Tuesday, March 19, 2013
NFL Power Rankings: NFC North
By Kevin Seifert
PHOENIX -- Mostly on the strength of adding NFC North castoffs, the Seattle Seahawks sit atop ESPN.com's latest offseason Power Rankings. Let's take a look at how the regrouping NFC North fared in the voting:
6. Green Bay Packers
Comment: The Packers usually go unnoticed in March because of their limited forays into free agency. But at this point, they remain the voting committee's favorite to win the NFC North in 2013.
11. Chicago Bears
Comment: Voters are naturally impressed with the Bears' free-agency haul, one that gave them a legitimate left tackle in Jermon Bushrod and a multi-use tight end in Martellus Bennett. Questions remain at right tackle and linebacker, but generally speaking, voters see the Bears as a playoff team.
17. Minnesota Vikings
Comment: There was widespread disagreement on the Vikings, one of the surprise teams of 2012. Dan Graziano ranked them No. 10, while Jamison Hensley ranked them No. 22. That 12-place disparity was the largest in this power-ranking edition.
22. Detroit Lions
Comment: The Lions have moved up six spots from the postseason edition of the Power Rankings after signing at least two new starters and retaining three core defensive players. But left tackle Jeff Backus' retirement is one of a number of remaining holes.