With their preseason victory, the Green Bay Packers have moved up to 11th in the NFL Spin Zone power rankings.
Matt LaFleur has won every game as head coach. If he retired today, would he go down as the greatest head coach in history? Joking aside, LaFleur’s Packers got off to a good start in last week’s victory over the Houston Texans.
As a result, they have moved up one position to 11th in the latest NFL Spin Zone power rankings by Randy Gurzi.
While 11th may seem high for the Packers based on the past two seasons, their offseason additions, new offensive scheme, and, well, Aaron Rodgers, should give this team every chance to make a push for the playoffs in 2019.
But as Gurzi noted in the article, it was far from a perfect 2019 debut for LaFleur’s team. Missed tackles were a concern. Some would argue it’s only the preseason opener, which is true of course, but as we know as Packers fans, missed tackles have also been a midseason problem for this team far too often.
It’s hard to judge any team too much in the preseason. LaFleur and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine will be saving a lot of their plans for the regular season. The preseason is an opportunity to get reps, particularly for players competing for a spot on the roster.
And for most teams in Week 1 of the preseason, they were without most of their key starters. The challenge now for every coach is determining how many snaps to give their starters. Giving players some game action before the regular season can help, but the added risk of injury can make the decision a difficult one.
If the Packers’ starters play a series or two this week, they’ll have a good test against a talented Ravens team.