Onion Sports’ 2014 NFL Preview: NFC North

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Siblings Each Hoping Other One Will Take Care Of Aging Parents Someday

CLEVELAND—Explaining that they simply didn’t want to have to deal with the immense time commitment and emotional exhaustion, sisters Katie and Ellen Cattell each privately admitted to reporters this week that they were hoping the other sibling would someday be the one to take care of their aging parents.

Jumbotron Really Trying To Push New Third-Down Cheer On Fans

SAN DIEGO—Noting that the phrase had appeared in large blue letters during each of the team’s offensive drives, sources at Qualcomm Stadium confirmed Friday that the Jumbotron was trying really hard to push a new third-down cheer on San Diego Chargers fans.

Strongside/Weakside: Kris Bryant

By leading the Chicago Cubs in hits and home runs en route to their second straight playoff appearance, Kris Bryant has placed himself in the running for the National League MVP. Is he any good?

Rest Of Nation To Penn State: ‘Something Is Very Wrong With All Of You’

WASHINGTON—Stating they felt deeply unnerved by the community’s unwavering and impassioned defense of a football program and administration that enabled child sexual abuse over the course of several decades, the rest of the country informed Penn State University Friday that there is clearly something very wrong with all of them.

Strongside/Weakside: Lamar Jackson

After passing for eight touchdowns and rushing for another 10 in just the first three weeks of the season, Louisville Cardinals sophomore quarterback Lamar Jackson has quickly become the frontrunner to win the Heisman Trophy. Is he any good?

Strongside/Weakside: Carson Wentz

After being selected second overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz opened the season with a nearly flawless performance in a victory over the Cleveland Browns. Is he any good?

Former WWE Wrestler Found Alive At 44

PHOENIX—In a revelation that has sent shockwaves through the wrestling world, sources confirmed that former WWE wrestler Freddy Hendricks, better known as his in-ring persona “Time Bomb,” was discovered alive Friday at the age of 44.

Strongside/Weakside: Dak Prescott

Having assumed the role after Tony Romo’s injury during the preseason, Dak Prescott is expected to open the NFL regular season as the first rookie quarterback to start for the Dallas Cowboys since 2004. Is he any good?

Study: 96% Of Pickup Games Decided By Next Score

PRINCETON, NJ—Noting that none of the game’s earlier events factored into the final outcome in any way whatsoever, a study released Wednesday by researchers at Princeton University revealed that 96 percent of all pickup games are decided by the next score.
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Onion Sports’ 2014 NFL Preview: NFC North

With the 2014 NFL season kicking off this week, Onion Sports has in-depth analysis on each team in the NFC North.


Strength: Pass-heavy offense potent enough to keep pace with 40-odd points that defense will give up every game

Weakness: Just gave $126 million to quarterback with grand total of one playoff win

Offense: Possesses all the key elements needed for anyone other than Marc Trestman

Key Defensive Asset: Brian Urlacher

Biggest Question: How are they going to fuck it up this time?


Strengths: Franchise has consistently maintained standard of Lions football for several decades; Team excels at putting previous weeks’ games behind them

Weakness: Effectiveness of pass rush hinges on consistent performance of mentally unstable psychopath

Key Player: Matthew Stafford’s cannon arm capable of putting ball into deepest reaches of triple coverage

Coaching Philosophy: Head coach Jim Caldwell should return to successful strategy of ensuring Peyton Manning is his quarterback

Goal: Home attendance spike due to greater number of vagrants living in Ford Field

Projected 2013 Record: 7-9


Strengths: Clay Matthews entering prime of pitchman career; Team’s porous defense allows its dominant offense to stay on field for most of game; Running back Eddie Lacy excels at gaining yards after contact from flailing bodies of his blockers

Weakness: As the NFL’s smallest market, Green Bay simply lacks depth at the 18- to 34-year-old demographic to be a contender in modern era

Key Player: Aaron Rodgers is a proven collapsed pocket passer

Injury Update: B.J. Raji’s season-ending biceps injury creates massive headache for Packers’ team cafeteria

Key Offseason Acquisition: Signed defensive end Julius Peppers away from rival Chicago, suggesting that players might not actually buy into any of that bullshit

Goal: Eddie Lacy still motivated to prove Packers wrong for passing on him during first round of 2013 NFL Draft

Fun Fact: Roger Goodell still waiting for right moment to ban Lambeau Leap as a touchdown celebration


Strengths: Departure of defensive end Jared Allen significantly boosts team’s likability; After six years with Bengals, rookie head coach Mike Zimmer already accustomed to making objectively shitty team look half-decent

Weakness: Team still unable to fill proselytizing gap left by departed punter Chris Kluwe

Training Camp Controversy: Matt Cassel chosen over Christian Ponder and rookie Teddy Bridgewater to lead Vikings to a 4-12 season

Key Position Battle: It remains to be seen whether quarterback or cornerback will win out as team’s biggest liability

Stopgap QB Expected To Miraculously Keep Team In Contention Despite Middling Abilities: Matt Cassel

Defense: No

OSN Stat: Vikings have not lost a single game in 2014


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