NFL Power Rankings: Week 3

NFL Power Rankings: Week 3
September 17, 2013, 7:00 pm
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Week 2 has come and gone. Here are our NFL power rankings heading into the Week 3 season.

Rank Team Record  
1.  (2-0) Marshawn Lynch gashed the San Francisco defense. Speaking of D, the Seahawks look as dominant as ever.
2.  (2-0) Peyton is going to flirt with his 2004 season when he threw an NFL Record 49 TDs. Imagine the boost Champ Bailey will give the defense when he returns.
3.  (1-1) The 49ers ran into a buzz saw Sunday night. Expect a big bounce-back game Sunday at home against Indianapolis.
4.  (1-1) Arguably the most dominant performance in Week 2. If they can continue to run the ball, look out.
5.  (2-0) Bottom line, they’re finding ways to win games. But there have to be concerns over the slow starts and Andre Johnson’s health.
6.  (2-0) The defense is converting turnovers into points. Jay Cutler has avoided the bone-headed plays that have plagued him in the past.
7.  (2-0) The offense still can’t run the ball with any effectiveness. Thankfully they have a guy named Drew Brees lining up behind center.
8.  (2-0) Tom Brady clearly needs help on his side of the ball. Until Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola are completely healthy, they are treading water.
9.  (2-0) The sneakiest team in the league through two weeks. Showed composure in a comeback win on the road.
10.  (2-0) Andy Reid has something brewing with his new team. Zero turnovers through two games. Great road test Thursday in Philadelphia.
11.  (1-1) When Roddy White and Steven Jackson return to full health, expect a big jump from this current position.
12.  (1-1) Jay Gruden has to be downright giddy with the array of playmakers he has on offense. Statement game Sunday when the Bengals welcome Green Bay to town.
13.  (1-1) Ray Rice’s injury looms large as a tough 5-game stretch awaits (vs. HOU, @BUF, @MIA, vs GB, @PIT)
14.  (1-1) While Dez Bryant is electrifying, he’ll never reach elite status until he eliminates costly drops.
15.  (1-1) Andrew Luck doesn’t come out on the losing end of close games often, but he did against Miami.
16.  (1-1) Incredibly fun team to watch, but will other teams start to figure them out?
17.  (1-1) The Rams have the best defense no one knows about. Can they turn heads with a win in Dallas Sunday?
18.  (1-1) Raise your hand if you thought Eddie Royal would lead the NFL in TD receptions after Week 1. (Put your hand down, you’re lying).
19.  (1-1) Bruce Arians is doing what he was hired to do – utilize Larry Fitzgerald. Let’s see how they fair with two straight on the road against the NFC South (@NO, @TB).
20.  (1-1) They played a great half in Houston, but were dominated in the final 30 minutes by the Texans.
21.  (1-1) Same old story with the Lions; they’re loaded with fantasy football players on offense, but that doesn’t translate to real wins.
22.  (1-1) E.J. Manuel outperformed Cam Newton in Buffalo Sunday. If the team can develop a consistent No. 2 receiver they could be dangerous offensively.
23.  (1-1) Say what you want about Rex Ryan, but his defenses perform. Few people saw 30 points allowed through two games.
24.  (1-1) Terrelle Pryor has injected excitement into this team, and his threat to run has opened up holes for Darren McFadden.
25.  (0-2) Eli Manning is putting too much on his shoulders in the absence of ANY signs of a running game.
26.  (0-2) The offense can’t stay on the field and the defense is suffering for it. Mike Tomlin has some extra time to patch the holes before the Bears visit Heinz Field Sunday night.
27.  (0-2) The Vikings have to find balance offensively, and the defense that played so well last year isn’t making plays in the second half.
28.  (0-2) If they can avoid the critical penalty (Vincent Jackson TD called back Sunday due to illegal formation), this team could be 2-0.
29.  (0-2) Positive: The Panthers have been in both games this season. Negative: Since entering the league, Newton hasn’t flourished in close games.
30.  (0-2) Robert Griffin III is not healthy and pressing due to a woeful defense that is allowing over 550 yards per game.
31.  (0-2) Josh Gordon’s return from a two-game suspension can’t come at a better time. Too bad they’ll be without starting QB Brandon Weeden this weekend in Minnesota.
32.  (0-2) Perspective: Aaron Rodgers & James Starks amassed 512 yards and five TDs Sunday. That is 109 more yards and four more TDs than Jacksonville’s entire team in two games this year.
Texans - Team News
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue (ankle) remained limited in Thursday's practice. Arian Foster's caddie is in no danger of missing Week 9.
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Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) returned to Texans practice Thursday, getting in a limited session. Johnson was never in any danger of missing Sunday's game against the Eagles. With six teams on bye for Week 9, Johnson is a WR1.
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Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster (knee) returned to Texans practice Thursday, getting in a limited session. The Texans are just managing their superstar back's reps. With DeMarco Murray facing the Cardinals' elite run defense, there's a case to be made for Foster as Week 9's No. 1...
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Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice. Blue got first-team reps with Arian Foster (knee) not practicing. The Texans also held out Andre Johnson (ankle) on Wednesday.
Oct 29 5:15PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. The Texans are limiting Johnson's reps for rest purposes. He didn't suffer any setbacks last week and should be fine for Sunday's game against the Eagles.
Oct 29 3:43PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster (knee) did not practice Wednesday. It's a new injury for Foster. Coming off his three-touchdown performance, it's possible the Texans are getting him some rest. Foster will be a top-three running back in Week...
Oct 29 3:18PM Read More
Zac Diles - LB
Texans signed LB Zac Diles. CB Elbert Mack was waived in a corresponding roster move. Diles' addition is a sign the Texans aren't expecting Brian Cushing (knee) back for Week 9.
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Garrett Graham - TE
Garrett Graham was held without a catch in the Texans' Week 8 win over Tennessee. Graham was targeted just one time on the day, a seam shot from Ryan Fitzpatrick that predictably fell incomplete. Graham has been a very minor part of the offense, making...
Oct 26 4:53PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson caught seven passes for 55 yards in the Texans' Week 8 win over the Titans. Johnson saw a team-high dozen targets. He was followed by Titans top CB Jason McCourty for much of the afternoon, leaving DeAndre Hopkins to work on sophomore Blidi...
Oct 26 4:44PM Read More
DeAndre Hopkins - WR
DeAndre Hopkins caught five passes for 95 yards in the Texans' Week 8 win over the Titans. Hopkins was targeted 11 times compared to 12 for Andre Johnson. Hopkins picked up chunk yards on all of his grabs, and was stopped at the five-yard line on one grab where...
Oct 26 4:24PM Read More
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue rushed for 42 yards on 14 carries in the Texans' Week 8 win over the Titans. Blue added a 22-yard catch. With the Texans clobbering the Titans late and Arian Foster having already piled up 173 yards and three touchdowns, Blue got plenty of run late...
Oct 26 4:11PM Read More
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB
Ryan Fitzpatrick completed just 19-of-35 passes for 227 yards, one touchdown, and zero... Fitzpatrick was pretty bad for most of the day, begging to be picked off, but the Texans rode Arian Foster's legs to victory. Fitzpatrick's lone touchdown went to Foster on...
Oct 26 3:45PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in the Texans' 30-16, Week 8... Foster managed just 36 yards on his first 10 carries, but broke a 34-yard touchdown and had no trouble finding holes in the Tennessee defense from there on. Foster caught a...
Oct 26 3:21PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is active for Week 8 against the Titans. Clowney will play on a "pitch count," likely in pass-rushing and third-down situations. Good luck with Clowney and J.J. Watt, Zach Mettenberger. Inactive for the...
Oct 26 10:34AM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is likely to play against the Titans, but will be on a... "I thought what he did what he had to do this week," coach Bill O’Brien said. "I think he’s got a good shot to play on Sunday." Clowney has been...
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