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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 5 roundup for the Green Bay Packers in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 4

The biggest issue on defense is ... getting gouged on the ground, again.

Not only are the Packers allowing nearly 5 yards per rush, but they're having troubling bringing runners down. There are only three teams allowing more rushing yards after contact than the Packers. This was an issue last year, and it continues to be one this season.

NFL.com -- Rank: 4

When it was over, FOX cameras captured Packers coach Matt LaFleur removing his headset with a look of epic relief etched across his face. A home affair against a lesser Patriots team playing its third-string, rookie quarterback should not have stretched to overtime, but Green Bay is a team fighting itself while still in possession of enough muscle memory to win in the process. "This way of winning I don't think is sustainable because it puts too much pressure on our defense," Aaron Rodgers said. "And obviously, I've got to play better and will play better." Rodgers is far from the problem. In fact, the reigning MVP made several brilliant throws Sunday. He just needs more help from his collection of mostly unproven receivers.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 4

They have to be better than what they showed against the Patriots, or they won't be winning games against better teams down the road. The run defense isn't good right now.

USA Today -- Rank: 7

Their first-ever appearance in an International Series contest this Sunday (against the Giants) also happens to be the first London matchup featuring two teams with winning records.

The Athletic -- Rank: 8

What they are: Unimpressive.

With a three-game stretch coming up against the Giants, Jets and Commanders, the Packers won't have a chance to prove they're serious contenders until a Week 8 trip to Buffalo. It's probably the perfect time to send Aaron Rodgers, Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs and Allen Lazard to Joshua Tree so they can connect on a higher level for a few weeks while Jordan Love hands the ball off to Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon for some easy victories.

One of the problems with Green Bay is it signaled an offseason shift to become a defense-and-run-first team, and the Packers haven't really been great at either. They're allowing a league-high 71.7 completion percentage while blitzing at the second-highest rate in the league. They're also only 12th in rushing success rate, per TruMedia.

The Ringer -- Rank: 3

Sure, they went to overtime against a Patriots team that played its second- and third-string quarterbacks, but the Packers were quite obviously the better team on Sunday. The defense gave up some shots on play-action, rookie Romeo Doubs fumbled the ball and dropped what would have been a go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter, and Aaron Rodgers made a boneheaded end-of-half throw that resulted in a pick-six. The good news is Rodgers otherwise played at the level we're accustomed to, and wide receiver Allen Lazard and running back Aaron Jones picked up the slack as needed—the duo combined for 231 yards on 25 touches. Don't overreact to the close game; the Packers are still the team to beat in the NFC ahead of the Eagles (for now).

Yahoo! -- Rank: 4

In a perfect world the Packers put away the Patriots much sooner than they did, and the same goes for the Buccaneers game the week before. For now, this offense isn't capable of that. But at least the Packers didn't lose at home to a Patriots team down to a third-string rookie quarterback, which was in play for a while Sunday.

PFT -- Rank: 4

They can't keep playing like this, if they want to get to the Super Bowl.

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