With the 2009 season set to kick off in mere hours, here is how the NFC North stacks up on the defensive side of the ball. Defensive Line 1. Minnesota 2. Chicago 3. Green Bay 4. Detroit Minnesota is loaded up front, boasting the league's stingiest rushing defense and a fearsome pass rush as well. Pat and Kevin Williams are both space eating run-stuffers that make running up the middle a waste of time against Minnesota. Defensive end Jared Allen is one of the best in the NFL at getting to the quarterback, posting 30 sacks over the last two seasons. Left end Ray Edwards is reliable but not a big pass-rushing threat, registering only 13 sacks in three seasons. The Vikings aren't exceptionally deep up front and may struggle if the league's four game suspensions against both Pat and Kevin Will ...
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