NFC North power rankings: Where do Packers stand ahead of 2018 season?

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 23: Kenny Clark
GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 23: Kenny Clark /
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GREEN BAY, WI – DECEMBER 23: Kenny Clark
GREEN BAY, WI – DECEMBER 23: Kenny Clark /

The latest NFC North power rankings ahead of the 2018 season.

The division could be the most competitive it’s been in some time. Rewind to 2012 when the Chicago Bears finished third and missed out on the playoffs with a 10-6 record. Those days might not be so far away.

The Bears have made a number of improvements this offseason, particularly on offense. With second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, can they become playoff contenders?

What about the Detroit Lions? The Lions have been an average team for a number of years, occasionally doing enough to earn a wild-card berth, while falling just short other seasons. Matthew Stafford is a very good quarterback, and for that reason it’s fair to say the Lions have been underachieving.

The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings have been the division’s top two teams in recent years, and have traded division titles over the past four seasons. Looking ahead, it’s likely one of these two clubs will win the NFC North in 2018.

Minnesota spent big to sign quarterback Kirk Cousins this offseason, while Green Bay focused on strengthening its defense. The Vikings have a stronger overall roster, but the Packers have Aaron Rodgers.

It promises to be an interesting year in the NFC North. Here in June, who leads the power rankings?