Week 3 Power Rankings

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 15: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) before an NFL game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs on September 15, 2022 at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire)

Week 2 was one of the craziest weeks in a while. With the Jets coming back in the fourth quarter, and the Dolphins coming back in the fourth quarter as well. But as they say, it’s the NFL anything can happen on any given Sunday.

Now for the week 3 Power Rankings!

1. Buffalo Bills (2-0)

The Bills for the third consecutive week have claimed the top spot in my power rankings. After the dominating performance on Monday night against the Titans as they won 41-7. Josh Allen keeps showing us that he is the top guy this year throwing for 317 yards and 4 touchdowns in just three quarters. Stefon Diggs showed us the same as well having 12 catches for 148 yards and 3 of Allen’s touchdowns. This week they travel to Miami which should be a great matchup in week three.

2. Kansas City Chiefs (2-0)

After a slow start on Thursday Night Football, the Chiefs pulled it off in the second half. But the player of the week isn’t Patrick Mahomes or Travis Kelce, it was a 7th-round draft pick, Jaylen Watson, with a pick six to seal the game for the Chiefs. The Chiefs have shown early this season even after all offseason and the questions that they are still the top dog in the AFC West. The Chiefs travel to Indianapolis this Sunday to play the Colts.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0)

Tom Brady finally got it off his shoulders, after beating the New Orleans Saints in the regular season last season. But we can’t talk about the game without mentioning the fight that happen between Mike Evans and Marshon Lattimore, but it isn’t a surprise as it always gets heated when they play each other. The Buc’s defense showed out again as Mike Edwards had a pick-six to win the game. The offense does scare me a little but they didn’t have 2 of their top receivers. Next week Aaron Rodgers and the Packers travel to Tampa for the Annual Brady-Rodgers matchup.

4. Philadelphia Eagles (2-0)

As I said in my opening week power rankings, the Eagles were my dark horse super bowl contenders. After a shakey week 1, they turned it around in week 2, with a 24-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Jalen Hurts shined on Monday Night throwing for 333 and 1 touchdown, adding another pair of touchdowns with his feet rushing. The defense redeem themselves this week with 3 turnovers and Darius Slay having 2 of them. The Eagles travel to Washington this week to take on the Commanders.

5. Miami Dolphins (2-0)

The hype in Miami is real, after an unreal comeback in Baltimore this past weekend. Tua Tagovailoa was the star of the show in that game, passing for 469 yards and 6 touchdowns with most of that coming in the 4th quarter when they come back and won. Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle continue to shine, and if Tua can constantly put up good numbers they both will have great years. Miami has their toughest test so far this year when the Bills come to town and will teach us a lot about who the Dolphins are.

6. Los Angeles Chargers (1-1)

A tough loss in Kansas City last Thursday for the Chargers, but the big question is how are Justin Herbert and his ribs? After taking a big hit in the fourth quarter when he hurt his ribs which were diagnosed as a rib cartilage tear. So when will Herbert be back to 100%? You could tell he was in an extreme amount of pain. If Herbert can’t go Chase Daniel will get the start Sunday as they play the Jaguars.

7. Los Angeles Rams (1-1)

I can’t get a good read on this team yet as they were up big and almost choked the game away. It was an amazing interception by Jalen Ramsey which sealed the game but if anyone else was on the receiver I truly think the Falcons would’ve come out on top. The offense is a roller coaster too as on one drive they look too pristine and the next they turn the ball over and don’t know what they are supposed to do. The Rams travel to Arizona who is coming off a huge win Sunday.

8. Green Bay Packers (1-1)

Well as Aaron Rodgers said last year he still owns the Bears. Rodgers looks to be back on track and so doesn’t Aaron Jones as they were the team’s points on Sunday night. The defense looks a little questionable, but they did get a goal-line stop against Fields. Plus its only week 2 they have time to clean it up. Their biggest test comes this weekend when they travel to Tampa to play the Bucs.

9. San Francisco 49ers (1-1)

Jimmy G comes to save the 49ers again. After a terrible injury that happened in the first quarter to 2nd-year quarterback Trey Lance, Jimmy G came in and rallied the troops to a very lopsided win vs the Seahawks. In the end, this may help the 49ers because as they are a win-now team it might be a little easier to win with Jimmy G than Trey Lance. That isn’t a knock on Trey Lance either, I hope he comes back better than ever.

10. Baltimore Ravens (1-1)

What a game in Baltimore, it seemed all but over heading into the 4th quarter but that wasn’t the case. Even though it wasn’t the best day for Ravens but they were treated to a great game by Lamar Jackson who continued to show everyone that he is one of the best quarterbacks in the league. But the defensive collapse is the biggest issue to me as they just let everything go by and over their heads. I don’t expect that to happen again, especially under Harbaugh.

11. Minnesota Vikings (1-1)

The Vikings went to Philadelphia and got a slice of humble pie. After an impressive showing against Green Bay in week 1, they couldn’t do anything in week 2 as the Eagles dominated the whole game and in every aspect. Jefferson was shut down, Cousins threw 3 picks in the second half it was a horrible game for the Vikings. I wouldn’t hold onto this long as they looked good in week one they may have just had a slip-up in week 2.

12. New Orleans Saints (1-1)

Jameis is back to giving the ball up in crucial drives, But I can’t tell if that is because he isn’t reading the defense or is that how good Tampa’s defense is. In good news, Micheal Thomas is looking like he hasn’t missed a step after being out for 2 years. But the Saints didn’t play badly and let a go-ahead touchdown late without their star corner Marshon Lattimore. But time will tell us who the Saints really are and if they are seriously a contender in the NFC.

13. Arizona Cardinals (1-1)

Another amazing game this weekend, after being down the whole game the Cardinals fought their way back into the game through an amazing game from Kyler Murray. Who put the team on his back and put them in a position to go into overtime. Then the defense stepped up and got a scoop and score by Byron Murphy to win the game. I am still on the fence with the Cardinals but it’s something to keep an eye on.

14 Las Vegas Raiders (0-2)

Two tough losses early in the season for the Raiders. After a nail bitter with the Chargers to blowing a 20-0 lead against the Cardinals. But the Raiders just can’t keep their foot on the pedal for all 4th quarters and I can’t figure out why. The Raiders are going to have to win this Sunday against the Titans so they don’t fall to 0-3.

15. Cincinnati Bengals (0-2)

Is it the Super Bowl hangover or something else, I can’t figure it out. The Bengals were the most hyped team coming into the 2022 season, and they seemed to have lost any momentum they would’ve had. Burrow was sacked again 6 more times last week against the Cowboys. And again they had a chance to win it late in the fourth and the offense stalled and punted which lead to the game-winner for the Cowboys. But the biggest issue remains the offensive line and they have to figure it out if they want a shot at making the playoffs.

16. Denver Broncos (1-1)

I’m still not sold on the Broncos in the AFC west and the AFC as a whole. They barely passed the Texans this past Sunday but a win is a win in the NFL so they will take it. But the clock management by Nathaniel Hackett is the scariest part as fans were counting down the play clock at Sunday’s game so they didn’t get any more delay of game penalties. They have to fix this fast because you can’t fall behind too much in the AFC until you are way too behind.

17. Detroit Lions (1-1)

Is this the best offense in the NFL at the moment? They can put up points and they can do it quickly. Scoring 35+ points in their first 2 games this season for the first time in Lions history since 1970. Amon-Ra St. Brown had an amazing game with 184 total yards and 2 touchdowns, plus Jared Goff slinging 4 touchdowns. 2nd overall pick Aidan Hutchinson had 3 sacks to add on top of all it. The Lions might be turning it around once and for all.

18. New York Giants (2-0)

New York is at an all-time high with all these major sports teams having their best seasons in a while. I get it, as it’s only week 2 but the Giants look to have found a coach who can make it happen with Daboll. The defense confused Mayfield the whole game and made the impact of them pulling off the victory this past Sunday. After all talk about how the defense would hold them back, they proved everyone wrong and pulled off a great win.

19. New England Patriots (1-1)

The offense moved the ball on Sunday more fluidly than we have seen throughout the preseason and week one. Mac Jones delivered a strike to Nelson Agholor for a touchdown and had another touchdown. But this team still has many question marks only escaping Pittsburgh with a 17-14. I’m still skeptical about the Patriots, especially with the Bills and Dolphins in their Divisions.

20. Dallas Cowboys (1-1)

They proved everyone wrong last weekend, after an awful week one they came out and beat the Cincinnati Bengals at home in week 2 with Copper Rush at the helm. Ceedee played great and had the 10-yard grab to set them up for the last-second field goal to win the game. Micah Parsons continued to wreck the backfield with 2 more sacks. All hope isn’t lost in Dallas but it still will be an uphill battle this next couple of weeks.

21 Cleveland Browns (1-1)

A total collapse Sunday against the New York Jets, With less than 2 minutes left they let the jets score 2 times and win the game. The secondary still looks like it’s confused on coverages and the special teams let an onside kick go right through their hand which gave the Jets the game-winning drive. But in good news besides the late interception, Jacoby Brissett played well and seems to have the offense humming. *Editors note: power rankings were submitted for editing before the Thursday night game between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers.

22. Tennessee Titans (0-2)

They flat out got bullied on Monday night against the Buffalo Bills. It could have been a lot worse if they didn’t sit everyone after the third quarter on Monday night. Tennessee coming off their best season in years is now turning to look for answers for the struggles of the team so far this year, and it looks like no one has a clear-cut answer.

23. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1)

Offense struggles are the main issue in Pittsburgh, after a shocking week one win in Cincinnati the Steelers came home and lost to the New England Patriots. With TJ Watt out it’s looking like it could be a long stretch for the Steelers who look depleted on offense and defense. Kenny Pickett may be in faster than we originally thought if the offense continues to struggle. *Editors note: power rankings were submitted for editing before the Thursday night game between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers.

24 Washington Commanders (1-1)

Turned it on too late last Sunday after they went down 22-0 at halftime. But Carson Wentz continued to show that his arm is still there in the second half of that game. But nobody else on the commanders did anything to help out their quarterback. The defense couldn’t get a stop in the biggest moments of the game so the offense could attempt to keep going at the lead. Hopefully, when Chase Young gets back he can help them and they could attempt to make a run to the playoffs.

25. New York Jets (1-1)

Unbelievable comeback by the Jets on Sunday against the Browns to secure their first win of the season. Joe Flacco was wheeling and dealing on Sunday, as well rookie receiver Garrett Wilson showed everyone that he is ready for the NFL with 2 crucial touchdowns in the game one of those being the game-winner. Let’s see how long this momentum lasts for the Jets

26. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1)

This is what the Jaguars are hoping to see out of Trevor Lawerence more often, he played very smart and efficient football on Sunday and beat the Colts down in Jacksonville. With the AFC South having a down year so far it’s up for grabs and the Jaguars are in a prime position to take it if they can play like this every week.

27 Indianapolis Colts (0-1-1)

Are the Colts as bad as they seem? I don’t know they haven’t shown any progress from last year especially on Sunday against the Jaguars. Losing 24-0, The Colts’ offense looked horrible and so didn’t the defense. I don’t know the solution but they have to figure it out fast before it’s too late. Hopefully, everyone gets healthy on the Colts so we can see the true Colts team this season.

28. Seattle Seahawks (1-1)

Was week one a fluke? It may have been as it seems the magic has already worn off as they lost 27-7 to the 49ers on Sunday. They truly might not have scored if it wasn’t for the blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown. They haven’t scored a point that was led by the offense since the second quarter of the opener. But they will always have the win in Russell Wilson’s return to Seattle.

29. Atlanta Falcons (0-2)

The Falcons almost were a part of an amazing weekend of comebacks after almost coming back from a 28-3 deficit. Which is ironic isn’t it? But the late Ramsey pick put that to sleep, but it does look promising for Falcons fans as they have hung with the Saints and Rams in the first two weeks of the regular season. If they can find a way to win close games they could surprise people this year.

30 Chicago Bears (1-1)

They almost made it a game when Justin Fields got stopped at the goal line, but I’m still impressed with how the Bears have played this season. I know they aren’t 2-0 but lots of people had them winning 1-2 games this season, but they have shown people they can win games and they might have found their franchise guy in Justin Fields.

31 Houston Texans (0-1-1)

It’s not time to panic Houston, even with the offense stalling in the first week and not getting the win. And last week when it seemed they could get nothing going against the Broncos. The defense has held their own, especially last week only letting Wilson have one touchdown in the redone and stopping them the rest of the time. With the AFC South the way it is the Texans still have a shot so don’t lose hope yet.

32. Carolina Panthers (0-2)

This offense is not looking good at all, and that’s being nice. If this continues Carolina will have lots of changes at the end of the season. Baker Mayfield hasn’t proved that he is going to be the answer to Carolina’s problems leaving it wide open for Darnold and him to have another battle for the quarterback when he comes back. The Panthers have lost 9 straight dating back to last season, Matt Rhule’s seat is very hot if they can’t turn it around.

What do you think?

Skyler Matthews

Written by Skyler Matthews

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