NFL Power Rankings: Week 3

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Take a dab, DeAngelo Williams. Your Pittsburgh Steelers are pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good.


Another slate of NFL games are in the books, so it is time to sit back and take a look at where the chips so happen to have landed.

Rank
Last Week
Team
Record
Comments
32
32
cleveland
0-2
The Cleveland Browns lead 20-2 at one point and then they remembered, "Hey, we ARE the Cleveland Browns!". On the bright side, it is Cody Kessler time!
31
30
chicago
0-2
Jay Cutler? More like Jay Buttler. Brian Hoyer finished after an apparent injury to Cutler. On the bright side, at least the Browns suck more than you.
30
26
miami
0-2
Ryan Tannehill almost throws for 400 yards (!!!) but the Dolphins still manage to lose. What are you doing?
29
19
buffalo
0-2
Oh, Buffalo. How sad you truly are. The offense finally shows up, the defense does not. How to react? Fire the offensive coordinator. It is going to be a LONG season in Orchard Park.
28
22
washington
0-2
Kirk Cousins played statistically well, but rumblings in Washington point towards unhappy teammates. Things could get ugly for Washington, if they can't right the ship quick.
27
27
san-francisco
1-1
The 49ers scored 27 points but allowed 46. Welcome back to Earth, San Francisco.
26
21
new-orleans
0-2
Last week, it felt like the Saints scored all the points. This week, they struggled to score a single touchdown. New Orleans' defense was better than expected but the Saints will continue live and die by their offense, and for the 2nd week, it failed them.
25
20
detroit
1-1
Detroit almost pulled off a nice comeback, after blowing the lead for the second straight week. Captain Clutch (Matt Stafford) threw another pick in a big spot.
24
16
tampa-bay
1-1
Tampa fell back to Earth in spectacular fashion. A week after a big win for the Tampa Jameis Winstons, Arizona laid the smackdown on their jabroni asses. 5 turnovers are not a key to success.
23
17
indianapolis
0-2
Question for you, Indianapolis. WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING? You have Andrew Luck and you are wasting him away..kind of like what you did with Peyton Manning all those years. Except this time, you might get Andrew Luck murdered before the team gets good enough to help him win a Super Bowl.
22
15
jacksonville
0-2
Welp, this is going the opposite direction for Jacksonville quick. A popular playoff pick to start, they now are 0-2. All is well in Jacksonville.
21
31
los-angeles
1-1
The St. Louis Rams nearly bored the Seattle Seahawks to death on Sunday. 3 field goals to win their first game in Los Angeles in 22 years. Still searching for a touchdown.
20
29
san-diego
1-1
San Diego appears to be the offensive juggernaut we thought them to be last week. 220 yards and 4 TDs for Phil Rivers on Sunday. Defense wasn't good, but they got the win.
19
28
philadelphia
2-0
Two games in and it looks like Carson Wentz might be able to handle this NFL thing. Wentz wasn't an offensive juggernaut, but did enough to win. At the end of the day, that is all that matters.
18
24
atlanta
1-1
The Falcons knocked off a Raiders team that impressed last week in New Orleans. Atlanta fans have to hope this is a sign of things to come.
17
25
tennessee
1-1
Tennessee pulled off quite the comeback here this week. Down 15-3 at the end of three, the Titans scored 13 unanswered to pull off their first win of the season.
16
23
dallas
1-1
A week after losing a game they should've won, Dallas puts the first tally in the win column this season. A nice little bow on the top for Alfred Morris, ex-Washington RB, who scored the game-winning TD.
15
11
oakland
1-1
After a Week 1 triumph in New Orleans, the Raiders were riding on a proverbial could nine. Then, Atlanta happened. Oakland's defense uncharacteristically struggled for a second straight week. The offense did not. We know where the issue lies here, and it could cost Oakland in the long run if it continues,
14
10
kansas-city
1-1
One would think that Kansas City would have all the momentum in the world following their improbable comeback last week. One was wrong. Not a bad loss, against a seemingly good team, but you need to be able to beat teams like Houston to make a playoff run.
13
18
baltimore
2-0
Baltimore looks impressive, so far. Granted, they have played Buffalo and Cleveland, but good teams are expected to beat bad teams. Positive progress coming off of last season's 5-11 debacle.
12
13
new-jets
1-1
After a close loss in Week 1, the Jets showed us a little more of what they might be in Week 2. They drop 37 on a bad Bills team and turn some heads in the process.
11
14
new-giants
2-0
Don't look now, but the Giants quietly are 2-0 and looking really good. The Giants defense continues to look much improved under Steve Spagnuolo and the offense is clicking well. If the NFC East continues to sputter, the Giants could walk away with the division quick.
10
12
minnesota
2-0
Adrian Peterson went down in this victory with a right knee impingement, that was the only real bad news. The Vikings defense was stout and Sam Bradford looked really, really good in his first Vikings start. Watch out for these guys.
9
5
seattle
1-1
After barely winning their first game, Seattle did not inspire much confidence with their Week 2 performance. You lose to Los Angeles, a team that can't score touchdowns.

*Kanye voice* BRO. WHAT ARE YOU DOING.
8
4
green-bay
1-1
Green Bay tried all the could to win this game, but the Vikings were just too good for them. The offensive line was weak, allowing 5 sacks. Not a good week for the Packers.
7
2
cincinnati
1-1
Cincinnati had the opportunity to put the doubters to rest and take the upper hand on Pittsburgh early in the season. Instead, the Bengals fall short and now find themselves in third place in the division.
6
8
houston
2-0
Houston is building a monster. Brock Osweiler did enough again, Lamar Miller performed well against a stout run defense and the two-headed receiving monster of Hopkins and Fuller impressed. Defensively, J.J. Watt recorded 1.5 sacks and continues to get stronger. Sheesh, watch out for these Texans.
5
7
carolina
1-1
As we expected, Week 1 was a minor blip on the radar. Carolina was a little exposed heading into Week 2 but they didn't let it stop them from teaching the 49ers a quick lesson. 46 points scored, I think Carolina will be OK.
4
9
pittsburgh
2-0
It appears these Steelers might just be for real, through two weeks. This week, they handled the Bengals both offensively and defensively. You've got my attention, Pittsburgh.
3
6
denver
2-0
What a performance on Sunday from this squad. The offense continues to gel, which is good for Denver, considering their defense is still absolutely ridiculous. Von Miller led the charge Sunday with 3 sacks of Andrew Luck, including a strip sack that led to a Shane Ray touchdown. These guys are scary good through two weeks.
2
3
arizona
1-1
Beat 'em down - that was the theme of Sunday's game for Arizona against Tampa Bay. The Cardinals made quite a statement after losing Week 1. 416 yards on offense, 5 turnovers created on defense. 7 points allowed. Don't sleep on Arizona, they're still very good.
1
1
new-england
2-0
Good news: New England defeated Miami and remains #1 in BLTD's power rankings. Bad news: Jimmy G injured his perfect shoulder, being deemed an AC joint sprain. Garoppolo will likely miss Week 3, but could return Week 4 vs. BUF. On a side note, what the hell is a "Jacoby Brissett"?

Written by Ryan Wolfe

Ryan Wolfe is the founder and editor-in-chief of BLTD Sports. He can be heard on the BLTD Podcast. Ryan's writing is also featured over at TheHockeyWriters.com.

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