Besides just being the best quarterback in the division hands down, he's pretty much the best QB in the NFL. He threw for 38 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions. He averaged 8.4 yards per attempt, a 65.6% completion percentage, and he threw for 4,381 yards. Of course, he also won the division for the fourth consecutive season and has now made the playoffs six years in a row.
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Matt Forte (Bears RB)
While the Bears may have had an awful and forgettable season, their stud in the backfield certainly had yet another very good year. Forte was essentially the lone bright spot on Chicago's offense. Matt rushed for 1,038 yards and six touchdowns, and caught 102 passes for 808 receiving yards and four touchdowns. He also had 1,846 yards from scrimmage.
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Eddie Lacy (Packers RB)
Lacy rushed for 1,139 yards and nine touchdowns and was a real weapon out of the backfield in the passing game. He got better and better as the 2014 season went on, and was the only individual rusher to gain 100 yards against the Lions defense this season. Lacy is tough, and he's a gamer. Considering that Adrian Peterson played one game this season before his suspension, Lacy was hands down the second best back in the North this year after Matt Forte.
Jordy Nelson (Packers WR)
One of the members of the Packers' dynamic duo at wide receiver along with Randall Cobb. He was Aaron Rodgers' and the All-NFC North team's primary wide out choice in 2014. He had 98 receptions for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns. His presence alone opened things up for his teammates, such as Cobb and rookie Davante Adams. That alone is as valuable as his actual statistical contributions.
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Golden Tate (Lions WR)
Randall Cobb fans will have something to say about him not showing up on this list considering his great season, but Tate's numbers were nothing to sneeze at. He played all 16 games for Detroit, was targeted 144 times, had 99 receptions for 1,331 receiving yards for an average of 13.4 yards per reception as well as four touchdown catches. He also had 1,361 yards from scrimmage. Most importantly, he provided a vital security blanket for Matthew Stafford during a 2014 season when top target Calvin Johnson missed games, was banged up, and was also not as explosive as in years past. Tate's 2013 Super Bowl run with the Seahawks rubbed off on his play in 2014, as he helped lead the Lions to 11 wins.
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Martellus Bennett (Bears, TE)
Bennett was the best of a mediocre bunch at the tight end position within the division this year. He had 90 receptions for 916 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns, and he was one of the most targeted players on the Bears offense in 2014. Along with teammate Matt Forte, he was one of the most consistent bright spots on an otherwise inconsistent and bleak Chicago offense. Now, like Forte, he gets to be one of several studs on the 2014 All-NFC North offense.
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Jermon Bushrod (Bears T)
Bushrod was healthy for most of the year, and was very good in 2014, as were most of his offensive line mates in Chicago. Jermon is one of several good tackles in this division, and his inclusion here is saying something, particulary in an NFC North whose member teams were adept in the trenches on offense.
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Josh Sitton (Packers G)
The seven-year veteran played through a lot of pain in 2014, but he was easily one of the best guards in the North. He and this Packers' o-line really came together in 2014, and he helped keep his team's maestro (Aaron Rodgers) upright, and his team's tank (Eddie Lacy) rolling all year long.
Corey Linsley (Packers C)
The rookie center was thrown into the fire early this season, and he succeded with flying colors. Linsley improved by leaps and bounds as the season went on, and now he's one of Aaron Rodger's favorite, and most crucial, teammates.
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Vladimir Ducasse (Vikings G)
Ducasse was still a bit raw when he came to the Vikings via the Jets in free agency last March. He took his lumps during the season and proved to be a pretty good offensive lineman as he (and his linemates) protected young QB Teddy Bridgewater all year long during Teddy's stellar rookie season.
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Bryan Bulaga (Packers, T)
Bulaga was finally healthy this season, and his presence at right tackle opened things up for Eddie Lacy in the running game, and he helped keep Aaron Rodgers clean and out of chaos in 2014. Bulaga's availability was a major difference, and he was an x-factor for a Packers line that was much better in 2014 then it had been in years past.