NFL Power Rankings Week 3: Who Has the Best Shot at Starting 3-0?

Bailey Brautigan@BBrautiganFeatured ColumnistSeptember 22, 2010

NFL Power Rankings Week 3: Who Has the Best Shot at Starting 3-0?

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    Week 3 of the NFL season has left us with eight undefeated teams, and some of them come as no surprise (New Orleans and Green Bay).

    But others have left us stunned.

    Did anybody expect Tampa Bay to be 2-0 to start the season?

    What about Chicago?

    All of these teams have been excellent so far, but how long will the winning streak last?

    Here we will take a look at all eight teams with a 2-0 record and their chances at staying undefeated.

6. Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay

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    As weird as this may sound, both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have started their seasons 2-0, and they will play each other at 1:00 on Sunday.

    Best Shot at 3-0: Pittsburgh

    Tampa Bay has looked great this season, but the party will end early for the Bucs when the Steelers come to town. Pittsburgh has proved that the team can perform even without a strong quarterback, and the Steelers defense will be too much for Tampa Bay.

    Predicted Score: Pittsburgh 24, Tampa Bay 10

5. San Francisco at Kansas City

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    The 0-2 49ers will take on the 2-0 Chiefs at 1:00 on Sunday.

    Chance at 3-0 (3): The 49ers have had a rough start to their season, but if there is such a thing as a "good loss," they had one on Monday against the Saints.

    The Chiefs may be 2-0, but one of those wins was against a mess of a Chargers squad being led by a cranky Phillip Rivers.

    And the other was against the Cleveland Browns.

    Predicted Score: San Francisco 31, Kansas City 17

4. Green Bay at Chicago

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    The undefeated Green Bay Packers will visit the also undefeated Chicago Bears during this week's edition of Monday Night Football.

    Best Shot at 3-0: Green Bay

    I've been very impressed by the Bears this season, but I'm not ready to jump on the Chicago bandwagon just yet.

    The Packers will be the real test for the Bears, and we will find out if Chicago is the real deal (or if the team just got lucky against weak opponents).

    Predicted Score: Packers 27, Bears 24

3. Atlanta at New Orleans

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    The 1-1 Falcons will play the 2-0 Saints at 1:00 on Sunday.

    Chance at 3-0 (6): Atlanta didn't look so hot in Week 1, but the Falcons completely dominated the Cardinals in Week 2. The Saints will have their home field advantage, but we are not seeing the same offense that we're used to in New Orleans.

    Losing Reggie Bush will not be crippling for the Saints, but they will miss him against the Falcons.

    Predicted Score: Falcons 31, Saints 27

2. New York Jets at Miami

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    The Jets will travel to take on the Dolphins at 8:20 on Sunday night.

    Chance at 3-0 (7): I made the mistake of picking against the Dolphins last week, and that won't happen again. Sure, the 'Fins' first win was against the very sad Buffalo Bills, but they dominated the Minnesota Vikings.

    The Dolphins exposed and exploited the Vikings' weaknesses, and they will do the same with the Jets.

    Predicted Score: Jets 17, Dolphins 20

1. Dallas at Houston

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    The Cowboys will take on the 2-0 Texans at 1:00 on Sunday.

    Chance at 3-0 (8): The 'Boys may have called their "players only meeting," but working out their issues will take a little more than that. You've heard people talking about how the Cowboys just need to find a "team identity."

    I think they already have one: A mediocre football team.

    Predicted Score: Cowboys 20, Texans 34