NFC North

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:20 AM ET

GREEN BAY PACKERS

2004 RECORD: 10-6

SUPER ODDS: 20-1; OVER/UNDER: 8

SUN SAYS: Just how did the Pack win 10 games last season with a questionable defence and a QB, Brett Favre, who is starting to approach the downslope of his prime? One of these days, the Packers are going to need more than Favre and RB Ahman Green. The Pack has won the division the past three seasons but dubious playoff exits tell a more representative story. Expect the Vikes to take a serious shot at seeing that end.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

2004 RECORD: 8-8

SUPER ODDS: 15-1; OVER/UNDER: 9 1/2

SUN SAYS: Loss of WR Randy Moss takes away one of the league's biggest threats but also one of the biggest headaches. Nate Brurleson and rookie Troy Williamson give QB Daunte Culpepper legit targets and the team signed former Seahawk Koren Robinson as a third option. The biggest moves have come on defence, however, where big tackle Pat Williams from the Bills and cornerback Fred Smoot will add a dimension missing in the Twin Cities.

DETROIT LIONS

2004 RECORD: 6-10

SUPER ODDS: 45-1; OVER/UNDER: 8

SUN SAYS: All those receivers and nobody to get them the ball. The Lions have Roy Williams, Mike Williams and Chqrles Rogers -- all recent high draft picks -- then they have QB Joey Harrington who is set to start the fourth year of a career already looking like a bust. With backup Jeff Garcia breaking his leg this past week in Buffalo, it's now or never for Joey. And it could be another long year for coach Steve Mariucci.

CHICAGO BEARS

2004 RECORD: 5-11

SUPER ODDS: 100-1; OVER/UNDER: 6

SUN SAYS: QB Kyle Orton got the starter's job by default after Rex Grossman broke his ankle early in the pre-season and Chad Hutchinson sucked late. To make matters worse, rookie running back and fourth overall pick Cedric Benson missed much of training camp due to a holdout. It's a shame that the offence is in such shambles given the Bears defence can still compete with most. A long season awaits in the Windy City.


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