Buffalo Bills The Bills have a record against the Patriots sinceso the two teams are not "rivals" in the traditional sense of two opponents engaging in closely contested games. But it's that underdog, "David vs. Goliath" mentality that gets Bills fans fired up for every meeting with the Patriots and puts New England at the top of Buffalo's list of current rivals. Before Tom Brady was the most hated athlete in Buffalo, the Dolphins held the distinction as the Bills' top rivals, especially during Miami's game winning streak over the Bills in the s.
And Aaron Rodgers is back, eager to make up for lost time following the broken collarbone that spoiled his season. With new head coaches in Detroit Matt Patricia and Chicago Matt Nagy this year, a big breakout by the Lions or Bears would be necessary to bump the Vikings and Packers from the lead story of Bradford and Keenum departed with Teddy Bridgewater as free agents, but the Vikings signed the best available replacement on the market in Kirk Cousins.
They upgraded at defensive tackle with Sheldon Richardsontoo, toting as many top-tier players in the man starting lineup as any competitor in the NFL.
As if Rodgers needed anymore motivation to go with his game-changing ability, the Vikings are the very team that knocked him out of action when linebacker Anthony Barr flattened him with a hard hit. Well, the answer will start to form quickly, when the Vikings visit the Packers in the second game on Sept.
The pressure is heavy on Cousins to perform as well or better than Keenum did as a fill-in for Minnesota last fall. The offensive line is again carrying major question marks, with right guard Joe Berger retired and left guard Nick Easton likely out for the year with a neck injury.
Center Pat Elflein has missed the entire preseason with his rehabilitation from shoulder and ankle surgeries moving slower than anticipated.
The pass defense has been the biggest culprit, and for a second straight year the front office used the top of the draft to add cornerbacks. Kevin King was the first pick inand Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson were the first two players off the board in Having a healthy Rodgers back was the biggest step the Packers could take toward returning to the playoffs, after their streak of eight straight appearances was stopped, but a deeper and stronger secondary was necessary to get back on that championship track.
The Lions took two more significant steps toward lifting a lagging ground game by drafting Kerryon Johnson in the second round out of Auburn and signing LeGarrette Blount, who has carried the ball for two of the past three Super Bowl winners.
Story Continues Patricia was the defensive coordinator for the last six of his 14 seasons with New England, where he left with three Super Bowl rings. Over the past four regular seasons, the Vikings and Packers each went and the Lions were close behind with a cumulative record of The Bears went The most important part of his job for now will be guiding quarterback Mitchell Trubiskythe second overall pick in the draft who was brought along carefully after taking over as the starter midway through his rookie season.
Trubisky was also handed three new targets: Vikings, Packers, Lions, Bears.Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy congratulates Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer after the Packers' loss to the Vikings on Saturday, Dec.
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NFL Vikings-Packers rivalry as fierce as ever FILE - In this Aug. 16, , file photo, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers warms up before a preseason NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, in Green Bay, Wis.
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comparison is a bit apples vs. oranges. But thinking that the Packers might actually have the advantage in this department is still patently absurd. Watch video · Or will the Green Bay Packers rebound forcefully enough to take back the division they’ve mostly dominated for two decades?
The annual report on the NFC North has almost always focused on the Packers, the Vikings or both of these fierce rivals since the NFL’s most recent realignment produced the current eight-division format in