2022 NFL Power Rankings: Green Bay Packers
Throughout the 2022 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.
Below you will find a Week 2 roundup for the Green Bay Packers in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.
ESPN -- Rank: 8
Rookie who stood out: WR Christian Watson
No one said standing out had to be in a good way. You get only one chance at your first big play in the NFL, and Watson's came on the very first play of the season. And he dropped it. He ran a beautiful route to blow by Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson for what should have been a 75-yard touchdown. After that, he wasn't targeted until the 3:57 mark of the fourth quarter.
NFL.com -- Rank: 8
Christian Watson toasted Patrick Peterson on a deep route and had nothing but green in front of him as a perfectly thrown Aaron Rodgers spiral entered his orbit. The ball clanked off Watson's hands, however, an ominous first play from scrimmage for the 2022 Packers. Green Bay's attack was held to a single scoring drive in a dispiriting 23-7 loss to the Vikings on Sunday. Watching in real time, it was hard not to think about moments in the game when Rodgers would have looked to Davante Adams to get the offense going. It's a transition period for the attack, but trust Rodgers to figure things out in time.
CBS Sports -- Rank: 9
They looked awful in losing to the Vikings. Aaron Rodgers got beat up and didn't play well. A defense that was supposed to be dominant wasn't.
USA Today -- Rank: 10
Two years in a row that Green Bay has been blown out in Week 1 whilst failing to score 10 points. Last season, they responded by reeling off seven consecutive victories.
The Athletic -- Rank: 20
It takes real hubris to think replacing Adams is as easy as adding a few rookie receivers and signing a historically underachieving veteran, so the Packers got what they deserved to some degree in the opener with no wideout topping 37 yards (Romeo Doubs got those honors) and Christian Watson's dropped would-be touchdown serving as the most memorable moment. It might take some time for the passing offense to coalesce, but things also weren't as bad as they seemed in the Packers' seven-point effort. They picked up first downs at a fine rate but stalled out on third down and turned the ball over twice. R-E-L-A-X (your mind).
The Ringer -- Rank: 5
Aaron Rodgers threw for 133 yards, no touchdowns and had two picks in a 38-3 loss to the Saints in Week 1 last season and went on to win the league MVP award. But this year's blowout loss to the Vikings feels different. The offensive line is plagued by injuries, Davante Adams plays for the Raiders, and Green Bay's supposedly stacked defense gave up 184 yards to one player (Justin Jefferson). The Packers need offensive linemen David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins back healthy and literally any receiver to step up to maintain deep postseason contention. It's wild that Rodgers's Peaky Blinders haircut was the lone highlight of their season debut.
Yahoo! -- Rank: 8
A lot will be made of the receivers not showing up in Week 1, but missing key offensive linemen David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins was a big deal, too. It's fair to wonder if Bakhtiari, a fantastic left tackle who has played 27 snaps since tearing his ACL in 2020, will ever get right.
PFT -- Rank: 8
At least it wasn't 38-3.
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