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.

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