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Packers power rankings, Week 5: Green Bay slips backs into top 10

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After a one-week absence, the Packers return to the top 10 of SB Nation’s power rankings on the back of a 22-0 shutout effort.

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After a one-week hiatus from the top 10 of SB Nation’s NFL power rankings, the Green Bay Packers have returned.

Sunday’s 22-0 shutout of the Buffalo Bills might have left quarterback Aaron Rodgers wanting more, but it moved the needle enough to push the Packers up to No. 10 in the Week 5 edition of the power rankings. The team dropped out of the top 10 after losing to Washington a week earlier.

The Packers’ new position makes them the highest-ranked NFC North team. The Chicago Bears come closest, trailing Green Bay at No. 11 after demolishing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. The Minnesota Vikings, the previous lead dogs in the division within the power rankings, fell out of the top 10 down to 12th following their Thursday night loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Meanwhile, the Detroit Lions find themselves all the way back at No. 27.

The Packers performed similarly well elsewhere on the internet this week. ESPN and NFL.com pushed them up to No. 9, up one and three spots respectively. Yahoo Sports, who have kept Green Bay higher on the power rankings than others, ranked them again at No. 7. Only USA Today left the team outside the top 10, slotting them in as the 11th-best team in the NFL.