NFC North teams are facing the NFC South this season.

That and having to face Aaron Rodgers twice help explain why Chicago, Minnesota and Detroit rank among the top five for hardest opposing QB schedules.

The Chiefs play nine games against QBs ranked higher than Alex Smith in the QB tiers survey. My projection has them winning five of the nine, including home games against the Chargers, Raiders, Steelers and Redskins. The 10-win projection includes the Chiefs sweeping the Chargers, which they have done each of the past three seasons.

Tight end is a position that you can spend up for a great player such as Rob Gronkowski, but I prefer to save a little money here. Gronk isn’t on the main Sunday slate in Week 1, so Greg Olsen sits on top of the salary list at $6,200. I’ll look down the list and not see all that much difference in his projection and that of Delanie Walker or Zach Ertz, who are $2,000 to $3,000 cheaper. Save that money and spend it at running back and wide receiver.

“When he was here, we couldn’t tackle him and now, it’s a must,” Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes said.

The Vikings have the advantage of knowing Peterson’s tendencies, certain moves he may try to utilize in various situations. Even still, knowing how Peterson carves up defenses doesn’t offer the knowledge of how to stop him in live action.

“Everyone has their weaknesses, but end of the day, him running that ball, him getting to the outside, him breaking a few tackles — once he gets going, it’s over,” Rhodes said.

Should Peterson break past the Vikings’ defensive front and into subsequent levels, Rhodes could be tasked with trying to stop his former teammate. The Pro Bowl corner says he doesn’t talk a lot of trash on the field, but will make an exception to his own rule come Monday.
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