SI.com Power Rankings: Where Are Packers in Top 5?

Bill Huber

GREEN BAY, Wis. – The bulk of free agency is in the rear-view mirror, meaning its full-speed ahead to the NFL Draft in about two weeks.

With that, Sports Illustrated’s Jenny Vrentas cranked out her NFL power rankings on Wednesday.

The Green Bay Packers checked in at No. 5.

“The first year of the Aaron Rodgers-Matt LaFleur partnership exceeded some expectations (certainly mine) until the lopsided loss to the 49ers in the NFC championship game,” Vrentas wrote. “As our Conor Orr wrote that night, falling short of a Super Bowl is harder to swallow for Rodgers at age 36. Targeting another weapon for Rodgers in the draft is high on their list of needs, and with a deep class of receivers, there should be plenty options still available at the end of the first round.”

The Kansas City Chiefs, who won the Super Bowl, are No. 1 in Vrentas’ rankings. “No moves — or lack thereof — matter more than the defending Super Bowl champions being led by the best QB in the NFL,” she wrote.

New Orleans, with the Sean Payton-Drew Brees marriage being the longest coach-quarterback relationship in the NFL, is No. 3. San Francisco, which reached the Super Bowl and has two first round picks, is No. 4. That means Green Bay is third in the NFC.

Where do Mike McCarthy’s Dallas Cowboys rank? How about Tom Brady’s new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and his old team, the New England Patriots? And is any NFC North team even in the same hemisphere as the Packers?

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