Urlacher: Packers team to beat in NFC North this year

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers talks with Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher during a television timeout in the third quarter of their game Sunday, September 25, 2011 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill. The Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears 27-17. MARK HOFFMAN/MHOFFMAN@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Photo: Image by Mark Hoffman

Urlacher: Packers team to beat in NFC North this year

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Jul 18, 2013

LAKE TAHOE, Calif. - It appears that a former Chicago Bears superstar linebacker is picking his archrival to own the NFC North again.

Brian Urlacher, who was 9-18 as a Bear against the Packers, tells NFL.com, "The Packers, until someone knocks them off...as long as No. 12's the quarterback, they're going to be the team to beat."

He also cited the Minnesota Vikings as a team that will bring a major challenge in the division, as they did in 2012.

"The Vikings are good, they got better again this year."

He even said that he was rooting for the Bears, but "they better not win the championship without me, 'cause then I'll be really p---ed."

Urlacher is taking part in a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Calif., one often frequented by Aaron Rodgers and a plethora of former Packers.

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