The NFC North belongs to the Green Bay Packers, and they’re a serious Super Bowl contender because of their defense.

“I think there’s more work to be done, and I think that we can do more work,” cornerback Jaire Alexander told The Athletic’s Matt Schneidman last week. “But Super Bowl-level defense? Psshh, I like to think so, of course.”

Think for a second about the transition Green Bay underwent.

Aaron Rodgers is arguably the most naturally gifted quarterback in NFL history. But he’s not the driving force behind the Packers.

Running back Aaron Jones is the offensive focal point and deserves so much credit for developing into a feature back and providing one of the most productive seasons in franchise history.