NFL Power Rankings: Week 3

Injuries remain prevalent throughout the first three weeks of the NFL season.

The Baltimore Ravens are winless despite being the favorite to win the Super Bowl and the Indianapolis Colts have only come out with one win.

This could be the year of the back-up quarterback as the Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears all must rely on reserves as their starters deal with injuries.

  1. New England Patriots (3-0): Quarterback Tom Brady has 9 touchdowns and 0 INT’s with no deflated balls. (NFL.com)
  2. Green Bay Packers (3-0): No Jordy Nelson, No Problem. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been on a tear offensively, especially at home, where he has 35 touchdowns and 0 INT’s since 2013. (espn.go.com)
  3. Arizona Cardinals (3-0): Offense or Defense? Take your pick; this team is clicking on all cylinders. QB Caron Palmer is a red-hot 16-2 in his last 18 starts. (NFL.com)
  4. Denver Broncos (3-0): The Broncos one of have the best defenses in football ranking third in total defense and tied for third in points allowed. Quarterback Peyton Manning is still Peyton Manning, this team’s hot. (Via: NFL.com)
  5. Atlanta Falcons (3-0): Who needs defense, when you have an offense that has stud wide receiver Julio Jones and running back Devonta Freeman. Jones is on pace for 2,347 receiving yards. Meanwhile, Freeman had the game of his life with 193 all-purpose yards and 3 scores.
  6. Cincinnati Bengals (3-0): Quarterback Andy Dalton, Yes Andy Dalton torched the Baltimore Ravens with four total touchdowns. Pair that with wide receiver A.J. Green’s 227 receiving yards and two scores: this team’s for real. (Via: espn.go.com)
  7. Carolina Panthers (3-0): Don’t sleep on the Panthers, especially on defense. They have won six straight dating back to last year, thanks to a defense that have given up a poultry 11.5 points per game and forced 13 turnovers in that span. (NFL.com)
  8. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1): Losing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to a MCL sprain is huge, but seasoned back-up quarterback Mike Vick, should be fine passing to stud wide receiver Antonio Brown and handing it off to running back Le’Veon Bell. (Via: espn.go.com)
  9. Buffalo Bills (2-1): What a bounce back for the Bills: a 41-14 thrashing of Miami behind dual-threat quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s 3 touchdowns. (Via: NFL.com)
  10. Dallas Cowboys (2-1): No Tony Romo or Dez Bryant? This team looks to be in trouble as they got manhandled the second half against Atlanta being outscored 22-0 in the second half of that game. (Via: espn.go.com)
  11. Minnesota Vikings (2-1): Formula for winning: give running back Adrian Peterson the ball. Peterson pounded the Chargers for 126 yards off 20 rushes and a score. (Via: NFL.com)
  12. New York Jets (2-1): The Jets looked sloppy against Philadelphia and need to clean up their turnover problems: (3 interceptions and a fumble lost) in a loss. (Via: NFL.com)
  13. Oakland Raiders (2-1): Wide Receivers, Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree along with running back Latavius Murray and quarterback Derek Carr, have put Oakland back on the map. (Via: espn.go.com)
  14. Seattle Seahawks (1-2): The best team with only one win, got back on track with a 26-0 shutout against the Bears thanks to a strong performance from quarterback Russell Wilson (two scores in a win). (Via: espn.go.com)
  15. Indianapolis Colts (1-2): Comeback kids! Quarterback Andrew Luck led the Colts to a comeback win, 35-33 over the Tennessee Titans, but shoulders too much of the offensive load on the team. (Via: espn.go.com)
  16. Kansas City Chiefs (1-2): Easily one of the toughest schedules thus far, facing stars like, defensive end J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans, quarterback Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers. (Via: espn.go.com)
  17. New York Giants (1-2): Who is this team? Quarterback Eli Manning has variable weapons such as wide receiver Oddell Beckham Jr. but just one win to show for it. Improvement is needed. (Via: espn.go.com)
  18. Philadelphia Eagles (1-2): Reason For Hope: Eagle’s Offense looked solid and D had four take-a-ways. Reason To Mope: Running back Demarco Murray’s sidelined by a nagging hamstring injury. (Via: NFL.com)
  19. San Diego Chargers (1-2): Vikings pounded the Chargers defense with 163 rushing yards and quarterback Phillip Rivers has thrown four interceptions in just three games. (Via: Espn.go.com)
  20. Miami Dolphins (1-2): The Dolphins got crushed at home by the AFC rival Bills largely due to a 26th ranked defense and quarterback Ryan Tannehill being a turnover machine: 4 interceptions in the loss. (Via: espn.go.com)
  21. Tennessee Titans (1-2): Rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota is a star in the making, but the team suffered a setback blowing that game to the AFC South rival Colts. (Via: espn.go.com)
  22. Houston Texans (1-2): Houston we have a problem. The Texans are mediocre on both offense (13th in the league) and defense (15th), but may have found an offense weapon in running back Alfred Blue, who had 139 yards off 31 carries and a score in a win. (Via: NFL.com)
  23. Cleveland Browns (1-2): Quarterback Luke McCown or Johnny Manziel? Cleveland’s season hinges on which quarterback starts. Plus, it would help to have a defense that didn’t rank 27th overall in total defense. (Via: NFL.com)
  24. St. Louis Rams (1-2): The Rams have one of the worst offenses in the NFL. You can’t win games with that. They didn’t against the Steelers, losing 12-6. (Via: NFL.com)
  25. Washington Redskins: (1-2): Caution, quarterback Kirk Cousins is throwing here, for yet, another interception. Turnovers prove costly for a team that is solid on both sides of the ball. (Via: NFL.com)
  26. New Orleans Saints (0-3): This year may be a permanent preseason because this team has struggled in every facet of the game. They lost yet another game to the NFC South rival Panthers and may be looking to shop injured quarterback Drew Brees for a huge team overhaul. (Via: espn.go.com)
  27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-2): Rookie quarterback Jameis Winston is experiencing the growing pains of the NFL. Plus, Coach Lovie Smith’s Tampa 2 defense isn’t working in Tampa too. (Via: NFL.com)
  28. San Francisco 49ers (1-2): Quarterback Colin Kaepernick is not a starting quarterback in the NFL. He proved this, yet again, with 4 interceptions (2 pick-sixes) in a 47-7 thrashing by the NFC West rival, Cardinals. (Via: espn.go.com)
  29. Detroit Lions: Detroit has struggled significantly on both offense and defense ranking in the bottom of the league in both categories. But turnovers fro Quarterback Matthew Stafford doomed them in their 24-12 loss to the Broncos. (Via: NFL.com)
  30. Baltimore Ravens (0-3): Once Superbowl favorites, losses at Oakland and at home to AFC North rival, Cincinnati has this team reeling. Especially on defense. (Via: espn.go.com)
  31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2): After a 51-17 thrashing by the New England Patriots, it’s hard seeing this team having much success this year. If they have success, it will be due to quarterback Blake Bortles. (Via: NFL.com)
  32. Chicago Bears (0-3): The Bears had 48 total passing yards against the Seahawks Sunday, FORTY-EIGHT. (Via: espn.go.com)
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