Saturday, November 6, 2021

Green Bay Packers Week 9 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: 1.4 (1st)
  • Best ranking: 1st (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 2nd (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 9 roundup for the Packers in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 1

Biggest Achilles' heel: The red zone

The Packers were one of the best red zone teams last season on both sides of the ball. They led the NFL in red zone offense, scoring touchdowns on 80% of their trips inside the opponents' 20. This season, they're tied for 20th at 57.6%. On defense in 2020, they were eighth, allowing opponent touchdowns on 57.7% of their red zone possessions. This season, they're 30th at 78.3%. They had the awful run of 15 straight touchdowns allowed on opponent red zone possessions. That finally ended in Week 7, when punchless Washington went 0-for-4. But the same issues recurred Thursday against the Cardinals, who went 3-for-4. The one stop, however, was Rasul Douglas' game-clinching interception in the end zone in the final seconds. -- Rob Demovsky -- Rank: 1

We wouldn't go as far as calling it a miracle win, but what Green Bay did on Thursday night in Arizona was special. Down their top two wide receivers and defensive coordinator Joe Barry, the Packers battled for four quarters against the NFL's lone remaining undefeated team and came out on top. Aaron Rodgers was positively glowing during his postgame interview with FOX's Erin Andrews, and you understood why. Rodgers, for all his offseason grumbling about perceived disrespect in the organization, sees the Packers for who they are: a deep, battle-tested, well-coached team. It's the DNA of Super Bowl champions ... and the Pack have it.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 1

They went to Arizona and beat an undefeated team without Davante Adams and others. That's the sign of a good team. The defense is getting better by the week.

USA Today -- Rank: 2

Since that 35-point loss in Week 1, Green Bay's won seven straight -- best in the league. And though losing TE Robert Tonyan to a knee injury is a blow, the Pack is getting key contributions from the likes of RB AJ Dillon and CB Rasul Douglas – players who showed last week this team can also run the ball and play a little defense – with All-Pro LT David Bakhtiari en route. Plenty of firepower around Rodgers going into his first showdown with fellow former MVP Patrick Mahomes.

The Athletic -- Rank: 2

How's the head coach? How are the Packers doing this? The late-game hero in a thrilling Thursday night victory at Arizona was Rasul Douglas, who didn't sign with the team until Oct. 6. Their top target in the passing game, aside from RB Aaron Jones? Juwann Winfree, whose four receptions were his first since ... 2018, when he played for the University of Colorado. The only thing that can threaten Matt LaFleur's job is if Aaron Rodgers decides he wants Randall Cobb to be coach.

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