A weekly examination of the Packers’ ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 5 | Last week: 8 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
Monday night’s 27-20 loss to the Chicago Bears probably wasn’t what caused the Packers to fall out of the top 10. Rather, it likely was the possibility that they will have to play without starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who left the game in the first quarter with an apparent collarbone injury.
Despite being tied with the Bears and Detroit Lions for the NFC North lead at 5-3, the Packers fell from first to third in the rankings among the division leaders. The Bears were ninth and the Lions 10th.
The good news for the Packers? If they have to play the next three games without Rodgers and with Seneca Wallace as their starter, as appears to be the case, all three opponents are outside the top half of the rankings. The Philadelphia Eagles, who come to Green Bay on Sunday, are ranked 20th. The Packers then play at the New York Giants (29th) and host the Minnesota Vikings (30th) before their Thanksgiving date at Detroit.
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