No bull this week...let's get right to the rankings.
Rank (Last Week) Team (Record)
1. (2) Dallas Cowboys (3-0)
I know I've said in past rankings
that the top spot belonged to the Giants until somebody physically took it from them. Well, Tony Romo
and the Cowboys handled the Packers pretty well last week. After beating up such a strong team and seeing the G-Men almost lose to the Cincinnati Bengals...I'd say that just about qualifies a shift in power.
2. (1) New York Giants (3-0)
Almost losing to the Bengals moved them down, but the Giants still found a way to win that game, which is good enough to keep them in the vicinity of No. 1.
3. (5) Philadelphia Eagles (2-1)
As long as Brian Westbrook
can return to health, there's no reason why the Eagles should be afraid of Dallas or the Giants. How about that? Three teams from the same division are at the top of my rankings.
4. (3) Green Bay Packers (2-1)
They lost to the best team in the NFL
. Can't fault them too much for that.
5. (9) Denver Broncos (3-0)
Don't look now, but the Broncos currently look like the best team in the AFC. That's just a little bit better than I had predicted
for them before the season started.
6. (4) Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1)
Similar to the Packers' situation. Can't fault them too much for losing to a great team.
7. (6) Buffalo Bills (3-0)
Almost lost to the Raiders. They've beaten three teams with a combined record of 3-6. This week
won't be much of a test either.
8. (11) Tennessee Titans (3-0)
I still don't like giving this much credit to the Titans, but their defense has only offered up 29 points so far this season. If they keep winning, they will gain my respect sooner than later.
9. (12) San Diego Chargers (1-2)
Sandy Eggo sure does enjoy getting off to a slow start. They did the same thing last year. But they showed against the Jets on Monday Night that they can mean business any day of the week.
10. (7) Indianapolis Colts (1-2)
Still not ready to drop the Colts out of my top 10. With Manning under center, this team is top tier.
11. (14) Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2)
This makes three teams in a row with losing records and we're only at No. 11. I feel like I'm making a statement by doing that, which makes me feel important. Don't judge.
12. (22) Washington Redskins (2-1)
I was pretty hard on them after the way they played in Week One. Playing in the division they're in makes a spot in the playoffs look kinda grim, but that doesn't mean they're not good.
13. (8) New England Patriots (2-1)
What a depressing loss to the Dolphins. This will do one of two things for them. It will either make them comfortable with losing, or it will make them work harder. Knowing the Patriots...
You can probably complete that sentence for me.
14. (10) Carolina Panthers (2-1)
I'm sure Carolina was disappointed with themselves after their loss to the Vikings. But with Gus Frerotte playing quarterback, I'm not ready to put Minny over the Panthers in my rankings.
15. (16) Minnesota Vikings (1-2)
I know I just busted on Gus Frerotte less than 30 seconds ago, but he's a better option than Tavaris Jackson at this point. Purple Power is moving in the right direction.
16. (15) New Orleans Saints (1-2)
They showed some life against the Broncos last week, but they didn't show an ability to pull out a win. Game control is a problem.
17 (21) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1)
If they can put up 27 points against a defense like Chicago's, I'm fairly certain they'll do pretty well in most of their games this year.
18. (17) Chicago Bears (1-2)
They are who we thought they were. (Sorry...it's been a while since somebody's said that.)
19. (13) New York Jets (1-2)
is assuming too much. He knows the playbook (contrary to popular belief), but he sees things in the defense that his receivers do not, and that is causing major problems for the Jets.
20. (24) Baltimore Ravens (2-0)
They've beaten two teams from Ohio. The Ravens will have to do more than that if they want to impress me.
21. (23) San Francisco 49ers (2-1)
Again...wins against Detroit and Seattle don't add up to a major boost in power rankings. I'm sure there are some that still think Seattle is a contender, but they're wrong.
22. (27) Atlanta Falcons (2-1)
They've beaten Kansas City and Detroit. As you can see, the quality of victories plays a big part in my rankings.
23. (20) Oakland Raiders (1-2)
Oakland looked pretty good in last week's game against the Bills, but if you can't hold it together for one more quarter when you're up by two scores, that's a problem. There are too many distractions on this team right now.
24. (19) Arizona Cardinals (2-1)
As I said in last week's rankings
, Arizona's first two wins (Miami and SF) didn't have me convinced. Their loss to Tampa Bay kinda proved my point.
25. (30) Miami Dolphins (1-2)
Very impressive victory over the Patriots last weekend. If they keep using Ronnie Brown so frequently, they might have found a way to win some games.
26. (18) Cleveland Browns (0-3)
Somebody from Ohio has to win this week.
27. (28) Cincinnati Bengals (0-3)
Somebody from Ohio has to win this week.
28. (25) Houston Texans (0-2)
I didn't expect the Texans to be this bad this year. They're entering a must-win game against Jacksonville this week, and I can't say I like their chances.
29. (26) Seattle Seahawks (1-2)
Okay, so they blew out the Rams last week. Who hasn't?
30. (29) Detroit Lions (0-3)
For some reason I had actually picked Detroit to win last week. I won't make that mistake again.
31. (31) Kansas City Chiefs (0-3)
Still just as bad as they were last week, but at least they gave the ball to Larry Johnson more.
32. (32) St Louis Rams (0-3)
Also equally as bad as last week. You have to feel bad for the fans.