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:
- Average ranking: 2.8 (2nd)
- Best ranking: 2nd (Multiple)
- Worst ranking: 4th (Multiple)
Below you will find a Week 4 roundup for the Packers in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.
The Athletic -- Rank: 4
What we learned: They have the league's best offense statistically (EPA per snap) through three games. Playing without Davante Adams, Aaron Rodgers shredded the Saints' defense, going 21-for-32 for 283 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Just 6.3 percent of Rodgers' attempts were tight-window throws (defined as having a defender within 1 yard of the receiver). That number reflects a scheme that is getting guys open and Rodgers knowing exactly where to go with the ball. The Packers can be effective in a number of ways. They can run the ball and string together methodical drives. But they can also strike quickly downfield. So far this season, Rodgers has averaged one downfield (2o yards or more from the line of scrimmage) completion every 11.1 pass plays. Last year, it was one every 19.7 pass plays. The Packers look like legit Super Bowl contenders.
CBS Sports -- Rank: 2
The offense looks so much better than a year ago, but the defense has some issues. They have to fix that, especially against the run.
USA Today -- Rank: 2
They're the sixth team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to start 3-0 while scoring at least 35 points in all three games.
ESPN -- Rank: 4
What we got wrong: The Packers made a mistake by not drafting a receiver.
Allen Lazard isn't Jarrett Boykin. Remember Boykin? He was the receiver who in 2013 came out of nowhere midseason and was Green Bay's third-leading receiver. The Packers brought him back hoping for a repeat in 2014 but he flamed out. Lazard didn't even make the initial 53-man roster in 2019 but was their No. 2 receiver by season's end. He has backed that up with his start to this season, highlighted by Sunday night's six-catch, 149-yard performance against the Saints -- a game that No. 1 receiver Davante Adams missed because of a hamstring injury. -- Rob Demovsky
NFL.com -- Rank: 2
Aaron Rodgers' easy-flick deep ball might be my favorite pass in NFL history. It's completely unique to the Packers' star and we're seeing it with regularity in what's been a dream start to his 16th season. Rodgers was again at his best on Sunday night, throwing for 283 yards and three scores in a 37-30 win over the Saints at the Superdome. The Packers moved to 3-0 and have scored a team-record 122 points through three weeks. Allen Lazard stepped up with Davante Adams (hamstring) sidelined, finishing with six catches for 146 yards and a touchdown on eight targets. The Packers have been waiting for years to see a legit Adams complement emerge on the outside -- imagine if that guy turns out to be a player who began his career as an undrafted free agent out of Iowa State.
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