Welcome back for this week’s edition of Power Rankings. Upsets and blowouts dominated the landscape this week, so let’s see if your favorite team made the move on up. As always if you think you can do better, leave your own rankings in the comments below.
1. Green Bay Packers (3-0). How long before Green Bay loses a game? They’re looking solid on all fronts. Jermichael Finley flat dominated the Chicago Bears last week.
2. New Orleans Saints (2-1). Saints continue their rebound streak with a shootout win against Houston.
3. Baltimore Ravens (2-1). The Ravens follow up an absolute bomb against the Titans with an impressive beat-down of the Rams. The Sunday showdown against Jets should be an early test of who the Ravens are.
4. New England Patriots (2-1). Tom Brady can’t expect to win many games if he’s going to throw up four interceptions. Inexcusable to blow a 21 point lead.
5. Houston Texans (2-1). The Texans and Saints left their defenses at home and gunned it out; the Saints came out on top.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1). Steelers struggled against the Peyton-less Colts. Their defense especially has been slow to materialize.
7. New York Jets (2-1). Yes they have a solid secondary and a ton of weapons on offense, but if you’re a Jets fan, that lackluster offensive line has got to make you very nervous.
8. Detroit Lions (3-0). Call it what you will but a come from behind victory of the Vikings is a big turning point for the Lions. Who’d have thought the three remaining unbeatens would be the Lions, Bills and Packers?
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1). A signature win over the Falcons is the sort of confidence building exercise these young Bucs needed. Freeman was efficient if not stellar in the win.
10. Buffalo Bills (3-0). With the Bengals coming up next week, the Bills have to be salivating at the prospect of 4-0, thus matching their win total from last season.
11. San Diego Chargers (2-1). Chargers struggle late against the woeful Chiefs, but still manage to get the job done.
12. Philadelphia Eagles (1-2). Stat of the day: in his last five starts Michael Vick is 1-4 and has a pass completion percentage of 58%. His health has to make you wonder if he deserved the 100 million.
13. Atlanta Falcons (1-2). Despite solid days by Matt Ryan and Roddy White, the Falcons cannot solve the Tampa Bay defense.
14. New York Giants (2-1). Giants are finding a way to make their roster work. Win over the Eagles impresses even the most ardent New York hater.
15. Oakland Raiders (2-1). Huge win over the Jets has the Silver and Black riding high
16. Dallas Cowboys (2-1). The news media is quick to heap praise on Romo for his “gutsy effort” against the Skins, but all I see is a game in which he threw for more interceptions than touchdowns.
17. Washington Redskins (2-1). The Redskins’ defense should be proud of their efforts against the Cowboys. It is a loss, but not one to be too beat up over.
18. Chicago Bears (1-2). Back to back blowouts have got to have the Bears a little shaken up confidence wise.
19. Tennessee Titans (2-1). Even without fantasy superstar Chris Johnson contributing anything to the field, the Titans are finding a way to win under Matt Hasselbeck.
20. Cleveland Browns (2-1). Come from behind win over the Dolphins has the Browns moving up slightly.
21. Carolina Panthers (1-2).Newton has a down day against rookie QB Blaine Gabbert, but finally gets his team a win.
22. Indianapolis Colts (0-3). In the NFL there are no such things as moral victories, but you have to admit you were pulling pretty darn hard for the down and out Colts. Painter was ok but not great in relief of Kerry Collins.
23. San Francisco 49ers (2-1). Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers have absolutely zero offensive fire power. That said; a win is a win.
24. Cincinnati Bengals (1-2). At half time in their game against the 49ers, the score was 6-3. Need to get more offense if they’re going to make any sort of noise this year
25. Arizona Cardinals (1-2). Back to back losses have the Cardinals reeling badly.
26. St. Louis Rams (0-3). The Rams have failed to make much an effort so far this season.
27. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2). The Gabbert era begins with a loss. That said the kid showed a lot of promise at times. Hopefully he gets on track quickly.
28. Seattle Seahawks (1-2). A win over the Cardinals officially settles the “who is the worst team in football?” debate
29. Miami Dolphins (0-3). Daniel Thomas has people in Miami saying Reggie who? Henne posts another decent effort in a losing campaign.
30. Minnesota Vikings (0-3). How many double digit leads can the Minnesota Vikings blow in one season?
31. Denver Broncos (1-2). Another fall flat effort from the Broncos.
32. Kansas City Chiefs (0-3). The best you can say about the Chiefs is that they almost beat the Chargers. Almost.