Packers: Ranking the top 10 teams in Aaron Rodgers era

Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) /
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Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

4. 2020

After the 2019 season, the Packers drafted Aaron Rodgers’ potential successor, Jordan Love. Rodgers made this look like an awful decision with perhaps the greatest year of his career.

Rodgers won his third NFL MVP award after throwing for 4,299 yards, a career-best 48 touchdowns, and only five interceptions. Incredible numbers.

Green Bay had the league’s No. 1 scoring offense to go with the No. 13 scoring defense.

A 13-3 record was good enough for the NFC’s top seed. The Packers dominated the Los Angeles Rams in the divisional round, but lost 31-26 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Championship Game.

3. 2011

Green Bay won with offense in 2011.

The Packers averaged a league-best 35 points per game. Rodgers won the first of his NFL MVP awards after throwing for an incredible 4,643 yards, 45 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. His 122.5 passer rating is the best in NFL history.

Almost nobody could stop the Packers in the regular season — they went 15-1.

So, why is this team only ranked third?

They were one-dimensional. Everything went through the passing game.

Green Bay couldn’t run the ball. Its rushing offense ranked 27th. The Packers also had the worst-ranked defense in the NFL.

It all fell apart in the playoffs. The Packers were one-and-done after a surprise home defeat to the New York Giants.