Thursday, November 25, 2021

Green Bay Packers Week 12 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: 2.6 (2nd)
  • Best ranking: 2 (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 3 (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 12 roundup for the Packers in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 2

Most memorable Thanksgiving game: Losing 26-14 to the Lions on Nov. 22, 1962

How can a loss be so significant? Perhaps it was just what the 10-0 Packers needed at that time. They wouldn't lose another game that season on the way to beating the Giants in the NFL championship. What's more, it helped open up Thanksgiving for other teams because a year later, after the Packers and Lions tied on Turkey Day, coach Vince Lombardi -- who opposed playing on such a short turnaround -- got the NFL to end what had been an annual Thanksgiving series between the Packers and Lions dating to 1951. The Packers did not play in Detroit on Thanksgiving again until 1984 and played only one Thanksgiving game between 1964 and 1983 -- 1970 in Dallas. -- Rob Demovsky -- Rank: 2

The Packers defense that surged to begin the month was nowhere to be seen against the Vikings. Kirk Cousins and Justin Jefferson turned U.S. Bank Stadium into a personal playground, and even a brilliant second half from Aaron Rodgers was unable to stave off a last-second defeat. The Green Bay defense had blown coverages and costly penalties and was unable to make Minnesota pay when Cousins threw the ball up for grabs. Then there were the injuries: Versatile offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins was lost to a season-ending torn ACL, while Rodgers sounded concerned in his postgame press conference talking about his aggravated toe injury. The Packers remain in fine shape, but they'll need to grind their way to the finish line.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 3

They lost a road game at Minnesota in the closing seconds. The injuries have really impacted them in a big way. They still have a cushion in the division, but they will be challenged by the Rams this week.

USA Today -- Rank: 3

So for their upcoming date with the Rams, Green Bay won't have OL Elgton Jenkins (torn ACL) or LT David Bakhtiari (ACL recovery) as QB Aaron Rodgers tries to evade DT Aaron Donald and OLB Von Miller while on a bum toe. Nothing to see here.

The Athletic -- Rank: 3

Best side dish: Elgton Jenkins' season-ending injury is a huge one for the Packers. He was playing at a Pro Bowl level in place of David Bakhtiari at left tackle. Now, the Packers are left scrambling for options as they prepare for a big game against the Rams. Bakhtiari's health will be paramount for them. He returned to practice a month ago after tearing his ACL last December, but had a setback that required a procedure this week. There's still hope Bakhtiari returns this season, and the Packers probably need him back protecting Aaron Rodgers' blind side if they are to reach a third straight NFC Championship Game.

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