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Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Our final power ranking

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

ESPN.com’s final power rankings are in, and we Black and Bluers finished with an expected dichotomy. We’re the only division with two teams among the top six, but on average we finished fourth among the eight divisions.

Minnesota finished at No. 3 and Green Bay is No. 6. But based on NFC West colleague Mike Sando’s calculations, here are how the top half of the divisions ranked overall:

1. AFC South (Average ranking: 13.4)
2. AFC North (14.5)
3. NFC East (15.1)
4. NFC North (15.6)

Below, take a look at the evolution of each NFC North team’s rankings through the year. It’s been real.

Minnesota Vikings
May: 14
July: 9
Week 1: 9
Week 8: 4
Final: 3

Green Bay Packers
May: 17
July: 17
Week 1: 11
Week 8: 13
Final: 6

Chicago Bears
May: 12
July: 13
Week 1: 11
Week 8: 18
Final: 22

Detroit Lions
May: 32
July: 32
Week 1: 32
Week 8: 26
Final: 31