The NFL season is just around the corner with the Packers first exhibition game coming up August 9 against the Tennessee Titans.

The home opener on Sunday September 9 will mark the historic start of the Packers' 100th season. It seems only fitting they host 'da Bears. (Wanna see it in person? Hop on board the Party Express! CLICK HERE for details)

So how do the experts see things lining up this year? Lets check in with Sports Illustrated for a sneak peek into the 2018-19 NFC North:

MINNESOTA VIKINGS: 13–3

Jaymz Larson is the KRNA loyal Vikings fan. The Vikings' top-ranked defense from a year ago got even better in the off-season with the addition of Sheldon Richardson and rookie corner Mike Hughes. Following a career year from Case Keenum, the offense got a quarterback in Kirk Cousins who could get the Vikings its third NFC North crown in four years.

GREEN BAY PACKERS: 12–4*

Mike Ferris is the die-hard KRNA Packers fan. According to SI, as long as Aaron Rodgers is healthy, the Packers will reach the playoffs. The Packers finally have a legitimate No. 1 tight end in Jimmy Graham and a great blocker at the position in Marcedes Lewis.

DETROIT LIONS: 8–8

No one at KRNA likes the Lions, but since they're in the division, we'll assign them to Micki Slick as punishment for being a Dallas Cowboys fan. QB Matt Stafford has played a high level the past two 9-7 seasons, the receiving group has gotten better and the 27th-ranked defense from a year ago should improve immediately under the former Pats defensive coordinator. But the Lions are clearly the third-best team in this tough division.

CHICAGO BEARS: 4–12

Good ol' Eric Stone will cheer on 'da Bears, because, he too, is an underdog. Chicago brought in Taylor Gabriel, Allen Robinson and Trey Burton to help their second-year quarterback Mitch Trubisky. The offensive line took a big hit losing guard Josh Sitton and the defense, while improved with Roquan Smith at linebacker, still needs to find a pass rush. It may take one more year for this group to gel.