The NFL has finally reached its midway point of the year and the league still has trouble determining who the Super Bowl favorites are in each conference. There’s been chaos throughout the league that’s playing a role in division leaders not only separating themselves from the pack, but determining the strength of each of the eight divisions in the league.
The last time in Week 9 or later that four teams with .500-or-below records each defeated division leaders on the same day was Dec. 18, 2011 — which happened when the Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, and New York Giants all beat first-place teams Sunday. Five NFL divisions are led by a team that did not win its division last year. Three divisions have a team in first place or tied for first that missed the playoffs in 2020. 11 teams are over .500 in the AFC alone!
This chaos has shuffled the divisional power rankings heading into Week 10, as supremacy at the top has been challenged. The worst division in football also has a new owner.
Buckle up. This week’s divisional power rankings underwent a massive shift.
8. NFC North
Last week’s ranking: 6
Aaron Rodgers being unable to play hurt any chances of this division salvaging the inevitable fate of being the “worst division in football” after this week. The Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears each had their opportunities as well, but Minnesota blew a 14-point second half lead to the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago couldn’t salvage Justin Fields’ heroics late in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
This division going winless this week didn’t help — although it’s on brand since the NFC North boasts the only winless team in the NFL (Detroit Lions were off). Rodgers not playing against Kansas City didn’t lose too many points, even though the game was winnable for Green Bay.
The NFC North is 9-17 (.346 win percentage) in out-of-division games and 13-21 overall…