It is only logical that Tampa Bay is the new No. 1 in the NFL Power Rankings after the defeat of Kansas City. Behind them, however, the differences are very small and that made it difficult to rank the teams. There will undoubtedly be some significant shifts in the coming weeks.
NFL Power Rankings week 3
1. (2) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs won for the ninth time in a row (including the playoffs) and again Tom Brady ‘s team managed to score more than thirty points. That’s a record. If there’s anything negative about the Bucs, it’s that it allowed the Falcons to get back into the game after a strong first half.
2. (3) Los Angeles Rams
The combination of Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey is deadly. Offensively, the Rams didn’t have the best game. The failed run was hilarious and gave Indianapolis another seven points, but in the end it was Ramsey’s interception that closed the game.
3. (1) Kansas City Chiefs
Losing to the Baltimore Ravens is no shame, even if it was only the first (!) defeat of Patrick Mahomes in September. However, there will be a discussion about how it happened. Kansas City had two expensive turnovers on offense and defensively failed to stop the Ravens’ run in any way.
4. (7) Baltimore Ravens
This was a statement win from the Ravens; though it didn’t seem that way at first. After fifty seconds, Lamar Jackson threw a pick-six, followed not much later by an interception in the red zone. Unlike last week, the Ravens now got away with their quarterback’s two turnovers, but that won’t be the case every week.
5. (5) Cleveland Browns
The Browns fans held their breath on Sunday when Baker Mayfield had to be sidelined with a sore arm. Fortunately, the damage was not too bad for the quarterback and he was able to come back without missing a snap. However, the passing game was not optimal. Hopefully for the Browns this was due to the injury. In the end it was enough to beat the Texans, but it will have to be better against the Bears on Sunday.
6. (6) Buffalo Bills
Anyone looking at the scoreboard expects it to be a convincing revenge from Josh Allen and his men. It wasn’t even that good in the first half. Positive as the Sport America editors always are, that only indicates that despite a 1-1 record there is still a lot of growth in last season’s surprise.
7. (8) Green Bay Packers
Despite the big win over the Lions, there are still plenty of questions about the Packers. Especially about the defense that failed to stop Jared Goff in the first half. The fact that they only managed to score their first sack in the eighth quarter of the season says a lot about the defense.
8. (9) Arizona Cardinals
Kyler Murray was elusive again at times. The young quarterback increasingly resembles Mahomes in his scrambles. Still, there were two costly mistakes that nearly cost the Cardinals the win. Especially the pick-six was very expensive. Still, it didn’t cost the team the win, as the Vikings missed the winning field goal.
9. (10) San Francisco 49ers
Jimmy Garoppolo was expected to make it difficult to replace him as long as the 49ers keep winning. Still, the game was not good offensively against the Eagles and the call for Trey Lance only gets bigger. You can expect that what the attack shows against better teams like the Lions and Eagles is not enough.
10. (4) Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks came back to Earth hard at the end of the game against the Titans. Until the end of the third quarter nothing seemed to be going on, but suddenly the attack started to falter and stupid penalties gave the Titans a chance to get back into the game. Or well, Derrick Henry, because he really was unstoppable for the Seahawks.
11. (14) Dallas Cowboys
Greg Zuerlein made an excellent recovery from his mediocre start to the season. In the closing seconds, he scored the winning field goal against the Chargers. Micah Parsons replaced the injured DeMarcus Lawrence in this game. The Cowboys seem to be the big favorite in the NFC East.
12. (18) Las Vegas Raiders
It is not surprising that only two AFC teams are unbeaten. Las Vegas is one of them. With games against the Ravens and Steelers, Derek Carr ‘s team has not had the easiest program. This team will participate in the battle for the play-offs longer than previously thought.
13. (16) Tennessee Titans
It took a while, but Derrick Henry has also started the season. He was unstoppable against the Seahawks and was not the first time he took the Titans on his back. The big fear is always that the amount of balls he gets will kill him one day. Until then, the Titans are a dreaded opponent for everyone, because you never know when Henry is going to explode.
14. (19) Denver Broncos
Two wins, even in away games. Admittedly against the Giants and Jaguars, but those victories also count. With the home game against the Jets next Sunday, the Broncos are forced to start the season 3-0. Then we’ll see how good the Broncos really are with the game against the Ravens.
15. (12) Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers are back on Earth. The surprise win over the Bills gave Steelers fans a moment of hope that the squad could make a long undefeated run just like last year. Against the Raiders, however, it showed how vulnerable the attack is. As long as Big Ben doesn’t get more offensive help, it will be difficult to make the playoffs.
16. (15) Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers played their first home game with an audience in their new home on Sunday. There was little to notice, however, as there were many more Cowboys fans in the stadium. It is likely to be a circumstance that the Chargers will have to deal with: playing 17 away games in one season.
17. (20) New England Patriots
Rookie quarterbacks against the Patriots: it’s still a bad combination. For those quarterbacks, at least. The Patriots had no problem with the Jets for the eleventh time in a row. Mac Jones played a solid, safe game. So far, he is clearly the best rookie quarterback of the season.
18. (22) Carolina Panthers
It’s not against the Panthers, at the start of the season. Starting against the Jets and then encountering a battered Saints team, with backups making substitutions. Partly because of this, an apparently surprising victory. On Thursday they can come up against the Texans, who will have to enter without Tyrod Taylor and will field Davis Mills as quarterback.
19. (11) New Orleans Saints
The excitement in New Orleans was short-lived. Due to injuries and corona rules, the Saints were badly damaged in their duel against the Panthers. Reserve players were sidelined to pass the substitutions, due to lack of coaches. It’s up to the Saints to prove in the coming weeks that — if complete — they can compete with most of the NFC.
20. (13 ) Miami Dolphins
After the win in Foxborough, there may have been hope in Miami that the squad could threaten the Bills in the battle for the division win. That hope was short-lived, as the Dolphins were humiliated at home. To make matters worse, Tua also bruised his ribs. If he can’t come back soon, it’s going to be a very long year in South Florida.
21. (17) Indianapolis Colts
Carson Wentz went through both ankles on a tackle by Aaron Donald. As a result, he had to watch the end of the exciting game from the sidelines. Bad news for the winning chances, as replacement Jacob Eason made little impression. It’s good news for the Colts’ draft chances though, because if Wentz misses enough snaps, the club won’t have to send their first round pick to the Eagles.
22. (21) Philadelphia Eagles
The duel with the 49ers was a bit what you would expect from Jalen Hurts and the Eagles. A brilliant pass over 91 yards was followed by some lackluster plays, including a failed Philly Special. As a result, the field dominance of the first half was not converted into points. There were again positive points in Philadelphia’s game, but it was a missed chance for a win.
23. (24) Washing Tons Football Team
Taylor Heinicke won the game for Washington, but actually it was mainly the Giants who lost the game during TNF due to personal errors. It was a crucial victory for the Football Team, because with a visit to Buffalo on the program a 0-3 start was prevented in any case.
24. (26) Chicago Bears
Justin Fields was given significant playing time for Chicago for the first time due to Andy Dalton ‘s injury. However, the Red Rifle’s knee injury seems to be not too bad and he remains the starter for the time being. Looking to the future, perhaps an incomprehensible choice, but Fields didn’t make the impression against the Bengals that Justin Herbert did, so the coaching staff couldn’t get around Herbert. It actually seemed somewhat logical that Fields didn’t start.
25. (25) Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings are already in trouble. The first two games were lost due to own errors. Matches that should have been won. With meetings with the Seahawks and Browns on the schedule, the Minneapolis season could be over very quickly.
26. (23) Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals are back on Earth. Joe Burrow was under pressure again for the entire game against the Bears. It’s such a shame they don’t realize how important an offensive line is to their quarterback in Cincinnati. It’s a topic we’ll probably be talking about every week, as it continues to turn out to be the Bengals’ biggest problem.
27. (27) New York Giants
Daniel Jones was clear against the Football Team on Thursday. This time it was his teammates who again found new ways to lose the game for them. In this way, the patience of the fans in New York is really tested. It also makes it difficult to really rate Jones.
28. (29) Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons looked set to make a surprise comeback against the Bucs. The early deficit was closed to three points and the Falcons even got the ball. In the final phase, however, the Bucs made a massacre of it. This time, it wasn’t the defense’s fault, as Matt Ryan threw two pick-sixes.
29. (31) Detroit Lions
In the first half against the Packers, we saw Jared Goff lead the Rams to the Super Bowl. After the break, we saw why the Rams had quite a few draft picks left to dump Goff in Detroit.
30. (28) Houston Texans
Tyrod Taylor seemed to turn the Texans into an offensive powerhouse; until he got injured. Houston now faces the Panthers in form with Davis Mills as quarterback, as Deshaun Watson remains unavailable for the squad.
31. (30) New York Jets
Zach Wilson has already thrown more interceptions than all of last season in college. This shouldn’t be a problem, as long as the rookie learns from his mistakes and doesn’t make them again in a few weeks. It seems unlikely that anyone at the Jets expected good results this season. If so, that person has not been paying attention for quite a few years.
32. (32) Jacksonville Jaguars
Trevor Lawrence started well with a touchdown and the lead, but then it quickly collapsed: 14/33 for 118 yards and two interceptions. Like Wilson, Lawrence deserves the time, but the question already arises whether Urban Meyer is the right man in the right place. Quite an achievement after two games.