NFL Power Rankings: Where All 32 Teams Stand After Thursday Night Football
With Thursday Night Football over and the Kansas City Chiefs coming out on top, we can now determine where each team stands heading into Sunday of Week 3.
The Chiefs looked great in the 26-16 win, with Donnie Avery and Jamaal Charles having big games for the offense. Meanwhile, the defense was fantastic, forcing six turnovers and Justin Houston leading the way with 3.5 sacks.
So, with one game down this week, let's take a look at the updated power rankings.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars have been so bad to start the year that Bleacher Report's own Mike Freeman had their pre-Week 3 grade as a frowny face.
Putting up 11 points in two games is just not acceptable, especially when one of those games was against the Oakland Raiders. This team is clearly not going to look pretty this season, and they're already the front-runners for the No. 1 overall pick in May.
31. Cleveland Browns
If the Browns had any chance at having the slightest amount of success in 2013, it died this week.
There is now almost no talent on this roster, especially on offense. Brandon Weeden's future looks grim after this season.
30. Oakland Raiders
Terrelle Pryor looks good to start the season, but the Raiders are going to need to beat a decent team to move up in the rankings.
A 19-9 win over the Jaguars and a 1-1 start is nice, but the Raiders are going to need some more convincing wins. The ground game looks great, however, with Darren McFadden leading the way.
29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I was going to explain how undisciplined this team is and how there seems to be a serious lack of leadership in the locker room and with the coaching staff, but I overslept.
28. Washington Redskins
Until Robert Griffin III proves that he's healthy and has shaken off the rust, teams are going to enjoy playing aggressive against him.
The defense seems to be an issue in 2013 and has already allowed over 1,000 total yards of offense in two weeks. It may have been against the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles, but the Redskins still allowed 71 points, and that needs to change quickly as they face a possible 0-3 start.
27. New York Jets
As bad as I thought the Jets were going to be, they've actually shown some good signs to start the season.
Geno Smith and the offense still don't look good, but the defense has held their opponents to just 30 points in two games and are the second-best defense in terms of total yards so far.
Rex Ryan is still probably going to be gone after this season, but at least there are some positives to take from the season up to this point.
26. Pittsburgh Steelers
Wow, that offense for the Steelers is not looking good so far. With 19 points and 75 yards rushing in two games, there are going to be some serious struggles as the season moves on.
The defense doesn't look as intimidating as it once was, and this could be an ugly season for Ben Roethlisberger and Co.
25. Carolina Panthers
The Panthers could be 2-0 at this point, but late surges from the Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills have kept this team from recording its first win of the year.
Cam Newton and the ground game have looked good, but they are a few more pieces away on both sides of the ball from being a playoff team.
24. Buffalo Bills
A lot of people didn't like the E.J. Manuel selection back in April, but it looks pretty good so far.
Manuel has taken over at QB and already led this team to an incredibly fourth-quarter comeback win. The Bills also nearly took down the New England Patriots in Week 1.
It's still early, but Manuel looks like he can be the future in Buffalo.
23. Minnesota Vikings
Adrian Peterson is the reigning MVP, but this team isn't going anywhere until Christian Ponder steps up.
The defense is struggling, and Ponder already has four interceptions on the year. He's made some really questionable decisions in the pocket and has made some really bad throws.
If the Vikings had a solid quarterback, they could be a playoff team once again, but that doesn't look like the case with Ponder under center and an 0-2 start.
22. New York Giants
Eli Manning already has 812 yards through the air, but he also leads the league with seven interceptions.
The Giants are going to have a crucial game against the Carolina Panthers this Sunday, and whoever loses will be 0-3 and all but taken out of the playoff picture already.
21. Tennessee Titans
The Titans were so close to starting the season 2-0 with the lead in the AFC South, but the Houston Texans pulled off a thrilling 30-24 win in overtime.
Jake Locker doesn't look like the answer, but the rest of the offense looks good enough to try and carry him to a mediocre season in what could be his last shot in Tennessee as the starting quarterback.
20. Arizona Cardinals
Larry Fitzgerald finally has someone who can get him the ball, and his name is Patrick Peterson.
OK, Carson Palmer is doing just fine at quarterback, but that was a heck of a pass from the defensive back. The offense looks much more competent than it did in 2012, and the defense is continuing to add pieces as the Cardinals try to have a respectable season in a tough NFC West.
19. Detroit Lions
Calvin Johnson is the best receiver in the league, but it would be nice if Matthew Stafford had someone else to throw to so the attention would be taken off of the impressive receiver.
Reggie Bush looks like he has the chance to do just that, but several injury concerns have already come up this season, and his health is going to be critical to their success.
It was an undisciplined loss against the Cardinals last week, with over 100 yards in penalties, but this team is one of the more talented in football.
18. Philadelphia Eagles
That offense that looked so high-powered through the first two games didn't look so scary as the Chiefs took them down.
Some of that might be credited to Andy Reid and his familiarity with his former players' tendencies, plus the Chiefs have a very strong defense so far in 2013. The Eagles will need to limit the turnovers and hope that LeSean McCoy can continue to make big plays.
17. St. Louis Rams
This Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys will be a good measure of how good this team can be. The defense, led by Robert Quinn, is underrated but should be able to give Tony Romo fits this week.
16. Dallas Cowboys
Speaking of Romo and the Cowboys, they're coming off of a tough 17-16 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs that has them as one of the most confusing teams in the NFL once again.
The Cowboys looked explosive in Week 1 against the Giants, but the offense was really slow last week. The running game needs to improve after running for just 37 yards on 16 carries against the Chiefs.
15. Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis may have brought in Richardson, but this team looks like it could be in big trouble for the rest of the year.
Injuries have already plagued the Colts through two weeks. They've already lost Donald Thomas, Dwayne Allen and Vick Ballard with season-ending injuries, leaving some big holes on this offense.
Still, Andrew Luck, T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne are still standing. The real question will be if the defense can step up as the offense takes a step back.
14. San Diego Chargers
Philip Rivers hasn't been getting much love so far this season. After having 15 interceptions and 13 fumbles in 2012, he was just one interception so far. He also has thrown for 614 yards and seven touchdowns for a passer rating of 115.8.
The defense has been torched through the air, but if Rivers is the real deal this season, the Chargers have the chance to pull off a 9-7 or 10-6 season.
13. Baltimore Ravens
The defending Super Bowl champions haven't looked good to start the season on either side of the ball, and that's a big concern. However, it's not big enough to drop them too far at this point.
Perhaps the one bright spot has been the emergence of Marlon Brown. An undrafted rookie at 6'5'', Brown has the chance to replace Anquan Boldin as a red-zone threat on offense.
The defense is still trying to gel, but that should happen as the season moves on.
12. Cincinnati Bengals
It sounds weird, but there's a chance that the Bengals can win the AFC North for the first time since 2009.
While the Ravens and Steelers seemed to have taken a step back, the Bengals have looked better this year. A close loss to the Chicago Bears and a convincing win over Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football has the Bengals looking like a team that could possibly make a run in the playoffs in a weak AFC.
11. Kansas City Chiefs
After having the worst record in the NFL at 2-14 last season, the Chiefs have eclipsed that mark with three wins in three games.
A 3-0 record is making Alex Smith and Andy Reid look like geniuses. The Chiefs defense is also incredibly underrated as they held their first two opponents to just 18 points and forced six turnovers this week against the Eagles.
10. Miami Dolphins
After starting the season 2-0, the Dolphins look like the real deal.
Ryan Tannehill has two good receivers in Brian Hartline and Mike Wallace to keep the Air Raid going while Lamar Miller gets adjusted to the starting role. Meanwhile, the defense looks scary with an improved secondary and a still-frightening pass rush led by Cameron Wake.
9. Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons' playmakers are hobbled, and the defense is losing key players left and right, but this team still looks like one of the better ones in the NFC.
Matt Ryan is going to keep giving the ball to Tony Gonzalez, Roddy White and Julio Jones, even when they're banged up. Jones, who was questionable entering their game, went off for 182 yards and a touchdown in the win.
8. Chicago Bears
Chicago played in two really close games, but the Bears have won both of them, and their offense looks very good in 2013.
The biggest differences for the Bears has been the amount of time in the pocket for Jay Cutler. He's been sacked just once so far after being taken down nine times through two games in 2012. If the defense starts improving, this is a legitimate Super Bowl contender that will climb up the rankings.
7. New Orleans Saints
With Sean Payton back, everything seems OK.
Drew Brees has been as good as always, but the big difference right now with the 2-0 start has been the defense. After an atrocious 2012 run, the defense has looked much improved, allowing just 31 points in its first two games and forcing four turnovers.
6. New England Patriots
No one is counting out Tom Brady just yet, but there are going to be some real questions if the receivers continue to struggle out on the field.
Once Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski come back from injury, this offense should get back on track. Until then, the Pats are just one spot out of the Top Five.
5. Houston Texans
It's been a wild two weeks for the Texans, but all that matters for them is that they have come away with wins in both games.
Next up is Baltimore, and it will be a great game to see just how good the Texans are. Matt Schaub will look to continue his hot start which can be attributed to the addition of DeAndre Hopkins. The combination of a ground game and threats in the passing game means that this offense could win a lot of games this season.
4. Green Bay Packers
Here is your weekly reminder that Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in the NFL.
Rodgers was fantastic against the Redskins, putting up 480 passing yards and four touchdowns. Even without Greg Jennings and Donald Driver, this offense seems to be just fine.
The loss of Eddie Lacy was a big concern at the beginning of the game, but James Starks came out of nowhere, breaking the team's 44-game streak without a 100-yard rusher. LaDanian Tomlinson seems to think quite highly of Starks heading into this week.
If the defense can stop the pass once the secondary gets healthy, this could be another Packers team that makes a deep run in the playoffs.
3. San Francisco 49ers
As good as the 49ers are, they finally had some weaknesses exposed on Sunday Night Football against the Seattle Seahawks.
The secondary looks rather suspect so far with Nnamdi Asomugha appearing to be a defensive liability. Eric Reid looked good to start the game, but things got worse after he was forced to leave the game with an apparent concussion.
Don't think this means the 49ers are going to be a bad team; they're still one of the best in the NFL. Colin Kaepernick and Jim Harbaugh will make sure that they turn it around this week against the Colts.
2. Denver Broncos
With weapons like these, who needs a quarterback?
Once Von Miller returns, this team is somehow going to be even more scary. While it's always difficult to go 16-0, based off of their schedule, the Broncos have a shot to run the table.
Who is the best team in the NFL?
1. Seattle Seahawks
There isn't a more complete team in the NFL than the Seahawks, plain and simple.
On defense, the Seahawks have an improved front seven with the additions of Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett. They also have hands down the best secondary in the NFL led by Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.
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