Power Rankings after the first weekend of the season by ESPN and CBS Sports.
ESPN’s PowerRankings after week 1:
Green Bay Packers -2 to #8
Chicago Bears -8 to #18
Minnesota Vikings +9 to #17
Detroit Lions +5 to #13
CBS Sports PowerRankings after week 1:
Green Bay Packers -4 to #6
Chicago Bears -9 to #23
Minnesota Vikings +7 to #20
Detroit Lions +4 to #12
The Packers moving down two spots in the ESPN ranking is fitting given their performance against Seattle. They didn’t have many answers for the Seahawk’s overall team speed, and I’ll go ahead and say it, greater motivation. It just looked like Seattle wanted the game more
To us, the biggest surprise is also the biggest mover, the Vikings. They did beat the Rams 34-6 but we also saw when the Packers played the Rams in the preseason, the Rams are not a very good football team right now.
It can be said the Bears moving -8 spots on the ESPN ranking also seems like a big move and, while it is, having the Bears in the top 10 coming off having the leagues worst rush defense in 2013 was a bit of a stretch to begin with. They should have started the season ranked more in the 12-14 range which would make their current rank of #18 less dramatic and more fitting considering their defensive issues.
ESPN ranking the Lions at #13 is about right. We expect to see the Lions #2 in the division at the end of the year. Assuming the defense and Stafford don’t both implode like last season, there’s no reason to think the Lions aren’t clearly better than Minnesota and game or two better than Chicago.
What’s your take?