NFL POWER RANKINGS WEEK THREE

BY ADAM GREENE

We’re three weeks into the season and the top of the Power Rankings remains ironclad. We have some movement after the top tier teams, which seem to be all but set for the year, though they’ll likely shuffle a bit after this weekend. That means it’s up to the middle squads to make their case. The teams in the Rankings basement are making no effort to leave it.

1. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (2-0)

There’s going to be a lot of variation in everyone’s rankings with the top three teams and I’m not going to argue with any of them. For me, until the Chiefs drop a game, they stay in the top spot. You can’t fault a plucky Los Angeles Chargers team for giving them a game and I’m not going to “punish” Kansas City for it. This is the NFL, not the ACC. Last week: No. 1

2. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (2-0)

Russell Wilson has been properly fitted for his chef’s hat and has the Seahawks looking invincible while he locks in on his first Most Valuable Player Award. Yes, it’s just Week Three and none of us care. Last week: No. 2

3. BALTIMORE RAVENS (2-0)

The Ravens have looked phenomenal over the season’s first two weeks. How much that has to do with their opponents has yet to be seen. Specifically, their Monday Night Football match up with the Chiefs will tell us everything we need to know about this team. Last week: No. 3

4. GREEN BAY PACKERS (2-0)

Aaron Rodgers continues his quest to keep Jordan Love not only on the bench, but possibly out of the stadium. Last week: No. 4

5. LOS ANGELES RAMS (2-0)

After an offseason of being ignored, the team we saw on HBO’s Hard Knocks is the team we’re seeing on the field. Suddenly, everyone is a believer again. While they bested two potential preseason playoff picks in the season’s opening weeks, their sternest test comes Sunday when they face our No. 6 team. Last week: No. 7

6. BUFFALO BILLS (2-0)

Speaking of believers, no one is doubting the Bills two weeks in. They host the Rams Sunday in what could be the second best game on the schedule. Last week: No. 10

7. TENNESSEE TITANS (2-0)

They’re not making it easy on themselves, but they’re winning and in the NFL, that’s all that matters. Last week: No. 8

8. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (1-1)

The Pats are a dropped Julian Edelman pass away from being 2-0 and knocking off the Rankings’ No. 2 team. Cam Newton looks all the way back, which should make every team with a crappy QB situation kick themselves in the ass for the rest of the season. Last week: No. 6

9. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (2-0)

You’ll take any win, but these two season-opening victories from the Steelers have been shaky against teams they should have easily rolled. Last week: No. 13

10. LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (2-0)

Las Vegas pocketed a big win over a floundering New Orleans Saints team Monday night, serving notice that this is a team that will top out with a Wild Card bid and immediately lose in that round. Last week: No. 17

11 CHICAGO BEARS (2-0)

Mitchell Trubisky doesn’t have to be great for the Bears to win, just not terrible. But when you’re playing the New York Giants, he can still get away with being terrible. Last week: No. 15

12 ARIZONA CARDINALS (2-0)

This is why quarterbacks are so precious. The last time the Cardinals were a contender, Kurt Warner was their quarterback. That was over a decade ago. Kyler Murray reminds me a lot of Russell Wilson and there’s nothing wrong with that. Last week: No. 16

13. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (1-1)

Drew Brees hasn’t looked right and Sean Payton can’t keep from shooting his own team in the foot with his hubris as a playcaller. This could be a rough year. Last week: No. 5

14. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (1-1)

The Niners got their first win of the year and all it cost them was half the team. Last week: No. 9

15. DALLAS COWBOYS (1-1)

Celebrate all you want, but you’re a choking Falcons team away from a complete disaster under Mike McCarthy. And here come the Seahawks. Last week: No. 12

16. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (1-1)

I’m not so sure that everything is fixed in Tampa Bay. Sunday’s win over the Panthers could have had a lot more to do with the Panthers. Last week: No. 18

17. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (1-1)

The Colts are back on track with a win and now the Jets come to town to keep them that way. Last week: No. 22

18. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (1-1)

Tyrod Taylor will likely miss another week after a team doctor accidentally punctured his lung with a painkiller injection. Justin Herbert looked outstanding in his first NFL action and the team, in spite of the way Taylor “lost” his job, would be wise to ride out the rookie the rest of the way. Last week: No. 20

19. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-1)

If the Jags keep tanking like this, they’ll make the playoffs. Last week: No. 14

20. WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (1-1)

A fall back to Earth was coming, as the Cardinals are a year ahead of where the Washington Football Team is today. But things are looking up and Dwayne Haskins appears to be the real deal. Last week: No. 21

21. HOUSTON TEXANS (0-2)

With this roster, even after Bill O’Brien tried to decimate it over the last two years, there’s just no excuse to be 0-2. There’s even less of an excuse to not even be competitive in the two games they’ve played, regardless of their opponents. The best thing that could happen in Houston is a total crash this season that gets the general manager and head coach fired, which just so happens to be the same guy. Don’t let O’Brien Mike McCarthy your team for a decade. Fix this. Hire a real GM. Bring in Eric Bieniemy as your head coach. Fix your team. Last week: No. 11

22. CLEVELAND BROWNS (1-1)

Fun fact: While the Browns were winning the “Battle of Ohio” last Thursday, I learned that no one who’s actually from Ohio calls it that. I mean, they play twice a year. Why would they? Last week: No. 30

23. ATLANTA FALCONS (0-2)

Dan Quinn, Bill O’Brien and Matt Patricia are now in a race to see who becomes the first head coach fired in 2020 and Adam Gase is hot on their heels. Last week: No. 23

24. CAROLINA PANTHERS (0-2)

Christian McCaffery is out for at least a month. Cam Newton is playing out of his mind in New England. Ron Rivera has the WFT on the upswing. This is a bad time to be a Panthers fan. Last week: No. 24

25. CINCINNATI BENGALS (0-2)

The Bengals have to be the happiest 0-2 team on the planet. They look like they’ve got the right quarterback and the right head coach. Now all they need is time and a vastly improved offensive line. Last week: No. 29

26. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (0-2)

I don’t know if the sky is falling in Philadelphia right now, but Chicken Little is doing his vocal warm ups. Last week: No. 19

27. MIAMI DOLPHINS (0-2)

Watching Joe Burrow and now Justin Herbert play well just makes it that much more frustrating that head coach Brian Flores won’t toss the keys to Tua Tagovailoa. Last week: No. 28

28. DENVER BRONCOS (0-2)

This might be too low for a Broncos team that’s played its heart out in spite of being smited thoroughly by the fickle finger of fate. It’s more of a reflection of the team they’ll actually be fielding. Not how well they’ve played. Last week: No. 27

29. MINNESOTA VIKINGS (0-2)

Remember when the biggest problem with the Vikings offense was their kicker? No team has ever needed a home crowd more. Minnesota’s crash comes with no obvious fix, which has to make it all the more maddening. This is pretty much the same team that went 10-6 last year and they’ve not even got off the bus in 2020. Last week: No. 26

30. DETROIT LIONS (0-2)

When I first typed out the team name, I wrote Detroit LOINS instead of LIONS and, honestly, I think that says it all right there. Last week: No. 25

31. NEW YORK GIANTS (0-2)

How is the worst roster in the NFL not the worst team? Because they share a stadium with the New York Jets. Last week: No. 32

32. NEW YORK JETS (0-2)

Everyone points the finger at Adam Gase and they should, but this team has been mismanaged for years and if there’s not an organization-wide change, the Jets will be bad for another half decade. And Sam Darnold is doing nothing to show he’s the guy. Last week: No. 31

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