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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
NFL Week 7 Power Rankings: NFC North

By Kevin Seifert

Ahhh. We're back where we belong. Yes, the NFC North has three teams back in the top 10 of's Week 7 Power Rankings. Let's take a closer look:

6. Chicago Bears
Trending: No change after a bye.
Comment: The power ranking nation will have its third opportunity in six games to see the Bears in prime time Monday. They are 1-1 so far this season in such games.

8. Green Bay Packers
Trending: Up four after a 42-24 victory over the previously-undefeated Houston Texans.
Comment: The Packers are hoping to finish a three-game road swing on a positive note in St. Louis, after which they'll have four of their next six games at Lambeau Field.

10. Minnesota Vikings
Trending: Down two after a 38-26 loss to the Washington Redskins.
Comment: Everyone is waiting for the air to scream out of this balloon, but's voters are giving them at least one more week before initiating a big drop.

19. Detroit Lions
Trending: Up one after a 26-23 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Comment: The Lions' big comeback didn't impress everyone. Voter Jamison Hensley placed them No. 25 and Ashley Fox had them at No. 21, preventing a bigger jump this week.