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2020 NFL Power Rankings: Green Bay Packers

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Green Bay Packers rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a Week 1 roundup for the Packers in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 14

Packers fans are sick of the Aaron Rodgers talk, so let's focus on the defensive side of the ball. There's real upside with this group. The pass rush with Za'Darius Smith, Preston Smith, Kenny Clark and Rashan Gary could be fierce. Green Bay has a legit number one corner in Jaire Alexander. And young players in the secondary like Darnell Savage should improve. The Packers were 8-1 in one-score games last year and could experience regression on offense if Matt LaFleur turns to a more run-heavy attack. They need Mike Pettine's defense to play up to its talent.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 2

Aaron Rodgers will be so much better in his second year in Matt LaFleur's system. The biggest issue is how much they can improve stopping the run.

USA Today -- Rank: 9

If you don't fully appreciate their lingering wideout issue, Davante Adams was lone one who had more than 35 catches for Green Bay in 2019.

ESPN -- Rank: 15

Can the Packers stop the run?

Rob Demovsky: It has been the lingering question ever since the NFC Championship Game, when the 49ers basically told the Packers what they were going to do -- they ran it 42 times and threw just eight passes -- and the Packers still couldn't stop it. Nevertheless, general manager Brian Gutekunst didn't overhaul the defensive front seven. Yes, they will have two new starting inside linebackers, including veteran Christian Kirksey. Also, last year's first-round pick, Rashan Gary, should be more game-ready after barely playing as a rookie.

NFL.com -- Rank: 8

Aaron Rodgers told reporters last week he used this bizarre pandemic year of 2020 to "[find his] center a little bit." He said this period of isolation and self-introspection has provided him with an extremely healthy perspective on football and life. You could say this awakening comes at a pretty convenient time for Rodgers, who's about to enter the most pivotal year of his football life. He won't say it, but the 36-year-old Rodgers knows he has to do better than the efficient-but-not-special play he's put on tape the last two years. And if he's secretly harboring bitterness toward the Packers for their decision to draft a quarterback in the first round? There's no better way to stick it to the organization than to deliver a vintage season that makes their impending QB decision as agonizing as possible. Can't you see it?

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