NFL Week 3 Power Rankings: The Cowboys Take a Fall
Biggest Riser: Cincinnati Bengals (eight spots)
Biggest Faller: Dallas Cowboys (13 spots)
1. New Orleans Saints (2-0); Last Week- 1
It wasn’t pretty last night, but good teams find a way to win.
2. Green Bay Packers (2-0); Last Week- 2
I have the Packers at No. 2, but that’s only out of respect for the undefeated World Champs. I secretly think Green Bay is the NFL’s best team.
3. Houston Texans (2-0); Last Week- 4
The Texans are for real. As they showed on Sunday, they can overcome pretty much any deficit at any moment.
4. Indianapolis Colts (1-1); Last Week- 6
You know Peyton Manning would get Indy back on track, especially against his ‘lil bro.
5. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0); Last Week- 9
The Steelers have to be thrilled sitting at 2-0, with just two games left before Big Ben returns. If they can steal one more win before then, they’ll be in prime position.
6. San Diego Chargers (1-1); Last Week- 11
I don’t think the Chargers have played like the NFL’s sixth-best team, but so many teams ahead of them have gone down.
7. Baltimore Ravens (1-1); Last Week-3
Baltimore’s inability to score has to be concerning for a team whose defense, while stout, isn’t what it used to be.
8. Miami Dolphins (2-0); Last Week- 12
Chad Henne is the new Trent Dilfer–don’t make any big mistakes, watch your defense play well, and find a way to just win ball games.
9. New England Patriots (1-1); Last Week- 5
Are the Patriots a team filled with cerebral, savvy vets, or just an old squad that will break down in December? We’ll find out.
10. Cincinnati Bengals (1-1); Last Week- 18
The Bengals needed a win over Baltimore, or else they would have gone two games down behind both the Ravens and Pittsburgh. They’re back on track now.
11. New York Jets (1-1); Last Week- 16
Talk about Jekyll and Hyde: the Jets’ offense sure is fluky. Braylon Edwards got arrested for DWI this morning too.
12. New York Giants (1-1); Last Week- 10
The Giants got creamed against the Colts and now Brandon Jacobs reportedly wants out of New York. Please, Jerry Reese, don’t trade him.
13. Chicago Bears (2-0); Last Week- 21
I’m still not high on the Bears, but they certainly deserved to win against the Cowboys on Sunday.
14. Minnesota Vikings (0-2); Last Week- 7
You can’t help but wonder if Brett Favre is regretting his decision to return.
15. Washington Redskins (1-1); Last Week- 14
The Redskins have to be heartbroken after blowing a 17-point lead in a game that would have given them sole position of first place in the NFC East.
16. Kansas City Chiefs (2-0); Last Week- 15
The Chiefs actually drop a spot after squeaking by a very poor Browns team.
17. Atlanta Falcons (1-1); Last Week- 19
With a lot of the top dogs in the NFC faltering to open the season, the Falcons are in a good position to make a run at a Wild Card berth.
18. Philadelphia Eagles (1-1); Last Week- 20
No quarterback controversy in Philly? Yeah right.
19. Tennessee Titans (1-1); Last Week- 13
If teams shut down CJ2K, the Titans become one of the league’s least dynamic offenses.
20. San Francisco 49ers (0-2); Last Week- 17
The Niners played really well last night despite losing to New Orleans. I liked Alex Smith’s leadership.
21. Dallas Cowboys (0-2); Last Week- 8
I had the Cowboys at No. 2 in the preseason. Two weeks later, there’s panic and Dallas. They have their backs against the wall and this week’s game in Houston is huge for them.
22. Oakland Raiders (1-1); Last Week- 25
Darren McFadden provided a breakout performance for Oakland, but their future doesn’t look bright with Jason Campbell already benched in Week Two.
23. Denver Broncos (1-1); Last Week- 27
The Broncos have to be happy to be playing in a division that’s truly up-for-grabs. I think they’re the worst team in it, though.
24. Tampa Bay Bucs (2-0); Last Week- 28
The Bucs may have their quarterback of the future and everything is rosy in Tampa right now. This team is still a few years away, though.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1); Last Week- 24
I’d be shocked if the Jags reach eight wins on the season.
26. Seattle Seahawks (1-1); Last Week- 22
Can we all agree the Seahawks’ Week One performance was a fluke?
27. Detroit Lions (0-2); Last Week- 29
The Lions jump up two spots after a loss because, after years of despair, they are finally improving.
28. Arizona Cardinals (1-1); Last Week- 23
If the Cardinals’ recent performance wasn’t evidence enough that Kurt Warner should eventually be in the Hall of Fame, nothing is.
29. Carolina Panthers (0-2); Last Week- 26
Jimmy Clausen will start in Week Three for Carolina. Any bets on how long it will take Steve Smith to scream at him?
30. St. Louis Rams (0-2); Last Week- 30
Sam Bradford has been painfully close to grabbing his first NFL victory, and he’ll have a good shot at doing so over the next three weeks as well with games against Washington, Seattle, and Detroit.
31. Cleveland Browns (0-2); Last Week- 31
The Browns simply aren’t the same team without Jake Delhomme at quarterback. . .they’re much better.
32. Buffalo Bills (0-2); Last Week 32
Three weeks and counting.
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