Saturday, October 17, 2020

Green Bay Packers Week 6 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: 1.6 (1st)
  • Best ranking: 1st (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 3rd (The Athletic)

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Packers in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 3

Despite having a bye week, they bump up to the three spot. EPR has the Packers ahead of the Chiefs, while I kept them at No. 4. Green Bay has a legitimate case to be the top team. The Packers have had the league's most efficient offense by pretty much every statistical metric. They've gone three-and-out on a league-low 2.8 percent of their drives. Aaron Rodgers is first in QBR and is on pace to set a career high for adjusted net yards per attempt (ANY/A). The Packers' offensive line has been key. They rank first in pass block win rate, and Rodgers has been sacked on just 2.1 percent of his pass plays, which is well below his career average of 6.8 percent. Through five weeks, they look very much like Super Bowl contenders.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 1

They come off their bye as the best team in the NFL with the best offense. Plus, they are getting Davante Adams back. They do face a tough road game at Tampa.

USA Today -- Rank: 1

Among undefeated teams, their collective 51-point differential is easily the widest margin. At a time when there's no apparent juggernaut in the league, this metric seems as good as any to give Green Bay -- which owns the NFL's highest-scoring offense -- the nod to top this week's poll.

ESPN -- Rank: 2

Biggest weakness: Injuries

After they were charmed last season in the health department, the Packers have already been hit harder in four games this year than in all of 2019. Consider whom they've played without for parts or all of games so far: Davante Adams, Allen Lazard, Equanimeous St. Brown, Marcedes Lewis, Lane Taylor, Billy Turner, Kenny Clark, Christian Kirksey, Kamal Martin and Rashan Gary, among others. They've survived so far, and they will get several of those players back, perhaps as soon as this week. But if anything (other than the run defense) can derail this team, it is injuries. -- Rob Demovsky -- Rank: 1

Hitting No. 1 in the Power Rankings during your bye week -- everything's coming up Packers these days. This nugget, from The Athletic's Bob McGinn, says a lot: Green Bay is the first team in NFL history to score at least 150 points without a turnover in its first four games. That speaks, of course, to the tremendous play of the resurgent Aaron Rodgers, but excellence is everywhere for the Packers during their 4-0 start. Za'Darius Smith entered Week 5 tied for the league lead in sacks. Aaron Jones is on a 1,500-yard rushing pace. Allen Lazard emerged as a playmaker before going down with an injury. Mason Crosby hasn't missed a field goal. We saw teams enter this pandemic-altered season looking ragged and unready for the challenge. The Packers were the opposite.

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