Paul Ulane

NFL Power Rankings Week 3

Last week, my head was spinning. This week, the QB carousel is spinning. From Buffalo to Oakland, starting signal-callers are being benched by impatient coaches looking to get a spark. Is it too early for such sweeping changes, or too late? I guess we’ll find out soon enough. As for now, let’s see how every team ranks heading into Week 3.


NFL Power Rankings
1 New Orleans Saints
Last Week: 1
Two weeks, two ugly wins, and the champs are still undefeated. You gotta give it to Drew Brees, that guy never sweats, even when his team has just given up the tying touchdown with a minute left in the fourth quarter. Extra props go to kicker Garrett Hartley, who flubbed two indoor kicks in the team’s opener only to split the uprights in windy San Francisco with the game on the line in Week 2.
2 Green Bay Packers
Last Week: 4
All last year, the name most regularly associated with the Packers was Aaron Rodgers. This year, that name may change to Clay Matthews, who has already racked up six sacks in two games during Green Bay’s undefeated start.
3 Houston Texans
Last Week: 5
The Texans have never made the playoffs because they always found a way to lose the close games. This year, they seem to be the team on the other side of that luck. They avoided an OT defeat by negating the Redskins game-winning kick with a last-second timeout. Maybe this is the year…gulp…finally…that the Texans make the playoffs.
4 Pittsburgh Steelers
Last Week: 7
First in the AFC in fumbles forced, first in interceptions, second in sacks – this defense doesn’t care who is quarterbacking their offense, they’ll just win the game themselves.
5 Indianapolis Colts
Last Week: 6
Who needs Peyton Manning? The Colts called more running plays in a game than passing plays for the first time ever in the Peyton Manning era…and won! I have a feeling things will go right back to normal next week, but it must be encouraging to the Colts to know they can win in more ways than one.
6 Miami Dolphins
Last Week: 8
They haven’t played at home yet and they’re atop the AFC East. Let’s see if they can keep it up in their next two games: back-to-back primetime scrapes with the Jets and Pats.
7 Cincinnati Bengals
Last Week: 13
Apparently the Cincy secondary didn’t feel like showing up until the second week of the season. The Bengals defensive backs bounced back from their Week 1 trouncing to pick off Joe Flacco four times in Week 2. The win over the Ravens was Cincy’s eighth straight win against fellow AFC North teams.
8 Baltimore Ravens
Last Week: 2
Baltimore’s colors are black and purple and that’s exactly how the Ravens’ bruising defense is leaving opponents. The Ravens haven’t given up a TD this season, but Joe Flacco’s turnover issues (5 picks, 1 fumble) leave them at .500 and 0-1 in their division.
9 New York Jets
Last Week: 18
So it’s going to be this type of season for the Jets, huh? Nothing but drama, ups-and-downs, big losses and big wins. Everything for the Jets is summed up by Mark Sanchez’s performance. Sanchez followed up his Week 1 passer rating of 56.4 by exploding for a 124.3 rating in Week 2. Expect Gang Green to be flying up and down the power rankings until Sanchez and the team find an identity.
10 New England Patriots
Last Week: 3
Tom Brady has a career second half passer rating of 90.6. When the Pats unraveled against the Jets in Week 2, Brady had a second half passer rating of 16.9. Look for Brady to take out his frustrations on the undermanned Bills in Week 3.
11 San Diego Chargers
Last Week: 17
Is Antonio Gates the most dangerous tight end in the NFL right now? After Gates’s two-TD performance in Week 2, the numbers are hard to deny. Since 2004, he’s first in TDs, second in receiving yards, and third in receptions among tight ends.
12 Chicago Bears
Last Week: 20
Jay Cutler leads the league in yards per pass attempt and QB rating after two weeks. If the offensive line can get him the protection he needs against the Packers and sack-master Clay Matthews this coming Monday night, Cutler’s efficient play will be the biggest surprise of the early season.
13 Atlanta Falcons
Last Week: 16
The Falcons might be the deepest team in the league at the running back position. First stringer Michael Turner and second stringer Jerious Norwood both went down with injuries and third stringer Jason Snelling pops up to drop 129 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons’ bounce back win in Week 2.
14 Kansas City Chiefs
Last Week: 22
Forget all the exciting new offensive weapons this season, K.C. is off to a hot start because of a renewed defensive effort. The Chiefs have allowed the fifth-fewest points in the league through two weeks after being ranked 29th in that same category last year.
15 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last Week: 25
Congrats to the Bucs for their first 2-0 start since 2005. Now comes the hard part. The schedule doesn’t do the Bucs any favors, matching Tampa up against the Steelers, Bengals and Saints in the next month. So yeah, this might be the highest the Bucs get in the rankings this season.
16 Philadelphia Eagles
Last Week: 14
The Kevin Kolb era sure was short. Eagles fans don’t care, though, all they care about is that Michael Vick has thrown for 459 yards and rushed for 130 yards with a QB rating of 105.5 in six full quarters of action this season.
17 New York Giants
Last Week: 9
Did you see Brandon Jacobs launch his helmet into the stands in a burst of frustration on Sunday night? If only the Giants showed that type of passion on the field during their 38-14 drubbing at the hands of the Colts.
18 Washington Redskins
Last Week: 12
It’s a good news, bad news situation in Washington. The good news is Donovan McNabb looked like a world-beater during his 426-yard performance in Week 2. The bad news is the ‘Skins blew an opportunity to grab sole possession of first place in the NFC East when Graham Gano missed a field goal in OT. Every game counts in a division that looks like it will be decided in the final weeks of the season.
19 Tennessee Titans
Last Week: 11
Two big questions heading into the Titans’ Week 3 faceoff with the Giants: (1) How will Vince Young respond to being benched mid-way through the Titans’ Week 2 loss? (2) How will Chris Johnson respond to his 100-yard game streak being snapped? Both answers will determine whether or not the Titans can get back on a winning streak.
20 Minnesota Vikings
Last Week: 10
Uh-oh. Brett Favre still looks out of sync and the Vikings are quickly in a two-game hole behind their NFC North competitors. Favre and the Vikes need to get on the same page quickly or else they’ll be saying good-bye to their playoff hopes before October.
21 Denver Broncos
Last Week: 28
Remember when Kyle Orton used to be known as a game manager? After two weeks, Orton ranks third in the league in yards per attempt, sixth in total passing yards and sixth in QB rating.
22 Dallas Cowboys
Last Week: 15
The Cowboys still have a lot of talent on their roster, but their sloppy play has doomed them to a devastating 0-2 start. America’s Team has accumulated the fourth-most penalties and rank 29th in turnover differential.
23 Seattle Seahawks
Last Week: 21
After their exciting opening week win against division favorite San Francisco, Pete Carroll and his squad came crashing back down to earth by getting blown out by Denver. I have a feeling it’s going to be that type of season for the Seahawks under the emotional Carroll.
24 Arizona Cardinals
Last Week: 19
The Cards may not have thought Matt Leinart was the answer at QB, but it’s becoming more and more clear that Derek Anderson isn’t either. Anderson has barely completed half of his passes this season and has sputtered to a 66.8 QB rating.
25 Jacksonville Jaguars
Last Week: 24
Don’t be alarmed by Maurice Jones-Drew’s slow start (161 total yards, 0 TD), he only had 206 total yards and one TD at this point last year. Of more concern is the play of David Garrard, who has thrown almost as many touchdowns as interceptions (34 TDs to 27 INTs) since his efficient 18 TD, 3 INT season in 2007.
26 San Francisco 49ers
Last Week: 23
What a heart-breaking loss on Monday night. Still, of all the 0-2 teams, the Niners have the least to panic about, seeing as an 8-8 record could win their division.
27 Detroit Lions
Last Week: 26
Jahvid “Simply The” Best clearly wants that Offensive Rookie of the Year trophy. Best is averaging 134 total yards per game and has gotten into the end zone five times in two weeks.
28 Carolina Panthers
Last Week: 27
Yet another quick QB switch is going down in Carolina, where Notre Dame standout Jimmy Clausen will get his first career start just three weeks into his rookie year. Clausen will take over an offense that has two touchdowns and eight turnovers in two games. So who’s on the schedule? A hungry Bengals secondary that just picked off Joe Flacco four times in Week 2. Good luck, Rook.
29 Oakland Raiders
Last Week: 29
With the acquisition of Jason Campbell this off-season, the Raiders were said to be getting a solid and steady QB…then they benched him halfway through the second game of the season.
30 St. Louis Rams
Last Week: 30
Sam Bradford and Steve Jackson provide some big-name recognition in St. Louis, but do you realize they’ve lost 27 of their last 28 games? Yikes.
31 Cleveland Browns
Last Week: 31
After blowing close games against the Bucs and Chiefs, the Browns’ next seven games come against teams that had winning records last season. Oh well, there’s always next year, Browns fans.
32 Buffalo Bills
Last Week: 32
Seventeen points, one quarterback switch, and zero wins constitute the Bills season so far. Is Ryan Fitzpatrick the answer? He is if the question is, “Who is going to get blamed for the Bills Week 3 loss?”
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Jets rule

lets go packers they are going to win again and again and again

go cardinals


Hey the cardinals beat the saints and the saints are not #1 they are #4

The chargers 18?!

you wish

The Bears can crush the bucs

don't let the name fool you best wingman alive right here

Chiefs are top noch they should be 6 atleast

go patriots

Do you want to be my Friend

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go pats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The seahawks arent good!

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THE RAVENS ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I beg to differ. BRONCOS ARE BEAST!!!!!!!!

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The Steelers are number 1, not the Saints. The Browns should be number 32.


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ever body knows that the titans are gonna win

Jags will smoke titans anyday

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