Saturday, January 1, 2022

Green Bay Packers Week 17 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: 1.2 (1st)
  • Best ranking: 1 (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 2 (ESPN)

Below you will find a Week 17 roundup for the Packers in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 2

Non-QB MVP: WR Davante Adams

Yes, we all know the Packers are 7-0 in games that Adams has missed since the 2019 season. But as Aaron Rodgers has said repeatedly when that gets brought up, the Packers are not a better team without him. Adams is arguably the best receiver in football right now, and his connection with Rodgers is unmatched. What's more, teams have been known to dedicate so much attention to him, like the Ravens did in Week 15, that his presence alone is invaluable. -- Rob Demovsky -- Rank: 1

The Packers might want to start closing out foes with a little more vigor. For the second straight week, Green Bay allowed an opponent to slash a comfy fourth-quarter advantage. But for the second straight week, the defense got the final stop it needed to ensure victory. The hero this time was Rasul Douglas, who ended Cleveland's final drive with an interception, his second of the game. Not bad for a guy signed off the Cardinals' practice squad in October. "Talk about an all-time pickup midseason," Aaron Rodgers told Erin Andrews after the game. "Rasul Douglas has changed our defense, changed our team." Did Aaron Rodgers just compliment his general manager? Kind of!

CBS Sports -- Rank: 1

They made it interesting against the Browns, but they remain in the top spot. The defense hasn't been as good lately, which has to be a concern.

USA Today -- Rank: 1

A Christmas miracle? Aaron Rodgers sounded awfully thankful to be part of this franchise following Saturday's victory. Sure seems like he and the organization are trending toward a reconciliation that just might make him the rare QB to play his entire career in one place.

The Athletic -- Rank: 1

Is he The Guy? Yes. This season should be all the proof the Packers need to do whatever it takes to keep Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay next year and beyond. Even after missing a game because of COVID-19 and while playing through a nagging toe injury, Rodgers is the MVP favorite and should have the Packers in position for a deep playoff run, something that wouldn't be possible without him.

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