Sep 15, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb celebrates with fans after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against the Washington Redskins at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

NFC Power Rankings: Green Bay Packers Still Atop Entering Week 3

Through two weeks of the NFL Season, no team has truly identified themselves as one of the top tier teams in the league.

If any team has come close to that designation, it may be the Green Bay Packers. The Packers were effective in their loss against the San Francisco 49ers in week 1, and defeated the Washington Redskins in convincing fashion this past Sunday.

That would be why for the third week in a row, the Packers sit atop the NFC North power rankings.

  1. Green Bay Packers-The Packers latest display of strength came against the Washington Redskins on Sunday. There is no question that Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense has been in elite form to begin the season, but what perhaps is more impressive, is how the Packers’ defense has played. Not only are the Packers the clear candidate to win the NFC North division, but at this point, they may be the favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.
  2. Chicago Bears-The Chicago Bears’ offense has finally reached modern times and that has been what led the team to starting the season 2-0. Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler has impressed in the Bears’ first two games this season, and make no mistake about it, the Bears are now a team led by their offense. But, there are questions on the Bears’ defense. Despite the fact that Bears had the clear statistical advantage over the Vikings this past Saturday, the Bears’ defense never seemed to close the door on the Vikings’ offensive opportunities. That is going to be a problem for the Bears when they play teams such as the Packers.
  3. Detroit Lions-The Lions are in an interesting position. It’s too early to tell what kind of the team the Lions will be this season. The Lions were impressive in their victory against the Vikings in week 1, but should have won their game against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. After this week, the Lions have games coming up against the Packers and Bears. After those two games, the Lions position will be much more clear.
  4. Minnesota Vikings-The Vikings could have won their game against the Bears had they had a more capable quarterback. Christian Ponder was not overly bad against the Bears on Sunday, but the quarterback failed to take advantage of the opportunities that were given by the Bears’ defense. The fact remains, with Ponder as the quarterback, the Vikings won’t win many games this season.

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