NFL Power Rankings Week 3

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Week 3 of the NFL Power Rankings already. The top teams are separating themselves, and Patrick Mahomes already appears to be an MVP candidate. We saw some disappointments too, none more disappointing than Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings.

Though we are in the third week of the NFL Power Rankings, there’s still plenty of fluctuation. We won’t get stability for another month.

These power ranking are based on a variety of factors you will see listed below. There is no exact mathematically formula but there is a process based on the importance of criteria, so I am not just picking teams every week based on emotion.

There is obviously subjective input to power rankings so please try not to get too upset and let’s have some fun.

Note: Wee 3 NFL Power Rankings are after the Tennessee-Jacksonville game, but they won’t reflect those results.

The following is the NFL Power Rankings criteria by importance

  • Wins & Losses
  • Strength of Schedule
  • How good the team currently is regardless of record
  • Health of team (Yes, they may have a good record but they might have lost their starting quarterback for example.
  • Chance at Superbowl (Top 16 must be in playoff race)
  • Franchise history of success

Previous NFL Power Rankings:

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1. New England Patriots

Record: 2-0

New England hasn’t encountered much resistance thus far, and the Miami Dolphins didn’t change that. The Patriots blew past the Dolphins with a 43-0 win.


2. Kansas City Chiefs

Record: 2-0

All the Chiefs needed was a 28-point second quarter to beat the Oakland Raiders. Patrick Mahomes and the offense are more terrifying this year.


3. Los Angeles Rams

Record: 2-0

A rematch of the NFC Championship Game went in the Rams favor in a big way with a 27-9 win.


4. Dallas Cowboys

Record: 2-0

Dallas’ first two opponents are now 0-4 combined, and it’s a good week to pick up Cowboys players for your fantasy team as they face the lowly Dolphins.


5. Baltimore Ravens

Record: 2-0

Lamar Jackson continued his hot start against Arizona, and the Ravens have a big showdown with Kansas City this week.


6. Green Bay Packers

Record: 2-0

Green Bay didn’t score for 11 consecutive drives, but they did enough to upset the Minnesota Vikings.


7. Seattle Seahawks

Record: 2-0

Seattle survived another game, this time against the Pittsburgh Steelers.


8. Minnesota Vikings

Record: 1-1

If you were a Minnesota Vikings fan this week, you found yourself frustrated. There’s now a ton of pressure on Kirk Cousins after last week’s performance.


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9. Philadelphia Eagles

Record: 1-1

It wasn’t a pretty start for the Eagles, but they found a way to climb back into the game. It still wasn’t enough in their 24-20 loss to the Falcons.


10. Los Angeles Chargers

Record: 1-1

Austin Ekeler produced another good game, but also coughed up the football at an inopportune time.


11. San Francisco 49ers

Record: 2-0

San Francisco’s stock is rising, and there’s a good chance they will be 3-0 after their home opener against Pittsburgh next week.


12. Chicago Bears

Record: 1-1

Controversy headlined the Bears win over the Broncos, but the lack of offense should concern fans more.


13. New Orleans Saints

Record: 1-1

Drew Brees hurt his hand against the Rams, and now the quarterback position is up in the air.


14. Buffalo Bills

Record: 2-0

The best team from New York in 2019 isn’t the Jets or the Giants. It’s the Bills, who just beat both of them on the road in the first two weeks.


15. Houston Texans

Record: 1-1

After losing a thriller to New Orleans, the Texans squeaked out a win over Jacksonville, 13-12.


16. Cleveland Browns

Record: 1-1

Cleveland bounced back in a big way, and Myles Garrett had a monster game against whichever Jets quarterback was thrown out there.


17. Indianapolis Colts

Record: 1-1

Indy’s showing us that the loss of Andrew Luck hurt, but didn’t completely wipe out the team.


18. Oakland Raiders

Record: 1-1

Don’t be too hard on yourself, Raiders. The Chiefs will make nearly everyone look bad defensively.


19. Atlanta Falcons

Record: 1-1

Matt Ryan found Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley frequently against the Eagles, and that formula led them to their first win.

20. Tennessee Titans

Record: 1-1

Marcus Mariota must prove he’s the guy for the job, and it’s not going in the right direction.


21. Pittsburgh Steelers

Record: 0-2

Times are tough in Pittsburgh, but they still had a shot of winning against Seattle. They also must go on without Ben Roethlisberger, who hurt his elbow on Sunday.


22. Detroit Lions

Record: 1-0-1

Detroit could be 2-0, but were not quite sure of the identity of this team so far.


23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Record: 1-1

A sloppy win over the Panthers didn’t show us much, but at least it wasn’t a loss.


24. Denver Broncos

Record: 0-2

Bradley Chubb’s penalty was the center of the talk surrounding the Broncos loss, and penalties seem to be the NFL’s biggest controversy so far.


25. Carolina Panthers

Record: 0-2

Cam Newton threw the ball 51 times, but only completed 25 of them. It’s already a tough season for the Panthers.


26. Arizona Cardinals

Record: 0-1-1

Kyler Murray vs. Lamar Jackson didn’t disappoint, but it went in favor of the Ravens.


27. Jacksonville Jaguars

Record: 0-2

Gardner Minshew will be the center of attention, and it’s a story we can get behind. That mustache is incredible. It also helps fans forget about the Jalen Ramsey situation.


28. Cincinnati Bengals

Record: 0-2

After losing a close one to Seattle, the Bengals couldn’t keep up with San Francisco in a 41-17 loss.


29. New York Jets

Record: 0-2

Without Sam Darnold, the Jets offense looked lost. Not that they would have done much with him as Cleveland’s Myles Garret lived in New York’s backfield.


30. Washington Redskins

Record: 0-2

Winning the division seems out of the question now, and it’s just a matter of if they finish last or second to last.


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31. New York Giants

Record: 0-2

The Daniel Jones era begins this week, but that’s not enough to turn things around. Saquon Barkley’s at least fun to watch.


32. Miami Dolphins

Record: 0-2

If there are free agents in your fantasy league that play the Dolphins, pick them up. Just ask New England’s defense.

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