Before the first official NFL kickoff on Thursday, September 5, there was a strong case for the NFC South to be one of the league’s toughest divisions. As the regular season came to a close last month, all but the New Orleans Saints ended their seasons with a whimper. One of the biggest underachievers were the Atlanta Falcons.

While they only fell one game behind a common 8-8 final mark, Atlanta was never an authentic playoff contender. Atlanta’s second consecutive seven-win season left more question marks than answers. First, we’ll look at free agents Atlanta may lose and where they might focus during June’s draft. Finally, we’ll discuss their high priority needs to return to prominence.

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The NFC North Division is projected as one of the tightest races in professional football. This past week did little to alter that early season projection. The Packers are getting an early look at two of three teams who are ranked as division title worthy.

Green Bay went into the Windy City and disposed of the top-rated Bears in a good old-fashioned NFC North defensive struggle. This week, the Pack will host the 1-0 Minnesota Vikings, fresh off an impressive opening victory themselves. Here are three keys we’ll be looking at in this Sunday’s Vikings vs. Packers matchup at Lambeau Field. Green Bay & Minnesota rank in the Top 10 of the Lineups NFL Power Rankings.

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