NFL Power Rankings: Cardinals rise, Packers fall in Week 17

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Dec 27, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) loses his helmet while being sacked by Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Alex Okafor (57) and cornerback Jerraud Powers (25) during the second half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports


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The Green Bay Packers offense is tough to watch at times. Those are words it feels strange to type, but it’s true. Aaron Rodgers was held to 151 passing yards, an interception and a lone touchdown against the Cardinals.

The receivers seem to have an inability of gaining separation, and when they finally do, the ball is either dropped or Rodgers can’t pick them out. The majority of the blame deservedly goes to the receivers, but Rodgers has been far from perfect either. Missed throws and turnovers in the end zone have occurred the past two weeks. Outside of his pick, Rodgers fumbled three times, losing two.

The offensive line had a nightmare, which was largely the result of a number of injuries. The line has been banged up all season but has been one of the few bright spots on offense for the Packers. But the injuries took their toll against the Cardinals and they paid the hefty price. Rodgers was sacked eight times, and backup Scott Tolzien hit the turf once before the Packers’ misery ended.

For the third straight season, the Packers enter Week 17 in an NFC North decider. This year, it’s with the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field. Two years ago, Rodgers was returning from a broken collarbone. Last year, Rodgers played through a calf injury. This year, the Packers must overcome their deficiencies on offense.

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