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Thursday Open Thread: NFC North race is wide open in 2016

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Join us below for a Thursday Open Thread!

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The NFC North was incredibly competitive with the top two spots this season, with the Minnesota Vikings (11-5) playing well all season and unseating the Green Bay Packers (10-6) for the divisional crown.

But the bottom two teams were better than their records indicated... The Detroit Lions (7-9) and Chicago Bears (6-10) played some good football in 2015, and showed enough flash to at least spark some discussion about a successful 2016.

Both the Bears and the Lions have some overhauling to do on their rosters, but each of them also have some pieces in place that they can build around. Of course the biggest spotlight for the Lions right now is on wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who is contemplating retirement at the moment.

With the Vikings surging under Teddy Bridgewater as their starting quarterback, and the Bears and Lions showing potential for 2016, the NFC North could end up being just as competitive, if not more, than any other division in the league next season. And when you pair that with the fact that the Bears schedule will be among the easiest in 2016, it will be interesting to see how things shake out.

How do you see 2016 unfolding? What direction do you think each team in the NFC North will go?

This is your Thursday morning Open Thread... Have fun!