NFL Week 3 Power Rankings: NFC North


At 1-1, no NFC North team is completely satisfied with its start to the 2012 season. All told, however, none of them should have much argument with their status in ESPN.com's Week 3 Power Rankings. Three of our teams are still ranked among the top 13. The details:

4. Green Bay Packers

Trending: Up one after last Thursday's 23-10 victory over the Chicago Bears.

Comment: The San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons are the only teams ranked ahead of the Packers. That sounds about right at the moment.

12. Chicago Bears

Trending: Down four after last Thursday's meltdown at Lambeau Field.

Comment: I'm surprised the Bears didn't fall further after quarterback Jay Cutler revealed he can still lose control in adverse situations.

13. Detroit Lions

Trending: Unchanged after a 27-19 loss to the now top-ranked 49ers.

Comment: The Lions are 1-1 with an offense that admittedly hasn't hit its stride yet. A victory in San Francisco would have been difficult regardless. Damage minimized.

29. Minnesota Vikings

Trending: Down one after a 23-20 loss to the now No. 28-ranked Indianapolis Colts.

Comment: At this point, our power rankings view the Vikings more poorly than every team but the Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns. Yikes.