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NFC North: D-line needs an upgrade

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Our position-by-position breakdown of the NFC North continues with the defensive line, where the Vikings are strong up front and the Packers are riddled with questions as they move into a 3-4.

The Green Bay Packers' defensive line went from strength in 2007 to weakness in 2008 to full-blown question mark heading into 2009. Can Ryan Pickett hold up as the nose tackle in Dom Capers' new 3-4 defense? Will the Packers re-sign free agent Colin Cole to add depth at the nose? Can Cullen Jenkins (chest) and Justin Harrell (back) be healthy enough to play end? Can Johnny Jolly avoid jail...

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