Week 3 was a very important week in the NFL. Teams and players from all around the league showed their stuff. Some teams got key wins, while some suffered unfortunate losses. So who comes out on top?
Here are my power rankings after Week 3.
32. Bills (0-3) — Buffalo gave the Patriots a scare last week, keeping it close almost the entire game. Still, they are overall the weakest team in the league. A desperate need for stars leaves them virtually talentless.
31. Browns (0-3) — Jake Delhomme has been disappointing, leaving a shaky Seneca Wallace to lead a talent-starved offense with no defense to back it up. That just about says it all.
30. Buccaneers (2-1) — The record is a little misleading, but neither of the Bucs wins were against good teams. When they played the Steelers, their true skill level was revealed, and their hope of a good season was lost.
29. Raiders (1-2) — Jason Campbell was one of the few bright spots for the Raiders, and he's already been replaced after one and a half games. Oakland doesn't have a chance in the wild card race, let alone their division.
28. Panthers (0-3) — Although they've lost all 3 games this year, they've still got some great weapons on offense. It's mostly their spotty defense that needs help, and if they get that help they could be competitors in the division again in the near future.
27. Lions (0-3) — The Lions have played admirably despite their record. Without Matt Stafford, they've suffered a last minute loss to the Eagles and an unfortunate loss to the Bears after a questionable touchdown call-back.
26. Jaguars (1-2) — Maurice Jones-Drew is off to another good season, but the Jags aren't. After a good win against the Broncos, they've lost badly twice in a row to the Chargers and Eagles. Not much hope in Jacksonville at the moment.
25. Rams (1-2) — Sam Bradford is proving he can get it done in the NFL. Even with an awful receiving core, he's been able to put up great stats and even lead the team to victory last week against McNabb and the Redskins.
24. Broncos (1-2) — Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton have been unimpressive so far this year. Brandon Marshall has left the receiving core with something to be desired. Still, the Broncos have done pretty well despite only having one win.
23. Chargers (1-2) — The Chargers started off shaky against the Cheifs. After demolishing the Jaguars, it seemed as though they were back on track, but the Seahawks got rid of that idea by putting on an offensive clinic against them. No one is really sure what to think of the Chargers this year.
22. Redskins (1-2) — Washington started the season strong, defeating the Cowboys, but after that it's been two straight losses. Still, the loss to Houston wasn't a bad one, and every team is entitled to an off-week; theirs was against St. Louis. The Redskins are still relatively promising.
21. Cardinals (2-1) — The Cardinals obviously have a weakness at quarterback after Kurt Warner's retirement. After narrowly avoiding a loss to Oakland last week, some questions have risen as to just how good the rest of the team is.
20. Forty-Niners (0-3) — San Fran may be 0-3, but they still have a promising team. Being in a weak division like the NFC West, they still have a chance if they can get it going. But they better get it going fast, as they find themselves dead last in the worst division, behind the Rams.
19. Seahawks (2-1) — The Seahawks got a critical victory over San Diego last week, putting them a good 2 wins ahead of division favorite San Francisco, but still tied with Arizona. Next week, they have another important in-division game against St.Louis.
18. Giants (1-2) — The Giants were selected by many to win the division this year over Dallas. Now, it seems there's a new favorite in the Division, and it's neither of those two. The Giants have lost in their first two real tests this year, and need to get on track if they're going to catch Philadelphia.
17. Bengals (2-1) — The Bengals won an important game vs. Baltimore in Week 2, but got completely blown out by the Patriots in week 1 when they were supposed to compete. This team is questionable right now, but signs seem to point to a good season from Cincy.
16. Vikings (1-2) — The vikings had a disappointing start to the season but got back on track against Detroit. Adrian Peterson had a great game and the rest of the team did well, too. Right now, though, they have to catch Green Bay and Chicago.
15. Cowboys (1-2) — Much like Minnesota, the Cowboys had great expectations and were off to an 0-2 start going into week 3. They also pulled off a key victory against Houston, getting their Super Bowl train back on the tracks.
14. Packers (2-1) — The Packers were expected to do great things going into the season, and started off well. In week 3, though, they suffered a penalty-stuffed loss to the Chicago Bears on Monday Night. Aaron Rodgers will look to get the Pack going again against Detroit in week 4.
13. Ravens (2-1) — The Ravens got a good win over the Jets in Week 1 but lost to the Bengals and got a scare from the Browns the following two weeks. I'm still trying to figure this team out, but they've got a bright future so far.
12. Dolphins (2-1) — The Dolphins suffered their first loss this year to the Jets in prime-time. They played a good game, though, and will be competitive in the Division with Brandon Marshall leading their offense.
11. Titans (2-1) — The Titans' explosive offense destroyed the Raiders in week one as well as the Giants in week 3. The relatively nameless defense has been helping out quite a bit, too, as they've fought their way to 2-1.
10. Cheifs (3-0) — The Chiefs are off to a fast start lead by explosive rookie Dexter McCluster. The Cheifs are more promising than they've been in years, and they will definitely be in contention in the AFC West.
9. Eagles (2-1) — Michael Vick seemed to be the right choice to start this week as he dismantled the Jags defense both in the air and on the ground. The Eagles are off to a good start at the top of their division, but face the return of McNabb next week.
8. Texans (2-1) — After their impressive wins over the Colts and Redskins, the Texans lost a tough one to the Cowboys in Week 3. However, offensive weapons Matt Schaub, Arian Foster, and Andre Johnson have all been playing well and will likely continue to as they go on their hunt for a playoff berth.
7. Patriots (2-1) — I lost a lot of respect for the Pats this week as they let the Buffalo Bills keep the game close all four quarters. Quite simply, a matchup between those two clubs should not be a 38-30 game. Still, there's no arguing that this is a very good team and they will be in playoff contention at least when the time comes.
6. Bears (3-0) — Chicago is the only undefeated team left in the NFC. This is a shocking stat given that at before the year started many picked them to come in last in the North this year. Can they keep their division lead going on? We'll just have to wait and see.
5. Jets (2-1) — There was a lot expected out of the Jets this year, and after a shaky first game they've shaped up and won two key division games over the Pats and Phins. Even without star CB Revis at 100% or even playing, they've been controlling offenses and winning games, for the most part. It'll be interesting to see where they go from here.
4. Falcons (2-1) — The Falcons played a great game against the Saints last week, but had it not been for the Saints' kicker, they would be 1-2 right now, and probably down a couple spots on my list. But after that miss Matt Ryan and the Falcons took control and won the game, which impressed me quite a bit.
3. Saints (2-1) — Aside from the kicker, the Saints didn't lose any respect from me this week. Still, after a loss, you have to move down a little, and the two teams above them sure earned the promotion. We'll see how the Saints react to their first loss.
2. Colts (2-1) — The Colts have played very well after week 1, beating the Giants and the Broncos by large margins. It's no secret that Manning and the Colts are one of the best teams the NFL has to offer.
1. Steelers (3-0) — Pittsburgh is the more impressive of the two teams left undefeated. Even without their starting QB, they've managed to win all their games, whether they be close against the Falcons and Titans, or blowout over the Bucs. We'll see how they do in their first blockbuster of the year against Baltimore.
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