After their victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night, the Green Bay Packers finally reversed their spiral down the USA TODAY Sports NFL Power Rankings and actually rose three spots. They enter Week 13 sitting at No. 22.
Green Bay is preparing to face the Houston Texans, who find themselves at No. 19 following their loss to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
Here’s USA TODAY Sports' blurb about the Packers:
Time to R-E-L-A-X? Not for Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay, who face four teams with winning records in their last five games.
And the rankings had this to say about Houston:
Where have you gone, Brian Hoyer? Brock Osweiler has cracked 90 QB rating once in 11 starts. Hoyer did it three times in five starts for Bears.
Elsewhere around the web, ESPN didn’t raise the Packers in their rankings, but they finally stopped what seemed to be an unstoppable race to the bottom. Green Bay stays at No. 24 in Week 13.
The Packers stopped the bleeding following their four-game losing streak with a victory over the Eagles on Monday. They allowed 13 points, their second-fewest this season, after allowing at least 30 points in four straight. The Texans' struggling offense arrives in Green Bay in Week 13.
Over at NFL.com, Elliot Harrison raises the Packers five spots to No. 17.
The Packers probably should be behind Tampa Bay, given the way the latter has performed over the last three weeks. The only reason Green Bay leaps the Bucs is because of what we saw Monday night: a Packer coaching staff working with a slightly fuller toolbox. This group is slooowly getting healthier on defense, as Damarious Randall was a welcome presence in Philly and Clay Matthews looked more effective despite playing at ILB often. When Jake Ryan returns (likely next week), this group will be even better.
The Packers' victory over the Eagles was worth a one-spot bump from Pete Prisco of CBS Sports.
What we saw Monday night against the Eagles is what we expected to see this season. They are still alive.