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
|3||Kansas City Chiefs|
|5||New England Patriots|
|6||New Orleans Saints|
|16||San Francisco 49ers|
|17||New York Jets|
|20||St. Louis Rams|
|21||San Diego Chargers|
|24||Green Bay Packers|
|27||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|31||New York Giants|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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