NFL Power Rankings Week 3: Highlighting the Best and Worst for Every Team

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistSeptember 18, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers gives his quarterback Alex Smith a play to run in the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Candlestick Park on September 16, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Two weeks of NFL football are in the books, and it's never too early to start evaluating this year's squads.

Through the opening weeks, each team has proven different things. The weaknesses, or strengths, shown in Week 1 may not be the same as what came to light in Week 2.

Let's focus on Week 2's action. Here is the best and worst thing to come out of each team's second game.

*All assertions are from Week 2 games, but rankings take the first two weeks into account.

1. San Francisco 49ers

Best: The defense stifled Detroit's passing attack, holding them to 230 yards through the air.

Worst: The 49ers allowed three sacks, but picking a "worst" here is just nitpicking.

2. Houston Texans

Best: Arian Foster and Ben Tate combined for 184 yards and three touchdowns.

Worst: Houston committed 10 penalties for 64 yards.

3. Green Bay Packers

Best: The Packers held the Bears to 168 total yards.

Worst: The offensive line allowed five sacks.

4. Atlanta Falcons

Best: Atlanta's defense sacked Peyton Manning three times and intercepted him three times.

Worst: Michael Turner is still struggling, finishing with 27 yards against the Broncos.

5. Philadelphia Eagles

Best: The Eagles had 486 yards of offense against the Ravens defense.

Worst: The Eagles committed four turnovers, despite another victory.

6. Baltimore Ravens

Best: The Ravens forced four turnovers.

Worst: Philadelphia averaged over 11 yards per completion.

7. Pittsburgh Steelers

Best: Ben Roethlisberger went 24-of-31 for 275 yards and two touchdowns.

Worst: Jonathan Dwyer led the team in rushing yards, with 28.

8. New England Patriots

Best: Four different receivers had five or more receptions.

Worst: They couldn't protect Brady, Aaron Hernandez got hurt and Stephen Gostkowski clanked the game-winning field goal.

9. Denver Broncos

Best: Demaryius Thomas is a legitimate No. 1 target.

Worst: Peyton Manning threw three interceptions Monday night—in the first quarter.

10. San Diego Chargers

Best: Dante Rosario caught three touchdowns as Antonio Gates' replacement.

Worst: They didn't lose any, but the team fumbled three times.

11. Chicago Bears

Best: Chicago sacked Aaron Rodgers five times.

Worst: Jay Cutler threw four interceptions, amounting to a 28.2 quarterback rating.

12. New York Giants

Best: Eli Manning had a career-high 510 passing yards in their comeback win.

Worst: Manning threw three interceptions.

13. Dallas Cowboys

Best: Anthony Spencer had two sacks and seven tackles on an otherwise-poor defense.

Worst: Dallas allowed 182 rushing yards to Seattle.

14. Detroit Lions

Best: Jason Hanson is ageless, kicking four field goals in Sunday night's loss.

Worst: Their passing attack was no match for San Francisco's stingy defense.

15. New York Jets

Best: Mark Sanchez didn't throw an interception, despite facing heavy pressure.

Worst: Sanchez went 10-of-27 passing.

16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Best: Vincent Jackson averaged almost 26 yards per catch.

Worst: The Giants had 604 total yards.

17. Washington Redskins

Best: Robert Griffin III carried the ball 11 times for 82 yards and two touchdowns.

Worst: 11 penalties for 96 yards killed all momentum on multiple occasions.

18. Arizona Cardinals

Best: The Cardinals sacked Tom Brady four times and hit him on six other occasions.

Worst: Arizona averaged four yards per play.

19. Carolina Panthers

Best: Cam Newton had 324 total yards and two touchdowns.

Worst: The Panthers allowed nearly 500 yards on defense.

20. Seattle Seahawks

Best: Marshawn Lynch ran for 122 yards and one touchdown.

Worst: The Seahawks were 5-of-15 on third down against Dallas.

21. New Orleans Saints

Best: Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas combined for 238 total yards, averaging 11 yards per touch.

Worst: Carolina ran for 219 total yards.

22. Cincinnati Bengals

Best: Andy Dalton's quarterback rating was 128.2 versus Cleveland.

Worst: Dalton was sacked six times and knocked down six more times on top of that.

23. Tennessee Titans

Best: Alterraun Verner racked up six tackles, three pass deflections and an interception.

Worst: Philip Rivers averaged 8.4 yards per pass on the Titans' defense.

24. St. Louis Rams

Best: Danny Amendola had 15 catches for 160 yards and one touchdown.

Worst: The Redskins averaged 6.1 yards per carry.

25. Buffalo Bills

Best: Defensively, Buffalo forced three turnovers and sacked Matt Cassel five times.

Worst: Kansas City had 422 yards.

26. Miami Dolphins

Best: Reggie Bush had 172 yards and three touchdowns.

Worst: Carson Palmer threw for 373 yards.

27. Cleveland Browns

Best: Rookies Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson combined for 431 yards and three touchdowns.

Worst: Cleveland had 10 penalties for 103 yards.

28. Kansas City Chiefs

Best: The Bills ran for 201 yards.

Worst: Kansas City had 422 total yards.

29. Indianapolis Colts

Best: Andrew Luck earned his first NFL victory and didn't throw an interception.

Worst: The Colts defense struggled to stop the short routes, typified by Percy Harvin's 12 catches on 13 targets.

30. Minnesota Vikings

Best: Christian Ponder went 27-of-35 for 245 yards and two touchdowns.

Worst: The Vikings had 11 penalties for 100-plus yards and surrendered the game-winning field goal.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars

Best: Maurice Jones-Drew averaged five yards per carry.

Worst: Jacksonville only mustered 117 total yards.

32. Oakland Raiders

Best: Oakland didn't surrender any sacks.

Worst: The Raiders went 1-of-12 on third-down conversions.


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