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NFC North Rundown: Vikings extend Danielle Hunter to maintain pass rush

For a second straight year, Minnesota inked a new contract with a productive internal pass rusher who gives NFC North quarterbacks anxiety.

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If there’s one thing the Green Bay Packers are hoping to discover with a new defensive coordinator this upcoming season, it’s increased pass rush. After plugging holes in the secondary with high-end draft picks, the Packers are hoping Mike Pettine can bring effectiveness in getting to the quarterback from the likes of newcomer Muhammad Wilkerson and last year’s roster holdovers.

But in Minnesota, the Vikings are just looking to maintain what has become a lethal level of production from its starting defensive ends. After securing Everson Griffen for four more seasons last July, Minnesota locked up Danielle Hunter for another five seasons this June. The pair of ends have combined for 40.5 sacks over the last two seasons, helping the Vikings’ defense become one of the league’s best.

More on Hunter’s new deal, as well as how Allen Robinson can both directly and indirectly help the pass offense in Chicago in today’s divisional rundown.

Detroit Lions

Detroit Lions may regret giving up on Laken Tomlinson, Eric Ebron

Two relatively recent former first round picks have seen their way out of Detroit in each of the last two years. But did the Lions give up too quickly?

Lions’ offense could benefit from improved pass protection

Matthew Stafford was sacked 47 times last season, second-most in the NFL. After using 10 starting combinations on the offensive line last year, health and consistency will play a large factor in 2018 for an otherwise potent passing offense.

Detroit Lions: Could T.J. Lang be out of Detroit in 2019?

In what may be a premature notion, this article outlines the potential growth of rookie fifth round pick Tyrell Crosby to replace Lang amid the former Packer’s injury-riddled 2018 campaign.

Chicago Bears

Bears 2018 training camp preview: Allen Robinson sets Chicago apart

The return from injury for a 2016 star may help lift Chicago’s pass offense and create production for its other two receiving additions in the offseason.

The Evolution of Fangio’s Defensive Fronts

The predominant 3-4 defensive coordinator employed a number of different packages last season, including a surprisingly consistent 4-3 front against the Packers.

Trubisky ranks sixth in NFL jersey sales

A big season is expected from the second-year Bears quarterback, who is one of three quarterbacks in the recent top six of league jersey sales.

Minnesota Vikings

Hunter’s extension shows importance Vikings place on pass-rushers

The Vikings locked up Hunter on a five-year extension ahead of his fourth pro season, providing stability on each end of the defensive line.

Percy Harvin Takes His Battle With Anxiety Public as He Gets Closer to Internal Peace

The former Viking Harvin details his struggles with anxiety, which went hand-in-hand with the migraines that impacted his pro career. Harvin labeled his time in Minnesota as some of his best years because of the level of understanding the organization had toward his ailment.

Vikings to induct late coach Dennis Green into Ring of Honor

The head coach that led Minnesota to four division titles and two NFC Championship Games will have his place in the Ring of Honor during halftime of a game against the Buffalo Bills this season.