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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:
1. New England Patriots
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
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
A rematch of the NFC Championship Game went in the Rams favor in a big way with a 27-9 win.
4. Dallas Cowboys
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
Lamar Jackson continued his hot start against Arizona, and the Ravens have a big showdown with Kansas City this week.
6. Green Bay Packers
Green Bay didn’t score for 11 consecutive drives, but they did enough to upset the Minnesota Vikings.
7. Seattle Seahawks
Seattle survived another game, this time against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
8. Minnesota Vikings
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.
9. Philadelphia Eagles
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
Austin Ekeler produced another good game, but also coughed up the football at an inopportune time.
11. San Francisco 49ers
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
Controversy headlined the Bears win over the Broncos, but the lack of offense should concern fans more.
13. New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees hurt his hand against the Rams, and now the quarterback position is up in the air.
14. Buffalo Bills
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
After losing a thriller to New Orleans, the Texans squeaked out a win over Jacksonville, 13-12.
16. Cleveland Browns
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
Indy’s showing us that the loss of Andrew Luck hurt, but didn’t completely wipe out the team.
18. Oakland Raiders
Don’t be too hard on yourself, Raiders. The Chiefs will make nearly everyone look bad defensively.
19. Atlanta Falcons
Matt Ryan found Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley frequently against the Eagles, and that formula led them to their first win.
20. Tennessee Titans
Marcus Mariota must prove he’s the guy for the job, and it’s not going in the right direction.
21. Pittsburgh Steelers
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
Detroit could be 2-0, but were not quite sure of the identity of this team so far.
23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
A sloppy win over the Panthers didn’t show us much, but at least it wasn’t a loss.
24. Denver Broncos
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
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
Kyler Murray vs. Lamar Jackson didn’t disappoint, but it went in favor of the Ravens.
27. Jacksonville Jaguars
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
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
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
Winning the division seems out of the question now, and it’s just a matter of if they finish last or second to last.
31. New York Giants
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
If there are free agents in your fantasy league that play the Dolphins, pick them up. Just ask New England’s defense.