NFL Power Rankings: Week Three

Chris Radez@@ChrisRadezSenior Writer ISeptember 17, 2008

It appears as though the display of power in the first week of the season was pretty indicative of what's to come, as week two brought some similar performances.

And let me just mention that Peanut Butter Pandemonium ice cream from Stewarts is the most amazing football snack anyone could possibly ever imagine. The very first bite changed my life forever.

That being said...onto this week's rankings:

Rank (Last Week) Team (Current Record)

1. (1) New York Giants (2-0)

The G-Men continue to impress by dominating the St. Louis Rams in week two by a score of 41-13. Eli Manning has not yet shown the inconsistency that he normally displays in the early part of the season, as he threw for three touchdowns with no interceptions.

2. (2) Dallas Cowboys (2-0)

There were some ugly plays Monday night, but the Cowboys pulled out a victory over an Eagles team that was more than ready to match Dallas's potent offense. It seems as though Tony Romo really needs to learn how to concentrate more, after he lost a handle on the football twice in a row, resulting in a Philly touchdown.

3. (4) Green Bay Packers (2-0) 

Wow...and I thought last week's edition featuring two NFC teams at the top was impressive! This week, my top three teams in the NFL are all from the NFC. Green Bay was able to put up 24 points in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game to secure the win, which shows that it's going to be extremely tough to count them out of any game this season.

4. (3) Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0)

While the win against the Browns wasn't as impressive as their week one win over Houston, the Steelers managed to remain unbeaten. Parker was able to breach the 100-yard mark again, and the defense was able to force a couple of turnovers to keep Cleveland at bay.

5. (7) Philadelphia Eagles (1-1)

Donovan McNabb is playing like he's in his prime again, and Brian Westbrook is doing the same. The defense has always been solid, and this year is no different. Somebody needs to teach DeSean Jackson to celebrating after reaching the end zone, rather than before.

6. (8) Buffalo Bills (2-0)

Yes, the Buffalo Bills have surpassed the Colts and the Chargers in my rankings. They looked nice once again against Jacksonville...a game which 99 percent of football fans probably had marked as a loss for Buffalo before the season began.

7. (5) Indianapolis Colts (1-1)

They just squeaked past the Vikings Sunday, but you have to think this team will put up some big numbers pretty soon. The offense is too talented to continue the poor performances.

8. (11) New England Patriots (2-0)

The Brady-less Pats proved against the Jets that they can win games against good teams. I said it in this article...there's no reason to count them out for a super season.

9. (16) Denver Broncos (2-0)

The Broncos have proven me wrong. I've been dissing them since before the season began, but I concede. It looks like they may now be the favorite to win their division.

10. (18) Carolina Panthers (2-0)

They found a way to win both games during Steve Smith's suspension. Now they're even stronger and poised to have a big game against the winless Vikings.

11. (13) Tennessee Titans (2-0)

They made easy work of a team in disarray over the weekend. They shouldn't have a problem making it 3-0 against the Texans in week three.

12. (6) San Diego Chargers (0-2)

They had a tough loss to the Broncos, but at least they put up points this time. They should get their first win against the Jets on Monday night.

13. (12) New York Jets (1-1)

This team has the tools to be absolutely awesome, but it remains to be seen how long it will take for them to get comfortable. It doesn't look like the timing is down yet, but they'll need to get it figured out before they find themselves a few games behind in their division.

14. (9) Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2)

They'll need to find a way to win against the Colts this weekend if they want to stay afloat in the AFC South.

15. (10) New Orleans Saints (1-1) 

The Saints dropped five spots in my rankings, and I'm expecting them to drop even further after this weekend's match-up with Denver. I've been saying since the preseason that all the hype surrounding New Orleans is unwarranted.

16. (14) Minnesota Vikings (0-2)

They're still not controlling the clock the way they can. Minnesota needs to figure out what works for them and stick with it.

17. (17) Chicago Bears (1-1)

In a hard-fought battle with Carolina, the Bears couldn't find a way to win, but their defense will keep them in every game this season.

18. (15) Cleveland Browns (0-2)

Cleveland couldn't seem to score against the Steelers in Sunday night's snooze-fest. I guess you can't blame them too much, since Pittsburgh boasts one of the league's better defenses, but they should have gotten more than six points. What was once an optimistic season has dramatically become a grim look at the future.

19. (19) Arizona Cardinals (2-0)

Sorry, but wins against the 49ers and Dolphins don't help much in my rankings.

20. (23) Oakland Raiders (1-1)

As I suspected, Oakland beat up on Kansas City and showed that they've got weapons on offense. The question is, will they be able to use them against a good defense?

21. (21) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1)

They made easy work of the Falcons, as they should have.

22. (27) Washington Redskins (1-1)

The Redskins did a nice job of bouncing back from their week one loss, and defeated the Saints in a close one. Their game against the Cards this weekend will be a good measuring stick for both organizations.

23. (28) San Francisco 49ers (1-1)

They were able to put up some points and get the victory over the Seahawks. I haven't yet decided officially whether this says a lot about the 'Niners or the Seahawks. I'm leaning toward neither though.

24. (24) Baltimore Ravens (1-0)

Missed their game with the Texans due to hurricane they hold onto last week's spot in my rankings.

25. (25) Houston Texans (0-1) 

See above.

26. (20) Seattle Seahawks (0-2)

As with the Saints, this team is showing that it didn't deserve the hype it was surrounded by before the season started.

27. (22) Atlanta Falcons (1-1)

I'm sure Falcons fans got really excited in week one. At least they had one week to be excited.

28. (26) Cincinnati Bengals (0-2) 

Last week's entry about this team pretty much sums it up. Don't be surprised if they fall even further before the trade deadline.

29. (30) Detroit Lions (0-2)

They almost made a nice showing against the Packers...almost.

30. (29) Miami Dolphins (0-2)

I actually had high hopes about this team before the season started. Not that I thought they'd make the playoffs or anything, but I kind of expected them to look better than they have.

31. (31) Kansas City Chiefs (0-2)

It's going to be a very long season in K.C.

32. (32) St. Louis Rams (0-2)

See last week's entry.


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