We’re beginning to let go of the preseason rankings, and truly letting the play on the field speak for itself. Now it’s time to begin pinning the records to the teams, since we see a little bit of separation beginning. Are you curious as to how much it’s going to be shaken up this week, after 3 weeks of NFL action?
32. Chicago Bears (0-3) — It doesn’t take a complete rocket science to figure this one out (Bears now are favorites to be picking #1 in spring). It gets worse, because Chicago’s now starting Jimmy Clausen due to Cutler’s injury, and then Da Bears trade Jared Allen away for nothing. Two big names who weren’t playing well to begin with, do we expect it to get any better? They have an easier schedule coming up, however.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-2) — Lost to Houston, but somehow moves up one out of dead-last. Don’t ask. They can easily be back there next week.
30. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2) — They remain at 30 even after a 51-17 loss in Foxborough. I’ll give them a bathroom pass for stinking it up in Massachusetts, but if they do the same on their road trip to Indianapolis and Tampa Bay, they may not be as fortunate.
29. San Fransisco 49ers (1-2) — Anyone expecting this team to contend will be the butt of every joke this season (ironic former Niners head coach has a TE Jake Butt at his new team). Anyway, they got killed 47-7 in Glendale. Explain?
28. Cleveland Browns (1-2) — This team should be 3-0 as we speak. I’m sorry, but they lost two winnable games versus the Jets and the Raiders. Cleveland… I choose not to waste my breath anymore.
27. Tennessee Titans (1-2) — They were killing the Colts, but allowed their road rivals to come back and win, 35-33. However, Tennessee moves up two spots. Why? There’s just teams that are worse.
26. New Orleans Saints (0-3) — They should be killing it, but instead, they’ve been killed. They are 0-3, two losses inside the division, and the future of their franchise quarterback is in doubt. Had a chance to close the gap versus the Panthers, but couldn’t get it done. They’re missing Jimmy Graham!
25. Detroit Lions (0-3) — Dropping nine spots, and rightfully so. Their point differential for undefeated teams (four) is the second-worst at -27 next to Chicago’s -59. This is another team I had high expectations for, but are losing hold of the season, as they compete in a rough division.
24. Oakland Raiders (2-1) — This is the only team above .500 that has a negative point differential. This makes me think their record reflects them better than they actually are. Their two wins came against a depleted Ravens team and the Browns. They need to win me over, but they move up two spots.
23. Washington Redskins (1-2) — I’m sorry, but they have a chance to defeat the Giants and take a 2-1 record over the 0-3 Giants, you have to take advantage. They had the pieces, and their running game was finally going. For some reason, this team fails to string two wins together.
22. Houston Texans (1-2) — They finally win! The Texans beat the Buccaneers at home, as expected. Now they have to do what Washington didn’t, and that’s string two wins together. If they can go into Atlanta and win, I have no problem moving this team up more.
21. Baltimore Ravens (0-3) — They’ve lost all their games by 6 points or less, so that tells me they could easily be 3-0 right now. Unfortunately, come Week 17, that won’t matter. What matters is they’re going to have to overcome a 3-game deficit to win the North. I have to bring them down six spots, but I hope they get it together. Maybe the losses of Torrey Smith (free agency) and Terrell Suggs (injury) is too much.
20. Miami Dolphins (1-2) — They drop from 14 because this team is in disarray. They were not only beaten by the Bills, but they were humiliated at home. I knew this team would be 2-3 years away, but the coaches are being questioned now. It’s not a good spot to be in.
19. New York Jets (2-1) — They lost to Philadelphia, failing to capitalize on the Eagles problems in MetLife Stadium. They move up one spot because the Dolphins are worse right now, but the Jets have the Dolphins this week, so….. Todd Bowles better take full advantage and show the Dolphins up more than the Bills did.
18. Minnesota Vikings (2-1) — They move up six spots, which is a lot for me. I want to see more from this team, but they were able to top the Chargers in convincing fashion. I almost want to move them up higher, but if they can go to Mile High and beat the Broncos? I’m going to move them up higher so people have to pay more to jump on this bandwagon.
17. St. Louis Rams (1-2) — I’m sorry, but after a victory over the Chancellor-less Seahawks, have they shown us anything? They’ve scored 16 points since, against the Redskins and the Steelers. Can this offense get it in gear? I just don’t think Nick Foles has anyone to throw to.
16. Philadelphia Eagles (1-2) — They win one game and they’re soaring 5 spots up in my Power Rankings? How so?! They finally showed they could do something against a credible defense. I’m expecting this to be an 8-8 or 9-7 team, so this is where they should end up being. Right smack-dab in the middle!
15. Carolina Panthers (3-0) — They move up four spots, but are my lowest ranked undefeated team. Why? They’ve had a really easy schedule so far to help them cruise to this mark. Their real test comes after the Buccaneers, when they go up to Seattle. If they want to prove they are a top 10 team, decimate the Bucs and upset the Hawks, and you’ve got your spot in the top ten!
14. New York Giants (1-2) — They’re fortunate to move up three spots. They put up 31 points against the best defense through two weeks, the Washington Redskins. Take that however you want, but it may not matter, because they have an even tougher task going to Ralph Wilson Stadium. The G-Men may quickly say goodbye to this cozy spot in the #D46 Power Rankings.
13. Kansas City Chiefs (1-2) — They had plenty of time to prep for Aaron Rodgers and failed to get a huge win. They’ve dropped two straight, and now their win to open the season versus the Texans seems to be diminishing to low-cred right now. Drop out of the top ten, and are fortunate to even be hanging on right here.
12. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) — SAL KILLED me with his words for putting the Steelers so low last week. He believes this is a top-ten team, but they’ve yet to show me it. Now losing Big Ben and turning to Michael Vick scares me. I had to move them up six spots to remain breathing this Thursday, but if things go Baltimore’s way, good ole SAL might not be.
11. Indianapolis Colts (1-2) — I hate to move this team up, but they did overcome a deficit on the road versus a division rival to get their first win of the season. That shows me they still have fight and believe in Chuck Pagano. I don’t, but we’ll see how it goes. Give this squad the benefit of the doubt.
10. San Diego Chargers (1-2) — They drop from the fourth spot to 10 after losing by three possessions this week in Minnesota. I believe this can easily be turned around, but until then, they’ll continue to fall.
9. Denver Broncos (3-0) — I’m sorry, but I don’t see what everyone else is in the Broncos. It may be just me, but they’ve beat two 0-3 teams and a Chiefs team who might as well be 0-3. They have a very easy schedule until November 1st versus Green Bay. And honestly, if they can’t be 6-0 headed into that matchup, they’ve proven me right. This team, I believe, is a pretender. (They move up from last week’s 10, btw)
8. Dallas Cowboys (2-1) — I drop them from three to eight. I saw a loss coming in Atlanta, but they had an opportunity to win, yet let the Falcons score 25 unanswered to lose. Their strength (offensive line) looked like their weakness. They get help soon, and they also have the Saints this week, so they shouldn’t fret too much. This is easily correctable, but this loss falls on the coaching.
7. Cincinnati Bengals (3-0) — I’m still trying to get a feel on this team. I can’t seem to put this team up much higher, but how do I put them lower? They’re not only undefeated, but they have three conference wins, which proves to be a lot in the wild card race. But who knows, at this rate, they might be the runaway division favorites.
6. Atlanta Falcons (3-0) — This team has been VERY impressive so far. They seem to be doing everything right. The first true test I see them having (assuming Brees is out on October 15th) is a November 22nd home game versus the Colts. They might be 9-0 by that time, 8-1 is possible. But closing the game on a 25-0 run against the Cowboys who looked like a great team in the first half, the Falcons made them look like a high school varsity team in the third and fourth quarters.
5. Seattle Seahawks (1-2) — How can I rank this team over four undefeated teams? It’s simple, they get Kam Chancellor back and they blowout a team 26-0. Grant it, it was the Bears, but this team has more answers this week than last week’s questions.
4. Buffalo Bills (2-1) — The Bills not only went to South Beach and won a division game, but they took their frustrations out after they probably were chewed out by Rex after opening their mouths versus the Patriots. I’m telling people, this team’s legit. They very well could be 3-0 if they hadn’t trash talked to Brady; because everyone knows you just can’t do that. However, I love this team right now. Hot!
3. Arizona Cardinals (3-0) — I move this team up three spots to the coveted-3rd spot in the Power Rankings because they’re playing lights out. They hold the best point differential at +77 in the league. So why aren’t they #1, you ask? Well, I look at the teams they did this against (Saints, Bears, 49ers). What this team is doing is amazing and unforeseen, but I’m looking towards this matchup versus the Rams.
2. Green Bay Packers (3-0) — Another reason why the Cardinals aren’t higher, is because of the Packers. They took care of business at Lambeau, and how could you expect any differently with “Relaxed” Aaron Rodgers at the helm? Okay, I did… But that’s your reward for proving me wrong! You stay ranked best in the NFC.
1. New England Patriots (3-0) — They defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars, 51-17. That’s how a champion is supposed to do things. Put all the offseason controversy aside, but when you lose everything on defense, you should be terrible! Nope, this is the Patriots. They just plug players in and Bill Bye makes it work. That’s his new name, Bill Bye the Football Guy.
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