There’s a lot going on in the NFC North this season, as well as the offseason.
In the latest of a series of posts previewing the division ahead of the 2023 season, Alyssa Barbieri of Bears Wire, Jeff Risdon of Lions Wire, Zach Kruse of Packers Wire and Tyler Forness of Vikings Wire answered the question: What is your favorite offseason move by a division rival?
NFC North roundtable: Biggest misconception about each team
Bears Wire: Vikings hiring Brian Flores as defensive coordinator
It’s impressive the Vikings were able to win 13 games last season despite having one of the division’s worst defenses. Minnesota allowed 388.7 yards per game (31st in NFL) and 25.1 points per game (28th) under Ed Donatell. While the Vikings are likely to experience some regression after their impressive 2022 season, the addition of Brian Flores as defensive coordinator could help transform their defense and keep them as contenders in a wide-open NFC North. Look no further than when Flores took the Dolphins from worst to top-five on defense in his short stint with Miami.
The Vikings are going to need Flores to work his defensive magic given the losses of some key players this offseason – and with Danielle Hunter’s status uncertain amid a contract dispute. But Flores’ track record certainly speaks for itself.
– Alyssa Barbieri, Bears Wire
Lions Wire: Bears adding WR D.J. Moore
When the Lions and Bears played in Week 17, there wasn’t a single Bears wide receiver on the field who would have been on Detroit’s 53-man roster. For a team desperately trying to make it work with young Justin Fields at quarterback, the Bears had to upgrade his receiving weaponry to make a fair evaluation. They did just that in acquiring D.J. Moore in the draft trade with the Carolina Panthers.
Moore is a viable top target, a reliable weapon at attacking all levels of a defense. He’s thrived in Carolina despite playing with a varying degree of inadequacy at quarterback since he spent…