Week 17 NFL Power Rankings: The Broncos Are Starting To Slide

Peyton Manning

3. Green Bay Packers (LW: 3)

Granted it wasn’t the massive blowout people expected for a Green Bay team coming off a tough road loss, but the Packers traveled to Tampa Bay and took care of business. The Packers’ prolific offense was held to under 21 points for the second straight game – as well as under 27 points for the fourth time in five games – and the return to planet earth may raise a few eyebrows. Regardless, the team will face their biggest test in Week 17 when they host the Detroit Lions and their defense, ranked second in both yards and points allowed. Of course, the long-awaited matchup will truly set the stage of the NFC playoff picture, as the winner could potentially secure home field advantage throughout the playoffs, while the loser may fall as low as the sixth seed.

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