NFL Power Rankings: Most Surprising and Disappointing Teams After Week 3

Ryan DavenportContributor ISeptember 23, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 15:  Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins throws a pass during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 15, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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After just three weeks of the 2013 NFL campaign, it's safe to say this season has held more than its fair share of surprises. 

Teams previously thought to be postseason contenders have limped to 0-3 starts, while other squads pegged to be potential cellar dwellers have quickly established themselves as candidates to earn playoff berths. 

Heading into Week 4, it's been a wild ride for virtually every NFL fan. Here's a look at the most surprising and disappointing teams thus far, as well as updated power rankings for all 32 squads. 

 

Power Rankings Through Week 3   

RankingTeam
1Seattle Seahawks
2Denver Broncos
3Kansas City Chiefs
4Chicago Bears
5New England Patriots
6New Orleans Saints
7Miami Dolphins
8Baltimore Ravens
9Cincinnati Bengals
10Indianapolis Colts
11Dallas Cowboys
12Houston Texans
13Detroit Lions
14Tennessee Titans
15Atlanta Falcons
16San Francisco 49ers
17New York Jets
18Philadelphia Eagles
19Oakland Raiders
20St. Louis Rams
21San Diego Chargers
22Carolina Panthers
23Cleveland Browns
24Green Bay Packers
25Arizona Cardinals
26Buffalo Bills
27Tampa Bay Buccaneers
28Minnesota Vikings
29Washington Redskins
30Pittsburgh Steelers
31New York Giants
32Jacksonville Jaguars

 

No. 31 New York Giants

For a team that is just over a year removed from a Super Bowl Victory, the first three weeks of the 2013 season have been nothing short of flabbergasting for the New York Giants. 

Yeah, it was surprising to see Tom Coughlin's team drop back-to-back games against Dallas and Denver; the loss on Sunday to Carolina was downright demoralizing.

On the road against the Panthers, Eli Manning and company didn't just lose, they got absolutely flattened, as the G-men were trailing by a 17-0 margin by the time the game was half over. 

Now, with a road tilt against the undefeated Chiefs on tap for Week 4, New York is in desperate need of a victory, as the Carolina game represented the most lopsided loss of Coughlin's tenure with the Giants. 

 

No. 3 Kansas City Chiefs

After bringing in a new coach in Andy Reid and a new franchise quarterback in Alex Smith, it seemed logical that Kansas City would improve, but few could've envisioned this team going 3-0 to start the season. 

But, after Thursday night's all-important win at Reid's old stomping grounds, that's exactly where the Chiefs are at heading into Week 4. 

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs tries to avoid being sacked by  Nate Allen #29 of the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on September 19, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Pho
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It hasn't been pretty all the time, as KC has pulled out a pair of close ones over the Eagles and Cowboys, but if the wins keep coming, no one will complain. 

If Smith, Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe keep producing offensively, this is a Chiefs team that will be headed for the postseason this winter. 

 

No. 29 Washington Redskins

For Robert Griffin III and the Redskins, the 2013 season has been a trying one thus far, as the second-year quarterback has looked rusty during Washington's three losses. 

No, the defeats haven't been even close to being solely his fault, but RG3 hasn't exactly come up big when the team's needed him. And although his Week 3 performance showed he's still got the ability to run when needed, the turnovers are very troubling. 

The Redskins' defense finally looked a little bit better against Detroit on Sunday, but giving up a league-high 115 points is simply unacceptable. 

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 22:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins scrambles before fumbling the ball in the fourth quarter during a game Detroit Lions at FedExField on September 22, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Ge
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This is not a team that has much confidence as of now, but Week 4's road tilt with Oakland does provide them a golden opportunity to turn things around. 

 

No. 7 Miami Dolphins

Week 3 was a pivotal one for Miami, as Ryan Tannehill's Dolphins beat a quality opponent in the Atlanta Falcons, just one week after taking out Andrew Luck and the Colts. 

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 22: Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins hands off to Lamar Miller #26 during a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Sun Life Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Even without much from No. 1 receiver Mike Wallace, Tannehill, Lamar Miller and Brian Hartline had enough in the tank offensively to get the Dolphins to 3-0, which bodes well for this team going forward. 

And, more importantly, Miami's defense has looked very impressive against two of the league's best quarterbacks, so this is undoubtedly a potential postseason team. 

Though the Dolphins have been great thus far, next Monday night's clash with New Orleans will be an important test for this resurgent group, because beating an elite quarterback in three consecutive weeks will put the rest of the league on notice. 

 

No. 16 San Francisco 49ers

After getting pummeled in every way imaginable against the Seattle Seahawks, the San Francisco 49ers dropped another disappointing loss to the Colts in Week 3. 

Colin Kaepernick's offense has been terrible for the last two weeks, managing just 10 points with zero passing touchdowns during the 49ers' pair of lopsided defeats. 

What's even more troubling is how badly Jim Harbaugh's team has performed on defense, as the 49ers have given up a combined 56 points during the last two games. 

Kaepernick hasn't helped either, as the second-year starter has tossed four picks, and hasn't posted a completion rate above 50 percent since San Francisco's Week 1 victory over Green Bay. 

This is a team with more than enough talent to turn things around, but after earning a spot in the Super Bowl last season, expectations were much higher than this for Harbaugh and company.