Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Green Bay Packers Week 10 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: 3.4 (4th)
  • Best ranking: 2nd (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 5th (The Athletic)

Below you will find a Week 10 roundup for the Packers in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 3

Bold second-half prediction: The Packers finish with a top-five defense.

Coach Matt LaFleur said the Packers' defense played with "championship-level effort and championship-level execution" in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. This is a positive sign indicating that the defense that has let the Packers down in the past two NFC title games will finally prove to be an asset instead of a liability. -- Rob Demovsky -- Rank: 4

You can pile on Jordan Love for an underwhelming first start as a pro, but make no mistake: The Packers don't lose on Sunday if Aaron Rodgers had made the decisions that could have kept him in the starting lineup. The Chiefs and their deeply dysfunctional offense were dying to hand Sunday's game to Green Bay, but a late touchdown to Allen Lazard is all the Love-led offense could muster in a frustrating 13-7 loss. The offense was bad, but the Packers were an outright mess on special teams: Green Bay failed to convert two field-goal attempts and muffed a punt that led to a Chiefs field goal. Add it up, and the math ain't pretty.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 2

The Packers found out what life is like without Aaron Rodgers. It's not pretty, but he is back this week, which is a good and necessary thing.

USA Today -- Rank: 3

Takeaways from the last week? AFC games are the least important on their schedule, at least in terms of tiebreakers. QB2 Jordan Love isn't ready to win NFL games. And Aaron Rodgers should say less about COVID-19. Otherwise, steady as she goes.

The Athletic -- Rank: 5

Are they good? Yes, if Aaron Rodgers is in the huddle. Sunday's loss to the Chiefs was a reminder that while all this other stuff is going on with Rodgers, he makes the Packers an elite team. He'll remain on the reserve/COVID-19 list until at least Saturday. Without him, and without a better game plan for backup Jordan Love, the Packers are just average.

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