NFL Week 3 Power Rankings: NFC North

September, 18, 2012
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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.

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