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Green Bay Packers rise to top of updated NFL Power rankings

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Finishing up the NFL power rankings it is numbers eight to one.

8) Detroit Lions

With a strong win over the Bears on Thanksgiving day the Lions offense seems to have got itself back on track after two touchdown free games.

If the likes of Megatron, Joique Bell, Golden Tate and Matthew Stafford can keep this up then the sky, or at least the ceiling at Ford Field, is the limit. Especially given how good the DeAndre Levy and Ndamakung Suh led defense is.

7) Dallas Cowboys

With a great offensive line unit protecting Tony Romo as he throws to Dez Bryant and the same unit blasting open running lanes like dynamite for DeMarco Murray the Cowboys have a great offensive unit.

This strong offense will take them into the playoffs and past the NFC South winners they will now likely face in the first round. Sadly for Cowboys fans though, defensive weaknesses will stop them from going any further. If the Cowboys can't stop Mark Sanchez from 33 points at home then they certainly aren't going to stop the Seahawks or Packers.

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6) Indianapolis Colts

Having Trent Richardson and Daniel 'Boom' Herron as their running backs is ultimately going to be a weakness that the Colts cannot overcome.

Outside of the anemic running game though there is plenty to like about the Colts. In Andrew Luck they have the undisputed best young quarterback in the NFL and the Vontae Davis led defense is surprisingly strong.

The Colts don't get ranked higher though because whenever they play a team from outside of the AFC South, like the Patriots or Broncos, they get soundly beaten. They get ranked six though because when they play anyone else they soundly beat them.

5) Philadelphia Eagles

With LeSean McCoy coming into form and the defense and special teams chipping in with consistent touchdowns the Eagles are a constant touchdown threat.

Last week's game showed that they are a class above the Cowboys but you can't help but feel they aren't quite as good the Packers and Patriots of this world.

4) Seattle Seahawks

They had a mid-season wobble but the Seahawks are getting back on track now. The Seahawks defense has almost got back to last season's form over the past few weeks. It has now given up the fewest total yards out of any defense in the league. Whilst on offense Russell Wilson looks to be getting his mojo back.

Before the end of the regular season the Seahawks will likely overhaul the Cardinals to finish top of the NFC West. They won't have the first seed though and this will likely be crucial.

3) Denver Broncos

It's been a tough few weeks for the Broncos. Losing to the Rams and Patriots and getting played close by the Dolphins. The chances are that they will now have to beat the Patriots in Foxboro to make a second consecutive Superbowl.

With Manning at QB though there is no denying that they are a high powered offensive unit. They have slipped down the power ranks however.

2) New England Patriots

Trying to game plan against the Patriots must be a nightmare because week to week it is impossible to know how they are going to utilize the likes of Brady, Edelman, Gronkowski, Revis, Blount and LaFell.

One week they beat the Colts by pounding the ball up the middle. The next they beating teams through the air with Gronkowski. The Patriots are the most versatile team in the NFL and can count themselves unlucky not to be ranked at number one.

1) Green Bay Packers

Provided Aaron Rodgers stays fit it is going to take a lot of luck and a herculean effort to stop Green Bay. The offense is dominant. Rodgers has a great wide receiver duo to pass to in Nelson and Cobb and with Lacy he has a great back to hand the ball off to. The defense isn't great against the run but this isn't a fatal weakness.

With Seattle dropping games to the Rams, Cowboys, Chiefs and Chargers, Green Bay look set to have the number one seed in the NFC. Anything less than a Superbowl will be a disappointment.

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