The Green Bay Packers won a tough fought victory over the Seattle Seahawks to open the season, which helped them climb three spots in the latest USA TODAY Sports NFL Power Rankings, where they currently reside at No. 3
The Packers are preparing to face the Atlanta Falcons, who dropped two spots despite winning their Week 1 matchup in Chicago. The Falcons come in at No. 4.
Here’s what USA TODAY had to say about the Packers:
The game ball goes to DT Mike Daniels, who had 1.5 sacks and stripped Russell Wilson at his own 6-yard line to set up Pack's first TD.
And here’s what they had to say about the Falcons:
Predictably, Kyle Shanahan-less offense wasn't same in opener. But we now know why Matt Ryan has been talking up sophomore TE Austin Hooper.
Elsewhere, the Packers take the top spot in Elliot Harrison’s Power Rankings for NFL Media:
1) Aaron Rodgers.
2) Forget the stats. Ty Montgomery has zero to prove in terms of handling the workload as an RB1 after running hard between the tackles against the Seahawks' formidable defensive wall.
3) The improvement in the secondary. So often, Russell Wilson couldn't find anywhere to go with the football on Sunday, which — as opposed to his much-maligned offensive line — was the culprit behind the pressure he faced.
4) The Patriots were handled Thursday night.
5) Mike Daniels (1.5 sacks, seven tackles and several QB hits) continued to be one of the unsung premier players in the NFL.
6) Aaron Rodgers.
The Score apparently agrees with Harrison, as they have the Packers in the top spot as well:
From their website:
The Packers' defense has teased us before, but its shutdown of Russell Wilson and Co. should have Aaron Rodgers giddy.
ESPN has the Packers coming in at No. 2:
From their website:
The Packers held the Seahawks without a touchdown in Week 1 as the defense swarmed quarterback Russell Wilson. Possible overreaction: This could be a sign of big things to come for a team that ranked 21st in defensive scoring last season. Any defensive improvement turns the Packers into a serious threat.
Mike Florio has the Packers sitting atop the NBC Sports power rankings:
Florio adds the quip:
Maybe the defense is finally fixed.