2010 NFL Power Rankings: Bleacher Report's Week 3 Edition

Daniel WolfSenior Writer ISeptember 21, 2010

2010 NFL Power Rankings: Bleacher Report's Week 3 Edition

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    Week 2 of the 2010 NFL season is in the books and now is the time to list the newest NFL power rankings.

    More surprises, disappointments, and ridiculous moments (yeah you Brandon Jacobs) highlighted another week of NFL games.

    Who would have thought that both the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers would be 2-0 right now...WOW.

    Without delay, I am Daniel Wolf and I am the AFC Featured Content Coordinator and Assignment Desk Editor for Bleacher Report and here are your NFL power rankings.

     

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32. Carolina Panthers

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    2010 Record: 0-2

    Last game: Lost 20-7 to Bucs

    Last week's ranking: 31

    The Matt Moore experiment is already over and it is time to try out the Jimmy Clausen experiment in week 3.
    There are no good signs in this move for the Panthers and a loss to the Bucs moved them into last place on this week's ranking.

    This week: Home versus Cincinnati Bengals

31. Buffalo Bills

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    2010 Record: 0-2

    Last game: Lost 34-7 to Packers

    Last week's ranking: 30

    Has Chan Gailey been away from the game too long?

    He needs to right this ship in Buffalo immediately before it gets worse.

    This week: At New England Patriots

30. St. Louis Rams

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    2010 Record: 0-2

    Last game: Lost 16-14 to Raiders

    Last week's ranking: 28

    A loss to the Raiders, after nearly beating the Cardinals in week 1, moves the Rams down a few notches.


    This week: Home versus Washington Redskins

29. Cleveland Browns

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    2010 Record: 0-2

    Last game: Lost 16-14 to Chiefs

    Last week's ranking: 29

    The Browns are barely able to maintain their spot at No. 29, but if they are winning at halftime in week 3 and then lose the game in the second half for the third straight week, then they will fall on this ranking.

    Here's an idea—GET JOSH CRIBBS THE BALL MORE!

    The Browns might just win if they do this moving forward.


    This week: At Baltimore Ravens

28. Arizona Cardinals

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    2010 Record: 1-1

    Last game: Lost 41-7 to Falcons

    Last week's ranking: 24

    The Cards are the lowest 1-1 team on this list because they barely were able to beat the Rams in week 1 and then they were blown out by the Falcons in week 2.

    Looks like quarterback Derek Anderson is not the answer after all.

    (This is where Browns fans say, "Told you so!")


    This week: Home versus Oakland Raiders

27. Oakland Raiders

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    2010 Record: 1-1

    Last game: Won 16-14 against the Rams

    Last week's ranking: 32

    Hello Darren McFadden and welcome the the NFL...finally.

    Just keep giving him the ball and the Raiders will move up this ranking list quickly.


    This week: At Arizona Cardinals

26. Detroit Lions

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    2010 Record: 0-2

    Last game: Lost 35-32 to Eagles

    Last week's ranking: 26

    Lions maintain this week and I do not remember who said it on SI.com, but the author said the Lions might have a chance to have both the Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year Award winners on their roster with running back Jahvid Best and defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh.


    This week: At Minnesota Vikings

25. San Francisco 49ers

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    2010 Record: 0-2

    Last game: Lost 25-22 to Saints

    Last week's ranking: 22

    The Niners were expected to win the NFC West, instead they are starting this new season in the basement.

    Head Coach Mike Singletary really needs to rally the troops before this season gets ugly.


    This week: At Kansas City Chiefs

24. Dallas Cowboys

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    2010 Record: 0-2

    Last game: Lost 27-20 to Bears

    Last week's ranking: 18

    The Cowboys are in the midst of a downward spiral and there are so many question surrounding Big D right now, without answers.

    Could be a long season for America's Team.


    This week: At Houston Texans

23. Jacksonville Jaguars

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    2010 Record: 1-1

    Last game: Lost 38-13 to Chargers

    Last week's ranking: 22

    The Jags dip down after losing to the Chargers in week 2, but they can move back up the ranking list once running back Maurice Jones-Drew gets rolling.

    Jones-Drew has had two mediocre games compared to how his numbers usually look, but do not doubt that Jones-Drew will get running and defenses will have trouble stopping him.


    This week: Home versus Philadelphia Eagles

22. Denver Broncos

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    2010 Record: 1-1

    Last game: Won 31-14 versus Seahawks

    Last week's ranking: 25

    Quarterback Kyle Orton lit up the Seahawks' defense and he looks to keep the Broncos' offense going in the right direction going into a tough week 3 match up.


    This week: Home versus Indianapolis Colts

21. Seattle Seahawks

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    2010 Record: 1-1

    Last game: Lost 31-14 to Broncos

    Last week's ranking: 15

    Earl Thomas and the Seahawks' defense got torched by the Broncos and look to redeem themselves after they were riding high on the week 1 upset of the 49ers.


    This week: Home versus San Diego Chargers

20. Minnesota Vikings

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    2010 Record: 0-2

    Last game: Lost 14-10 to Dolphins

    Last week's ranking: 11

    The Vikings continued struggles on the field and losses are dropping them down the ranking very fast.

    Brett Favre needs to find his grove and find it now.


    This week: Home versus Detroit Lions

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    2010 Record: 2-0

    Last game: Won 20-7 versus Panthers

    Last week's ranking: 27

    The Bucs are the lowest ranked undefeated team, but they haven't beat any top-tier opponents yet (sorry Browns and Panthers fans).

    Quarterback Josh Freeman is a rising star, but the Bucs need to beat a tougher opponent to make a bigger move up this list.


    This week: Home versus Pittsburgh Steelers

18. Kansas City Chiefs

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    2010 Record: 2-0

    Last game: Won 16-14 versus the Browns

    Last week's ranking: 21

    The Chiefs are an interesting mix of both youth and veterans and it seems to be working after two games.

    Thomas Jones is running hard, Mike Vrabel is still hitting hard, Dexter McCluster is ridiculously fast, and their young cornerbacks look solid in coverage.

    And the Chiefs are in first place in the AFC West. CRAZY!


    This week: Home versus San Francisco 49ers

17. Chicago Bears

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    2010 Record: 2-0

    Last game: Won 27-20 versus Cowboys

    Last week's ranking: 23

    Look what happens when quarterback Jay Cutler stays away from the interception bug—the Bears move up the power rankings list!


    This week: Home versus Green Bay Packers

16. Washington Redskins

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    2010 Record: 1-1

    Last game: Lost 30-27 to Texans

    Last week's ranking: 14

    McNabb nearly led the Redskins to a 2-0 record, albeit split second timing on a timeout by called by Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak, preventing a game winning field goal in overtime, which was then missed in the second attempt.


    This week: At St. Louis Rams

15. New York Giants

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    2010 Record: 1-1

    Last game: Lost 38-14 to Colts

    Last week's ranking: 9

    If you are going to a game this year and the Giants are playing, watch for flying helmets into the stands.

    Too soon?


    This week: Home versus Tennessee Titans

14. Philadelphia Eagles

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    2010 Record: 1-1

    Last game: Won 35-32 versus Rams

    Last week's ranking: 20

    Michael Vick gives the Eagles the best chance to win games, whereas Kevin Kolb is still inexperienced as a starting quarterback.

    Why Andy Reid is sticking with Kolb is beyond comprehension.


    This week: At Jacksonville Jaguars

13. Miami Dolphins

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    2010 Record: 2-0

    Last game: Won 14-10 versus Vikings

    Last week's ranking: 16

    There were questions about the Dolphins' defensive secondary, but three interceptions against Brett Favre in week 2 should quiet many doubters for the time being.


    This week: Home versus New York Jets

12. Atlanta Falcons

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    2010 Record: 1-1

    Last game: Won 41-7 over Cardinals

    Last week's ranking: 12

    In week 1, the Falcons took the Steelers into overtime and then beat up a Cardinals team that has no quarterback right now.

    Add to that Michael Turner's uncertainty with his groin injury and the Falcons stick to No. 12 for one more week.


    This week: At New Orleans Saints

11. Cincinnati Bengals

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    2010 Record: 1-1

    Last game: Won 15-10 over Ravens

    Last week's ranking: 17

    The Bengals defense helped shut down the Ravens offense by picking off Joe Flacco multiple times, but if quarterback Carson Palmer doesn't get his arm going, then he will have to deal with the T.O. and Ocho show complaining to him.


    This week: At Carolina Panthers

10. San Diego Chargers

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    2010 Record: 1-1

    Last game: Won 38-13 over Jaguars

    Last week's ranking: 13

    The Chargers regain their swagger after a tough week 1 loss to division rival the Chiefs.

    Even though rookie running back Ryan Mathews went down with an ankle injury, it is now being said to be "not significant" and he should be ready for the Chargers' week 3 match up.


    This week: At Seattle Seahawks

9. Tennessee Titans

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    2010 Record: 1-1

    Last game: Lost 19-11 to Steelers

    Last week's ranking: 6

    Vince Young got benched.

    What's next?


    This week: At New York Giants

8. New York Jets

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    2010 Record: 1-1

    Last game: Won 28-14 versus Patriots

    Last week's ranking: 10

    Quarterback Mark Sanchez had perhaps his best game as a pro in week 2, and whatever Head Coach Rex Ryan said to his team in the second half, he better repeat that all season long because the Jets destroyed the Pats in the last 30 minutes of the game.


    This week: At Miami Dolphins

7. Baltimore Ravens

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    2010 Record: 1-1

    Last game: Lost 15-10 versus Bengals

    Last week's ranking: 3

    Flacco and the Ravens offense feel off track in week 2 and they look to lit up the Browns at home in week 3.


    This week: Home versus Cleveland Browns

6. New England Patriots

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    2010 Record: 1-1

    Last game: Lost 28-14 to Jets

    Last week's ranking: 2

    Looks like Tom is ready for a haircut.

    Pats will bounce back after a tough loss to the Jets, their offense will pick back up because it is too high-powered to not get back on track.


    This week: Home versus Buffalo Bills

5. Indianapolis Colts

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    2010 Record: 1-1

    Last game: Won 38-14 over Giants

    Last week's ranking: 8

    The elder Manning won in the Manning Bowl, but how about that Colts defense?!

    Bob Sanders who?


    This week: At Denver Broncos

4. Pittsburgh Steelers

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    2010 Record: 2-0

    Last game: Won 19-11 over Titans

    Last week's ranking: 7

    Troy Polamalu is easily the most valuable defensive player on the Steelers' defense and the key to having a defensive unit that is always an impact.

    With Big Ben still out for several more weeks, Polamalu alone is making up for his absence due to suspension.


    This week: At Tampa Bay Buccaneers

3. Houston Texans

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    2010 Record: 2-0

    Last game: Won 30-27 over Redskins

    Last week's ranking: 5

    Quarterback Matt Schaub was only three yards away from throwing for 500 passing yards in week 2.

    Impressive and it seems that things are falling into place for the Texans to possibly make their first playoff appearance in franchise history this season.


    This week: Home versus Dallas Cowboys

2. Green Bay Packers

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    2010 Record: 2-0

    Last game: Won 34-7 over Bills

    Last week's ranking: 3

    Clay Matthews has six sacks after two games. You heard that right, six.

    Add to that tight end Jermichael Finley breaking out for over 100 yards receiving and the Packers just get scarier as the weeks go by.


    This week: At Chicago Bears

1. New Orleans Saints

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    2010 Record: 2-0

    Last game: Won 25-22 over Niners

    Last week's ranking: 1

    The Saints hold on to the top spot even though they have squeaked out victories in their first two games, but a win is a win and they are still reigning Super Bowl champions.


    This week: Home versus Atlanta Falcons