Friday, December 4, 2020

Green Bay Packers Week 13 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: 3.8 (4th)
  • Best ranking: 3rd (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 4th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 13 roundup for the Packers in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 3

Exceeding expectations: The Packers are 21-6 under Matt LaFleur. Aaron Rodgers is supremely talented, but it's unlikely that anyone would describe him as easy to coach. This year could have gone sideways for Green Bay after the Packers traded up for Jordan Love in the first round. Instead, the Packers rank second in offensive efficiency, and LaFleur has helped get an MVP-caliber performance out of Rodgers at the age of 37. There are other areas where LaFleur deserves credit: One, his game scripts have been fantastic. The Packers lead the NFL in Expected Points Added (EPA) on opening possessions, according to TruMedia. And two, LaFleur has taken over as the league's most aggressive fourth-down decision-maker. His game management has been strong, and he's willing to take smart risks to keep his offense on the field and be aggressive.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 4

They are explosive on offense, even lighting up a good Bears defense Sunday night. The defense is also playing better, which is a must.

USA Today -- Rank: 4

Still great shot at home-field advantage given only one opponent with a winning record left on their schedule and win over New Orleans in hand.

ESPN -- Rank: 4

Most important game remaining: Week 16 vs. Tennessee

The Packers should have the NFC North wrapped up by then and when it comes to playoff seeding, a game against an AFC foe probably won't impact tiebreakers. So why is it so important? Because it will be the Packers' only chance to prove they can beat a top-tier opponent heading into the playoffs. After their blowout loss at Tampa Bay and their OT loss at the Colts, they could use a win over a legitimate Super Bowl contender to erase any doubts about whether they're legit themselves. -- Rob Demovsky -- Rank: 4

Aaron Rodgers just has the look of a guy who badly wants to win MVP, doesn't he? What better way to put an exclamation point on this glorious revenge season than by taking home the league's most coveted award for a third time? Rodgers was dominant against the Bears on Sunday night, completing 21 of 29 passes for 211 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover. Forever a player of supreme confidence, Rodgers exuded swagger with each money throw against the Bears. Three of his scoring strikes came off play-action, which baffled Chicago's defense into submission. By the second half, Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams were running through arm tackles by a Bears defense that looked ready to get on the team bus. The Packers trail the Saints by one game in the race for the NFC's No. 1 seed, but have the head-to-head tiebreaker in hand. Buckle up.

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