'Bounce Back' Packers are No 3
LB Clay Matthews (Jonathan Daniel/Getty)
LB Clay Matthews (Jonathan Daniel/Getty)
For Packer Report
Posted Sep 18, 2012


Green Bay checks in at No. 3 in this week's version of The Associated Press Pro32 power rankings.

The Green Bay Packers moved up to No. 3 in the latest Associated Press Pro32 power rankings.

Seattle, Green Bay's opponent on Monday night, surged five spots to No. 19 by beating Dallas.

Here is what the pollsters had to say about the Packers:

— Chris Berman (ESPN, 3) - Nice bounce back. No surprise.

— Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 3) - Nice bounce back win against the Bears. Now we'll see how they play on the road.

— Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 3) - Rebounded from surprising Week 1 loss with convincing win over the Bears.

— Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 3) - Nice rebound but not out of the woods yet with their defense.

— Bob Glauber (Newsday, 3) - Packers defense with a huge statement game against Da Bears, picking off four Jay Cutler passes and sacking the him seven times.

— Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 7) - Packers defense leads the NFL with 11 sacks. The pass rush wins in today's NFL.

— Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 4) - That was a nice recovery vs. Chicago that accomplished three things: 1) Confirmed the Packers as a force; 2) got the Bears turning on each other and 3) revealed just how strong San Francisco really is.

— Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 3) - If anyone can handle that cacophony in Seattle, it's Aaron Rodgers.

— Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 5) - An opening day loss was a good wakeup call. The Bears win put the running game back in the equation and that just makes Rodgers and his receiving weapons hard to defend. Clay Mathews is on his way to leading the NFL in sacks this year.

— John Lynch (Fox Sports, 4) - The Packers showed their mettle by soundly defeating the Bears led by Aaron Rogers and Clay Matthews (the defensive MVP through two weeks). That's what good teams do, they respond.

— Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 4) - The Packers' coaching staff deserves praise for the quick fixes made to the running game and defense in a four-day span between the Week 1 loss to San Francisco and last Thursday's 23-10 victory over Chicago.

— Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 2) - Cut them some slack for losing to San Fran. They still are one fine football team.




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