Week 3 within the NFL precipitated extra essential shakeup in Sporting News’ weekly power rankings. There’s a brand new No. 1 workforce, the one which beat the previous No. 1 workforce. There’s one other workforce that additionally performed in Super Bowl 55 that finds itself far down within the prime 10.
In between the sliding Buccaneers and falling Chiefs are lots of their acquainted closest contenders. Then there are three shocking 3-0 groups — the Raiders, Broncos and Panthers — who hold strengthening their resumes.
The league’s unpredictability has created an fascinating hierarchy early, particularly when contemplating what groups within the muddled center are beginning to resemble a few of the bottom-feeders. Here’s how all 32 groups stack up towards one another going into Week 4:
NFL power rankings
1. Los Angeles Rams 3-0 (earlier rank: 5)
The Rams took down the Super Bowl champion Buccaneers nicely at dwelling to remind everybody they’re very harmful with Matthew Stafford beneath Sean McVay. But nonetheless having a powerful defensive spine with Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey stands out as the final key.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2-1 (1)
The Buccaneers have their obtrusive weak spot now of their secondary that continues to be depleted by accidents. Everything else is trying nice for Tampa Bay however Tom Brady might want to hold delivering in shootouts towards the higher groups for some time.
3. Cleveland Browns 2-1 (4)
The Browns’ protection wanted that recreation towards the Bears to flex somewhat to assist the offense that retains getting it carried out in several methods round Baker Mayfield. They are the early finest workforce within the AFC with the Chiefs, to whom they barely misplaced in Week 1, stubbing their toes.
4. Arizona Cardinals 3-0 (6)
The Cardinals did not have the cleanest offense with Kyler Murray and their particular groups additionally had some points in Jacksonville. But they proceed to show they’re a whole workforce with the way in which Chandler Jones, J.J. Watt and the remainder of the protection can play when wanted.
5. Buffalo Bills 2-1 (7)
The Bills wanted a monster get-well recreation from Josh Allen after they already had their conventional operating recreation and protection performing at a new excessive stage. Now they’re proper there with the Browns because the Chiefs have offered a little bit of an AFC opening for stealing the highest seed.
6. Green Bay Packers 2-1 (11)
Aaron Rodgers advised everybody to not panic (once more) after that Week 1 debacle towards the Saints in Jacksonville. He bought everybody settled towards the Lions in Week 2 and bought the Packers into their ordinary balanced and explosive selves to outlast the 49ers. The Pack is again to being a risk to win the NFC.
7. San Francisco 49ers 2-1 (2)
The 49ers fell into third place within the NFC West with their first loss as they didn’t hold tempo with the Rams and Cardinals. They are nonetheless a surefire playoff workforce in some type as they’re absolutely loaded again wholesome in key spots for the offense and staying scrappy defensively regardless of secondary accidents.
8. Baltimore Ravens 2-1 (8)
The Ravens do not get type factors for Justin Tucker serving to them escape Detroit with a win. But given how issues began with heartbreak towards the Raiders, two late comeback wins vs. the Chiefs and Lions are satisfying. The protection may need turned the nook, too, to regulate to its accidents.
9. Los Angeles Chargers 2-1 (14)
The Chargers trying good total with McVay disciple Brandon Staley should not shock anybody. They have younger gun QB Justin Herbert working nicely in a talented new-look offense and the protection is making sufficient big performs because it ought to. They are the Chiefs’ true challengers within the AFC West over the undefeated Raiders and Broncos.
10. Kansas City Chiefs 1-2 (3)
The Chiefs have gotten away with poor protection as soon as towards the Browns, however that plus an uncharacteristic glut of turnovers has them beneath .500 for the primary time with Patrick Mahomes. Kansas City will probably be nice long run, however Cleveland and Buffalo will hold placing stress close to the highest.
11. Tennessee Titans 2-1 (13)
The Titans’ loss towards the Cardinals would not look as dangerous with sturdy rebounds towards the Seahawks and Colts. They are nonetheless feeling their approach round a brand new offense however the query marks will stay for the protection.
12. Las Vegas Raiders 3-0 (15)
The Raiders are on a loopy journey worthy of their Las Vegas residency. What occurs with Jon Gruden and Derek Carr is all the time a raffle, however they do not care about win likelihood or any of that tangible soccer statistical stuff. Coming up blackjack towards the Chargers will probably be a lot more durable subsequent week.
13. Dallas Cowboys 1-1 (12)
The Cowboys need not fear about Washington or the Giants being threats within the NFC East. So they should concentrate on taking good care of the Eagles to show they’re again because the division favorites with the Dak Prescott benefit.
14. New Orleans Saints 2-1 (16)
The Saints went marching into New England with their particular recreation plan of enjoying good protection, operating the ball and getting just a few well timed good performs from Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill. It might not be sustainable to get into the playoffs behind the Buccaneers within the South, however Sean Payton is doing what he must do to attempt to win video games.
15. Philadelphia Eagles 1-1 (19)
Jalen Hurts has performed nicely however the offense will proceed to have some inconsistency whereas the protection seems dependable once more. The Eagles can have a big early second beneath Nick Sirianni in Dallas.
16. Seattle Seahawks 1-2 (9)
The Seahawks can not play protection the way in which they want for Pete Carroll with loads of holes on each stage. Even with Russell Wilson and the offense buzzing at the next stage, there’s one other big problem to complete above .500. It did not take lengthy to see they’ve gone from first to worst within the mighty NFC West.
17. Carolina Panthers 3-0 (20)
The Panthers took care of enterprise towards the Jets and Texans, with a most spectacular win over the beautiful good Saints in between. They have big challenges forward with Christian McCaffrey and Jaycee Horn out with the Cowboys and Eagles subsequent.
18. Denver Broncos 3-0 (21)
The Broncos did not want a lot from Teddy Bridgewater to deal with the winless Jets, following their snug wins towards the winless Giants and winless Jaguars. Denver is enjoying nicely total and will get a pleasant actual take a look at vs. Baltimore subsequent week.
19. Cincinnati Bengals 2-1 (23)
How about Joe Burrow to Ja”Marr Chase? How about that improved defense? The Bengals have plenty of potential as a budding young team that will continue to surprise in big spots before true contention in 2022.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers 1-2 (10)
The Steelers were fortunate to upset the Bills in Week 1. Their offense looked anemic against the Raiders and Bengals back-to-back at home, even with some flashes from rookie running back Najee Harris, because Ben Roethlisberger is playing quarterback like a broken clock tower.
21. New England Patriots 1-2 (17)
The Patriots have done their best to hide Mac Jones with the defense and running game. But when those fall apart, the rookie can unravel. The caretaking vs. playmaking won’t work over the long haul this season.
Washington’s defense has looked bad despite all of its talent. The offense is doing its best with Taylor Heinicke but it’s far from ideal to try to win shootouts.
23. Minnesota Vikings 1-2 (26)
The Vikings recovered from two close losses to good teams (Bengals, Cardinals) on the road to rout another quality team (Seahawks) at home. Kirk Cousins is playing well again with plenty of help from the running game.
24. Chicago Bears 1-2 (22)
The Bears’ quarterback optimism with Andy Dalton and Justin Fields has been quickly dashed with bad offensive line play, play-calling and lacking execution. David Montgomery and the wide receivers weren’t wasted so much last season.
25. Miami Dolphins 1-2 (24)
The Dolphins discovered their offense with Jacoby Brissett, with a great mixture of operating and shorter passing, with Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) on the shelf. Unfortunately, they nonetheless haven’t discovered their defensive mojo with Brian Flores, particularly towards the run but additionally towards the move.
26. Atlanta Falcons 1-2 (31)
Congratulations to Arthur Smith because the Falcons bought sufficient various offense and gritty protection to get their first win, though the Giants are a low bar. With Washington and the Jets at dwelling, the Falcons have a good shot to get above .500 earlier than their bye.
27. Indianapolis Colts 0-3 (25)
The Colts do not get what they anticipated offensively to carry Carson Wentz. Their protection has gone into the tank, too. Frank Reich can already write this season off.
28. Houston Texans 1-2 (27)
The Texans are attempting their finest to be aggressive with David Culley and Tim Kelly, however the offense wasn’t meant to function with out each Tyrod Taylor and Deshaun Watson. The protection is doing its finest regardless of extreme expertise limitations round Zach Cunningham.
29. Detroit Lions 0-3 (28)
The Lions are exhibiting some pleasure and coronary heart with Dan Campbell. They fought arduous towards the 49ers and Ravens at dwelling with nothing to point out for it. The positives are the offensive line and operating recreation to offset a feisty however overmatched protection.
30. New York Giants 0-3 (29)
The Giants thought Daniel Jones and the offense had turned the nook within the first two video games with the protection being the larger letdown. Then got here the low-scoring disappointment towards the Falcons’ protection. It’s been complete bust over increase for Joe Judge’s workforce the place it counts.
31. New York Jets 0-3 (30)
Zach Wilson and the new-look offense has run into three powerful schemed and talent-rich defenses in Carolina, New England and Denver. The Jets lastly get some breaks there with Tennessee and Atlanta subsequent earlier than a bye to reassess.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars 0-3 (32)
Trevor Lawrence is getting higher each week however nonetheless makes some dangerous rookie throws. At least he is getting extra assist from James Robinson and the operating recreation. As for the protection, ugh. The early greatest spotlight of the Urben Meyer period simply got here from particular groups.