NFC North Power Rankings: Week 2

Sep 8, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) faces San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) after the sack during the third quarter at Candlestick Park. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Green Bay Packers 34-28. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

After a controversial start to the Da Windy City’s power rankings in week 1, Da Windy City is set to release the power rankings for the NFC North division entering week 2.

On Sunday, the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears won their season-openers while the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings lost their respective games.

With that said, here are the week 2 power rankings for the NFC North.

  1. Green Bay Packers (Last Week: 1)- The Packers may have lost on Sunday to the San Francisco 49ers, but if anything, Green Bay proved all the pre-season criticism to be wrong. Green Bay’s offensive line also proved to be up to task as Rodgers was only sacked two times on Sunday. The rematch between Green Bay and San Francisco is one we can expect to see in January.
  2. Detroit Lions (3)- Reggie Bush has added a higher threat level to the Lions offense. Bush had 191 yards from scrimmage on Sunday as the Vikings had no answer for his rushing and receiving abilities. The Lions defense was also impressive as they held Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson under 100 rushing yards while picking off Vikings’ quarterback Christian Ponder three times.
  3. Chicago Bears (2)- The Bears won against the Bengals on Sunday, but they struggled at times in doing so. The Bears defensive packs struggled in pass coverage against Bengals’ wide receiver A.J. Green and the team’s defensive line failed to generate any type of pressure on Bengals’ quarterback Andy Dalton. Jay Cutler and the Bears’ offense, however, did show an improvement in the second half of their game on Sunday after struggling in the first half.
  4. Minnesota Vikings (4)- Adrian Peterson was responsible for 21 of the Vikings’ 24 points on Sunday; Christian Ponder was responsible for all 4 of the Vikings’ turnovers. As stated last week, Peterson is not going to be enough for the Vikings to return to the playoffs this season. Case in point on Sunday when Peterson scored three touchdowns, but poor play by the Vikings’ quarterback and defense resulted in the loss.

Topics: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Nfc North

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  • Moveguy

    Good honest breakdown of the teams.