Resetting NFC North: Impact of Khalil Mack, who's the favorite, more
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A month ago, the NFC North looked like potentially the toughest division in football. The Green Bay Packers had the league’s best quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. The Minnesota Vikings had the NFL’s top defense. The Detroit Lions had, arguably, the top special-teams unit and the Chicago Bears had just traded for Khalil Mack, one of the league’s best defensive playmakers.
Yet three weeks in, the division looks like a big jumble with no undefeated teams and the surprising Bears at 2-1. There’s still plenty of time, of course, for this to play out. But three weeks in, what has changed? What’s to be believed and what will still come across as a falsehood by the end of the season?
Khalil Mack had a memorable Bears debut against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in Week 1. Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY SportsHow has the impact of Khalil Mack changed your outlook on the division race?
Courtney Cronin, ESPN Vikings reporter: The Bears’ defense has legitimized their playoff hopes in 2018. A team that felt like it was still a year away before Sept. 1 is now in first place in the NFC North, thanks in part to how the acquisition of