The Green Bay Packers may not have put together the most impressive win over the New York Giants this past Sunday, but they did enough on both sides of the ball to earn recognition from the mothership. In the latest SB Nation NFL power rankings, the team came in at No. 8, one spot ahead of where they finished the previous week.
The offensive struggles that ultimately derailed the Packers last year haven't totally dissipated in 2016. However, the offensive line put together its finest performance in some time this past week, yielded no sacks and allowing the Giants to touch quarterback Aaron Rodgers just three times during the game. On defense, the pass rush continues to demonstrate significant improvement over previous seasons, with Nick Perry adding to his team-leading sack total (4 1/2) and rookie Kyler Fackrell registering the first strip-sack of his career.
Week 5 turned out well for another team in the division, the Minnesota Vikings. The current NFC North leaders claimed the top spot in the power rankings after demolishing the Houston Texans 31-13. Not only does the Minnesota defense look like the best in the NFL, the offense has shown that it can supply more than a few scores. Perhaps the Vikings stumble at some point this year, but right now they appear as dangerous as any team in football.
In other power rankings around the internet, the Packers fell all over the top 10. CBS Sports places them third overall, behind only the Vikings and New England Patriots. Meanwhile, Green Bay fell from fifth to seventh on NFL.com. ESPN actually pushed the Packers down three spots, landing them at No. 9.