Minnesota has a gleaming new stadium. The Vikings are division champions for the first time in six years. Now they’re reeling from the loss of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for the entire season.
The headlines around the division sure have a purple shade.
There’s still plenty of green, or rather Green Bay, left to repaint the NFC North horizon.
Aaron Rodgers and the proud Packers have wide receiver Jordy Nelson back from the right ACL injury that kept him from playing in 2015, aiming for repossession of the title.
Rodgers came back leaner after some dietary changes, recharged for another run at a Super Bowl trophy he’s touched once – five-plus years ago.
“My 12th season, all with the same team, it’s exciting,” said Rodgers, who will turn 33 on December 2nd. “It actually gets a little sweeter I think every single year.”
Dethroning the Vikings would sure be delicious. Fittingly, the Packers will be Minnesota’s opponent on September 18th for their regular-season opener at U.S. Bank Stadium in front of a crowd of 66,000 and a Sunday night national TV audience.