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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Power ranking agreement in the NFC North

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Before we get into our weekly breakdown of ESPN.com's weekly power rankings, NFC North style, a word about my vote on Indianapolis.

As you can see over on Mike Sando's NFC West blog, I dragged the Colts down to No. 12 overall by ranking them No. 23 on my ballot. The Colts had the second-highest disparity among voters.

I know it's a low vote for Tony Dungy, Peyton Manning, et al, but I'm OK with it. The Colts are one of the bigger mysteries in the NFL right now, having lost two games at home and needing a near-miracle to defeat Minnesota at the Metrodome. I don't see them as a playoff team right now. But things could change in a week. That's the beauty of power rankings.

The NFC North, meanwhile, is settling into familiar positions: Green Bay in the top 10, Minnesota and Chicago somewhere in the middle and Detroit near the bottom. This week, we'll take a look at the median ranking of each NFC North team, which provides a composite look at how the collective views each team. (The actual ranking is based on the average of the 12 votes and can be more heavily influenced by a wide range of votes.)

If I remember my high school math, the median is the midpoint ranking between each team's highest and lowest vote. (Smart people, feel free to correct or check behind me on this). This is a long way of showing you there isn't too much difference of opinion on where each NFC North team should be.

GREEN BAY PACKERS

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

CHICAGO BEARS

DETROIT LIONS