The Green Bay Packers are a popular pick to win the NFC North. After all, the Packers have won the division in five of the last six years and last season came within a game of the Super Bowl.
So yeah, there’s a lot to like there.
But Kordell Stewart likes another team better.
“I’d like to say Green Bay is a good team, and I think most people are picking them because of Aaron Rodgers – but he needs help,” the former Pro Bowl quarterback said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “I’m not buying into it in that division. I like the Minnesota Vikings in that division, to be honest with you. I love their defense – a defense that only gave up, what, 13 points a game over the last year-and-a-half or so?”
Indeed, the defense carried Minnesota to a 5-0 start last season, during which the Vikings allowed just 12.6 points per game. The offense, however, didn’t do enough the rest of the way. Minnesota went 3-8 down the stretch to finish 8-8 and miss the playoffs.
Minnesota was held to 16 points or fewer in six of its eight losses.
Stewart expects that side of the ball to be better in 2017.
“On offense, they played very well without Adrian Peterson,” Stewart said. “The quarterback, Sam Bradford, came in and gave them 71.6 percent passing completion, which is a record in the National Football League. They have Kyle Rudolph, who’s arguably one of the better tight ends in the game. No one talks about it because of how well Travis Kelce is playing and Rob Gronkowski, when he’s healthy, is playing. But look at the backfield. You have Latavius Murray, as well as Dalvin Cook coming out of Florida State. You have (Stefon) Diggs on the outside. You have Michael Floyd, who will come back after his suspension of four games. I look at that team being a better team in that division. That’s just me speaking. No one is saying it with me. I’m a Sam Bradford fan if he can stay healthy. I think (Minnesota) can be good.”
The Vikings open the season at home against New Orleans on Monday Night Football on Sept. 11 at 7:10 p.m. ET. They will host Green Bay on Oct. 15 in Week 6 and play the Packers at Lambeau on Dec. 23 in Week 16.