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My 2017 NFL Power Rankings Week Three

Updated on September 27, 2017

NFL Power Rankings Week 3

Another week in the books and what an exciting week it was. Upsets galore. Last second drives by future hall of fame qbs were on display as well in Green Bay and New England. Even the Jets won a game! The Browns? Eh, not so much. Maybe next week. Either way it was one hell of an exciting Sunday. Even the Thursday game was titillating if you can remember that far back. I almost can’t so don’t feel bad if it’s a bit fuzzy for you too.

1. Kansas City Chiefs (3-0) ~ The Chiefs are rolling right along and rookie running back Kareem Hunt is a big part of it. He is averaging 179.3 scrimmage yards per game through the first three weeks and has scored on a 50+ yard play in each game as well making him the first player in NFL history to start their career with three straight games with a touchdown of 50 yards or more. The dude is legit. (Last Week’s Ranking 1)

2. New England Patriots (2-1) ~ Once again Tom Brady was impeccable throwing for 378 yards and five touchdowns in a win against the Houston Texans. And they needed all of that vintage Brady performance to stave off the upset. Houston almost became the first team to beat Bill Belichick and Brady at home while starting a rookie quarterback. Brady is leading the league with 1,092 yards in just three games. (LWR 3)

3. Atlanta Falcons (3-0) ~ For the second time in three games the Falcons narrowly escaped defeat. The Lions looked to have won the game late but I will get to that when I get to Detroit. A last second-stop here and they avoided the upset in their first game against Chicago. The Falcons could easily be 1-2, but here they are at 3-0. I won’t fault them for winning close games, but I’m skeptical they are the dominant force some people think. (LWR 5)

4. Green Bay Packers (2-1) ~ The Packers were down 21-7 at home to the winless Bengals. The Bengals who hadn’t scored a touchdown in their first two games. As Packers fans know, they just need to relax. Once again Aaron Rodgers led his team to a tie late in the game and then a winning field goal in overtime. As long as number 12 is out there the Packers will remain a force in the NFC. (LWR 6)

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) ~ Watch out Ben, it’s a trap! That’s the kind of sage advice that could have been given to Ben Roethlisberger and the rest of the Steelers when they went to Soldier Field. They don’t play as well on the road as they do at home. The Bears were feisty in their near-upset of Atlanta in their previous home game. The Bears can run the ball. The Steelers also seem to put up a stinker about once a year. Steelers fans will hope this was that stinker and that they can now move on with the season. (LWR 2)

6. Oakland Raiders (2-1) ~ Everyone is allowed to have a bad game and the Raiders certainly had that Sunday night in the primetime slot. Beast Mode had just 18 yards on six carries. Derek Carr was held under 120 yards and threw two picks. I’m gonna chalk this one up to a west coast team flying across the country and playing in the spotlight. The Raiders will be in the thick of things come playoff time. (LWR 4)

7. Detroit Lions (2-1) ~ Sometimes a fan base, or a team or even a coach will think they got hosed by the refs. Sometimes I will think that my favorite team (The Eagles if you don’t already know) got hosed by the refs. Let me be very clear on this. The Lions DID get hosed by the refs. Golden Tate appeared to score the go-ahead touchdown with less than 10 seconds left in Sunday’s game against the Falcons. The play was reviewed, as are all scoring plays, and he was ruled down just short of the end zone. Due to the stoppage in play, a ten second run-off was enforced thus ending the game and not giving the Lions a shot from inside the one to win it. The Lions were at no fault for the stoppage as ALL SCORING PLAYS ARE REVIEWED. This was a joke and the NFL owes an apology to the Lions. (LWR 8)

8. Dallas Cowboys (2-1) ~ The Cowboys needed a big win Monday night in Arizona against a desperate Cardinals team and that is exactly what they got. DeMarcus Lawrence was a big part in that equation as he took down Carson Palmer three times bringing his league-leading sack total to six and a half. Great. Just what the Cowboys needed. A new sack specialist named DeMarcus. (LWR 10)

9. Philadelphia Eagles (2-1) ~ Jake Elliott will never have to pay for a beer in Philly again. The rookie kicker, in just his second NFL game, booted a game-winning 61-yarder at the buzzer to top the rival New York Giants. It was only the longest field goal in the history of the franchise. Watching it happen live with some of my Giants-loving family made it all the more sweet. (LWR 11)

10. Denver Broncos (2-1) ~ Much like I said about fellow AFC West member Oakland, teams are allowed to have bad games. Denver happened to have one in Buffalo in a game I surely thought they would win after the beatdown they put on Dallas just a week before. This was Denver’s first road game of the year and they had to travel to the east coast. Let’s see what they do this Sunday back at home against the Raiders as both teams will try and keep pace with the Chiefs. (LWR 7)

11. Tennessee Titans (2-1) ~ It seemed as though DeMarco Murray was losing his grip on the starting job in Tennessee. The former rushing champ had just 69 yards through his first two games and was dealing with an injury that some thought was going to keep him out of Sunday’s contest against the Seahawks. Yeah, about that. Murray rushed for 115 yards and a score against one of the best defenses of the last decade. I’d say his job is safe for at least one more week. (LWR 15)

12. Minnesota Vikings (2-1) ~ Last week I blasted Case Keenum and called for the Vikings’ heads. This week I’m eating crow as the Keenum threw for a career-high 369 yards and three touchdowns in a rout of Tampa Bay. Sometimes I’m wrong. This was one of those times. That said, I’m going to double down on my Case Keenum doubt and still say the Vikes are DOOMED! It worked for you last week Minnesota. Embrace it. (LWR 16)

13. Baltimore Ravens (2-1) ~ I’ve mentioned teams are allowed to have bad games. Baltimore decided to take that to the extreme on Sunday. Maybe it was the jetlag of flying to England for a game. Maybe it was the early start. Whatever it was, they looked completely lost on both sides of the ball and were thoroughly throttled (say that three times fast) by the Jacksonville Jaguars of all teams. If I were a Ravens fan, that’d be one game that is hard to forget. (LWR 9)

14. Washington Redskins (2-1) ~ Kirk Cousins has notoriously been a slow starter. Kirk Cousins seems to have snapped out of his early season funk Sunday night by doing his best Case Keenum and tossing three touchdowns while airing it out for 365 yards against the Raiders. Up next is a showdown in Kansas City on Monday night. If you’re a football fan, you may want to tune into this one. (LWR 18)

15. Seattle Seahawks (1-2) ~ The first two weeks had us worried about the offense. This past week it was the defense that couldn’t get it done. I can’t quite get a grip on what kind of team this is yet, but they do get to play host to the Colts on Sunday. I have a feeling that defense will want to repair its image. That could be bad news for Jacoby Brissett and company. (LWR 13)

16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1) ~ Tampa’s secondary just helped make Case Keenum look like Tom Brady. They will need to clamp down, and fast, as they have Eli Manning with a healthy Odell Beckham Jr coming to town before Brady and company roll in. Oh, and Carson Palmer follows those two. That’s quite the onslaught of gunslingers. (LWR 12)

17. Los Angeles Rams (2-1) ~ The Rams are in first place in the NFC West and a big reason behind that is they are averaging an eye-popping 35.67 points per game. That leads the league. This isn’t the Greatest Show on Turf, but if the Rams offense can at least be respectable, they could challenge for a playoff spot. Mark it down. (LWR 19)

18. Buffalo Bills (2-1) ~ On the other end of the spectrum are the Bills. They’ve allowed just 37 points in three games for an average of 12.3 per game which is best in the NFL. I was a firm believer that this would be a rebuilding year for Buffalo, but if the defense continues to be stingy and LeSean McCoy and, um, other offensive players can put points on the board, maybe the Bills can be a bit friskier this year. (LWR 26)

19. Carolina Panthers (2-1) ~ I’m officially worried about Cam Newton. He is coming back from surgery and has had a slow start to the year, but, he threw for just 167 yards with three interceptions against a Saints defense that can’t stop anyone. If his play doesn’t improve the Panthers will be in big, big trouble. Losing Kelvin Benjamin a week after losing Greg Olsen only makes matters worse. (LWR 14)

20. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-1) ~ The Jags pulled off the upset of the weekend when they steamrolled the Ravens 44-7 across the pond. The Jags have won their last three games in London. That’s saying a lot for a team that doesn’t win a whole lot. I’m not yet a believer, but they have a winnable game this coming Sunday against the Jets. Could we be looking at a 3-1 start for Jacksonville? (LWR 25)

21. Miami Dolphins (1-1) ~ Last week I praised the Dolphins as they went on the road and beat the Chargers with Jay Cutler at the helm. This week they laid a complete egg against the Jets. The same Jets that many people weren’t sure if they would win a single game this year. I think another game will give us a better idea of who the Dolphins actually are. (LWR 17)

22. New Orleans Saints (1-2) ~ Where have you gone Adrian Peterson? The former MVP and future hall of famer has been a non-factor in his first season in the NFL somewhere other than Minnesota. He is averaging under 26 yards per game rushing and while the Saints do have Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, it makes one wonder why they brought him to the Big Easy if they weren’t going to utilize him. (LWR 21)

23. Houston Texans (1-2) ~ Are the Texans the best 1-2 team in the league? Maybe. Deshaun Watson nearly pulled off the unthinkable by winning in Foxborough in just his second career start. The Texans showed a lot of spunk in that game and nearly knocked me out of my last man standing pool for which I would have been mad at them. But they didn’t. So I’m not. We’re all good Houston. (LWR 22)

24. Arizona Cardinals (1-2) ~ For the second straight week Carson Palmer topped 300 yards passing and this time he threw for multiple touchdowns and had a third called back due to a holding penalty. If Arizona can keep him upright they will be in games. I mean, Larry Fitzgerald is still out there doing Larry Fitzgerald things (13 catches for 149 yards and a score Monday night). (LWR 23)

25. New York Giants (0-3) ~ Once upon a time Frampton Came Alive. In the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game, New York’s offense came alive. The Giants were felled by a last-second 61-yard field goal, but if the offense can play like they did late in Philadelphia they may have something. (LWR 20)

26. Chicago Bears (1-2) ~ The Bears did all they could to lose the game on Sunday. I mean, you saw that field goal return for a touchdown that wasn’t. Didn’t you? Then the refs tried to hose them in overtime when they said Tarik Cohen stepped out of bounds on his long game-winning touchdown run. He didn’t. Jordan Howard took over from there finding the end zone and sealing the win against the Steelers. Mike Glennon hasn’t looked great thus far and the Bears will go as far as their running game will take them. (LWR 28)

27. Los Angeles Chargers (0-3) ~ Philip Rivers threw three picks and zero touchdowns for just the second time in his 14-year career. While I don’t think he will be that bad this week against my Eagles, he will be riding the pine in one of my fantasy leagues after that -2 point performance. That’s right. NEGATIVE TWO FROM A QUARTERBACK. (LWR 24)

28. Cincinnati Bengals (0-3) ~ The hot seat is hottest in Cincinnati. Marvin Lewis is in his fifteenth season in Cincy and has brought the Bengals to the playoffs seven times. The problem with that? He is 0-7. Now, they’ve started the year 0-3 after missing the playoffs last year for the first time since 2010. If they don’t turn things around soon, there could be a changing of the guard for the Bengals. (LWR 27)

29. Indianapolis Colts (1-2) ~ Jacoby Brissett looked good in leading the Colts to their first win of the season. The pessimistic view of this would be that it was a home game against the Browns. It’s a game they should have won. Now, if he can pull off the victory in Seattle Sunday night, well, I’ll change my tune about this Colts team. (LWR 30)

30. New York Jets (1-2) ~ After allowing 66 points in their first two games the Jets held Miami to just six while picking up their first win of the season. I will continue to say they should see what they have in Christian Hackenburg rather than playing Josh McCown week in and week out, but McCown has played well over the last two weeks. (LWR 32)

31. San Francisco 49ers (0-3) ~ Through two weeks of the season the 49ers had zero touchdowns. In Thursday night’s game against the Rams they put five on the scoreboard and still came up short. The defense was a problem last year and it looks like it will be more of the same for the Niners in 2017. When you put up 39 points at home you expect to walk away victorious. (LWR 31)

32. Cleveland Browns (0-3) ~ The Browns are the only team in the league yet to hold a lead at any point in a game this season. Back in the basement of my rankings they go. (LWR 29)

That's all she wrote folks. Or that's all I wrote. He. I brought this on myself didn't I.....Anyway.... Questions? Comments? Feel free to leave them right here. Or if that's not good enough you can follow/harass me on Twitter @therichwhiteguy. It wouldn't be the biggest waste of your time.

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