Previous rank: No. 1
The 49ers’ defense is worthy of respect, but there isn’t a unit in the league that can stop the Packers as presently constituted. Green Bay will be a fully functioning machine when it returns from its bye: Three starting offensive linemen will be back from injury (including rookie center Josh Myers and two-time All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari, who each had a Week 18 tune-up), blocking for a quarterback who’s been invincible since November. Aaron Rodgers’ stats over his last seven games represent Madden-on-“Rookie”-level dominance: 1,929 passing yards, 20 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Davante Adams is Rodgers’ obvious No. 1 target, but Allan Lazard has developed into a legit No. 2: Lazard had five receiving touchdowns in Green Bay’s final five games, trailing only Adams (six) for most in the league during that span. Throw in a balanced running attack, and … well, you don’t want none of this.