One-on-One: Who is the best team in the NFL?

Packers

The defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers have raced to an 8-0 start and once again look to be the team to beat in the NFL.

The Packers’ offense is nearly unstoppable with Aaron Rodgers at the helm. They lead the NFL in scoring at more than 34 points a game, which is the highest scoring total since 2007.

Rodgers has established himself as the best QB in the league. He is mobile enough to buy time in the pocket and makes accurate throws time and time again to his multitude of weapons.

Wide receiver Greg Jennings is one of the best and is Rodgers’ go-to target.

Green Bay’s defense has left a little to be desired ranking No. 17 in the NFL in points allowed, but with B.J. Raji and Clay Matthews anchoring the defense they should only improve.

At this point in the season, there appears to be no challengers to the Packers in the NFC.

The 49ers at 7-1 have the second best record but are young and have played an easy schedule.

Halfway through the season it isn’t a stretch to think the Packers could finish undefeated. Their two major challenges the rest of the way will be road games against the New York Giants and Detroit Lions.

There is little doubt the Packers are the best team in the NFL.

-Alex Ross

 

Ravens

Forget the Green Bay Packers’ undefeated record and Aaron Rodgers’ hot streak; the Baltimore Ravens are the best team in football.

The Ravens have already swept their season series against the Pittsburgh Steelers and throttled the New York Jets and Houston Texans.

The defense has a playmaker at each level. Haloti Ngata can’t be blocked on the defensive line and they boast two future Hall of Famers with linebacker Ray Lewis and safety Ed Reed.

Offense has always been the drawback for Baltimore, but that has changed with quarterback Joe Flacco progressing in his fourth season and running back Ray Rice showing why he is the most versatile playmaker in the NFL.

The Ravens have given up more than 17 points in a game just twice this season and have allowed the least amount of points by any NFL team. The Packers have allowed 17 or more in five games. At some point, Green Bay’s bad defense will catch up with them.

Yes, they lost a few bad road games, but they showed in their wins over the Pittsburgh Steelers that this isn’t the same Ravens team that loses in the AFC playoffs each year, but they are one destined for the Super Bowl.

-Bobby Nightengale