Saturday, September 19, 2020

Green Bay Packers Week 2 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Green Bay Packers rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 4.4 (4th)
  • Best ranking: 2nd (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 7th (The Athletic)

Below you will find a Week 2 roundup for the Packers in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 7

What we learned: The best version of Aaron Rodgers is still breathtaking. I spent part of the previous six months convincing myself that the Packers botched their offseason and that they would move to a more run-heavy scheme in 2020 and suffer significant regression. Then with one beautiful Rodgers laser to Davante Adams for a 24-yard touchdown, I got sucked right back in.

The Packers ranked first in EPA per play among all 32 offenses in Week 1. Despite using a second-round pick on a running back and not addressing the wide receiver position, Matt LaFleur still went with a pass-heavy script.

The Packers failed to convert on a fourth-and-goal from the Minnesota 1, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling dropped a perfectly-placed deep pass from Rodgers. They could have easily hung 50 on the Vikings in this one.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 2

Aaron Rodgers sure looked washed up. How dumb that thinking was came true against the Vikings. That's why this team is still a contender.

USA Today -- Rank: 5

Did you know WR Davante Adams' 42 TD catches since 2016 lead NFL? Did you know his 14 catches Sunday tied Hall of Famer Don Hutson's team record for one game?

ESPN -- Rank: 5

Best rookie debut: ILB Krys Barnes
First-round QB Jordan Love was inactive, second-round RB AJ Dillon carried twice for 14 yards and third-round TE Josiah Deguara caught one pass for 12 yards. But it was an undrafted rookie from UCLA who made the biggest impact. Barnes wasn't signed until Saturday, then started Sunday. He played only 15 snaps on defense but made six tackles (including two TFLs). Said coach Matt LaFleur: "There was one play in particular where they tried to run a screen to Dalvin Cook, who is one of the top backs in the league, and Krys did an unbelievable job of diagnosing that play and making the tackle." -- Rob Demovsky -- Rank: 3

Take a bow, Aaron Rodgers. After an offseason in which the Packers drafted his presumed successor and many in the football cognoscenti decided his best football was already in the rearview, Rodgers stepped on the field and dominated the Vikings for four quarters in a blowout win. Rodgers was simply brilliant, torching Minnesota for 364 yards and four touchdowns. His favorite target? Davante Adams, of course, who tied a franchise record with 14 catches, racking up 156 yards and two scores in the process. Even more important, Rodgers got help from Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who each chipped in with big plays and touchdowns. Hell hath no fury like a legendary quarterback scorned.

Previous update: Green Bay Packers Week 1 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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