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Sunday open thread: How would you rank the NFC North?

Where do the Lions rank?

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The Lions currently rank third in the NFC North but make a solid case for being the best team in the division. Despite the loss to Kansas City, they took them all the way down to the final minutes of the game and had a chance to spoil their undefeated streak and hand them their first loss of the season. Their two wins on the season were against two very good teams in the Los Angeles Chargers and Philadelphia Eagles, with the latter coming as a win on the road.

Chicago and Green Bay are tied for the division lead but have their weaknesses. The Packers have struggled to get the offense going and while the defense has been very good overall, they also let up 34 points against the Eagles a week ago. Chicago’s defense is still dominant and much more consistent, though the offense is still an absolute mess.

In Minnesota, the confidence level is low. While the defense is still a strength, the offense is extremely one-dimensional with no passing attack. It’s safe to say that they look like the worst team in the division so far.

Today’s Question of the Day is.

How would you rank the NFC North after the first quarter?

My answer: Go Lions, baby.

1. Detroit Lions
2. Green Bay Packers
3. Chicago Bears
4. Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings have a lot to figure out offensively and aren’t nearly as dominant defensively as Chicago, so I think they are an easy choice for the worst team in the division so far. Chicago also seems pretty vulnerable right now. The Bears will always be a threat with their elite defense, but their offense is so bad that most teams should be able to hang with them. I also believe that the Lions should beat the Packers in their upcoming game and match up well against them, so I give the slight edge to the Lions currently.

Your turn.

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