Saturday, October 9, 2021

Green Bay Packers Week 5 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: 5.2 (5th)
  • Best ranking: 2nd (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 10th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 5 roundup for the Packers in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 5

Biggest surprise: The offensive line holding up

Why it's a surprise: Life without All-Pro LT David Bakhtiari (recovering from ACL surgery) and Pro Bowl G Elgton Jenkins (missed the past two games with an ankle injury) hasn't been the death knell to the offense that it could have been. The Packers have held their own with one experienced lineman (Billy Turner), two rookies at center and right guard (Josh Myers, Royce Newman) and second-year pros at left tackle and left guard (Yosh Nijman, Jon Runyan).

Aaron Rodgers said it best Sunday after facing a second straight team with a dominant defensive front, first the 49ers and then the Steelers. "If you would've told me early in the season we'd be without arguably two of our best linemen for a couple of games and play those two fronts, I would've been ecstatic with two wins." -- Rob Demovsky -- Rank: 4

Aaron Rodgers enjoyed victories big and small on Sunday against the Steelers. The reigning MVP steered the Packers to a relatively stress-free 27-17 win at Lambeau in a game that featured a huge contribution from Randall Cobb, the veteran wideout Rodgers single-handedly brought back to Green Bay during the QB's infamous summer of discontent. Cobb was a non-factor in Green Bay's first three games, but he busted out against Pittsburgh with five catches for 69 yards and two touchdowns. Rodgers said prior to the season that he deserved a say in how the Packers build a roster around him; Cobb made his old friend look Ken Jennings-level smart on Sunday.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 2

After that awful showing in Week 1, they have turned their season around quickly. At 3-1, they have a nice hold of the division after the first month.

USA Today -- Rank: 10

With veteran WR Randall Cobb getting back up to speed, and sophomore RB AJ Dillon's role apparently increasing, this offense could be poised to hit another gear.

The Athletic -- Rank: 5

The Packers are averaging 30 points per game in their three-game winning streak and tagging Taylor Swift in social media posts to brag about Aaron Rodgers' rushing touchdowns. What does it all mean? All we know is Rodgers appears to be back on track while simultaneously remaining all up in his emo feelings.

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