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Power Rankings: Packers Flying High

Discussion in 'Packer Fan Forum' started by TOPHAT, Oct 3, 2007.


    TOPHAT Cheesehead

    Mar 1, 2007

    1 Colts · Trends 1
    And the beat goes on. They fall behind 10-0, but do they worry? Not with that offense. It'll be interesting to see how Peyton and Co. does against the Bucs defense this week.

    2 Patriots · Trends 2
    Can anybody stop their offense? See a theme here? Their game looming with the Cowboys in two weeks could be huge.

    3 Cowboys · Trends 3
    Oh, yet another good offense. Tony Romo is putting up huge numbers, but the more impressive thing is that the defense is getting better and better. Is there any doubt they are the class of the NFC?

    4 Packers · Trends 5
    Now that the touchdown record is in Brett Favre's hands, let's get to the business at hand: This is a good football team.



    1 Colts 1 -Say what you want about New England and Dallas, but the defending champs continue to impress week after week. With a 38-20 comeback victory over the Broncos on Sunday, the Colts won their 11th straight home game. Indy has not lost a game in September since 2004, is working on all cylinders on offense and continues to get enough of an effort out of the defense to remain undefeated four weeks into the season. The defending champions lost a slew of key contributors from last year's squad over the off-season. A month into the 2007 campaign, though, they look as good, if not better, than they did in '06. They'll be tested in the coming weeks, though. Marvin Harrison, Rob Morris, Bob Sanders and Joseph Addai all left Sunday's game with injuries. Upstart Tampa Bay — Tony Dungy's former team — is up ahead on Sunday.

    2 Patriots 2 No Laurence Maroney? No problem. The Patriots got a career day from backup running back and off-season acquisition Sammy Morris in New England’s 34-13 win over Cincinnati. The former Dolphin ran the ball 21 times for 117 yards and scored a touchdown in the victory. Tom Brady continued to cruise, Randy Moss caught 10 balls and the defense held Chad Johnson to just three catches and 53 yards. New England is rolling. Circle November 4th on your calendars: Patriots vs. Colts. It’s the game of the year.

    3 Cowboys 4 The NFC's top rated offense continued to flourish Sunday against St. Louis. The defense played pretty darn well too. The Cowboys outgained the Rams 502-187 yards in what was Dallas's fourth convincing win of the young season. Tony Romo used his arm and his legs to put up yet another dream fantasy stat line, while the defense held Marc Bulger under 200 yards. His replacement — Gus Frerotte — fared no better. Wade Phillips has the Cowboys at 4-0; the team's best start since 1995. Dallas travels to Buffalo for a Monday night matchup.

    4 Packers 5 What more can you say about what Brett Favre's doing out in Green Bay? Moving beyond the all-time wins record, the all-time touchdown record, and whatever other individual records he's going to shatter this season, Favre's got the Packers at 4-0 and on top of the NFC North. Sunday's performance against the Vikings was the Favre of old ... again. The ol' gunslinger threw for 344 yards and two touchdowns. Most impressive, though, were the zero interceptions. The Pack have the struggling Bears coming to town this weekend in what should be one of the more intriguing games of Week 5.


    NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (4-0) Last week's rank: 1 Total points: 319

    Notes: They didn't reach 38 points in Week 4, but the Tom Brady-to-Randy Moss express keeps getting stronger. Any chance they look past the Browns to the Oct. 14 matchup with the Cowboys? Unlikely. (Nine first-place votes)

    2 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (4-0) Last week's rank: 2 Total points: 311

    Notes: Points scored through four games: Dallas 151, New England 148, Indianapolis 131. Peyton Manning's connection with Dallas Clark last week shows us that an injury to Marvin Harrison should not slow down the Colts. (One first-place vote)

    3 DALLAS COWBOYS (4-0) Last week's rank: 3 Total points: 300

    Notes: For all the talk there's been about Norv Turner messing up a good thing in San Diego, there's been little about Wade Phillips seamlessly integrating into the Cowboys. Any chance the Tuna still wishes he was calling the shots?

    4 GREEN BAY PACKERS (4-0) Last week's rank: 5 Total points: 287

    Notes: The team's won eight straight games, and Brett Favre is playing like he's a three-time defending NFL MVP. Maybe the Packers are playing above their head (remember the instability at running back), but Favre is loving the ride.



    1 (1) Patriots 4-0-0 How consistent has the Patriots' offense been this season? They've scored in every one of their 16 quarters. In fact, the Pats have put up points in their last 36 quarters dating back to last season.

    2 (2) Colts 4-0-0 The Colts could be facing some severe injury problems Sunday against Tampa Bay. WR Marvin Harrison, RB Joseph Addai, S Bob Sanders, TE Ben Utecht and LB Rob Morris are all banged up. Fortunately for Indy, the Bucs have injury problems of their own.

    3 (3) Cowboys 4-0-0 We're not looking to rain on the Cowboys' 4-0 parade, but their four opponents have combined for three wins this season, and another lowly team awaits them Monday night in 1-3 Buffalo. We'll know how seriously to take this team on Oct. 14 vs. New England.

    4 (6) Packers 4-0-0 Expect Brett Favre to slow down this month. Of his record 422 TDs, 87 have come in October -- the lowest total of any of the four primary regular-season months. How do the other months stack up? 1. September (117), 2. November (108) and 3. December (102).


    4. Green Bay Packers (LW: 5; 4-0) - At some point, the Packers, as good as they've been, are going to have to run the ball. Don't be surprised if Chicago closes off Brett Favre and the passing game this weekend and forces the Packers' floundering runners to do it themselves. That could result in Green Bay's first loss.

    3. Indianapolis Colts (LW: 4; 4-0) - The Colts are sort of like Tiger Woods, aren't they? Indianapolis seems to toy with its opponents each week, then it flips a switch and crushes its enemy in the latter stages of a game. These guys might be as great as ever.

    2. Dallas Cowboys (LW: 2; 4-0) - New England is coming up in two weeks in a possible Super Bowl preview, so the Cowboys have to avoid a letdown in Buffalo this Monday night. With Tony Romo and Terrell Owens thriving, expect America's Team to hit the five-win mark in as many weeks.

    1. New England Patriots (LW: 1; 4-0) - Patriots-Browns this weekend


    No. 4 Green Bay Packers. Brett Favre now holds the NFL records for the most touchdown passes, wins as a starter, and pass attempts. Favre needs 2,256 yards to tie the NFL record in passing yards held by Dan Marino.


    1. New England, 4-0 (1)
    What an array of wide receivers -- Randy Moss, Donte' Stallworth, Wes Welker, Mike Vrabel.

    2. Indianapolis, 4-0 (2)
    If there were any doubts Joseph Addai could be a feature back, he has erased them.

    3. Dallas, 4-0 (4)
    The offense is on pace to shatter the record for most points in a season (556, by the 1998 Vikings).

    4. Green Bay, 4-0 (6)
    Things are grand in Packerland, but this team better discover a running game if it plans to make a run to the playoffs.



    NFL quarter pole: There are surprises early in the season

    Most delightful surprise, team: Green Bay Packers. The NFC North is all mixed up, but few thought that a thorough blending would force Green Bay to the top. Then again, the Pack has won eight straight games dating to last year, so they've been on a roll for a while.

    MVP to date: Brett Favre, Packers. Green Bay throws 68 percent of the time, so the burden is on Favre to deliver. He's distributing well to Donald Driver, James Jones, Bubba Franks and Greg Jennings. Others to consider: Jon Kitna, Lions, who is passing as well as Favre; Tony Romo, Cowboys; Peyton Manning, Colts; and (yawn) Tom Brady, Patriots, who is completing more than 79 percent of his pass attempts.

    Coach of the year to date: Mike McCarthy, Packers. He isn't exactly Captain Excitement, but his plain talk seems to resonate with the Pack, which has beaten three playoff teams from 2006 and has an unblemished record. Honorable mention to Rod Marinelli, Lions. He's getting more out of GM Matt Millen's players and seems to have formed a yin-yang relationship with offensive coordinator Mike Martz. The Lions are 3-1.


    Packers' popularity holds fourth in national poll

    The Green Bay Packers are the fourth most popular team in the National Football League for the second consecutive season, according to a Harris Interactive Poll. The survey was conducted online between Sept. 11 and 18 among 2,392 adults, of whom 1,182 say they follow pro football. The respondents were all age 18 or older....
  2. Zero2Cool

    Zero2Cool I own a website

    Dec 11, 2004
    I found the TD total's in each month very interesting.

    The rankings kind of scare me. I don't know if I like the Packers ranked so high. I'm afraid of a deep fall off I guess lol
  3. Obi1

    Obi1 Cheesehead

    Jun 4, 2005
    I'd like to see what this poll is like now...

    I bet Packers are at or near the VERY top!
  4. IronMan

    IronMan Cheesehead

    Nov 23, 2006
    Thanks tophat. :pop:

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