Power Rankings: Packers move up despite loss?

Aaron Nagler
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Green Bay Packers strong safety Micah Hyde (33) waves to fans during the Packers' game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome.

Despite their loss to the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday, the Green Bay Packers held serve in the latest USA Today NFL Power Rankings. They are holding steady at No. 6 this week.

The Packers are preparing to face the Indianapolis Colts, who find themselves at No. 21 after falling two spots following their loss to the Kansas City Chiefs

Here’s USA Today’s blurb about the Packers:

Given their injuries, the venue and opponent, Sunday's defeat at Atlanta might be considered quality loss. Rodgers played like vintage self.

And the rankings had this to say about the Colts:

Though Andrew Luck has rebounded, he's also been sacked six more times than any other QB and still can't find big plays downfield.

Elsewhere around the web, the Packers inexplicably rose six spots in ESPN’s Power Rankings to No. 5.

From the website:

The Packers are about where they were at the start of the season, despite a 4-3 record entering Week 9. That's not bad for a team that had three players each record their first touchdown receptions in Week 8, thanks to a multitude of injuries. If this team can get fully healthy, watch out.

Over at Sports Illustrated, Chris Burke bumped up the Packers a few spots after a loss as well, with Green Bay going from No. 11 last week to No. 8 last week.

Writes Burke:

Yes, the Packers lost for the second time in three weeks—they’re now 1–3 against teams above .500. They also scored 32 points with Aaron Rodgers targeting guys like Geronimo Allison, Trevor Davis, Jeff Janis and Reilly Wagner. I made that last one up, but it sounds like it fits, and that’s the point.​

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