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Packers Fall Out of Top 10 in Composite NFL Power Rankings

The Green Bay Packers were No. 3 in the preseason power rankings but plunged after being routed by the New Orleans Saints.
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GREEN BAY, Wis. – Not surprisingly, the Green Bay Packers plunged out of the Top 10 in the Packer Central Composite NFL Power Rankings.

Green Bay opened at No. 3 in our rankings, a composite consisting of Packer Central, Sports Illustrated, The Associated Press, ESPN.com, NFL.com and CBS.com. After a 38-3 drubbing by the New Orleans Saints, the Packers fell to No. 12. It stayed in the Top 10 in only two of the six polls.

"Losing on opening weekend doesn’t mean the Packers are not one of the obvious Super Bowl favorites out of the NFC," read the SI power rankings, where the Packers remained sixth. "Green Bay tanks a few of these a year, where it becomes obvious that they’re faltering and Aaron Rodgers seems to fold down the wings for an afternoon. This is still a cherry-blossom-laden stroll to the NFC North crown."

As was the case last week, Tampa Bay and Kansas City hold the top two spots.

Packer Central: 1, Tampa Bay; 2, Kansas City; 3, L.A. Rams; 4, San Francisco; 5, New Orleans; 6, L.A. Chargers; 7, Pittsburgh; 8, Seattle; 9, Cleveland; 10, Pittsburgh. (Green Bay, 11th.)

Sports Illustrated: 1, L.A. Rams; 2, Tampa Bay; 3, Kansas City; 4, San Francisco; 5, Cleveland; 6, Green Bay; 7, Buffalo; 8, Seattle; 9, Denver; 10, Baltimore.

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AP Pro 32: 1, Tampa Bay; 2, Kansas City; 3, Seattle; 4, New Orleans; 5, Pittsburgh; 5, L.A. Rams; 7, Arizona; 8, Cleveland; 9, Buffalo; 10, San Francisco. (Green Bay, 18th.)

ESPN.com: 1, Kansas City; 2, Tampa Bay; 3, Seattle; 4, L.A. Rams; 5, Buffalo; 6, Cleveland; 7, San Francisco; 8, Pittsburgh; 9, New Orleans; 10, Baltimore. (Green Bay, 11th.)

NFL.com: 1, Tampa Bay; 2, Kansas City; 3, L.A. Rams; 4, Seattle; 5, Pittsburgh; 6, Buffalo; 7, Baltimore; 8, Cleveland; 9, San Francisco; 10, New Orleans. (Green Bay, 12th.)

CBS.com: 1, Tampa Bay; 2, Kansas City; 3, San Francisco; 4, L.A. Rams; 5, Arizona; 6, New Orleans; 7, Pittsburgh; 8, Seattle; 9, Buffalo; 10, Green Bay.

Composite: 1. Tampa Bay (8); 2, Kansas City (12); 3, L.A. Rams (20); 4, Seattle (34); 5, San Francisco (37); 6, Buffalo (43); 7, New Orleans (46); 7, Pittsburgh (46); 9, Cleveland (48); 10, Baltimore (66); 11, Arizona (67); 12, Green Bay (68).

Preseason composite: 1, Tampa Bay (8); 2, Kansas City (9); 3, Green Bay (17); 3, Buffalo (17); 5, L.A. Rams (28); 6, Cleveland (32); 7, Baltimore (34); 8, San Francisco (40); 9, Tennessee (47); 10, Seattle (54).