Packers back into top five of NFL power rankings after Week 9

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

The Packers are in the top five of the latest power rankings.

Matt LaFleur couldn’t have asked for a better Week 9.

The Green Bay Packers kicked it off with an emphatic victory over the San Francisco 49ers, bouncing back from their surprise home defeat to the Minnesota Vikings just four days prior. With the win and 6-2 record secure, Green Bay could watch and wait to see what happened across the league.

And with many results going their way with other contenders losing, the Packers have moved up a couple of spots in Randy Gurzi’s power rankings for NFL Spin Zone entering Week 10. The Packers move up into fifth position, up two spots from seventh a week ago.

At midseason, only one NFC team ranks ahead of the Packers in the power rankings, the New Orleans Saints. Winners of five straight, including a statement 38-3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday night, it’s certainly understandable why the Saints are up in third place.

The Packers can be pretty pleased with that too.

Green Bay is tied with New Orleans and the Seattle Seahawks atop the NFC. While the Saints have won five in a row, their last defeat was against the Packers in the Superdome.

With only one team from each conference getting a first-round bye in the playoffs, the battle for the number one spot is going to be fascinating in the second half of the season. Unlike in the AFC where the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs continue to dominate, there is no one team in the NFC that looks clearly ahead of the rest.

Green Bay is right there in the mix for the number one seed with Seattle, New Orleans, and Tampa Bay.

Up next is two games against AFC teams, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts.