2016-17 NFL Power Rankings

Week 3 NFL Power Rankings

Sep 25, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) leaps over Chicago Bears safety Chris Prosinski (31) in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 25, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) leaps over Chicago Bears safety Chris Prosinski (31) in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

32. 364         Chicago Bears

Last week: 31
Record: 0-3

Unfortunately, the Chicago Bears take the last place position in our power rankings this week. The Bears are not only fighting to score points, they are fighting to keep their players healthy. After Cutler went down last week, starting running back Jeremy Langford went down this week. The Bears are going to need to stay healthy if they want any shot at a successful season.

31. 15578552015        Cleveland Browns

Last week: 32
Record: 0-3

The Browns are slowly making progress in their own Cleveland way. They could have put up their first win of the year Sunday night, but all hopes were dashed when kicker Cody Parkey missed a 46 yard field goal to give the Browns the lead with time expiring.

30. 15988562013        Jacksonville Jaguars

Last week: 30
Record: 0-3

The Jags missed it by that much against the Ravens in their Sunday afternoon game. All eyes were on the Steve Smith/Jalen Ramsey matchup and it did not fail to disappoint. The Jags were looking promising this offseason, but teams that start 0-3 typically have a tough time finding their way to January football.

29.907        New Orleans Saints

Last week: 29
Record: 0-3

For the 2nd year in a row, Sean Payton’s Saints have started off the season 0-3. The Saints are used to shootouts, but they haven’t been able to withstand the onslaught of points that the defense has been allowing.

28.  17994552009         San Francisco 49ers

Last week: 23
Record: 1-2

The 49ers have been struggling ever since their gem of a game in week 1. The offense can’t seem to pick up first downs and their defense has issues keeping their opponents out of the end zone. It’s a poor combo to be suffering from, let’s just hope Chip Kelly knows what he’s doing.

27. 15041052013        Miami Dolphins

Last week: 25
Record: 1-2

The Dolphins didn’t make it easy, but came away with their first win of the year against the Cleveland Browns. The Dolphins narrowly avoided a disastrous loss, luckily Browns kicker Cody Parkey missed the 46 yard game winning field goal only to have the Dolphins escape with the win.

26. 1053        Tennessee Titans

Last week: 22
Record: 1-2

The Titans had a great shot at taking the AFC this year, bringing in ex-Cowboy, Demarco Murray to fill the backfield with now sophomore QB Marcus Mariota. The strategy hasn’t gone according to plan just yet, but the year is still young and so is their quarterback.

25. 17636702014        Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Last week: 19
Record: 1-2

The Bucs comeback was cut 77 minutes short against the Rams on Sunday. The Rams were backed up on their own 5 at the 2 minute warning when an unfortunate weather delay set the game back 75 minutes.

24. 8e1jhgblydtow4m3okwzxh67k        San Diego Chargers

Last week: 21
Record: 1-2

The Chargers have been hit and miss this year so far. They looked great against a lowly Jacksonville team, but couldn’t keep the magic going against the Colts this week, ultimately falling short with a final drive fumble.

23.  594153172016        Los Angeles Rams

Last week: 24
Record: 2-1

Minus the 75-minute rain delay at the end of the game, the Rams were not surprised by anything that Tampa threw at them. After failing to get into the end zone in either of their first 2 games, the Rams finally put up 6 points on the back of star RB Todd Gurley.

22.  n0fd1z6xmhigb0eej3323ebwq        Buffalo Bills

Last week: 27
Record: 1-2

The Bills were in a dark place after their Week 2 loss, but bounced back against a heavily favored Arizona Cardinal team. Shady looked like his old self and Tyrod showed the Cardinal’s defense that he can show on any given Sunday

21.  593        Indianapolis Colts

Last week: 28
Record: 1-2

The Colts finally added that ever-elusive first win to their record, after falling short a couple weeks prior. In typical fashion, the Colts started off slow, before ultimately leaving it to Andrew and his arm to lead the team to victory. Luckily the Colts offense was able to put up the points necessary to win and the defense was able to put the game away with a forced fumble and recovery.

20. v7tehkwthrwefgounvi7znf5k        New York Jets

Last week: 10
Record: 1-2

The New York Jets were coming off a big week prior, with Forte finding the end zone 3 times. Unfortunately football is an unforgiving mistress and she took Ryan Fitzpatrick in her sites this week. Last week Fitzpatrick had 3 receivers gain over 100 yards in the air, this week he threw for 6 interceptions, including 2 in the red zone.

19. cwuyv0w15ruuk34j9qnfuoif9        Detroit Lions

Last week: 18
Record: 1-2

The Lions faced a tough test in Aaron Rodgers at home this week. Surrendering 4 first half passing touchdowns is enough to make any defensive coordinator pull out his hair. The Packers took their foot off the gas towards the end of the game letting the Lions back in it with a fighting chance, but ultimately fell short on the final drive.

18. im5xz2q9bjbg44xep08bf5czq        Washington Redskins

Last week: 26
Record: 1-2

All eyes were on Odell and Josh Norman this game and it did not disappoint. Both sides won could win on any given play, but in the end Washington was able to get to Eli and win the turnover battle.

17.  919         New York Giants

Last week: 13
Record: 2-1

Eli Manning didn’t do his team any favors this week, throwing for 3 interceptions including one on the final offensive drive. Odell Beckham Jr was not a happy camper this week, he had the catches and the yards, but couldn’t find the end zone against rival Josh Norman.

16. 403        Cincinnati Bengals

Last week: 9
Record: 1-2

The Bengals defense gave up 4 passing touchdowns to Trevor Siemian at home this week, which doesn’t bode well for the future of this defense. The Bengals were at the center of some cheap shot controversy last year; the team didn’t seem to have the same edge that it did last year. If the Bengals want to return to the playoffs for their 6th straight season they are going to make some changes.

15.  kwth8f1cfa2sch5xhjjfaof90        Arizona Cardinals

Last week: 5
Record: 1-2

The Cardinals were surprised this week by a stout Buffalo Bills team. A west coast team traveling east will have its fair share of difficulties getting going. Carson Palmer could never find his rhythm, throwing for 4 interceptions and no touchdowns.

14.  299        Atlanta Falcons

Last week: 20
Record: 2-1

Standing a top the NFC South is the 2-1 Atlanta Falcons. They have managed to start the season off on the right foot all while missing their start receiver, Julio Jones. Tevin Coleman has shouldered the slack though, running for 3 touchdowns last night.

13.  970        Pittsburgh Steelers

Last week: 1
Record: 2-1

The Steelers failed to get into the end zone against a Philadelphia team that is starting to look more and more like the real deal. The Browns are still kicking themselves after letting a potential franchise QB like Carson Wentz go to Philly. Wentz still has yet to throw for an interception in 3 games.

12.  f1wggq2k8ql88fe33jzhw641u        Carolina Panthers

Last week: 4
Record: 1-2

The reining Super Bowl participants were shut down in Week 3 against the Vikings. Cam Newton was only able to emerge as Superman one time after scoring a 3 yard rushing touchdown in the first half of the game, besides that the Panthers were relatively tamed in Week 3.

11.  570        Houston Texans

Last week: 6
Record: 2-1

It’s the first time the Patriots have met with Osweiler since he took over for Peyton last year. The Texans started off slow and it never got any better, getting shut down and out by a solid New England team that looks destined to make Roger Goodell look silly.

10. g9mgk6x3ge26t44cccm9oq1vl        Oakland Raiders

Last week: 17
Record: 2-1

After taking a shellacking in the first 2 weeks of the season, the Raiders defense finally turned it on and wouldn’t allow Marcus Mariota any time or space to make an impact. Mariota finished with only 8 fantasy points.

9.  857        Kansas City Chiefs

Last week: 12
Record: 2-1

If football was based only on one side of the ball, the Chiefs would have won this game 10-3, luckily for them, their defense showed up and took control of the game. Ryan Fitzpatrick couldn’t figure out how to beat this tough Kansas City defense and it showed on the stat sheet, throwing 6 interceptions.

8. pfiobtreaq7j0pzvadktsc6jv        Seattle Seahawks

Last week: 11
Record: 2-1

The Seahawks have finally come away with a convincing win, beating the 49ers handedly at home. Seattle got off to a quick start with Christine Michael running in 2 touchdowns before the end of the 1st Russell Wilson suffered another leg injury, spraining his MCL, giving rookie QB Trevone Boykin his first taste of regular season action.

7. 406        Dallas Cowboys

Last week: 16
Record: 2-1

Dak to the Future. This man has taken over Dallas and might have given Jason Garrett a decision to make once Romo comes back. The Cowboys are 2-1 thus far and the backfield combo of Dak and Zeke has proven deadly to defenses who are used to a pocket passing Romo.

6.  dcy03myfhffbki5d7il3        Green Bay Packers

Last week: 8
Record: 2-1

The Packers answered any questions that anyone had for their offense in their Week 3 matchup against the Lions. Rodgers had 4 first half touchdowns against a Lions defense that just couldn’t keep up. The Packers slowed down a little bit in the second half utilizing Eddie Lacy more.

5. 318        Baltimore Ravens

Last week: 15
Record: 3-0

The 3-0 record might not look pretty, but the Ravens are still undefeated. The combined record of the Raven’s opponents is 1-8, which is not good, but where those teams have failed, the Ravens have succeeded. They have closed out games when it matters and focused on the little things.

4. 960        Philadelphia Eagles

Last week: 14
Record: 3-0

The surprise Eagles are making a name for themselves with rookie QB Carson Wentz at the helm this year. After cutting ties with Chip Kelly this Philadelphia team has reinvented its offense and looks like a completely different team that finished 7-9 last year.

3.  17227042013        Minnesota Vikings

Last week: 7
Record: 3-0

The Minnesota Vikings are proving week after week that their success isn’t a fluke. The Vikings held the reining NFL MVP to just one rushing TD and one FG. If the Vikings continue this path of dominance they could be a dark horse for the NFC Title.

2. 9ebzja2zfeigaziee8y605aqp        Denver Broncos

Last week: 3 
Record: 3-0

John Elway might win pettiness of the year award for this tweet, but who can really blame him? The man played the long game and he won, the Broncos started off the season 3-0 under 7th rounder Trevor Siemian and Siemian looks like he has been doing this his whole career.

1. y71myf8mlwlk8lbgagh3fd5e0        New England Patriots

Last week: 2
Record: 3-0

Whatever Bill is putting in the QB cooler is working because for the 3rd week in a row the Patriots have not only survived their week, but also strived with rookie QB Jacoby Brissett at the helm. The Patriots routed the Texans 27-0, but unfortunately lost their 3rd QB in as many weeks. Enter Edelman.