As training camp approaches, SI.com goes around the league and asks 10 key questions for each division.
1. Could the Vikings be better off without Randy Moss?
On paper, there's no way you can subtract perhaps the game's most feared playmaker and make the case that you're more dangerous. But with Moss, it's also impossible to quantify just how much the distraction factor had grown to overshadow his game-changing impact. Without the Moss headache, maybe head coach MikeTice does his best work yet in Minnesota, and quarterback Daunte Culpepper is free of trouble in his own huddle. Whatever the outcome, it makes for the supposition of the year in the NFL.
2. Is the Packers run of three consecutive division titles about to end?
Minnesota looks greatly improved. Detroit seems young, hungry and ready to take another step. And Chicago has legitimate hope of doing better than last year's 5-11 effort. The Packers? Well, the signs have been mostly dismal this offseason. Receiver Javon Walker, defensive tackle Grady Jackson and tight end Bubba Franks all might be camp holdouts, the quality offensive line lost two standout guards in Mike Wahle and Marco Rivera, and that 25th-ranked defense doesn't have much reason to believe things will be different in 2005. And BrettFavre's a year older, too.
3. Can the Lions throw enough passes to keep all three of their first-round receivers happy?
Charles Rogers in 2003. Roy Williams in 2004. And now Mike Williams in 2005. In Detroit, everyone's a No. 1 receiver. If the Lions can keep all three healthy and on the field -- and Mr. Rogers (only six games in two seasons), we're looking in your direction -- their passing game could be an embarrassment of riches. But Detroit can't just go three-deep on every snap and forget about running back Kevin Jones, who rushed for 1,133 yards as a star rookie in 2004. In the best-case scenario, the Lions will have proverbial nice problem on their hands.
4. Is this a make-or-break season for Bears general manager Jerry Angelo?
Since the Bears' 13-3 division-winning magic carpet ride of 2001, when Angelo was hired a little more than a month before training camp opened, not much has gone right in the Angelo administration. And the natives are getting restless. Chicago is 16-32 over the course of the past three seasons, and last year, when four different quarterbacks saw playing time, the Bears finished dead last in offense and passing. If there's not improvement during head coach LovieSmith's second season, the buck is going to start stopping on Angelo's desk.