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
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 8. Johnson practiced in full Friday after being limited early in the week. He'll continue to play through his ankle injury. Johnson is a mid-range WR2 for Sunday's game...
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Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) remained limited in Thursday's practice. Johnson doesn't need full practices at this stage of his career. He's a solid WR2 for Sunday's game against the Titans.
Oct 23 4:37PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) said he'd be surprised if he doesn't play in Sunday's game... Clowney hasn't played since tearing his meniscus in Week 1. He says he plans to "push through" the soreness that's still in his knee. If the training staff lets...
Oct 23 11:41AM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Ryan Fitzpatrick admitted he "didn't get it to Andre [Johnson] nearly enough early"... Johnson finished with 5-77-0 on nine targets, but had just one catch for four yards through the first three quarters. After the game, coach Bill O'Brien said that Johnson...
Oct 23 8:03AM Read More
Brian Cushing - LB
Texans ILB Brian Cushing will miss at least one week with a knee injury. It's a blow to an already vulnerable Houston run defense, and a nice upgrade to Bishop Sankey's Week 8 matchup. Justin Tuggle and Mike Mohamed figure to start at inside...
Oct 22 8:32PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice. The Texans are limiting Johnson's reps coming off Monday night's loss. He'll remain a WR2 for Week 8 against the Titans.
Oct 22 5:22PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster was limited in Wednesday's practice. The Texans listed Foster as "not injury related," but he missed practice time last week with a groin issue. Foster has a matchup with the Titans' No. 22 ranked run...
Oct 22 5:15PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
According to, there's a "decent chance" Jadeveon Clowney (knee)... "He feels good," coach Bill O'Brien said Monday. "Well see how it goes this week in practice. We'll be able to make a determination pretty soon about whether...
Oct 21 3:58PM Read More
Garrett Graham - TE
Garrett Graham caught two passes for 24 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers. Graham was targeted three times, but dropped the other. It can be considered one of Graham's better statistical games of the season, which obviously means he's nowhere near...
Oct 20 11:31PM Read More
Andre Johnson - WR
Andre Johnson caught five passes for 77 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers on... Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins each saw a team-high nine targets. There was nothing special about Johnson's night. His biggest play was a 24-yard grab on a deep in route in...
Oct 20 11:25PM Read More
DeAndre Hopkins - WR
DeAndre Hopkins caught six passes for 108 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Steelers on... Hopkins and Andre Johnson each saw a team-high nine targets. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw it to whichever receiver was working against embattled Steelers CB Cortez Allen. ...
Oct 20 11:16PM Read More
Alfred Blue - RB
Alfred Blue rushed for 14 yards on five carries and caught an 11-yard touchdown in the Texans'... Blue was the vulture on the opening-drive 11-yard score after Arian Foster managed 59 rushing yards to get the Texans near the goal line. Foster is an every-down back,...
Oct 20 11:09PM Read More
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB
Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 21-of-32 passes for 262 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception... Fitzpatrick played well for much of the first half, leading the Texans on three consecutive scoring drives to open the game. It was a train wreck thereafter. One play...
Oct 20 10:56PM Read More
Arian Foster - RB
Arian Foster rushed for 102 yards on 20 carries in the Texans' 30-23, Week 7 loss to the... Foster got off to a blazing start, rushing for 59 yards on the Texans' 94-yard opening touchdown drive, but was vultured by Alfred Blue for the 11-yard touchdown catch to...
Oct 20 10:47PM Read More
Jadeveon Clowney - LB
Jadeveon Clowney (knee) is inactive for Monday night's Week 7 game against the Steelers. Clowney's lateral agility wasn't where the Texans wanted it to be in pre-game warmups. He's been out since undergoing knee surgery after Week 1. Whitney Mercilus is...
Oct 20 6:09PM Read More

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