The Green Bay Packers are universally acclaimed as one of the better teams in the NFL to start the 2017 season. And why not? They made the NFC Championship Game last year despite having a starting running back who began the year as a wide receiver and a secondary practically held together with hot glue and duct tape.
As we approach week one, we find a common landing spot for the Packers in various NFL pundits’ power rankings.
ESPN’s season preview has the Packers as the second-best team in the NFC, behind their week one opponent (the Seahawks). Meanwhile, the SB Nation rankings slot the Atlanta Falcons at #2, with Seattle in the fifth spot. NFL.com has Green Bay behind both of those other two NFC contenders, but still in that same 4th position.
One thing is sure: the Packers’ first two weeks will be a mini-gauntlet the likes of which is unique to start the 2017 season. By playing those other two top-five NFC teams, the Packers will get quite the early test. In fact, no other NFL team starts the year with two straight games against teams that won their division in 2016, and no other team starts with two straight teams who won double-digit games in 2016 either.