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Packers power rankings, Week 17: Green Bay falls out of top 10

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Green Bay tumbles in the power rankings.

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

As the 2015 regular season nears its conclusion, the Green Bay Packers seem to be playing their worst football. It shouldn't surprise anyone then that the team has fallen outside of the top 10 in the latest installment of SB Nation's weekly NFL power rankings.

The Packers didn't just lose last Sunday; the Arizona Cardinals demolished them to the tune of 38-8. Green Bay's offensive line, a strength last season, has disintegrated under the weight of multiple injuries. At the same time, the defense had one of its worst performances since early in the season. The twin failures allowed the Cardinals, one of the league's premier teams, to simply overpower the Packers. Accordingly, power rankings curator Danny Kelly decided to drop the green and gold to the No. 12 spot.

Here's what Kelly said about the game:

"However, with a dominating blowout win over the Packers at home, the Arizona Cardinals move up claim the top spot in this week's rankings, their first trip to the No. 1 spot this entire season. It's been a long time coming though, as Carson Palmer powered his crew to their ninth straight win. They're balling on offense, averaging a league-best 420 yards and 32.2 points per game, while the defense is giving up a paltry 18.5 points per contest. That means, on average, the Cardinals are winning in a blowout, and even worse for their potential foes in the playoffs, they seem to be getting better as the season goes on."

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an NFL writer for SB Nation and Sports on Earth and is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America.