NFC North links: Schedule reaction

Chicago Bears

ESPNChicago.com's Michael C. Wright breaks down the Bears' 2013 schedule, and Wright and colleague Jeff Dickerson make week-by-week predictions for Bears games.

The Chicago Tribune's writes also make week-by-week picks.

Marc Trestman's West Coast offense could help overcome pass protection issues by emphasizing quick throws, writes the Tribune's Brad Biggs. "You create plays that ask [Jay Cutler] to get rid of the ball quicker," offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer said. "When you ask him time after time to throw the ball down the field without changing the protection scheme, he's going to hold the ball at times. We need to get the ball out of our hand quickly. We need to do a good job of inside/out protecting him and just get a plan of attack for him."

The Bears' offense is picking up the tempo in practices -- especially between plays, writes the Tribune's Dan Pompei.

Detroit Lions

Defensive end Lawrence Jackson, a free agent who has spent the past three seasons with Detroit, was set to visit the Vikings Thursday, reports Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times.

Justin Rogers of Mlive.com has compiled 24 mock drafts and a consensus has built behind the Lions taking an offensive tackle in the first round of next week's draft.

Predictions on the Lions' season from The Detroit News. More predictions from the Detroit Free Press' Drew Sharp.

Linebacker Stephen Tulloch has been impressed by defensive lineman Nick Fairley's offseason focus, reports the Free Press' Dave Birkett.

Green Bay Packers

A breakdown of the Packers' "brutal" schedule from the Green Bay Press Gazette's Mike Vandermause. Another look at the schedule from the Press Gazette's Rob Demovsky.

First impressions on each game on the Packers' schedule from Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Minnesota Vikings

Former Colts and Lions cornerback Jacob Lacey visited the Vikings recently, writes ESPN1500.com's Tom Pelissero.

A preview of the top defensive line prospects in this year's draft from the Star Tribune's Dan Wiederer.

A game-by-game look at the 2013 schedule from Wiederer and from Ben Goessling of the Pioneer Press.