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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
NFL Week 8 Power Rankings: NFC North

By Kevin Seifert

Let's take a glance at ESPN.com's Week 8 Power Rankings as we speed-blog through our Tuesday:

5. Chicago Bears
Trending: Up one after a 13-7 victory over the Lions.
Comment: The Bears are 5-1, trailing a pair of 5-2 teams in this poll. Would you rank them above the New York Giants or San Francisco 49ers? I could make an argument to leapfrog the 49ers, but this is one of many weeks where I'm glad not to have a vote.

7. Green Bay Packers
Trending: Up one after a 30-20 victory over the St. Louis Rams.
Comment: The general feel, at least before Charles Woodson's collar bone injury, was that the Packers are headed in the right direction.

9. Minnesota Vikings
Trending: Up one after a 21-14 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
Comment: The Vikings are perhaps one more victory from being ducks.

19. Detroit Lions
Trending: No change after Monday night's game.
Comment: The Lions are another loss or two away from season extinction.