NFL Power Rankings: Teams Who Will Skyrocket After Season's First Wins

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 23, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers congratulates  Carson Palmer #3 of the Oakland Raiders after the Raiders beat the Steelers at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 23, 2012 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Starting out the season with a record of 0-2 is pretty unenviable, but these teams showed that the season is still young as they won their first games of the season.

It's far from too late for these teams to turn it around, and many of them showcased talents and abilities that will bode well down the stretch and could turn into massive winning streaks.

Let's take a closer look at the teams who will get a massive boost in the power rankings after a Week 3 win and their first of the season.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jags may not suddenly be a playoff contender and are honestly far from it, but they proved in Week 3 that they don't belong in the conversation for being the worst NFL team.

In a AFC South clash against the Colts that would be a major telling factor as far as who sits at the bottom of the division, the Jaguars mounted a come-from-behind victory after golden boy Andrew Luck gave his team a 17-16 lead with less than a minute remaining.

Blaine Gabbert showed that he's the quarterback for the future, and running back Maurice Jones-Drew seemed to be back from his monthlong holdout with a major day on the ground.

The defense may not be able to hold many more teams under 20 points, but if they can manage to do so, their team will always have a great chance to win each game.

Kansas City Chiefs

Even though both teams came in at 0-2, it's safe to say that New Orleans was a major favorite over Kansas City heading into Sunday's game. 

They showed why early after getting off to a 24-6 lead, but the Chiefs roared back when Ryan Succop started raining field goals (he made six of them) and Jamaal Charles put the team on his back for the team's only touchdown of the day on a 91-yard scamper.

Kansas City persevered through a stingy Saints defense that doesn't seem to be as depleted from the bounty scandal as we once thought. Matt Cassel didn't make many spectacular plays, but he kept his team in the game when they needed points.

The Chiefs' young defense is showing up to be climbing the rankings fast, and their team will climb with them through the power rankings after Week 3.

Oakland Raiders

Not many teams had a worse start to the season than the Oakland Raiders, which is why their upset victory over rival Pittsburgh Steelers came at the perfect time.

Darren McFadden ran like a man possessed as he finished with 18 carries for 113 yards, most of which came when his team was behind and needed to sustain scoring drives. A 64-yard run that he broke was a turning point in the game.

We all know games are won in the fourth quarter, and the Raiders outscored the Steelers 13-0 in the game's final frame.

Carson Palmer made the plays that his team needed, and some of his best throws were ones that won't show up on the stat sheet. He helped force multiple pass-interference calls by putting the ball in the right spot and begging the defender to wrestle his intended target down.

If their big-time win Sunday was any indication, the Raiders are on their way up.

NFL Power Rankings After Week 2

1. 49ers

2. Texans

3. Falcons

4. Packers

5. Ravens

6. Patriots

7. Eagles

8. Giants

9. Steelers

10. Broncos

11. Chargers

12. Bears

13. Lions

14. Cowboys

15. Cardinals

16. Bengals

17. Seahawks

18. Jets

19. Panthers

20. Redskins

21. Buccaneers

22. Bills

23. Saints

24. Rams

25. Dolphins

26. Titans

27. Colts

28. Chiefs

29. Vikings

30. Raiders

31. Jaguars

32. Browns


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