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Monday, December 24, 2012
NFL Week 17 Power Rankings: NFC North

By Kevin Seifert

The holiday week pushed ESPN.com's Week 17 Power Rankings up one day to Monday. Let's see how the NFC North fared:

4. Green Bay Packers
Trending: Up two after a 55-7 victory over the Tennessee Titans.
Comment: The Packers are peaking at the end of the season. That's usually a good thing for playoff teams.

12. Minnesota Vikings
Trending: Up three after a 23-6 victory over the Houston Texans.
Comment: The victory was the Vikings' first on the road over a team that currently has a winning record. Like the Packers, the Vikings are playing their best football in December.

13. Chicago Bears
Trending: Up one after a 28-13 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
Comment: The Bears will need help in order to avoid becoming just the second team since 1990 to miss the playoffs after a 7-1 start.

28. Detroit Lions
Trending: No change after the a 31-18 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Comment: This season can't end soon enough for the Lions.