this Nov. 30, 2014, file photo, Green Bay Packers quarterback
Aaron Rodgers celebrates a 45-yard touchdown pass to Jordy
Nelson during the first half of an NFL football game against the
New England Patriots in Green Bay, Wis. With a healthy Rodgers
ready to resume his pinpoint passing, the Bay Packers will start
the season as the No. 1 team in the AP Pro32 power rankings. In
balloting by the 12 media members who regularly cover the NFL,
the Packers finished ahead of the Seattle Seahawks and New
England Patriots. The next poll will be released on Sept. 15
after Week 1 of the regular season.
NEW YORK — With a
healthy Aaron Rodgers ready to resume his pinpoint passing, the Green
Bay Packers will start the season as the No. 1 team in the AP Pro32
In balloting by the
12 media members who regularly cover the NFL, the Packers finished
ahead of the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots.
Green Bay received
six first-place votes and 375 points, with the NFC champion Seahawks
earning four first-place votes and 367 points. The Super Bowl champion
Patriots totaled two first-place votes and 359 points.
The next poll will be
released Sept. 15 after Week 1 of the regular season.
NFL MVP Rodgers led
the Packers to their fourth straight NFC Central title, but was
hampered by a calf injury that limited his mobility. Green Bay lost to
the Seahawks in overtime in the NFC championship game.
quarterback in the NFL gives the Packers the edge in becoming the best
team in the NFL," said Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News.
Colts are fourth, followed by Denver, Dallas, Baltimore, Pittsburgh,
Arizona and Cincinnati. The Tennessee Titans are 32nd.
Rodgers will have top
receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb back along with a solid
running game with Eddie Lacy. Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers lead a
defense that seemed to improve late last season.
should've been in the Super Bowl last year," said ESPN's Herm
Edwards. "They've improved their team since then and will come
into this season on a mission."
The Seahawks also are
on a mission after coming up a goal-line interception short of winning
their second straight Super Bowl. They are determined to make amends
after the 1-point loss to the Patriots.
Wilson has a new contract, tight end Jimmy Graham joins the team and
Richard Sherman again leads one of the league's fiercest defenses.
" They say you
can't pay everyone, but the Seahawks have masterfully locked up a core
of mainly 20-something veterans who will keep the championship window
open for at least a few years," said Jenny Vrentas of Monday
With or without Tom
Brady, whose four-game suspension for his role in "Deflategate"
remains in limbo, the Patriots still made the top three.
the greatest QB-coach tandem in NFL history remains risky
business," said Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune after choosing
the Patriots No. 2.
Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota and adding defensive mastermind
Dick LeBeau as coordinator, the Titans still start the season at the
bottom of the rankings.
"I'm glad they
drafted Mariota and in time it will become clear he's a pretty good QB,"
said Pat Kirwan of SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, "but rookie
seasons in this league is usually a trial and error period that ends
in a bad record."