Friday, October 15, 2021

Green Bay Packers Week 6 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: 6.0 (7th)
  • Best ranking: 3rd (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 9th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Packers in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 5

Most improved player: LT Yosh Nijman

How they've improved: The second-year pro played only 14 total snaps last season, and several of those were just on kneel-down plays to close out games. Who would've thought he could have held up so well in three starts at left tackle? Well, offensive line coach Adam Stevanich, for one, did. He convinced Aaron Rodgers that Nijman was the way to go after Elgton Jenkins suffered an ankle injury. Jenkins was filling in for David Bakhtiari, who remains on PUP while recovering from ACL surgery. So the Packers were down to their No. 3 left tackle in Nijman, but you wouldn't know it based on the way the offense has remained in high gear. -- Rob Demovsky -- Rank: 6

The Packers love Mason Crosby. He's been a dependable contributor for years, and he's always weathered the storms of inconsistency that grip all kickers not named Justin Tucker. After Crosby missed his third field goal in less than an hour on Sunday against the Bengals, Matt LaFleur decided to check in on his grizzled veteran. "I could see the look in his eyes," the coach said. "There was zero flinch from him." Given one more shot to salvage his afternoon, Crosby split the uprights to lift the Packers to an overtime conquest over the Bengals, the team's fourth consecutive win. "I went up to him and just told him I loved him," running back Aaron Jones said after the win. "You'll always stay with your teammates no matter what."

CBS Sports -- Rank: 3

They have won four straight games, but didn't look great against the Bengals. The injuries on defense are starting to be an issue.

USA Today -- Rank: 9

Sunday was a reminder that sometimes it's better to be lucky than good ... though Green Bay may need a few more four-leaf clovers over the next five weeks, when the Pack will face four 2020 playoff teams and the undefeated Cardinals.

The Athletic -- Rank: 7

Breakout player: Inside linebacker De'Vondre Campbell was a productive player in Atlanta, as well as in Arizona last year, but now he's filling a major hole for Green Bay. His ability to create turnovers (two interceptions and a recovered fumble) has been a bright spot for the Packers defense. He's playing on a one-year, $2 million contract, which is turning out to be quite the free-agent bargain.

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