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PFT on NBCSN: A.J. Hawk, AFC/NFC North offseason snapshot

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The Packers head into the 2013 season in search of their third straight NFC North title and one of the players that will be helping them attempt to achieve that goal will join Pro Football Talk on NBCSN on Tuesday afternoon.

Linebacker A.J. Hawk will be on hand to help us preview the Packers as they get set to start training camp. Hawk is slated for a starting role at inside linebacker alongside Brad Jones after the Packers parted ways with Desmond Bishop during the offseason. We’ll find out what goals Hawk has set for himself this season and whether he thinks the Packers defense is ready to make a run at a Super Bowl title this season.

We’ll also be taking a look at the teams that will battle the Packers for the NFC North crown. The Bears, Vikings and Lions all had interesting offseasons, which provides plenty of fodder for conversation. The same is true of the teams in the AFC North, who will also have their offseason snapshot taken on Tuesday afternoon.

It all gets started at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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22 Responses to “PFT on NBCSN: A.J. Hawk, AFC/NFC North offseason snapshot”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 23, 2013 4:42 PM

    Talking about the Lions? Yeah I’ll be there and can’t wait to see what you guys have to say!

  2. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 23, 2013 4:44 PM

    NFCN is easily the worst division in football. 3 teams won’t break .500, and the other will fizzle out in the playoffs, likely the divisional round.

  3. deltaoracle says: Jul 23, 2013 4:49 PM

    What?!? The Packers are the defending division champs? I thought for sure from recent comments coming from East Dakota that it was the Heidis!

  4. kodatrout says: Jul 23, 2013 5:11 PM

    yeah the division with the best QB, RB, and WR must be terrible. What an ignorant comment.

  5. kabasaman says: Jul 23, 2013 5:44 PM

    Crownofthehelmet:
    You are either stupid, or from some other planet…… The NFC North “IS” the premier division in the League. Period. What division is tougher than the Packers, Bears , Vikings and yes, even the Lions. You try playing these teams twice a year and see how “Your” team does….?

  6. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 23, 2013 6:34 PM

    PFT should run a poll to see who thinks which division is the best. My money is on the NFC North.

  7. GenXJay says: Jul 23, 2013 6:45 PM

    Lemme guess. ShAaron isn’t ready to speak with the media.
    Instead pft lined up A.j.

  8. jack3dsd says: Jul 23, 2013 7:26 PM

    NFC North is the best all around division in football. The Packers are contenders every single year and when was the last season that there wasnt two north teams in the playoffs?

  9. brobokil says: Jul 23, 2013 7:49 PM

    I’m pretty sure I only recall one division with three 10+ win teams in it last year. That same division also had a receiver break the receiving yards record, and a running back fall 9 yards short of the rushing record (for 2nd all time).

    I can’t for the life of me remember which division this was. Hmmm…

  10. rottenbellybutton says: Jul 23, 2013 7:52 PM

    crown is a steeler troll. We’ll see how well his mighty stillers do against the NFC north this season. My prediction is 0-4. Gonna be a rough year for crown and the rest of the yinzers!

  11. 7ransponder says: Jul 23, 2013 8:08 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Jul 23, 2013 4:44 PM
    NFCN is easily the worst division in football. 3 teams won’t break .500, and the other will fizzle out in the playoffs, likely the divisional round.

    ———————-

    This is how you galvanize all of the greatest fanbases in the NFL against you.

  12. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 23, 2013 9:08 PM

    We all know the Green Bay Packers will win the division and the vikings will be last.

    The real question is whether the Bears, Lions, or both make the playoffs.

  13. whatjusthapped says: Jul 23, 2013 9:17 PM

    The NFC North can never be the best division in football, not with both the Vikings and Lions in it.

  14. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 23, 2013 9:20 PM

    Not all of the greatest fanbases, 7ransponder. You left out the greatest of them all.

    Other than the Packers, the division is dismal at best, and even GB’s window is closing. Wouldn’t be surprised if he nfcn rep backed in at 9-7.

  15. Steeley McBeam says: Jul 24, 2013 12:00 AM

    AFC North has put 5 teams in the playoffs over the last 2 years including last years Super Bowl champs. Since 2001 the AFCN has won 4 Super Bowls, the NFCN 1. AFCN has 3 great teams and the NFCN just 1 and 2 good teams. Come on the Packers are solid but it’s not that hard to call.

  16. minnesoulja says: Jul 24, 2013 9:22 AM

    Vikings fan here to weigh in on the matter, so maybe my biased opinion is worth less, but something tells me every opinion on this one is biased.

    NFC North is THE premiere division in the league.

    Healthy rivalries between all four teams. No franchise in this division is a joke. Any given year, any of the four can make the playoffs. More or less character franchises. A few blemishes here and there, but no murderers.

    Pretty much the whole AFC is laughable. SOOO many teams that can’t compete across history.

    Anyone who would trash talk the NFC North is probably not a real fan of smash mouth, black and blue, pigskin. It’s a pointless arguement.

    From a competition angle though, the AFC sucks. Why are most of the Nationally televised games usually NFC? Weird. Check your Schedules.

  17. filthymcnasty1 says: Jul 24, 2013 3:04 PM

    Unfortunately the NFC North is weighed down by the Vikings, who are just too hapless and tasteless to offset the Packers greatness.

  18. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 25, 2013 8:46 AM

    “NFC North is the best all around division in football. The Packers are contenders every single year and when was the last season that there wasnt two north teams in the playoffs?”

    Uh…2008. That was the year the AFCN set the trend of having at least two teams in the playoffs every year, a trend altered only by the fact that the AFCN had THREE teams in the playoffs in 2011.

    By the way, you NFCN fans are starting to sound like Steelers’ fans. Maybe even worse if such a thing is even possible.

  19. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 25, 2013 9:13 AM

    Also hope the Packers are looking forward to returning to Baltimore after having suffered the most humiliating loss in the history of Monday Night Football. Sleep tight, cheeseballs.

  20. ihnen0840 says: Jul 25, 2013 10:30 AM

    crownofthehelmet says:Jul 23, 2013 4:44 PM

    NFCN is easily the worst division in football. 3 teams won’t break .500, and the other will fizzle out in the playoffs, likely the divisional round.
    ———————————————————-

    Total Wins per Division 2012–

    NFC North – 35 (3 of 4 teams with 10 wins or more)
    NFC West – 34 (2 teams)
    NFC South – 34 (1 team)
    AFC North – 33 (2 teams)
    NFC East – 31 (1 team)
    AFC South – 31 (2 teams)
    AFC East – 31 (1 team)
    AFC West – 26 (1 team)

    I’m not sure I get your logic… maybe you’ve knocked the crown of your helmet a few too many times, or maybe I have, but tell me, what do the statistics say? From what I see, NFCN is definitely not the WORST division in the league… maybe even looks the other way? See what I’m seeing? Ok, good deal.

  21. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 26, 2013 8:32 AM

    hey ihnen0840!
    Nice spin, but you forget the rest of the season:

    TOTAL Wins per Division 2012-13 Season

    AFC North 37
    NFC West 37
    NFC North 36

    Hey! Cheer up. 3rd place isn’t so bad.

  22. phathead7 says: Jul 26, 2013 11:25 PM

    minniesoulja ,there are several mistakes in your comment.for starters the NFCN is no longer the smash mouth style football conference.packers and lions pass the ball more than anybody in the NFL and the bears are not far behind.nationally televised games FOX has the contract on NFC national tv games and CBS has the AFC.the primetime games sunday and monday nights the NFC has 1 more prime game.when you bring up history i bring up 6 superbowl wins in 8 tries not bad for a history lesson. if the AFC is so laughable how did the ratbirds beat the 49ers in the superbowl?

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