Pro32 Rankings: Packers are Fifth
Jeff Hanisch/US Presswire
Jeff Hanisch/US Presswire
For Packer Report
Posted Sep 11, 2012


Green Bay fell in The Associated Press rankings, but not far, after losing to San Francisco on Sunday.

NEW YORK — The Green Bay Packers fell to fifth in The Associated Press’ Pro32 power rankings. New England (eight of 12 first-place votes), San Francisco (one), Baltimore (two) and Houston (one) are Nos. 1-4.

Here are comments on the Packers by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):

Chris Berman (ESPN, 5) - Game one mulligan.

Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 6) - Packers last two meaningful games at Lambeau have been losses. That has to bother them.

Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 6) - 49ers stopped the Packers deep passing game and won.

Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 4) - Relax ... Still best team in NFC North.

Bob Glauber (Newsday, 4) - The Packers won 13 games before finally losing for the first time last season. This time, they were manhandled at home right off the bat by a rough-and-tumble 49ers team held reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers in check. Oh, and those doubts about Green Bay's defense. They're legit.

Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 6) - The NFL taught the Packers a lesson last postseason - you need to attempt to play some defense to win a championship. The Pack didn't learn.

Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 8) - Sorry, Jarrett Bush, but the Packers did not beat themselves. San Francisco did. That should be a wake-up call to a club that needs more running and defense to be considered Super Bowl worthy.

Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 4) - It's very early, but the defenseless Packers surely don't want to fall two games behind Chicago in the chase for an NFC North crown.

Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 8) - The Packers have a great passing attack but their defense has now given up 108 points in the last three games at Lambeau. Things have to change because the offense can't average 40 points a game all year.

John Lynch (Fox Sports, 5) - Will be in the conversation all year long. This doesn't change after a sound defeat by the 49ers. The 49ers just leapfrog them as they looked like the better TEAM.

Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 10) - The Packers need better productivity in their rushing game and hope youngsters on defense mature quickly or the slide down my rankings will continue.

Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 4) - OK, so they are not unbeatable, but it is way too soon to jump off any bandwagon that Aaron Rodgers is leading.


Follow Associated Press writer Chris Jenkins on Twitter at twitter.com/ByChrisJenkins.



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