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Packers Burning Up NFL Power Rankings

We don’t pay much attention to NFL power rankings. This isn’t college football, so rankings don’t matter.

Nonetheless, we do find it pretty interesting that the Green Bay Packers are at or near the top of everyone’s rankings after their week 1 win over the Seattle Seahawks. Beat a quality opponent soundly and you’ll turn some heads.

Here’s the rundown.

ESPN: No. 2, up three spots

The Packers held the Seahawks without a touchdown in Week 1 as the defense swarmed quarterback Russell Wilson. Possible overreaction: This could be a sign of big things to come for a team that ranked 21st in defensive scoring last season. Any defensive improvement turns the Packers into a serious threat.

NFL.com: No. 1, up three spots

Top of the charts, for now, for the Packers. Here’s why:

1) Aaron Rodgers.
2) Forget the stats. Ty Montgomery has zero to prove in terms of handling the workload as an RB1 after running hard between the tackles against the Seahawks’ formidable defensive wall.
3) The improvement in the secondary. So often, Russell Wilson couldn’t find anywhere to go with the football on Sunday, which — as opposed to his much-maligned offensive line — was the culprit behind the pressure he faced.
4) The Patriots were handled Thursday night.
5) Mike Daniels (1.5 sacks, seven tackles and several QB hits) continued to be one of the unsung premier players in the NFL.
6) Aaron Rodgers.

CBS Sports, No. 1, up one spot

They looked much improved on defense against the Seahawks, which is a good thing going forward. But they get a real offensive test against the Falcons this week.

Washington Post, No. 4, no movement

The Packers will know very quickly this season how they match up against the NFC’s other top contenders. They beat the Seahawks on Sunday. They play in Atlanta this weekend and at Dallas on Oct. 8.

Sports Illustrated, No. 1, up one spot

  • Points in MMQB Power Poll: 550
  • First-Place Votes: 9 (Baskin, Duerson, Gagne, Gramling, Jones, Kahler, Klemko, Marston, Vrentas)
  • Lowest-Place Vote: Seventh

Sporting News, No. 2, no info on past ranking

The Packers defensive front dominated the Seahawks offensive line in a 17-9 victory at Lambeau Field. Next up for the Packers is a trip to Atlanta, where the Falcons shredded the Packers defense in last season’s NFC championship game. It’s a huge test for the Packers defense, but if they pass, Green Bay can take early control of the NFC.

AP Pro 32, No. 1, up one spot

  • 376 points

With all of that in mind, the Packers are going to take a fall if they lose to the Atlanta Falcons this weekend.

Overrated? Underrated in some cases?

We’re going to go with too early to tell.

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Joseph Bonham

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2 Comments

  1. Chad Lundberg September 13, 2017

    I’ve been feeling it for months. I said all the way back in April that I have a feeling about this year. A really big fucking feeling. If they beat the Falcons, there’s officially no opponent too tough for them.

  2. PF4L September 13, 2017

    I agree with Chad. All you have to do is look at how we dismantled Seattle. Not only that but we did it largely without any of our rookie draft class, who would have thunk it?

    So hats off to TT, DC, and MM it was a great season, i mean…a great game. If we get past Atlanta, i’ll just be marking the weeks by 3-0, 4-0, 5-0, 6-0 all the way to 16-0. This season is ours and the rest of the league can kiss our snow covered ass, as the Packers make history.

    Let’s do this!!!