Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Green Bay Packers Week 3 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: 3.4 (3rd)
  • Best ranking: 2nd (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 4th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Packers in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 4

What we learned: Aaron Rodgers' supporting cast might be underrated. Full disclosure: I was among the many who thought the Packers had a bad offseason and should've gotten Rodgers more help. It's also worth pointing out that we're only two games in. But watching them on Sunday, it sure felt like Rodgers has plenty to work with. Davante Adams is among the three or four best wide receivers in the league. Aaron Jones had 236 yards from scrimmage. He doesn't need to get favorable matchups against linebackers and safeties. Against the Lions, Jones beat a corner and high-pointed the ball near the sideline for a 30-yard gain. Marquez Valdes-Scantling added a big 41-yard grab. Allen Lazard converted a fourth-down attempt. And Robert Tonyan ran an excellent corner-stop route for a touchdown.

I predicted regression for this group in 2020. I look stupid through two games. The Packers' offense is first in EPA per snap, according to TruMedia, and the team is 2-0.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 2

The defense still needs to tighten up some, but that offense is explosive. They are dominating in Matt LaFleur's second season on that side of the ball.

USA Today -- Rank: 4

Four NFL teams have started a season with at least 80 total points plus 1,000 yards of offense. This Green Bay squad is one of them.

ESPN -- Rank: 4

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: RB Jamaal Williams

In Week 1, Davante Adams went off against the Vikings, so the Lions tried to shut him down in Week 2. That's when Aaron Jones ran wild. So if teams somehow try to slow down both Adams and Jones, it could be Williams' turn. He had sneaky production over the first two weeks, averaging 5.6 yards per carry on 18 attempts. We heard Aaron Rodgers rave about Williams during training camp; at some point, the Packers are going to start calling No. 30 more often, especially if they need someone to get tough yards near the goal line. -- Rob Demovsky -- Rank: 3

In Week 1, we were reminded of the greatness that still exists within Aaron Rodgers. On Sunday, we were reminded that AARON JONES SCORED 19 TOUCHDOWNS LAST YEAR. Weird how that didn't get much pub during the ramp-up to 2020. Jones tore up the Lions, becoming the second Packers player since at least 1950 with 200-plus scrimmage yards and three touchdowns in a game. He powered a Packer team that has now scored more than 40 points in back-to-back games to open the season. One situation to monitor: Davante Adams exited the win with a hamstring issue. If he were forced to miss time or play at a compromised level, Green Bay's attack will suffer. We're still seeing too many plays left on the field by the other Packers pass-catchers.

Previous update: Green Bay Packers Week 2 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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