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The hope in Green Bay is that it will be the first of many big plays from Peppers once the real games begin.
Brees and the Saints finished 11-5 last season and made it to the Divisional Round of the postseason, where they lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.
Not many gave Kelly a chance in his first season and it was believed he would struggle from the jump.
The most notable pass rusher in the division, Jared Allen, switched teams as a free agent this season, but remains in the division with an improved Bears' defensive line.
Tony Romo #9 and Terrance Williams #83 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on during a preseason game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on August 23, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Quarterback Cam Newton is still walking gingerly after suffering a hairline fracture in his ribs.
Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman gets shoved in the face by San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree while trying to shake hands after an interception by Seahawks outside linebacker Malcolm Smith during the second half of the 2013 NFC Championship football game at CenturyLink Field.
St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford will miss the entire upcoming season with a torn ACL in his knee.
Maybe he is an upgrade over Kellen Clemens, but the more poignant question for the St. Louis Rams is whether the franchise can compete in the rugged NFC West with Shaun Hill manning the controls.
The NFC North was historically mediocre last season. With the Green Bay Packers emerging victorious despite just a 8-7-1 record, it's hard to make the argument that this division is one of the best in football.
With all due respect to the many other elite teams in the league - Seattle Seahawks , Denver Broncos , New England Patriots , .
Damage from the earthquake that jolted northern California Sunday morning could amount to more than $1 billion, according to an initial estimate by the U.S. Geological Survey.
San Francisco's No. 1 offence still looks shaky two weeks from the regular season, and the 49ers did just enough for their first preseason victory in a 21-7 win against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
As an outspoken critic of Sam Bradford this offseason, it's still hard to say I told you so when it comes to his repeat ACL tear.
This is what Associated Press reporters on the scene are learning following the largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years: This is what Associated Press reporters on the scene are learning following the largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years: Officials say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude ... (more)
The NFC North has been one of the strongest in the NFL in recent years but last season a number of its teams were left disappointed as only the Green Bay Packers - with a modest record of 8-7-1 - managed to qualify for the playoffs.
Updated: Wed Aug 27, 2014 12:48 am
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