NFL Week 14 Power Rankings: Focus on the Green Bay Packers

Rob Belote@GuysNationSenior Analyst IDecember 9, 2010

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 05: A cheerleader for the Green Bay Packers performs during a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field on December 5, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the 49ers 34-16. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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At my site——I do a weekly power ranking of all 32 NFL teams.  It's a hugely subjective process, in which I account for a team's strength of schedule, margin of victory, good wins and bad losses.

Where do the Green Bay Packers currently rank?

After starting off the season strong with wins over Philadelphia and Buffalo, the Packers  decided to show weakness in losses to Chicago, Washington, Miami and a narrow victory against Detroit.

They got on track again with a win over Brett Favre's Vikings, which helped them get on a roll.  They shut out the Jets in New York, then followed it up with two straight dominating victories—first against the Cowboys, then, again, against the Vikings in Minnesota.

In Week 12, the Packers went to Atlanta to face the other top-tier team in the NFC. I view it as a good thing that the Packers only lost by three points, as Vegas odds-makers typically start out each home team with a three-point advantage just based on location (prior to weighing other factors). 

Week 13 saw an encouraging sign, as the Packers offense exploded all over the San Francisco 49ers, who I consider to be a fairly decent team despite their record.  That game fits nicely on their resume along with similar lopsided wins against Minnesota (a game you Packers fans won't soon forget, and neither will Brett Favre or Brad Childress) and Dallas.  Pair that with the shut-out of the Jets, and Green Bay's locking pretty good.

So were the Packers able to keep their No. 3 spot in the power rankings despite other teams reaching the nine-win plateau?

For the complete rankings and analysis, check out the article on my website,!  Unlike Power Rankings you see elsewhere, your comments could help persuade me to rank your team better after Week 14!

You also might like the dueling NFL Week 14 picks article on, a new(ish) feature where the games on a given week's NFL schedule are debated amongst myself and another author on my site (who just happens to be a LIFE LONG PHILADELPHIA EAGLES FAN).