Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Green Bay Packers Week 8 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 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: 6th (

Below you will find a Week 8 roundup for the Packers in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 4

Prediction we missed: Re-signing Aaron Jones is too big of a risk.

Even if Jones' numbers aren't quite what they were last season, his importance to the offense should not have been underestimated. He is so versatile in the running game and passing game. He already has four touchdown catches (a career high) and has four games with four or more receptions this season. Re-signing him went against the Packers' history of not paying running backs big money, but so far it has worked out. -- Rob Demovsky -- Rank: 6

The Packers have now won six straight since their ugly Week 1 defeat to Saints, but this still doesn't feel like a team firing on all cylinders. Green Bay was badly outgained by a middling Washington squad that could have scored one of the biggest upsets of the season had it executed better in the red zone. The Packers deserve credit for getting those big stops in close, of course, but Matt LaFleur's group will need to be better when the competition stiffens. That comes Thursday with a road matchup against the undefeated Cardinals -- a challenge that becomes far more imposing if Davante Adams (reserve/COVID-19 list) is unable to suit up.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 2

Despite a lot of injuries on defense, they keep winning games. That defense will be challenged in a big way by the Cardinals this week. They might not have Davante Adams, which will hurt.

USA Today -- Rank: 5

The first team to win six straight after losing the opener by at least 35 points, they head to desert for enticing matchup with Arizona -- which will mark the highest combined winning percentage (.929) of opponents in a post-September Thursday night game during Super Bowl era (since 1966). But pandemic is already putting a damper on showdown, All-Pro WR Davante Adams landing on COVID/reserve list Monday.

The Athletic -- Rank: 5

Trick or treat: A rash of positive COVID-19 tests has created a scare in Green Bay this week. Defensive coordinator Joe Barry will be out Thursday night and star wide receiver Davante Adams might miss the spotlight game at Arizona, too. The offense hasn't dazzled over the last two games but the Packers still have run their win streak to six. They visit Kansas City in Week 9, so we'll see how ready some of the Packers' young defenders are for the big stage.

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