It took 4 weeks, but the Packers finally look like their old, dominant selves again.
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With a 38-17 win over the Chicago Bears in a critical matchup, one thing is clear: The Green Bay Packers are back. Maybe the team has lost a step on defense and RB Eddie Lacy is not having the breakout sophomore season most were predicting, but Aaron Rodgers is still the elite QB we know him to be (evidenced by his NFC Off. Player of the Week award as well). With 4 TDs and a completion percentage over 78%, the 2011 NFL MVP overwhelmed the Bears to pick up the team’s first road win. And with four upcoming games against teams that have been having similar struggles as the Packers apparently had weeks ago, now is as good a time as any for the Packers to get several games above .500 before their Week 9 bye week.
Here are the 5 best teams in the NFL heading into Week 5:
5. Arizona Cardinals – When two of your three wins come using the backup QB, it means two things: the team doesn’t need Carson Palmer as badly as some think they do or this team may quietly be one of the best in the league. Or maybe both.
4. San Diego Chargers – If this team played in any non-West division, this team would be a surefire division title winner, and would probably get a first-round bye as well.
3. Cincinnati Bengals – Even without a game this week, the Bengals 47-point win differential is still the highest in the league. And with the Patriots and Colts struggling, the Bengals currently look like a lock for a first-round bye.
2. Denver Broncos – No game, no problem. The Broncos still look like the second most dominant team in football as the rest of the league tries to sort itself out.
1. Seattle Seahawks – The more things change, the more they stay the same. The Seahawks retain their No. 1 status after a bye-week.