Midterm power rankings for the NFC North

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Believe it or not, we’ve reached the halfway mark of the season.  Crazy, right?

Well, like I’ve done in the past, it’s time to rank the performance of the teams of the NFC North.  Remember, I don’t take these too seriously, I just like to have fun with them.

Some teams have surprised, some….. have not.  But either way, what first started off as a possible battle for the top of the division hasn’t really come to fruition.

There’s still a good amount of season left, and who knows what could happen.

Let’s get started….

Securing the number one spot are the Green Bay Packers. Was there any doubt? They really have been the NFC North’s most complete team. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been able to stay healthy and has returned to the MVP caliber player that has been missing the past couple of years.

Add to that the emergence of running back Aaron Jones, and defensive ends Za’darius Smith and Preston Smith, you’ve got a pretty complete team.

Next up…. Minnesota Vikings (yes, in my Lizzo voice… sorry, I can’t help it!). After a relativity slow start by QB Kirk Cousins, their offense seems to have gotten into a rhythm. While his numbers aren’t earth shattering, he’s getting the job done. He’s thrown for almost 2,000 yards, he has 13 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on the year. As Cousins has settled in, RB Dalvin Cook has been lights out, racking up over 800 yards with 9 touchdowns on 125 carries.

And while the offense has been great, the defense has held their own as well. They are currently 5th in the league in total defense. Not too shabby.

Coming in at 2a is going to be the Detroit Lions. Why, because these are my power rankings and I can do that! *wink*  But also because they were super close to beating the Packers in Lambeau and gave the rest of the league the code for slowing down the Kansas City Chiefs. They have been playing pretty well too.

QB Matthew Stafford is quietly putting up MVP numbers and is making the offense look pretty great. The defense is beat up and a little bit of a question mark, so that’s why the Lions are getting the 2a spot.

Last but not least, the Monsters of the Midway, the Chicago Bears. What was supposed to be a great season capitalizing on the progress made last year has turned into a disaster. OK, maybe not that bad, but it’s been tough going for the Bears. The offense has struggled to do anything very productive. Their run game has been anemic and their defense, while still serviceable, hasn’t lived up to expectations.

Oh by the way… their kicker, Eddy Pineiro, missed a couple field goals, the last one for a chance to win the game this week with only seconds left on the clock. So, they’ve really gone in reverse. Hopefully, they’ll get it all together really soon. But time is running out, especially if the Packers keep playing the way they have been.

Alright guys. Time to sit back and see what happens in the next half of the season. If you have any predictions, send them my way!!

 

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