Skip to main content

Which team has the best roster in the NFC North?


Every player from the Vikings, Packers, Bears and Lions was recently ranked by Pro Football Focus, which determined the Packers, winners of three straight NFC North division titles, have the best roster in the division.

Here's an image depicting a breakdown of Minnesota's roster. The grades are based on last season.

As you can see in the next image, each player is assigned a color to determine what type of player they are.

Adrian Peterson is the only Viking with an elite ranking. Offensive linemen John Sullivan, Brandon Fusco and Phil Loadholt are the only players given a high quality mark, which is part of the reason Minnesota's roster was ranked 29th in the league.

The rest of Minnesota's offense, as ESPN's Ben Goessling says, is pretty good. Only left guard Charlie Johnson was given a below average rating, and wide receiver Jerome Simpson was rated average.

Defensively, the biggest shock was the poor starter rating given to outside linebacker Chad Greenway, the team's leading tackler every season since 2008.

Some might think our rating of Chad Greenway is harsh, but the drop-off in his play from 2012 to 2013 was sharp. They reportedly plan on moving him to weak side linebacker this year, with rookie Anthony Barr taking over on the strong side, but his play needs to improve dramatically in 2014.

In fairness, Greenway played the majority of last season with a broken wrist.

Cornerback Xavier Rhodes was given an average rating for his rookie season, but his future is much brighter.'s Gregg Rosenthal says "Rhodes can set the groundwork by holding his own against the game's best receivers" in his second season. A better campaign in 2014 could help a beleaguered Vikings secondary gain respectability.

Next Up

coronavirus, ICU, covid-19 hospital, doctor

4th teen COVID-19 death reported in MN is the 2nd in as many weeks

All four teenage COVID-19 deaths in the state have been reported in the past two months.

Anil Menon

Minnesota native named to NASA's new astronaut class

When he's done training, he could be sent to the space station or the moon.

broadway pizza interior facebook

Gallery: Original Broadway Pizza auctioning off everything

Get your hands on some classic Broadway signage, train-themed decor and more.

art shanty projects

Art Shanty Projects to return to Lake Harriet this winter

The festival has made some creative changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.

flickr - gov tim walz - mn senate dfl

After 'extraordinary' revenue growth, MN projects $7.7B surplus

But finance officials note there is still "significant risk" due to economic uncertainty.

amelia huffman

Deputy Chief Amelia Huffman named interim chief of the Minneapolis PD

She lives in Uptown and has been with the MPD for 27 years.

Pixabay - hospital emergency room sign

Deputy injured when fleeing suspect crashes into his vehicle

The 34-year-old deputy was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

Vineeta Sawkar

Vineeta Sawkar named as WCCO Radio’s new morning host

She succeeds the legendary Dave Lee, who retired earlier this year.

coronavirus, COVID-19 test

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, December 7

The latest from the state health department.