Saturday, September 18, 2021

Green Bay Packers Week 2 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: 12.2 (12th)
  • Best ranking: 10th (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 14th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 2 roundup for the Packers in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 11

Top rookies: C Josh Myers/RG Royce Newman

For all of the problems the Packers had on offense -- managing only a field goal Sunday against the Saints -- their two rookie starting offensive linemen were among the least of their concerns. Rodgers was sacked once with seven hits. "I thought Josh did a nice job with the variance of cadence that we did, and I thought he played well," Rodgers said. "Wait and see what the film says, but I thought him and Royce did a nice job. The protection overall was really good." -- Rob Demovsky -- Rank: 12

The Packers were throttled in stunning fashion on Sunday, destroyed on both sides of the ball in a 38-3 loss to the Saints that counted as the most lopsided defeat of Aaron Rodgers' career. The reigning MVP struggled to get anything going at the Saints' temporary home in Jacksonville, throwing for just 133 yards with two interceptions before being lifted for Jordan Love early in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, the Packers' defense made Jameis Winston look like, well, Aaron Rodgers, surrendering five touchdown passes on just 20 attempts. It was the textbook definition of a Bury The Ball Game. "Absolutely embarrassed," head coach Matt LaFleur said. "It's humbling, to say the least."

CBS Sports -- Rank: 10

That was a terrible showing against the Saints. Aaron Rodgers looked like a shell of himself, which is not a good thing for a team so reliant on him.

USA Today -- Rank: 14

"It's just one game," said QB Aaron Rodgers following Green Bay's embarrassing loss to New Orleans. "We played bad. I played bad. ... One game. We've got 16 to go." If Rodgers is lucky, All-Pro LT David Bakhtiari (ACL) will be back for 11 of those games.

The Athletic -- Rank: 14

Overreaction: Aaron Rodgers is checked out. We all spent so much time this offseason writing, thinking and talking about Rodgers' psyche, and now we have so many more reasons to psychoanalyze the reigning MVP. By the third quarter of the Packers' blowout loss, he looked like a guy who wanted to be anywhere else. Was he just frustrated? Was he apathetic? Whatever it was, it seemed completely out of character for someone who last year was lighting the NFL on fire and seemed ready to embark on a "Last Dance," burn-it-all-down tour. -- Jones

Reality check: Maybe Rodgers just hates playing in Florida. Last year, Green Bay lost 38-10 in Tampa, the Packers' worst game of the season. So come home, trounce the Lions, get things back on track. -- Auman

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