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Week 3 Power Rankings

Posted Sep 27, 2017

Who tops the Power Rankings after Week 3

1.       Kansas City Chiefs

Alex Smith reverted back to his more cautious self in the Week 3 win against the Chargers but he avoided the mistakes that did in his counterpart, Philip Rivers. KC keep on finding ways to win.

2.       Atlanta Falcons

Ditto the Falcons, who hung on and needed some instant replay and rule book help to see of the Lions. Dan Quinn is doing a fantastic job with a team that now sits pretty at 3-0 on the season.

3.       New England Patriots

The defense is shaky at best but as long as Tom Brady is under center, this is a genuine contender capable of going all the way. Eight touchdowns and no picks for Tom in his last two games.

4.       Green Bay Packers

The Packers are another with shaky foundations at the moment and injuries are a worry as well – but as long as Aaron Rodgers is under center, this is a… oh, just read the lines above!

5.       Oakland Raiders

From here on out, these rankings get a little sketchy. The Silver and Black just about remain in my top five despite a virtual no-show in Washington, especially from their wide receivers.

6.       Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott looked very good against the Cardinals on Monday Night Football and this 2-1 team would rank higher if I could just wash off the stink of that one-sided loss in Denver.

7.       Pittsburgh Steelers

For a team boasting Ben Roethlisberger at QB, Le’Veon Bell at RB and Antonio Brown at WR, the Steelers are a massive disappointment. Bell is averaging just 60 rushing yards per game.

8.       Tennessee Titans

The Titans have bounced back nicely after an opening day loss to Oakland. Putting up 33 points and 420 yards of offense against Seattle’s vaunted defense should make people take notice.

9.       Denver Broncos

Is a little bit of consistency too much to ask from some of these teams? Trevor Siemian looked like a world-beater against Dallas in Week 2 and then tosses two picks in a Week 3 stinker at Buffalo.

10.   Minnesota Vikings

Case Keenum was doing a Brett Favre circa 2009 impression in his Vikings uniform on Sunday. It also doesn’t hurt to have an outstanding and growing receiver in Stefon Diggs on your team.

11.   Detroit Lions

See the comments on New England and Green Bay. The Lions are not a complete team but they always have a chance with Matthew Stafford, who came up just short in Week 3, at the helm.

12.   Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles are continuing to see growth from second-year QB Carson Wentz and they controlled the clock very impressively against the Giants in Week 3 to the tune of more than 37 minutes.

13.   Washington Redskins

Many more performances like that one against the Raiders on Sunday Night Football and Kirk Cousins is going to get paid in 2018. Who am I kidding? He’s getting paid anyway!

14.   Baltimore Ravens

I don’t want to make overly-dramatic statements but I don’t ever recall seeing a Baltimore side that devoid of passion and commitment. That is the most worrying aspect of their London loss.

15.   Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs are another tough one to figure out following their comprehensive loss in Minneapolis. That wiped away the positive thoughts of their Week 2 win over Chicago.

16.   Seattle Seahawks

This is a team that has struggled badly in two road losses and only just survived their lone win at home. The defense fell away in Nashville, which could be a very big concern for the rest of 2017.

17.   Jacksonville Jaguars

If Blake Bortles can play the kind of turnover-free football we saw at Wembley – coupled with a strong running game and aggressive defense – the Jags can be season-long AFC South contenders.

18.   Los Angeles Rams

Jared Goff is loving life under head coach Sean McVay. It helps to have Andrew Whitworth protecting your blindside and Todd Gurley back to his very best in the backfield.

19.   New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees remains one of the most prolific passers in the game today and he always brings out the best in his receivers. That, for one week, was enough to distract from a sub-par defense.

20.   Buffalo Bills

Sean McDermott does not boast the strongest roster in the NFL but he seems to get his Bills ready to play each week and Tyrod Taylor is always good for a big play or two at quarterback.

21.   Miami Dolphins

Adam Gase called Miami’s offense “garbage” after Sunday’s loss to the Jets. His defense is also giving up too many long passes. Oh, and here comes the aforementioned Drew Brees. Ouch!

22.   Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson continues to take baby steps under center and the defense looked for real and back to its best in pushing New England hard in Week 3. This team should rise in the coming weeks.

23.   Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton still has some way to go before he can be declared fully fit and his offensive line is not exactly rock solid. The Panthers are 2-1, but that is a shaky early season winning record.

24.   Arizona Cardinals

Carson Palmer is picking up the passing yards each week for the Cardinals but this is a team that appears to have missed its Super Bowl window. They are dangerous, but definitely flawed.

25.   Chicago Bears

John Fox wants his Bears to run the ball and play good defense. They achieved both on Sunday, holding Pittsburgh to 282 total yards while rushing for 220 yards of their own in a big home win.

26.   Indianapolis Colts

Jacoby Brissett is showing continued improvement in Indy and completed more than 70 percent of his throws in a Week 3 win over Cleveland. He also accounted for 3 touchdowns (2 rushing).

27.   Cincinnati Bengals

New offensive coordinator Bill Lazor offered a quick fix for the Bengals’ attack with 10 catches for A.J. Green. The defense also had 6 sacks and scored on a pick six. Yet Cincy found a way to lose.

28.   New York Giants

New York’s offense finally woke up late against the Eagles… and then the defense fell asleep. At 0-3, you have to wonder if the Giants can come back. This is shaping up to be a disappointing year.

29.   Los Angeles Chargers

Fed up with watching others mess things up for the Chargers, Philip Rivers took matters into his own hands against Kansas City and threw 3 picks. The Chargers have now lost eight straight games.

30.   New York Jets

Todd Bowles rang up our Power Rankings HQ last week and channelled his inner Dirty Dancing as he moaned: “Nobody puts the Jets in the basement.” You’re out for now, coach!

31.   San Francisco 49ers

It’s the hope that will kill San Francisco fans. That and having to come to the stadium dressed as an empty seat every week. Kyle Shanahan will figure it out – but this rebuild will take time.

32.   Cleveland Browns

I expect Cleveland to be improved in 2017 and they are showing fighting spirit. But they don’t have a column for fighting spirit in the NFL. It’s wins and losses that count and the Browns are winless.

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