The Minnesota Vikings finished Week 7 in third place in the NFC North, but could a wave of late season acquisitions and retirement plans change that in the final months of the season? The Bears also have solid starting running back in Jordan Howard with a daunting road to the postseason on the horizon, but still hope they can push the Packers (who have the best record in the NFL, with a 5-0-1 record) for the NFC North crown.
According to the online salary cap salary grade, the 49ers probably will finish dead last, largely because they haven’t landed the big-time pass rusher they’re going to need to compete in the NFC West. A bunch of waiver claims (among them DE Demarcus Lawrence and OT Jake Long) added to former Dolphins DE Julius Peppers and DT Earl Mitchell in the off-season, but so far, they haven’t been able to prevent the Seahawks and Chiefs from stringing together victories.
Finally, the Chargers look like they’re destined to be a bottom three NFC team that’s in the playoff hunt with a competent quarterback. Five extra picks in the last two rounds of the draft will only help.