The Green Bay Packers are rounding into form and overcame another raw deal from officials, but should be alarmed at the way Saints quarterback Drew Brees carved up the secondary in Sunday's 28-27 victory over New Orleans.
That's the bottom line for the voters on the AP Pro32 panel, which evaluated both the Packers and this Sunday's foe, the Indianapolis Colts.
(Power ranking in parentheses)
GREEN BAY PACKERS (7)
Chris Berman (ESPN, 7) — Packers fans running out of refs to cheer.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 6) — A close victory over the Saints could be the spark that gets the Packers rolling.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 8) — Comment currently unavailable
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 5) — Survived the officiating to win at home. Still not perfect but they are figuring things out.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 6) — A week after that Monday night mess in Seattle, where the Packers lost on a disputed call on the final play, Pack sweats out one-point home win over reeling Saints. Aaron Rodgers and the offense look like they're supposed to.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 8) — The Packers begin a rare three-game road trip this weekend at Indianapolis. Only two teams were assigned such trips in 2012, the Packers and Texans.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 9) — Let's be honest: They should be 3-1, and they are the best team in their division.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 7) — That was quite a shootout Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees staged at Lambeau.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 9) — It looks like the Packer offense made some adjustments to the soft coverage's teams were playing and got back to scoring points. The defense did give up 446 yards passing and three touchdowns to Drew Brees, which is alarming.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 9) — The Packers bounced back from the debacle in Seattle and eked one out against the Saints.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 11) — After last Sunday's 28-27 nail-biter against New Orleans, the Packers must hope that Saints quarterback Drew Brees' 446-yard performance isn't an indication that the pass defense has reverted to 2011 form.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 7) — The Pack might have saved their season Sunday, or, more accurately, Saints kicker Garrett Hartley might have saved the Packers' season.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (31)
Chris Berman (ESPN, 30) — Everybody thinking about Chuck Pagano.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 31) — Illness of coach Chuck Pagano is unexpected challenge for this team.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 31) — Comment currently unavailable
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 29) — Things only get more difficult without HC Chuck Pagano, who is battling leukemia. Hurry back coach!
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 31) — Football doesn't really matter all that much when you find out your head coach is battling leukemia. Get well soon, Chuck Pagano.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 28) — The Colts return from their bye this weekend. They are 13-10 all-time after byes.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 29) — Chuck Pagano, get well. The Colts won't win a lot, but with Andrew Luck it's a team worth watching.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 28) — It's difficult to think about football when your head coach is fighting for his life.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 29) — What a shame that coach Pagano has been diagnosed with leukemia. The team will play inspired football and this defense hustles to the ball.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 31) — Thoughts and prayers to head coach Chuck Pagano and his family. God bless and get well soon coach.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 27) — Interim head coach Bruce Arians will have to help the Colts forge ahead for the short-term without head coach Chuck Pagano, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 30) — Maybe they can win one for Chuck Pagano this week.