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Power rankings have Packers too high

Clay Matthews could be one of the Green Bay Packers' only playmakers on defense in 2013.
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The 0-1 Green Bay Packers are struggling with injuries on defense and have a weak offensive line, yet many publications are ranking them as high as fourth in their power rankings.

Averaging the rankings together, the Packers are ranking sixth, sixth in the entire league! Is this team the sixth best?

After getting shredded yet again last weekend against the San Francisco 49ers, the Green Bay Packers showed glaring weaknesses that the sixth best team should not show.

The team cannot defend the pass, and still struggles to get a pass rush. Not a new problem for this team.

With injuries (and declining skills) at safety and cornerback, this team could be giving up 400 yards in passing every week.

But, the Packers do have 2011 MVP Aaron Rodgers under center and that should keep them competitive this year.

Even so, the team did not address many glaring needs through the draft or free agency and the defense has not improved. This is likely defensive coordinator Dom Capers' last year due to the continued defensive meltdowns.

On offense, the team shouldn't be weak, but they could be this year with the makeshift offensive line.

For the Packers to be ranked at No. 4 or No. 5 is far too high, even this early in the season. The team simply is missing too many pieces and isn't set to be one of the NFL's elites this season.

That could very well change as the season progresses, but for now, rank the Packers lower, they just aren't there yet.

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