Monday’s come-from-behind victory might have kept the Green Bay Packers’ season afloat, but struggling against a markedly inferior opponent at home did little to assuage concerns about the team. In the edition of SB Nation’s NFL power rankings, the Packers finished 13th, their second consecutive week outside the top 10.
Green Bay has endured plenty of ups and downs already this season. Certainly, Aaron Rodgers’ multiple fourth-quarter comebacks rank among the team’s strongest moments. On the other end of the spectrum, the defense just hit its lowest point of the season, yielded over 5 yards per carry and allowing quarterback C.J. Beathard to post a near 140 passer rating up until his final play from scrimmage. While the Packers have the means to get healthy and correct course during the upcoming bye week, they face an uphill battle with a challenging upcoming schedule and strong starts for their division rivals.
Speaking of which, the Minnesota Vikings moved up to No. 7 this week after handling the Arizona Cardinals 27-17. The Chicago Bears fell outside the top 10 after an embarrassing defeat to the Miami Dolphins. Meanwhile, the Detroit Lions fell to No. 24 despite not playing a game.
Elsewhere on the internet, the Packers remain outside the top 10. ESPN and NFL.com ranked them 13th while Yahoo Sports slotted them at No. 14. USA Today came in slightly higher, placing Green Bay 12th, just behind Minnesota and a few spots ahead of Chicago.