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2015 NFL Power Rankings Week 3

Updated on September 29, 2015

NFL Power Ranks

After a crazy week two in the NFL this past week seemed to restore order. For the most part at least. Some winless teams got off the schnied and some undefeateds continued their quest of matching the 1972 Miami Dolphins. Sure it's only three weeks into the season but you can't go undefeated without starting 3-0.

1. New England Patriots (3-0) ~ The champs scored at least 10 points in every quarter en route to a rout of the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars. Tom Brady will enjoy the bye week with the news that broke today stating that the NFL's appeal of the deflategate ruling will not take place until after the season. It's good to be king. (Last Week's Ranking 1)

2. Green Bay Packers (3-0) ~ Aaron Rodgers had the fifth five touchdown performance of his career setting the new standard in a Packers uniform. He was tied with someone named Brett Favre. I think he used to be alright in his day. (LWR 2)

3. Arizona Cardinals (3-0) ~ Todd Bowles may be in New York but the Cardinals defense played like he was still there. They greeted Colin Kapernick quite rudely by turning two of his first four passes into pick sixes. Arizona looks like one of the best in the business all around right now. (LWR 3)

4. Denver Broncos (3-0) ~ For the third straight game Denver has had no running game to speak of. As a team they are averaging a mere 2.6 yards per carry. The defense and an aging Peyton Manning can't do it all. (LWR 4)

5. Cincinnati Bengals (3-0) ~ Has Andy Dalton figured it out? Through three games the signal caller has eight touchdowns versus just one interception a year after throwing 19 and 17 respectively. (LWR 5)

6. Seattle Seahawks (1-2) ~ Everyone expected Seattle to break into the win column at home against the Bears. They did just that with a 26-0 shutout. Oh, and Kam Chancellor is back. (LWR 6)

7. Atlanta Falcons (3-0) ~ Can anyone stop Julio Jones? In just three games he has already amassed 34 catches for 440 yards and four scores. That should be unsustainable.....right? (LWR 8)

8. Buffalo Bills (2-1) ~ If you had Karlos Williams thoroughly outplaying offseason pickup LeSean McCoy raise your hand. If your hand is up you are a liar. Either way though this is actually happening. McCoy is getting more touches but Williams is churning out more than seven yards per carry and has already scored three times while McCoy has yet to find the end zone as a rusher. (LWR 12)

9. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) ~ Yes, they won, but the bigger takeaway from Sunday's game is the fact that Pittsburgh will be without Ben Roethlisberger for a few weeks due to a knee injury suffered in St. Louis. It's officially Michael Vick time in the Steel City. (LWR 7)

10. Carolina Panthers (3-0) ~ Pass rush specialist Charles Johnson went down with a hamstring injury and the club immediately went out and picked up Jared Allen from Chicago for a late round draft pick. That could turn out to be a steal. (LWR 14)

11. Dallas Cowboys (2-1) ~ Here's a fun bit of trivia. Who holds the Dallas Cowboys' record for most consecutive completions? The answer is......Brandon Weeden. He set the mark at 21 before throwing a pick against Atlanta. This may be common knowledge now but give it time and I promise you'll stump your friends. (LWR 10)

12. Kansas City Chiefs (1-2) ~ The streak is over! Jeremy Maclin caught a touchdown pass in Monday night's loss to the Packers. It is the first touchdown by a Chiefs receiver since the 2013 season. Unreal. (LWR 9)

13. New York Jets (2-1) ~ They got popped in the mouth by a desperate Philadelphia Eagles team and fell behind 24-0 early. The positive to take away from this is they held Philly scoreless after halftime and nearly pulled off the win despite four turnovers. (LWR 13)

14. Indianapolis Colts (1-2) ~ It may not have been pretty but the Colts burst into the win column against a familiar foe. Andrew Luck is now 7-0 in his career against the Tennessee Titans. (LWR 16)

15. Minnesota Vikings (2-1) ~ After looking lost in San Francisco to open the season Minnesota has bounced back in a big way with home wins over the Detroit Lions and San Diego Chargers. Up next is a tough test in Denver. If they can win there this team will start getting a lot of attention. (LWR 19)

16. San Diego Chargers (1-2) ~ Just one more game to get through before Philip Rivers is reunited with his favorite target Antonio Gates who will return from a four-game suspension. (LWR 11)

17. Philadelphia Eagles (1-2) ~ They started out 0-2, were going to be without DeMarco Murray and were set to square off against the Jets and their top notch defense. Of course they shocked everyone and pulled off the upset which just goes to show you should never bet against your own team. (LWR 21)

18. St. Louis Rams (1-2) ~ Nick Foles looked great in the opener throwing for 297 yards and a score as the Rams upset Seattle. Since then he hasn't topped 200 yards and has just one touchdown to go along with a pick as St. Louis has put up a mere 18 points. They need more for the man they picked up to replace Sam Bradford. (LWR 18)

19. New York Giants (1-2) ~ The Giants didn't blow a fourth quarter lead even though they did let Washington back into the game somewhat. That said, they are set for an offensive boost as Victor Cruz looks set to return from a knee injury that caused him to miss most of last season. (LWR 26)

20. Baltimore Ravens (0-3) ~ For the second week in a row Steve Smith hauled in at least 10 passes while topping 150 yards. He even found the end zone twice this week. Not bad for an old guy who is set to retire after the season. (LWR 17)

21. Houston Texans (1-2) ~ Last week I thought Arian Foster might return. He didn't but the Texans still broke into the win column. He might come back this week and Houston will need him as they visit the undefeated Falcons on Sunday. (LWR 28)

22. Oakland Raiders (2-1) ~ Oakland won on the road for the first time since November 17th, 2013. Just unbelievable how putrid this team has been for so long. Could this be a sign they are finally ready to turn it around? (LWR 29)

23. Miami Dolphins (1-2) ~ The team was booed in their home opener. That can't sit well with ownership. Could Joe Philbin be the first coach canned this season? If Miami doesn't start winning soon you won't have to go to the magic eight ball for the answer. (LWR 15)

24. Washington Redskins (1-2) ~ They are off to a rough start but let's be honest. Did anyone expect big things from this team? There shouldn't be a quarterback controversy at the moment and coach Jay Gruden is sticking with Kirk Cousins as his starter. For now. (LWR 22)

25. Cleveland Browns (1-2) ~ They are off to a rough start but let's be honest. Did anyone expect big things from this team? There isn't a quarterback controversy at the moment but there should be. Josh McCown is banged up and is 0-2 while Johnny Manziel led the team to a victory in his lone start. (LWR 24)

26. Tennessee Titans (1-2) ~ In college Marcus Mariota was a dual-threat quarterback and a damn good one. So far that hasn't translated to the pro game. Through three games he has taken off just five times for 25 yards. I expect that will change as he adjust more to the pro level. (LWR 27)

27. Detroit Lions (0-3) ~ Already 0-3 the Lions travel to Seattle this weekend and then play host to Arizona the following week. There's a very real possibility this team could be 0-5 before they get a reward game against the Bears. (LWR 25)

28. San Francisco 49ers (1-2) ~ After the defense held Minnesota to just a field goal in the opener I was impressed. I mean, they lost so many star players during the offseason. How could they hold a team to just three points? Well, it looks like it may have been a fluke as they have allowed 90 points over the last two weeks. Ninety. Nine. Zero. Yikes. (LWR 20)

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2) ~ Nobody expected them to win in New England but to give up 51 points? Well, that's a bit......deflating. I'll show myself out. (LWR 23)

30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-2) ~ Oh, look who decided to show up. Mike Evans finally arrived making seven catches for 101 yards after putting up a goose egg the week prior. The sooner Jameis Winston and Evans form a rapport the better. (LWR 30)

31. New Orleans Saints (0-3) ~ Luke McCown pontificates what the backups could do if just given the chance in his Verizon commercials. Well, he got his chance on Sunday and responded well by completing 31-of-38 passes for over 300 yards. He did, however, throw a game-ending interception when the Saints had a chance to win. (LWR 31)

32. Chicago Bears (0-3) ~ The Bears went to Seattle and were shut out for the first time since 2002. They are what we thought they were. (LWR 32)

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