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Packers power rankings, Week 10: Green Bay falls below Minnesota

Have the Packers lost control of the NFC North?

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As expected, the Green Bay Packers' second consecutive loss of the season has pushed them further down in the power rankings. What some may not have anticipated is just how far, and behind which teams. According to SB Nation's weekly NFL power index, Green Bay now ranks below the division rival Minnesota Vikings.

The Packers and Vikings both own identical records of 6-2. The biggest difference between the two is how they got there. Green Bay won their first six games heading into their bye week, but has lost their two games since. Meanwhile, Minnesota lost two of its first four games but went gone on a four-game winning streak. This sets up for an exciting showdown in two weeks at TCF Bank Stadium.

As for the rest of the division, the Chicago Bears (No. 25) have moved up slightly following their 22-19 victory over the San Diego Chargers. The Detroit Lions remain in dead last.

Other sites vary greatly on how to rank the Packers entering Week 10. Both and USA Today list them as a top 5 team. Yahoo! Sports isn't quite so favorable, but still has Green Bay at No. 6 and above Minnesota. However, Fox Sports thinks the team has lost its way, placing it at No. 12.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an NFL writer for SB Nation and Sports on Earth and is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America.