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Packers open as 3-point favorite over Broncos in rare battle of 6-0 teams

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers opened as a three-point favorite over the Denver Broncos in Sunday night’s showdown of unbeaten teams, according to the Westgate Las Vegans SuperBook.

The prime-time game in Denver is just the fourth meeting of 6-0 teams in NFL history and the first since 2007.

But that kind of history apparently had little bearing on the latest ESPN NFL Power Rankings released Tuesday.

Sunday’s game is not a matchup between the top two teams in those rankings. Neither the Packers nor Broncos have been able to jump ahead of the New England Patriots, who remained unbeaten and joined the 6-0 group with Sunday’s win over the New York Jets while Green Bay and Denver were on the bye.

In fact, it’s not even a matchup between Nos. 2 and 3 because the Cincinnati Bengals jumped ahead of the Broncos, even though the Bengals also were on the bye last week.

Here’s a look at the top-five in the rankings. All have the same 6-0 records.

  • 1. Patriots

  • 2. Packers

  • 3. Bengals

  • 4. Broncos

  • 5. Panthers

The Packers have the potential to be involved in another game between unbeaten teams next week, when they travel to Carolina. The Panthers play the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football.