Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Green Bay Packers Week 5 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 5 roundup for the Green Bay Packers in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 14

Biggest issue on defense: Run defense

This is not a new problem. It was a problem before Joe Barry took over as defensive coordinator in 2021, but it hasn't gotten any better. The Packers were 26th in rushing yards allowed per game (139.53) last season, and they're 30th (155.25) this year. It would be easier to fix if Barry could identify one overriding issue, but he said: "It's not one thing. It's one thing on this play; it's another thing on this play." -- Rob Demovsky

NFL.com -- Rank: 14

Matt LaFleur all but questioned the Packers' toughness after last Thursday's home loss to the Lions. The offensive and defensive lines both got whipped. It has been a roller-coaster ride in Jordan Love's first four games as The Guy. Meanwhile, LaFleur got Aaron Jones back ... and then barely used the star back. It was such a disheartening loss -- not just because of how it happened, of course, but also against whom it came. The Packers have now fallen behind the Lions in the NFC North race and will need to fix a lot of things during a softer part of the schedule before the rematch in Detroit on Thanksgiving. The trench issue looms, but this offense can and will become a more dangerous group over the course of the season. Bank on it.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 11

That was a bad showing against the Lions. They have a lot of injuries, but they didn't even compete. They are better than that.

USA Today -- Rank: 19

Only two teams are worse running the ball. Only two teams are worse stopping the run. That's called a losing formula.

The Athletic -- Rank: 18

The Packers rushed for 27 yards Thursday night. For the season, they are 29th in the league in yards per carry (3.3) and 25th in rushing success rate (33.7 percent), according to TruMedia. This is not the way to help young quarterback Jordan Love in his first season as the starter.

FOX -- Rank: 16

For two years now, I've been waiting for the talent on the Packers' defense to manifest in actual, quality defensive play. I could be waiting a while longer if this unit's performance against Detroit is any indicator. Jordan Love and the Green Bay offense deserve some blame for their slow start, but at least they got it together in the end. The Packers defense, not so much.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 15

The Packers' biggest problem looks like their offensive line. The line's struggles made it almost impossible for the offense to function in a loss to the Lions. Elgton Jenkins' return at guard will help, but tackle David Bakhtiari won't be back soon, if he does at all. If the Packers can't fix the line, they might fade fast.

PFT -- Rank: 18

Falling way behind and then trying to come back is not an ideal plan for getting to the postseason.

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