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Top 10 NFL Teams Week 17 - Aaron Rodgers Proves Why He Is Still That Bad Man

Aaron Rodgers proves why he is still that bad man and where they rank in this Week 17 NFL Power Rankings

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By Brandon Walker | December 28, 2021 - 09:58 PM

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The Green Bay Packers have the best record in the NFL with two weeks left in the regular season with their most complete team since their 2010 Super Bowl season because of one man: Aaron Rodgers. More on him and the Green Bay Packers later in the rankings.




Top 10 NFL Power Rankings

10. Philadelphia Eagles

Nick Syriana has the Eagles running their way into playoff contention and they have a tough gritty identity that the town loves.





9. New England Patriots

Mac Jones has hit a bit of a slump in the past couple of games, but Bill Belichick will formulate a way for the team to succeed in the coming weeks leading into the playoffs.




8. Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Burrow threw for 525 yards on Baltimore’s defense, and their defensive line has some horses. Do not be surprised if they won a playoff game.





7. Indianapolis Colts

Carson Wentz is quietly having his best year since that 2017 season and can be an ex-factor in the playoffs if he remains healthy.




6. Tennessee Titans

What a difference a real weapon makes. A.J Brown is a true difference-maker on offense, and what if Derrick Henry comes back?




5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tom Brady will need Lombardi Lenny if he is going to go back-to-back.  Is health going to play a factor in their run?




4. Los Angeles Rams

The Rams seem to utilize Odell Beckham better than the Browns ever did. The question is Matthew Stafford the guy that can lead you to the Super Bowl?




3. Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys proved how dominant they can be if they play up to potential, but a wounded Washington squad would make anybody look good.




2. Kansas City Chiefs

They are starting to look like their dominating selves again. But only this time they can be methodical as well as explosive.




1. Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers caused turmoil when he caused himself in the offseason by requesting  to be traded, COVID-19 debacle, and guest hosting Jeopardy while campaigning to be the next host. Furthermore, Rodgers openly criticized general manager Brian Gutekunst and other Packers executives for mistreating former teammates when they left the organization.



Well, a 12-3 record, an NFC North division title, and potentially another MVP award later. All is well in Green Bay for now. Rodgers has put up his usual efficient numbers: 3,689 passing yards with a touchdown to interception ratio of 33 to 4 with a 110.8 passer rating all while playing through a toe injury and battling COVID. 



At his side he still has Devante Adams and Aaron Jones but the biggest new wrinkle in the Packers offense is running back A.J. Dillon.  Dillon is a 250-pound power back that the Packers have not had in the Rodger era and he is a back that is capable of salting away the game in the fourth quarter in a playoff game.



As for the defense, they had two new additions that have improved this defense. Former Atlanta Falcon De’Vondre Campbell has been a force in the middle of the defense by recording 138 tackles, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles. 



Rasul Douglas came over from the Carolina Panthers and has stepped up in the absence of Jaire Alexander and made plays on the back end of the defense with five interceptions and 12 pass breakups. Another player who has stepped up and turned the corner is an edge rusher, Rashan Gary. The former first-round pick has led the Packers with 8 ½ sacks and has made a lethal pass rush combo with Preston Smith.



One final reason, but possibly the most important reason for the Packers' success has been Matt LeFleur. LeFleur is 38-9 as an NFL head coach which is the best record ever as a coach through their first three seasons. LeFleur has not only navigated the Packs through a tumultuous offseason, but he has made Rodgers an even better quarterback as he gets older. 



Green Bay has been the most consistent team in the league this season but the real test is if Rodgers will finish his career in the green and gold. The Packers have a chance to clinch home-field advantage with a win Sunday night against the Vikings along with a Cowboys loss.

 

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