Sep 22, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett (80) catches a touchdown pass in front of Pittsburgh Steelers safety Shamarko Thomas (29) during the second half at Heinz Field. The Bears won the game, 40-23. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

NFC North Power Rankings: Chicago Bears Unseat Green Bay Packers

Week 3 may have been a pivotal week for the NFC North division.

Three weeks into the NFL season and you can make a case for every team in the NFC North division–with the exception of the Minnesota Vikings–why they deserve to be atop the NFC North power rankings.

Sep 22, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) rolls out against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEX Field. The Lions won 27 – 20. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

As for the Vikings, well, you can make a case at why they may be at the top of the next year’s draft selection.

With that said, lets take a look at the NFC North power rankings heading into week 4.

  1. Chicago Bears (last week: 2)-The Bears only get the top position because of their undefeated record. There is no doubt that the Bears did make a statement against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, but the fact remains that of all the undefeated teams in the NFL, the Bears are tied with the Miami Dolphins for having the lowest point differential of +21. Before their game against the Steelers, the Bears’ point differential was +4. That stat goes to show how vulnerable the Bears’ defense is. That defense is the reason why the Bears may not be sitting atop these same power rankings at the end of the season.
  2. Detroit Lions (3): The Lions appear to be headed in the right direction. The only thing that may slow the Lions’ down are injuries. Reggie Bush is expected to miss more time while wide receiver Nate Burleson is expected to be out for the foreseeable future after breaking his arm Tuesday morning. That being said, Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford is off to a terrific start to the season and the Lions’ defense has been impressive to this point as well.
  3. Green Bay Packers (1)-The expectation here is that the Packers still will be at the top of the division at the end of the season. If that is going to happen, the Packers need to get safety Morgan Burnett back onto the field. Burnett has been dealing with an injury and the Packers’ pass defense has suffered as a result from that. Where the Packers have the advantage over the Lions and Bears is at the quarterback position. Aaron Rodgers is not only the best quarterback in the NFC North, but a close second to Peyton Manning. Like Manning’s teams, any team that has Rodgers is going to find a way to win games.
  4. Minnesota Vikings (4)-The Vikings have yet to win this season and their latest loss was against the Cleveland Browns. At 0-and-3, the Vikings have essentially buried their chances of winning the division; and one would have to wonder how much longer Christian Ponder will be the team’s starting quarterback. Perhaps the Vikings can get renewed optimism once again next off-season after a draft with high positioning.

Tags: Aaron Rodgers Chicago Bears Detroit Lions Green Bay Packers Matthew Stafford Minnesota Vikings Nate Burleson Reggie Bush

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