Week 3 Power Rankings

1. New York

Had the best running attack from last season and with a 200+ yard performance looks to return to that dominance. With outstanding play from Eli Manning and a shut-out by the defense this teams looks to be the most well rounded and dominant team in the league.

2. Ravens

Stellar run defense and the first potent offense in years for this team makes them a real force to reckon with. If Flacco can continue this production there looks to be few teams that will be able to keep up with the Ravens this season.

3. Colts

With so many parts missing you’d think it was times for the Colts to take a step back, but Peyton continues to fire on all cylinders. With just 14 minutes Peyton can lead his team to victory. If the running game ever picks up watch out. Keeping the Cardinals to ten points was huge.

4. Saints

Drew Brees looks like a sure fire MVP candidate. With Brees struggling this week the running game carried the offense and the defense held the Bills to just seven points. This team doesn’t just find ways to win but ways to dominate.

5. Vikings

The Vikings are lucky to earn this spot as a last second miracle play is what won them a game against a team without its top offensive playmaker. Still the Vikings have a great defense, the best running back and for the first time since 2004, a quarterback that can win them games in crunch time. When Brett Favre learns this offense the sky’s the limit.

6. Jets

A rookie head coach, a rookie QB, no true number 2 receiver…so how are the Jets 3-0. With dominant defensive play steady quarterbacking and a fearless attitude the Jets have kept opponents off balance. Sanchez will just get better as the year goes on and the run game will pick up.

7. Eagles

Even without Mcnabb this team still managed to dominate an inferior Chiefs team. They have tons of dynamic players on offense to the point where they can afford to sit Westbrook even with Mcnabb out. On defense they still have a strong unit that has created turnovers and constant pressure. If they are this good with Kolb how good can they be with Mcnabb and a more implemented Vick?

8. Chargers

This week against the Steelers will go along way to see how good this team can be. They struggled to beat the Raiders, and didn’t put the Dolphins away till late; also they have problems running and scoring in the red zone. Putting all this aside they still have one of the best passing games in the league and their defense can get after quarterbacks. This team is 2-1 and gets better later in the year. They have too much talent not to make the playoffs

9. Bengals

Following a surprise win against the Packers the Bengals managed a come from behind victory against the Steelers. Coming into this season the Bengals looked like they had potential to be a break out team and so far they are showing why. Cedric Benson has showed why he deserved to be taken 4th overall by the Bears all those years ago and with a steady running game and a healthy Carson Palmer this offense is dangerous. All the attention they have put on defense the past couple years have paid off as they have the most underrated unit in the league.

10. 49ers

This team is for real. They have looked superb all season and had 3-0 stolen from them. Even without Frank Gore they kept up with one of the top teams, and with him they have a dominant running game. Shaun Hill is steady and Davis is turning into a real weapon….this defense is nasty and you’d expect nothing less with Singletary as the head coach.

11. Packers

They have good skill players but an offensive line in flux. The defense hasn’t been as good as thought but they are getting turnovers and in no way are costing the Packers games. They let the Rams stay close throughout. If this offense ever gets rolling they will be a scary team to play.

12. Cowboys

This team still has a good defense and an incredible running game…Felix Jones is amazing. With that running game scoring 13 offensive points against the Panthers is unacceptable. Romo won’t play this poor all season and the young corners should pan out sooner than later. If Anthony Spencer ever lives up to his potential the Cowboys pass rush will be unstoppable.

13. Bears

The Bears had a disappointing game against the Packers but without a long completion to Jennings would be 3-0 on the season. Cutler has done a great job of minimizing mistakes and will just get better as he gets more accustomed to the receivers. This defense looks a lot better with Lovie Smith taking over playcalling duties.

14. Steelers

This team might be 1-2 but they lost both games in the final minutes and against two good teams. Still like Parcells used to say: “you are what your record says you are.” The Steelers still have a good team but if they don’t turn it around soon there will be no excuses to keep them up this high.

15. Patriots

After getting embarrassed by the Jets, the Pats found a way to beat a team that many people were high on. Tom Brady seems to be getting more comfortable and once he gets it going and Welker back, this offense could be as productive as it was in 2007 and that is terrifying.

16. Falcons

This team was going to play a good team sooner or later. They were lucky to start their season with the Dolphins and Panthers, two teams still looking for their first win. Matt Ryan is definitely the real deal but teams are shutting down their running game and Ryan hasn’t been able to lead his team to success. The defense has been over performing for over a season now and their lack of pass rush and porous secondary will catch up to them. They were exposed against the Pats.

17. Cardinals

It is so frustrating because they have so much offensive talent, but with their only good game coming against a bad Jaguars team how good are these guys. This is another team that has all the pieces to dominate any team and remember they were only 9-7 last season before their inspired playoff run and a little over 2 minutes away from a championship. All this team has proven is they are still inconsistent.

18. Bills

With the arrival of Owens helping very minimally the Bills offense has yet to take off. The defense is playing better than expected but not well enough to carry the offense. Seven points against the Saints defense is a pitiful showing and if they don’t pick it up Dick Jauron could be gone.

19. Broncos

This team is 3-0 but is there by a miracle play against the Bengals and the sheer luck of playing the Browns and Raiders in successive weeks. Their defense is playing better than last season but they don’t have enough talent to compete with the better teams. Their schedule gets a lot harder from here on out with a game against the Cowboys coming up. There is a chance this early season success could take them on a run but for now it isn’t likely for this team to make the postseason.

20. Jaguars

Wow, this team looked dead the past two weeks, failing to score a touchdown against the colts and allowing Warner to complete more than 90% of his passes, but they came to life against the Texans. While it isn’t enough to make this team a real threat, it is enough to make us question how good the Texans will be this year.

21. Texans

This team does nothing against the Jets, scores 34 points against the Titans, then lost by a touchdown giving up 31 points to the Jags. Is this team ever going to step up and play to the level of their talent? Matt Schaub isn’t even injured yet.

22. Titans

Wow who would have guessed this team would go 0-3. In their defense they have been in every one of these games and are probably the best 0-3 team ever in this league. But at the end of the day this team is 0-3. They need to fix the pass defense and get a new punt returner. The offense is good enough to win them games if their defense could even remotely resemble the unit they had last year.

23. Dolphins

This team is not a playoff team but they are better than 0-3. They had a tough schedule out of the gates and while they have played well, they just aren’t a top team. Their passing game needs a new dimension and they have to work on that defense. Rivers and Manning were able to get tons of deep passes on them and this is not a team that can compete in a shoot-out.

24. Seahawks

This team has fallen far since their SuperBowl appearance. Now that the division is catching up they don’t have a back way into the postseason. They can’t continue to allow their running game to be average, they are going to have to draft a rb this year, if they don’t need a qb to replace Hasselbeck. The defense needs to get better against the run and overall more consistent.

25. Panthers

12-4 and then this. There was hopes that the playoff game last season was just a fluke but Delhomme has not been able to turn it around. Without a competent passing game the running game has not been as dangerous. In addition the switch in defense has left them vulnerable against the run, and with no presence next to Peppers the pass rush has been less than stellar.

26. Lions

They have looked better this season but when you are celebrating a win like you made the playoffs there can not be a lot of good to say. Stafford has improved in everyone of his games and you can see the team gaining confidence. The defense has played much better and they are getting production from their running game. They might be a year away from seriously contending.

27. Raiders

Wow I think I have seen better performances from back-up quarterbacks. How is Russel this bad? If they had a competent quarterback they would be a real contender. They have a dominant running game and a defense playing inspired. They stop the run, get after the passer, and make turnovers. Too bad their quarterback is completing a little over 30% of his passes. They are not going to be a threat with that kind of play.

28. Bucs

Well they looked to be a surprise team but after being shut out this week it looks like they’ve called it quits. Despite what people think this team does have talent. Remember this team was 9-3 before dropping 4 straight games and they added Ward and Winslow this offseason. With a good QB they could be a dangerous offense and their defense does have playmakers but they seem to be really missing Kiffin. It might be too early but they already seem to need a new head coach, and they have to hope for their future Freeman works out.

29. Redskins

Wasn’t this team supposed to be better this season? The addition of Haynesworth has been barely noticeable and that offense has regressed each game. Campbell is definitely showcasing why they went after Cutler and Sanchez. Where is Clinton Portis? The Redskins have almost no running game this season. After the loss to the Lions Zorn should start worrying about his job.

30. Chiefs

They competed with the Ravens for three quarters but since then there has not been much to talk about. They lost to a Raiders team that can’t pass the ball, and were blown out by an ailing Eagles team. Was Matt Cassel really worth all that money? They need playmakers on offense, and hope they adjust to the 3-4 defense soon.

31. Browns

Well the Brady Quinn era might be over. They have scored one touchdown and that was in garbage duty at the end of a blowout to the Vikings. This team just looks awful, maybe there was a reason the Jets fired Eric Mangini. Who knows maybe they can hire Dick Jauron or Jim Zorn next offseason.

32. Rams

I hate to put this team here as they put up a fight every week but the talent is just not there. They are not getting a pass rush on defense and have failed to move the ball on offense. Marc Bulger has had every opportunity to right the ship, it is time to look elsewhere for a quarterback. This team will get better just not this season, but there is hope.

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