1. Minnesota Vikings
They invested over $80 million in Kirk Cousins and the Vikings expect a nice return.
2. Detroit Lions
A new voice on the sidelines might just be what this team needs to finally win consistently.
3. Green Bay Packers
As evidenced by last years performance, this team needs QB Aaron Rodgers to be healthy the entire year.
4. Chicago Bears
An up and coming offensive minded head coach with an already established defense? This sounds very similar to the 2017 LA Rams.
Head Coach: Mike Zimmer
Key Position: Quarterback
Their backup QB threw for over 3,500 yards and 22 touchdowns last year. That’s very impressive for a backup to put up those numbers. They expect far more from Kirk Cousins and there’s no reason to think he shouldn’t with Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph to throw too. Oh, and the Vikings have not just one, but two capable running backs in Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray.
Key Acquisitions: QB Kirk Cousins (Washington Redskins), DT Sheldon Richardson (Seattle Seahawks)
Key Rookies: DB Mike Hughes, T Brian O’Neil
Head Coach: Matt Patricia (New England Patriots)
Key Position: Running Back
The worst running back group statistically in the league last year should have a bigger emphasis this year with the acquisition of LeGarrette Blount and the drafting of Kerryon Johnson out of Auburn. Add Theo Riddick as the third down specialist and you have yourself a much more balanced approach for QB Matthew Stafford.
Key Acquisitions: RB LeGarrette Blount (Philadelphia Eagles), LB Christian Jones (Chicago Bears), LB Devon Kennard (New York Giants), DT Sylvester Williams (Tennessee Titans), TE Luke Willson (Seattle Seahawks)
Key Rookies: OL Frank Ragnow, RB Kerryon Johnson
Head Coach: Mike McCarthy
Key Position: Offensive Line
There’s a saying that you’re only as good as your quarterback. Well, a lot of that depends on the offensive line in front of him. Besides the health of Aaron Rodgers, this line needs to stay on the field. Allowing 51 sacks won’t cut it, but some of that can be attributed to Brett Hundley being under center.
Key Acquisitions: TE Jimmy Graham (Seattle Seahawks), TE Marcedes Lewis (Jacksonville Jaguars), DL Muhammad Wilkerson (New York Jets), CB Tramon Williams (Arizona Cardinals)
Key Rookies: DB Jaire Alexander, DB Josh Jackson, LB Oren Burks
Head Coach: Matt Nagy (Kansas City Chiefs)
Key Position: Quarterback
Statistically it was the worst passing attack last year. It really wasn’t the fault of Mitchell Trubisky, rather the lack of options he had. That shouldn’t be the case this year with WRs Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel aboard. Adding TE Trey Burton was a solid move as well with his exceptional speed for his position.
Key Acquisitions: TE Trey Burton (Philadelphia Eagles), WR Taylor Gabriel (Atlanta Falcons), DE/LB Khalil Mack (Oakland Raiders), WR Allen Robinson (Jacksonville Jaguars)
Key Rookies: LB Roquan Smith, OL James Daniels, WR Anthony Miller