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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.

Rodgers did something similar to “run the table” two years ago

“I will never bet against him when he’s like that. He’s playing at a level where he can compensate for the shortcomings defensively, the almost nonexistence of a running game. He can compensate and put them into a position to win a Super Bowl.”

“I knew what I was doing,” Aaron Rodgers said about the bold prediction he made after the Packers’ Week 11 loss to the Redskins. “I was hoping to take some of the pressure off of some of the guys and put it on myself.”

“The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” is a business book. It’s about the problems teams face as they try to “row together.” Rodgers calls it a “phenomenal read for anybody in a leadership position.”

“One [part] that especially talked to me about this team,” Rodgers said, “was communication and conflict and being comfortable having issues with teammates and resolving them and moving forward in a positive way and not having that fear of conflict, which I think alienates and isolates individuals. Being comfortable talking to people and letting them talk to you about issues they have and being constructive and positive in your reaction to that.”

Rodgers did something similar to “run the table” two years ago, after Green Bay started 1-2 and the town was in a panic. He went on his then-weekly radio show, “Tuesdays with Aaron,” and spelled out the word, “R-E-L-A-X.” The Packers won 11 of their next 13 games, earned a first-round bye and beat Dallas in the divisional round before losing at Seattle in the NFC Championship Game.

“I don’t think it gets recognized, the leadership and type of teammate he is,” McCarthy said. “If there’s ever a period of time that exemplifies it, it’s right now.”