The team and player rankings are out and it's not surprising that the last undefeated team in the NFL (the Green Bay Packers, of course) are considered one of the best teams. But they aren't always considered the best team. There are reasons why that's fair, and unfair.
NFL Power Rankings, Week 7: Packers Continue Rolling While 49ers Make A Leap - SBNation.com. The geniuses at SB Nation say the Packers are the best and "it's not even close."
FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 6 DVOA Ratings. But the stat guys say the Packers are No. 3 and just a little bit better than the 3-3 Jets. It's a fair point that the pass defense hasn't exactly shined this season, and it's holding their rankings down.
FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 6 Quick Reads. Aaron Rodgers came in second behind Eli Manning, but Rodgers has been in their top 4 nearly every week. They're showing him a lot of love.
One thing that stands out versus the two teams that are ahead of the Packers in the Football Outsiders rankings (Ravens and 49ers) is that the Packers have not been in danger of losing a game. The Saints almost tied it up late, but the Packers led the entire way. After an early lead evaporated, the Panthers got back to within one score, but couldn't recover an onside kick. The Bears almost got to within 3 points before a penalty wiped out a special teams touchdown. I haven't been worried that they were going to actually lose a single one of these games. That is something that doesn't show up on a stat sheet.