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Jordy Nelson says Packers are still the favorites to win the NFC North

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The Packers are 2-2.  The Bears are 4-2.  The Lions are 3-2.  The Vikings, despite being 1-3, have Adrian Peterson and now Josh Freeman.

So who’s the favorite to win the division?

“I would have to say us,” receiver Jordy Nelson recently told Eric Kuselias of NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk.  “I know we are behind [the Bears] but we’ve won the division the past few years, and I think we’ve done a great job of winning our division games, which is huge when it comes to winning your division.  If you can win your division games it counts somewhat more than a game, but right now I think we are obviously where we are and not where we wanted to be but I think we are fine where we are at, and look forward to the next two games and hopefully making a run here.”

The Packers currently are 1-0 in the division, after last week’s home win over the Lions.  Five division games remain, including a Sunday night encounter with the Vikings, a Monday night game against the Bears, a Thanksgiving clash with the Lions, and a Week 17 showdown in Chicago.

Whether the Packers are the favorites or not, they’ll have plenty of opportunities to show that they can still win the division — even if they ultimately lose again in the divisional round of the playoffs.

That’s really the bigger issue.  With the Saints and Seahawks poised to run away with the top two seeds in the conference, whoever emerges from the NFC North scrum will have to go to New Orleans or Seattle after the wild-card round.

And whether it’s the Packers or anyone else, they won’t be the favorites to win that game.

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75 Responses to “Jordy Nelson says Packers are still the favorites to win the NFC North”
  1. jerrykill4pres says: Oct 12, 2013 8:01 AM

    GB goes to seattle in the playoffs, and this time, the ref get’s the call RIGHT, and GB knocks the hawks out of the playoffs… Book it, you heard it here first boys…

  2. krypticking says: Oct 12, 2013 8:15 AM

    He has to say this. That would be like working at mcdonalds and saying Burger King is better.

  3. GenXJay says: Oct 12, 2013 8:16 AM

    wow. even their players live everything in the past. the brainwashing machine must be set on “heavy” for Jordy.

  4. Patriot42 says: Oct 12, 2013 8:24 AM

    Would expect him to say they won’t?

  5. larryboodry says: Oct 12, 2013 8:27 AM

    They are the defending NFC North Champs, so until someone takes that crown away from them they remain the team to beat. No sense in discussing it now.

  6. schmokes says: Oct 12, 2013 8:36 AM

    Packers can go into Seattle and win. They unofficially did it last year.

  7. tutamus says: Oct 12, 2013 8:40 AM

    Winning the division is overrated anyways.

    Signed,

    2010 Packers

  8. shadowoflambeau311 says: Oct 12, 2013 8:45 AM

    Guy makes points.

  9. golforepar says: Oct 12, 2013 8:54 AM

    Jordy is a class guy and confident! Maybe because under Coach McCarthy the Packers are 33 – 10 in the NFC North!

  10. whatjusthapped says: Oct 12, 2013 8:59 AM

    Isn’t it a little early to be calling the Saints and PEDhawks the top two seeds?

    Granted, they are off to a better start but its a long season with plenty of ebbs and flows (and injuries) so anything can happen and usually does.

  11. vegasgreek says: Oct 12, 2013 9:04 AM

    Pack must win out this month and go 5-2 . I feel the offense is about to take shape and be lethal. As long as the Packers can avoid more injuries and they get Clay Mathews back before Thanks giving they have a shot.

  12. oggreengold says: Oct 12, 2013 9:07 AM

    nice “journalism” flo. How’s that vikings superbowl case looking? yes the packers lost in the division round, but who did they beat in wildcard? Oh yes the JOE WEBB led vikings. just give up already and move to LA

  13. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 12, 2013 9:11 AM

    Of course they’re favorites to win the division.

  14. dragonfly99 says: Oct 12, 2013 9:18 AM

    Very nice unbiased journalism. Face it Florio you’re favorites, the Vikings, are not going to win the division.

  15. imheretopointoutpackfanhypocrisy says: Oct 12, 2013 9:23 AM

    Brainwashed

  16. greenandgold1972 says: Oct 12, 2013 9:24 AM

    Here is a novel idea: let’s wait another few weeks before we talk about the road to SB. Teams can start hot and cool off by December, teams can start cold and heat up by December. After all, as of right now my Packers wouldn’t make it to the playoffs. I have a good feeling that is going to change though :)

  17. jimmysee says: Oct 12, 2013 9:25 AM

    It’s always risky to be making predictions, or even observations, in the NFL.

    They have a way to come back to haunt you.

    The NFC North is greatly improved, more competitive this year than at any time in my memory — except for the Vikings.

    Got to play the games, one at the a time. And see where the chips fall.

    Jordy, through, does have some pretty amazing hands!

  18. snaponrules says: Oct 12, 2013 9:31 AM

    I am a Bears fan and agree with him %100.

    The bears defence is one of the worst in the league and injury riddled.

    Detroit until they change the culture will just continue to be filled with stupid moves on and off the field.

    The vikings, well they are just being the vikings. They are always 2 years away from being just 2 years away.

  19. trollsetter says: Oct 12, 2013 9:37 AM

    Don’t worry about the Vikings. The Packers have no shot in Seattle or New Orleans in the playoffs. No defense, no championship. Don’t be delusional. It’s not your year.

  20. dwarftosser says: Oct 12, 2013 9:42 AM

    The Bears look good, but they will only be a half game up after this weekend. I think they will both be 5-2 when they meet on Nov 4th.. looking forward to that battle!

  21. beerbratscheese says: Oct 12, 2013 9:56 AM

    The Vikings, despite being 1-3, have Adrian Peterson and now Josh Freeman.

    And now Josh Freeman? Really? Last I checked, he lost the starting position on a winless team. Please don’t make him out to be the equivalent of how the Broncos obtained Manning.

    Quit trying to make the Vikings happen. They’re not going to happen.

  22. mantastic54 says: Oct 12, 2013 10:01 AM

    As long as Rodgers is healthy I’d have to say they’re the favorites. I don’t see how Seattle is poised to run away with the conference when they’re only a game ahead of a handful of teams

  23. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 12, 2013 10:02 AM

    They also think Franklin doesn’t have a problem holding on to the ball, so take it for what it’s worth.

  24. viking1961 says: Oct 12, 2013 10:04 AM

    Jordy better stick to making fairyland commercials for the cheese heads…he’s in dreamland with the fairy…..NO DEFENSE….!!!!

  25. packerblitz says: Oct 12, 2013 10:05 AM

    The Seahawks and Saints are poised to “run away” with the top 2 seeds? I’m sorry, is it week 13? I’m pretty sure the Packers, Bears, and the 49ers beg to differ. See you all in January.

  26. tokyosandblaster says: Oct 12, 2013 10:12 AM

    Awww… Crowny….

    Who do you cheer for to win this game? Your divisional rival or the franchise that is better than yours in every way (championships, fanbase, future prospects, etc)?

    Is your head going to explode?

  27. tokyosandblaster says: Oct 12, 2013 10:13 AM

    viking1961 says:
    Oct 12, 2013 10:04 AM
    Jordy better stick to making fairyland commercials for the cheese heads…he’s in dreamland with the fairy…..NO DEFENSE….!!!!

    —-

    Well, if you think defense wins divisional crowns, you’re out of luck, as the packers have the best defense in the north.

  28. beerbratscheese says: Oct 12, 2013 10:21 AM

    viking1961 says: Oct 12, 2013 10:04 AM

    Jordy better stick to making fairyland commercials for the cheese heads…he’s in dreamland with the fairy…..NO DEFENSE….!!!!
    ————————————————

    Wait….a Vikings fan talking about defense? Oh, that’s rich!!! The Vikings CLEARLY have the worse defense in the division.

  29. dino2997 says: Oct 12, 2013 10:21 AM

    Not a smart thing to say but than again these are the Packers. Being smart is not required.

  30. vikescry1 says: Oct 12, 2013 10:28 AM

    Thats some special reporting!! I love it when people start talking about top seeds in week 5 or 6?? (Sarcasm) lets talk in dec.

  31. thepvyharvin says: Oct 12, 2013 10:30 AM

    beerbratscheese says:Quit trying to make the Vikings happen. They’re not going to happen.
    ====================================
    Sort of like the fat farm known as WI……more like a colony of inbred gluttons then a modern world state…

  32. beerbratscheese says: Oct 12, 2013 10:41 AM

    thepvyharvin says: Oct 12, 2013 10:30 AM

    beerbratscheese says:Quit trying to make the Vikings happen. They’re not going to happen.
    ====================================
    Sort of like the fat farm known as WI……more like a colony of inbred gluttons then a modern world state…
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Aaaah, the classic “I have no facts on my side, so I’m going to resort to name-calling” strategy. And so early in the debate too. It’s a bold move Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off for him.

  33. richcranium2112 says: Oct 12, 2013 10:43 AM

    H8ters h8ting.

    Really its just jealousy!

  34. ihaterogergoodell says: Oct 12, 2013 10:49 AM

    Some guy said the Pack have the best defense in the North. Haha. That’s like being the tallest midget.

  35. expertop says: Oct 12, 2013 10:50 AM

    Assuming Seattle and New Orleans are going to finish as strong as they’re playing now is kinda silly, considering there are 11 games left.

  36. usdcoyotesfan says: Oct 12, 2013 10:55 AM

    “GB goes to seattle in the playoffs, and this time, the ref get’s the call RIGHT…”
    ————————————————–
    Even if the Seahawks are the ones that get cheated by the refs, it would be well-deserved.

  37. thepvyharvin says: Oct 12, 2013 10:56 AM

    Remember chubbies….Lord Favre, the best athlete in WI history, had his best season ever in purple. I understand your hate beerbratbutt

  38. FinFan68 says: Oct 12, 2013 11:02 AM

    There is no clear cut favorite in this division. Three pretty good teams + a playoff team from last year that is inconsistent. It is anybody’s division but the Vikings have a tougher chance.

  39. tonyc920 says: Oct 12, 2013 11:26 AM

    Gentlemen, If any of you would consider what has happened the past few years, It’s not necessarily how a team does in the first 6 weeks, It how you finish the season and getting hot at the end is how most of the past 10 Super Bowls have been won.

    As a Packers fan, I predicted before the season started, the Pack would be 2 – 3 after the first 5 games. Yes I think they get beat this weekend. I have them 11 – 5 for the season. Getting hot at the end and being a factor in the playoffs. I’m confident they can fix the defense well enough to get the job done.

  40. rodh32340 says: Oct 12, 2013 11:26 AM

    Josh Freeman might not be God’s gift to pro football, but at least he is out from under a rookie coach who thinks he is Tony Soprano!

  41. pjrhc says: Oct 12, 2013 11:34 AM

    You assume New Orleans and Seattle are above losing before the end of the season, and that their home field advantage is already a fact. Funny, you did the same with the 49ers after week one. Wrong.
    The Pack will win the division, according to Jordy’s words. If the Bear couldn’t stop the Giants’ runners, you think they can do anything with Lacy, Franklin, and a healthy Starks? Detroit couldn’t, with their vaunted front. Vikings don’t have a QB on the roster, despite your crowing about Freeman (1-9, cut). We’ll see if the Saints and ‘Hawks are still leading at the end…

  42. beerbratscheese says: Oct 12, 2013 11:45 AM

    thepvyharvin says: Oct 12, 2013 10:56 AM

    Remember chubbies….Lord Favre, the best athlete in WI history, had his best season ever in purple. I understand your hate beerbratbutt
    ==============================

    If his best season was in purple, why did he win his Super Bowl and three MVPs in Green and Gold? You’re making this too easy, dude.

  43. johnnyb216 says: Oct 12, 2013 11:47 AM

    Pervy,

    Even Favres best season couldn’t drag the Vikings into the Super Bowl. Perennial losers they are. And that’s all they’ll ever be. Everyone knows it. Even you.

  44. watermelon1 says: Oct 12, 2013 11:53 AM

    Someone should tell him that his QB might not survive the onslaught from SIZZLE and DOOM tomorrow. And if they lose their QB… They are definitely NOT the favorite.

  45. essentialsausage says: Oct 12, 2013 12:06 PM

    As a Lions fan, I can’t really disagree with him. Detroit dominated the Bears, then got dominated by the Packers. Nelson’s ranking makes sense.

  46. mrwalterisgod says: Oct 12, 2013 12:15 PM

    Does GB plan on playing good defense anytime soon?

  47. rl7911 says: Oct 12, 2013 12:47 PM

    The Packers don’t look good this year, they seem off. Last week vs a heavily depleted Lions team they only managed 1 TD, not good.

  48. jacktheraven says: Oct 12, 2013 12:49 PM

    I find Packer fans seem to be more realistic/critical, of their team, than most other fans. What’s up with that?

  49. twobluegills says: Oct 12, 2013 12:55 PM

    You realize that the Bears have already won the suerbowl so the division means nothing. They have beat those juggernaut teams like the Vikings(one point at home) and the Steelers and the Giants. I’ll bet the Seawhawks and Niners are quaking in their boots at the though of facing jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall.

  50. beerbratscheese says: Oct 12, 2013 1:21 PM

    rl7911 says: Oct 12, 2013 12:47 PM

    The Packers don’t look good this year, they seem off. Last week vs a heavily depleted Lions team they only managed 1 TD, not good.
    ===================================

    The Packers have the third most prolific offense in the NFL this year and they seem off. As a Packers fan I feel really, really good about that.

    The Packers have had three different RBs run for 99 or more yards in their last three games. Aaron Rodgers is trying to stay in rhythm only throwing half the plays rather than three quarters of them.

    The team is kind of unsettled on the offense right now and they are still an elite offense. I can’t wait until the second half of the season once they get things figured out.

  51. peterawrhatred says: Oct 12, 2013 1:25 PM

    The packers could be 0-5 and still be favourites for the division

  52. siuleno says: Oct 12, 2013 1:26 PM

    hahaha. why do people say the Packers defense sucks? do u even check stats, bro? the Pack is ranked 6th. vikings: 17th, lions: 25th, bears: 31st just sayin. and the Green & Gold is #1 in run defense. just stop the misinformed hate, yo.

  53. frenchslavic says: Oct 12, 2013 1:35 PM

    I see an improvement on both sides of the ball for the packers. The only things that are hurting the Pack are, fumbleosis, and receivers with butterfingers. Of course, injuries to key players, hurts any team. Geaux Pack Geaux!

  54. leroysbutler says: Oct 12, 2013 1:49 PM

    thepvyharvin says:
    Oct 12, 2013 10:56 AM
    Remember chubbies….Lord Favre, the best athlete in WI history, had his best season ever in purple. I understand your hate beerbratbutt
    ——————————————————–

    Yeah, how’d that work out for you.

  55. atthemurph says: Oct 12, 2013 1:57 PM

    vegasgreek says:
    Oct 12, 2013 9:04 AM
    Pack must win out this month and go 5-2 . I feel the offense is about to take shape and be lethal.
    ———————————————————-

    The 3rd highest scoring, 3rd in yds, 4th passing, and 5th rushing offense is about to take shape? Wow! Can’t wait until they really put it together.

  56. thepvyharvin says: Oct 12, 2013 2:15 PM

    johnnyb216 says:
    Oct 12, 2013 11:47 AM
    Pervy,

    Even Favres best season couldn’t drag the Vikings into the Super Bowl. Perennial losers they are. And that’s all they’ll ever be. Everyone knows it. Even you.
    ====================================
    All I can say is… all you pretend owner, brat slurping, cheese nugget heads should get on your knees every single night. Pray to Lombardi himself that you avoided a bullet to the brain. Lord Favre did his part, we were in the SB. With 50 fumbles and corrupt refs and Saints we were still in it. Then Chilly had a brain fart(12man huddle)…..We would have crushed Indy and you would all be the laughing stock of sports via Lord Favre…

  57. trollsetter says: Oct 12, 2013 2:38 PM

    Future prospects? Haha, that’s laughable. Nobody signs there. They have to be drafted, and if they play well they get treated like kings because what else is there to pay attention to? “Ted Thompson likes to build through the draft.” Yeah, because he has no choice. Who’s choose to live in that dump. Nobody.

  58. duggyd2001 says: Oct 12, 2013 2:39 PM

    Farves best year was with the Vikings? I guess the three MVP’s or 2 Super Bowl years would not qualify as his best. What a dumb statement.

  59. vikeshave0titles says: Oct 12, 2013 3:01 PM

    “Even if they ultimately lose in the divisional round again”—wow that’s some fine unbiased journalism Mike! Could you be a bigger Vikings homer? This garbage was almost as bad as reading about your son’s high school football career.

  60. gmsingh123 says: Oct 12, 2013 3:18 PM

    When was the last time Jordy was checked for a concussion? If they lose to the Ravens they’re going to be favorites to be at the bottom of the division.

  61. irishgary says: Oct 12, 2013 3:22 PM

    @thepvyharvin says:
    Oct 12, 2013 10:56 AM
    Remember chubbies….Lord Favre, the best athlete in WI history, had his best season ever in purple

    Perv, You’ve taken too may hits to the head.

    best season statistaclly yes but choked in the playoffs and he does have a ring from GB, so I think he would tell you his best season was when he got the ring an not when he choked.

  62. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 12, 2013 3:25 PM

    Well Detroit just isn’t built or in tune with how to win at football, they are all over the map and way off the grid in spirit and technics, so they would have the edge over them. Maybe an edge over Chicago as well, but statistically with having both of those teams in play the odds suggest whichever one fairs better is going to more overall value than the Packers’ present position, so the math favors taking the pair over the Pack in my opinion. I don’t have a ton of faith with the suspect OL and lack of offensive weaponry.

  63. deltaoracle says: Oct 12, 2013 3:41 PM

    There are four teams that could win the division at this point, and there’s absolutely no question that the Packers are one of them.

  64. stellarperformance says: Oct 12, 2013 4:54 PM

    thepvyharvin says:
    Oct 12, 2013 2:15 PM
    All I can say is… all you pretend owner, brat slurping, cheese nugget heads should get on your knees every single night. Pray to Lombardi himself that you avoided a bullet to the brain. Lord Favre did his part, we were in the SB. With 50 fumbles and corrupt refs and Saints we were still in it. Then Chilly had a brain fart(12man huddle)…..We would have crushed Indy and you would all be the laughing stock of sports via Lord Favre.
    /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    If your description of us is your personal perception and thus your personal reality, it must really suck for you to have to play second fiddle to us every year. How does that taste?

  65. allday28mvpmvp says: Oct 12, 2013 5:29 PM

    GB poised to lose 5th straight road game

  66. racyman57 says: Oct 12, 2013 6:03 PM

    I won’t dispute that claim. Despite the Bears and Lions success, they are still very inconsistent. The Packers haven’t torn it up either, but with Rodgers and his multitude of weapons, they can score as many points as any team in the league, even with a suspect defense. That’s why the Saints are becoming favorites. It’s not so much the improved defense, but they can still go toe to toe with any offense. I haven’t seen a season where home field is going to be as important as this season, especially in the NFC. If the Saints or Seahawks get home field, throughout the playoffs, I think they will be the favorites to win. The Packers also have a distinct advantage, outdoors in January, against those 2 dome teams and are the only other team,that I know of, who can score with them indoors. So the Pack are the most resiliant team, in my opinion, regarding whether they play indoors our outside. Chicago has an outside chance , but I don’t see them winning enough games to gain homefield advantage and they would have to go through one of the dome teams. They can play the Packers well in bad conditions., but that may not be enough. Just my opinion!

  67. packhawk04 says: Oct 12, 2013 6:49 PM

    Theyre the favorite until someone else wins it.

  68. larryboodry says: Oct 12, 2013 7:29 PM

    “Winning the division is overrated anyways.”

    So is going 15-1.

    Signed,

    2011 Packers

  69. pakrbakr76 says: Oct 12, 2013 9:01 PM

    larryboodry says: Oct 12, 2013 7:29 PM

    “Winning the division is overrated anyways.”

    So is going 15-1.

    Signed,

    2011 Packers

    AND

    1998 Vikings

  70. tokyosandblaster says: Oct 12, 2013 9:48 PM

    allday28mvpmvp says:
    Oct 12, 2013 5:29 PM
    GB poised to lose 5th straight road game

    —-

    Vikings poised to go 3-13.

  71. chi01town says: Oct 12, 2013 10:05 PM

    The Ravens are waiting for green bay. one game at a time lets see who win the north this season. Nelson can forget it because NOBODYS laying down for them. NOT THIS SEASON

  72. axespray says: Oct 13, 2013 4:34 PM

    20+ years of owning the division aside from a few hiccups (rebuilding years)…. With Detroit drafting Titus Youngs, Bears thinking Cutler is the guy – vikes drafting Ponders….

    yeah, we’ve got this.

  73. bearshaterseverywhere says: Oct 15, 2013 2:07 PM

    essentialsausage says:
    Oct 12, 2013 12:06 PM
    As a Lions fan, I can’t really disagree with him. Detroit dominated the Bears, then got dominated by the Packers. Nelson’s ranking makes sense.

    _________________________________

    Bears lost to Lions by 8 points. 40-32 is NOT domination.
    Bears DOMINATE the Lions. 13-5 in less than a decade. Lions just get lucky every once in a while.

    Jordy makes sense yes, but you make no sense what so ever….

  74. tokyosandblaster says: Oct 15, 2013 11:44 PM

    The Lions did dominate the Bears. The final score was not indicative of how badly the bears were destroyed.

    Then, the Packers dominated the Lions.

    And Chi01town still thinks the Bears are better than the Lions and Packers.

    That kind of stupid used to get people burned at the stake.

  75. lovethelions says: Oct 16, 2013 12:11 AM

    Excuse me, but it’s not October 12th anymore…and the Lions are leading the NFC North! Get used to it…because we’re going to the Playoffs! :)

    And the Bears lost to us, because we’re a better team.

    We lost to Packers, because Megatron was out, injured.

    He was back last Sunday…and we’re ruling the division…again!

    Go Lions!!!

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