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PFT places Packers at 8 in team rankings

We wonder what they’re smoking over at profootballtalk.com these days, especially in light of their recent ranking of the Green Bay Packers at number 8 in their preseason power poll.

Really?

Granted, the past two years the Packers have made it to the elite eight in the NFL, being eliminated in the Divisional Round. But is that any reason to rank them at the bottom end of that elite eight?

I don’t think so.

And neither do the 62 percent who took the PFT poll on the page asking whether the Packers had been ranked too high or too low. Of course, that also included my vote. Twenty-two percent thought it was about right, while 16 percent thought they were ranked too high.

The Packers are hoping that the feet of Eddie Lacy will help them take the next step toward another Super Bowl.

In my opinion, those folks thinking they were rated too high are smoking the same thing as the folks over at PFT are enjoying.

Here’s what they had to say in justifying their ranking:

As long as Aaron Rodgers and a good receiving corps are around, the Packers can count on having an elite passing attack. But what about the rest of the team? Are the Packers Super Bowl contenders who deserve to be higher than No. 8? Or are they going to take a step back from last year? Or did we hit it right on the nose at No. 8?

What PFT and everyone else who are already writing off the Packers this season fail to recognize is the impact that the running game will have on the team’s overall success this season.

If you thought the Packers passing game was potent last year, just wait until teams have to start respecting the run and opening up even more lanes for the likes of Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson and James Jones to run through. My take is that the Packers won’t run the ball any more than they did last year, but they will run it much more efficiently. Instead of third and 7, the Packers offense will be facing more third and 2 or third and 1. We know how Rodgers loves to get the one-on-one coverages and hit the long ones in those situations. I feel we’ll see more of that this season.

But I digress. The Packers, in my opinion, are simply way underrated … but Rodgers hit it on the head about a month ago when he said that he likes being the underdog. The guy who plays with the proverbial chip on his shoulder should have a huge one this season.

Look for a much better season than eighth in the league in 2013 for the Packers.

And we’ll just let the PFT guys go back to their bongs.

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