The Green Bay Packers, winners of eight of their nine eight games and the NFC North Division champions, remain No. 6 in the AP Pro32 rankings.
Denver is No. 1 and San Francisco is No. 2, with the clubs splitting the 12 first-place votes. Both teams inched up a spot to replace last week’s No. 1, New England, which fell to third. Atlanta and Houston flip-flopped spots, with the Falcons fourth and Texans fifth.
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Here are comments on the Packers by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
Chris Berman (ESPN, 4) - On 8-1 roll. Congrats on another NFC Norris crown.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 10) - They've shown resiliency, and their best football could be ahead.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 6)
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 4) - Getting Clay Matthews back helped and may have Woodson back this week, getting healthy at the right time.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 6) - That's six in a row against the Bears and 12 straight against NFC North opponents for the Packers, who clinch a second straight divisional title. A trifecta of Aaron Rodgers-to-James Jones TDs does the trick.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 6) - Consecutive victories the last three weeks over Minnesota, Detroit and Chicago have put the Packers in the driver's seat in the NFC North with a 10-4 record.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 4) - Funny how these guys can't escape Seattle. They got jobbed out a victory there; now, they're forced to root for the Seahawks. A Seattle win this weekend makes Green Bay the NFC's second seed.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 7) - Two more wins could give them a first-round playoff bye.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 7) - The defense is getting players back, but the offensive line still can't protect Aaron Rodgers. What happens if they have to play a top pass-rushing team?
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 3) - The Packers are getting healthier and poised for a run. Greg Jennings and Clay Matthews are back, Charles Woodson and Jordy Nelson on the way? K Mason Crosby will need to put his so far awful 2012 behind him for the Pack to get where they want to be. It's funny how amongst all of the talk of Manning, Brady, RG3, Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck, the best one going may reside in Green Bay. His name is Aaron Rodgers.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 6) - The 2010 Packers overcame significant injuries to win a Super Bowl. This year's team has a shot at doing the same after clinching the NFC North with Sunday's 21-13 win over Chicago.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 3) - The Bears can't beat them, but Mason Crosby might be able to.