NFC Power Rankings: Week 3

Richard ReschCorrespondent ISeptember 29, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 27: Greg Lewis #17 of the Minnesota Vikings catches a 32-yard pass for a touchdown with two seconds on the clock against Mark Roman #26 of the San Francisco 49ers at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on September 27, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the 49ers 27-24. (Photo by Genevieve Ross/Getty Images)

1. Giants (3-0) - Not much to say about their 24-0 drubbing of the Bucs.  Just gotta stay healthy. (Last Week: 1)

2. Saints (3-0) - Drew Brees was held in check, and the Saints still handled the Bills on the road.  Maybe their most impressive win yet. (3)

3. Vikings (3-0) - A little luck and a lot of skill helped Brett Favre throw one of his most memorable touchdown passes to win a tight game. (4)

4. Eagles (2-1) - Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook need to get healthy for this team to win against legitimate competition.  At full strength, this team is one of the most balanced in the league. (5)

5. Cowboys (2-1) - The Cowboys bounced back from a tough loss to the Giants to absolutely shut down the Panthers.  The defense hasn't played up to it's full potential yet. (6)

6. Falcons (2-1) - Michael Turner's 3.5 yards per carry is a bit concerning, but the Patriots were due for good performance.  This is still a playoff caliber team. (2)

7. Packers (2-1) - A six point lead over the Rams after three quarters is a little too close for comfort, but they scored 13 unanswered in the fourth quarter. (7)

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8. 49ers (2-1) - They showed that they are for real, but you have to win games like this.  They were one inexcusable touchdown pass away from a 3-0 start and a two game lead in the NFC West. (8)

9. Bears (2-1) - Hard fought victory at Seattle after being down 13-0.  Jay Cutler was great, but the defense didn't exactly dominate a shorthanded Seahawks offense. (10)

10. Cardinals (1-2) - Their game with the Colts was closer than the 31-10 score would indicate.  Still, they didn't make the big plays when they needed to. (9)

11. Panthers (0-3) - Their schedule has been brutal thus far, but it's tough to come back from 0-3.  Jake Delhomme deserves some of the blame, but not all of it.  Regardless, I'll be surprised if they don't draft a QB next year. (11)

12. Seahawks (1-2) - Seneca Wallace played valiantly, but the offense just isn't much of a threat without Matt Hasselbeck. (12)

13. Lions (1-2) - Matthew Stafford doesn't have to win another game the rest of his career.  He has already etched himself a place in the Lions Hall of Fame. (16)

14. Bucs (0-3) - Byron Leftwich has been benched, and that's probably a good thing for the Leftwich family.  If they play their cards right, the Bucs could end up with a top five pick. (14)

15. Redskins (1-2) - Sigh. (13)

16. Rams (0-3) - At least Steven Jackson is still good. (15)