8: Green Bay Packers
Surprised to see the Packers smack dab in the middle of our NFC Power Rankings? You shouldn’t be. Some NFL media members are preparing for a bottom-out in Green Bay, but new starting quarterback Jordan Love is talented and can steer the ship in Aaron Rodgers’ absence. The Packers are a good roster and will be just fine in life after Rodgers.
7: Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings surprised some by winning the NFC North in 2022. Yours truly expected a 10-win campaign from Minnesota, and I see the same thing happening again this season. Kirk Cousins has another year or two of high-level play, and the addition of Jordan Addison will boost the offense even more. If the Vikings stay healthy on defense, they’ll be tough competition in the NFC.
6: New York Giants
Head coach Brian Daboll transformed the Giants into a playoff squad in only one season at the helm. Daboll coached up Daniel Jones and got respectable play out of the once-thought-bust at quarterback. New York’s roster is one of the best in the conference, and it only got better this offseason thanks to a home run draft class by general manager Joe Schoen. In a stacked division, the Giants are on an upward trajectory in these NFC Power Rankings.
5: Detroit Lions
Depending on who you ask, this is either extremely bold or it is the chalk pick in the NFC North. The Lions were alive in the playoff chase deep into the season, only being eliminated in the final weeks. Detroit chose to stick with Jared Goff at quarterback, using its resources to bolster the roster instead. Whether or not Goff is the long-term solution, this roster is ready to go on a playoff run right now.