015

By Josh Koop, 2 months 3 weeks ago
The NFL season is right around the corner, and the NFC North is shaping up to be a competitive division for the upcoming season. The perennial powerhouse team in Green Bay is looking to be the Alpha of the division once again, but did lose top wide receiver Jordy Nelson to a season-ending injury. The Detroit Lions look to build off a successful season last year, which ended in a tough loss...

NFL Scouts Talk Anonymously About NFC North Teams

By Athlon Sports, 3 months 2 weeks ago
The Green Bay Packers have won four straight NFC North titles, and that grasp atop the standings doesn't seem to be fading away anytime soon. However, this certainly remains a very interesting division, and each team's success could revolve around just a few key players. The Vikings will have Adrian Peterson back, so that should have a strong impact on the team. Will it be enough to make...

Answering the NFC North's Biggest Questions in 2015

By Braden Gall, 4 months 4 days ago
NFL training camps are opening up all across the nation, signaling the official return of pro football. Athlon Sports is going division by division, asking and (trying to) answering the biggest question for every team in the league entering the 2015 season. AFC's Biggest Questions: East | North | South | WestNFC's Biggest Questions: East | North | South | West...

Examining the Over/Under 2015 Win Totals for the NFC North

By Matt Josephs, 4 months 6 days ago
Adrian Peterson returns after a year off for the Vikings. Minnesota is widely considered to be a sleeper, but does that mean this will have enough to catch up to Green Bay and Detroit? Chicago, meanwhile, turns to John Fox to try and clean things up after a five-win season in 2014. In the coming years, this will be a three-team race with the Vikes moving into contention. Much like I did...

2015 NFL Training Camp Dates and Locations

By Mark Ross, 4 months 2 weeks ago
The New England Patriots are the defending Super Bowl champions and won't officially open defense of their title until Sept. 10 when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers to kick off the 2015 NFL regular season. However, the real work for Bill Belichick's team begins July 23 when rookies report to training camp in Foxborough, Mass. Baltimore, Cleveland and New Orleans get a...

NFC North Rookies to Watch in 2015

By Josh Koop, 4 months 3 weeks ago
With NFL training camps set to open up in a few weeks, it will be the first real taste of being a professional football player for all the rookies who heard their names called in the draft not too long ago. And in some cases, teams may be counting on some of their first-year players to contribute sooner rather than later. Here is one key rookie for each of the four NFC North teams to keep...

Lions sign Taylor Mays

By The Sports Network, 5 months 1 week ago
Allen Park, MI ( - The Detroit Lions have signed safety Taylor Mays. Mays was released by the Minnesota Vikings on June 16. The 27-year-old Southern California product signed with Minnesota in March after spending the past four seasons with Cincinnati. He played his first season with San Francisco in 2010 after being selected by the 49ers in the second round of that...

NFC North Players That Will Need to Step Up in 2015

By Josh Hamburger, 5 months 2 weeks ago
The NFC North is filled with talent and potential, just look at the Detroit Lions’ success last year. The Packers and Lions should be in contention for the playoffs like last year, and the Vikings and Bears should certainly see improvement. However, they will need help especially in areas that have the ability to get stronger this upcoming NFL season. Related: AFC North Players...

Detroit Lions 2015 Team Preview and Prediction

By Athlon Sports, 5 months 2 weeks ago
Coach Jim Caldwell didn’t do exactly what he promised in his first year in Detroit. The new boss was supposed to unlock the Lions’ offensive potential, but instead he unleashed arguably the NFL’s most ferocious defense. He forged better team chemistry, but couldn’t keep his best player from bolting in free agency. He returned the Lions to the playoffs with an 11-win...

Lions sign first-round pick Tomlinson

By The Sports Network, 5 months 3 weeks ago
Allen Park, MI ( - The Detroit Lions signed first-round pick Laken Tomlinson to a four-year rookie contract on Thursday. Tomlinson was selected with the 28th overall pick in the draft after a standout career on the offensive line at Duke. He earned First-Team All-ACC honors as a senior. The Lions now have all of their draft picks under contract.