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ESPN Week Fourteen NFL Power Rankings: Things That Make You Go "Hmmmmmmm"

The good folks at ESPN have released their Week 14 Power Rankings for the National Football League, and to say that they’re a bit strange in regards to the NFC North would be a bit of an understatement.

First off, the not quite so unusual part. . .apparently the folks at the four-letter weren’t all that impressed with Minnesota’s victory over Buffalo on Sunday, as they’ve left the Vikings at the same spot they were last week, number 23 overall. They did, however, manage to ignore everything about the team’s performance outside of their favorite Vikings-related subject.

The Brett Favre drama never ends. Only the angles change.

Well, that’s why they’re the Worldwide Leader™, you know.

The stranger part comes at the top of the NFC North, where both the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers won this week. The Bears are a game ahead of Green Bay in the standings, and have beaten them head-to-head this season as well.

So, naturally, ESPN has Green Bay ranked seventh overall. . .one spot ahead of the Bears. They flip-flopped spots, with the Packers moving up after their win over San Francisco and the Bears moving down after their win against Detroit.

Wait. . .that doesn’t really make any sense at all. Unless, of course, you take into consideration the fact that ESPN, along with every other media outlet in America, gave the Packers a bye into the Super Bowl as the NFC’s representative and engraved Aaron Rodgers’ name onto the MVP trophy back in about June. Then it makes perfect sense.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.