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Preseason Week 1 Around The NFC North

I didn't watch any week 1 preseason games except the Packers, so I've got nothing to add beyond the box scores. The most important thing is to stay healthy, which some teams are having troubles with.

Detroit 13, NY Giants 10. The only NFC North team with a win. QB David Carr is trying to win the backup job in New York and went 10-13 for 104 yards and a TD. It never looks good when Carr has a good line against you. The big story for Detroit was the awful play of 1st round pick T Gosder Cherilus. He might be penalty prone, but after watching the Packers try numerous rookies/first time starters on the line in the past three years, it's reasonable to expect some struggles. This week, QB Jon Kitna is not happy, and WR Roy Williams is not practicing.

Kansas City 24, Chicago 20. Watching the highlights, Chicago's offensive line and defensive line looked good, unfortunately Kansas City's offensive line is one of the worst in the NFL, so that doesn't mean much. RB P.J. Pope was Chicago's leading receiver and he was on the Packers practice squad for most of the 2006 season. Unfortunately for fantasy football fans, Chicago might be looking to split carries between 2nd year RB Garrett Wolfe and rookie RB Matt Forte. The biggest problems in Chicago are that their 1st round pick, LT Chris Williams, is hurting, and they are watching out for the injury bug on defense.

Seattle 34, Minnesota 17. QB Tavaris Jackson looked good on the highlights, and got the ball to their big free agent pickup, WR Bernard Berrian. Minnesota was killed by 5 turnovers, but all of them came from backups except for a fumble by starting TE Visanthe Shiancoe. The biggest problem is that they've lost their other big free agent signing, S Madieu Williams, for a few weeks, and they may have to start combing the scraps in free agency for a veteran safety.