Week Three Power Rankings

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1. Broncos (3-0; last week No. 1):  No Ryan Clady?  No problem!  (As long as no one breaks Peyton Manning in half.)

2. Seahawks (3-0; No. 2): At least one of the young mobile quarterbacks who did so well in 2012 is still thriving.

3. Ravens (2-1; No. 6): What time is it? Not time to get on the party bus.

4. Saints (3-0; No. 7): When the Dolphins come to town next week, they should get the key to the city for not offering Drew Brees a contract in 2006.

5. Patriots (3-0; No. 8): Maybe if Tom Brady had better receivers, they’d be able to catch all those inaccurate passes he has been throwing.

6. Bears (3-0; No. 10): The Superfans are starting to mutter “Trestman.”

7. Bengals (2-1; No. 11): The old Bengals wouldn’t have come back from a 30-14 deficit after blowing a 14-0 lead. Then again, the old Bengals never would have had the 14-0 lead.

8. Dolphins (3-0; No. 12): Three wins gets Jeff Ireland an extension? If they win the Super Bowl, maybe he’ll be given ownership of the team.

9. Chiefs (3-0; No. 13): Big Red hosts Big Blue, only 10 days after the biggest win the Chiefs have had in a while.

10. Texans (2-1; No. 3): If Matt Schaub keeps playing like he has the past two weeks, he won’t have to worry about losing in the playoffs again.

11. Colts (2-1; No. 19): If the Colts traded for Trent Richardson to light a fire under Ahmad Bradshaw, the deal was a tremendous success.

12. 49ers (1-2; No. 4): The 49ers are saying farewell to Candlestick Park by playing like the teams that used to play there.  Before 1981.

13. Packers (1-2; No. 5):  Aaron Rodgers wasn’t yelling at Mike McCarthy.  Aaron Rodgers was yelling with Mike McCarthy.

14. Cowboys (2-1; No. 16):  At least we’ve determined Tony Romo knows how to hand the ball off like Peyton Manning.

15. Falcons (1-2; No. 9):  Having home playoff games is overrated, if you can’t win them.

16. Lions (2-1; No. 18):  After not beating the Redskins in their own building since before they were known as “Washington,” maybe the Lions will next beat them in Washington after they’re no longer known as “Redskins.”

17. Titans (2-1; No. 23):  Bud Adams wasn’t giving anyone the finger on Sunday.  He was just pointing out that the Chargers had single coverage on Justin Hunter.

18. Chargers (1-2; No. 14):  The Chargers either had no respect for Jake Locker, or no idea how to defend the goal line with the game on the line.  Or both.

19. Eagles (1-2; No. 15):  The Eagles wrongly assumed they were done losing when Andy Reid was on the sidelines.

20. Panthers (1-2; No. 27):  From Week Three last year to Week Three this year, the Panthers had a 67-point swing against the Giants.

21. Cardinals (1-2; No. 17):  Rashad Johnson gives new meaning to giving the finger.

22. Rams (1-2; No. 20):  Trailing by double digits in every game this season, the Rams are lucky to be 1-2.

23. Raiders (1-2; No. 21):  Injured?  Rub a little sewage on it.

24. Jets (2-1; No. 28):  The Chiefs already have won more games than they did in 2012, and the Jets have already won more games than anyone thought they would in 2013.

25. Bills (1-2; No. 24): Forgot about circling the wagons. After Sunday, the Bills need to circle the gurneys.

26. Browns (1-2; No. 30): If the Browns hope for offensive balance, the leading rusher needs to be someone other than the defensive back who pulled off a fake punt.

27. Giants (0-3; No. 22): Before the Giants can prevail in a “must win” game, they must score.

28. Vikings (0-3; No. 25): Adrian Peterson currently is pace for about 1,000 yards less than his goal.

29. Redskins (0-3; No. 26): RG0-and-III has a nice ring to it.  It could be the only ring that’ll be associated with that name, for a while at least.

30. Steelers (0-3; No. 29): How long until Todd Haley autographs a napkin by writing “Steelers suck”?

31. Buccaneers (0-3; No. 31): Coach Greg Schiano says quarterback Josh Freeman will remain the starter. Which also could be his punishment for not showing up for the team photo.

32. Jaguars (0-3; No. 32): The good news? Blaine Gabbert will be back this week. The bad news? Blaine Gabbert will be back this week, along with the rest of the team.

85 responses to “Week Three Power Rankings

  1. How about Haley autographing a napkin that says, “My Quarterback Sucks”? Four interceptions, three lost fumbles. The only reason the Steelers’ defense has yet to force a turnover is because it hasn’t played against Roethlisberger…

  2. Seattle…#8 Offense…#1 Defense

    Denver…#1 Offense…#19 Defense

    But somehow Denver is the better team?

  3. Grant it they both suck, but you have the Giants over the Steelers??? 3 spots better? At least Pittsburgh decided to show some offense. The Giants were pathetic. But honestly, who cares about these rankings…this isn’t college football. It’s decided on the field where it should be…smh. Waste of an article every week…

  4. Ravens at # 3? Michael Irvin says they’ll win 5 games this year. Either Florio or Irvin are going to look foolish.

  5. Jets are closer to #17 than #24. If you don’t believe that, you haven’t seen the defense play. Geno is rapidly improving and the wide receivers are underated. O-line is stout.

  6. Hey chase, nobody made you read the article. Personally, I enjoy it every week. Every now and then Florio gets off a good one-liner. More then than now. Particularly like the Falcons take.

  7. Ravens at #3 is a joke. The Redskins, Steelers & Giants also too high. Should occupy the bottom three spots in that order…

    #30 Redskins
    #31 Steelers
    #32 Giants

  8. i always get a kick out of power rankings. i’d rather be a ‘bad’ team with a winning record than a ‘good’ team with a losing record.

  9. Ravens should not be top five. Severn or eight is more likely. Other than that I thought it was a decent list. You could argue a spot here or there, but much better than last week’s rankings.

    Florio your rankings moved up two spots this week^

  10. I love the Steelers fans complaining about the Giants being ranked ahead of them. Basically they are saying “We suck!, but they suck worse!”

    It’s really not a 1) Broncos and a 2) Seahawks.

    It’s really 1A) and 1B). Much respect for Seattle. I am glad we don’t play them in the regular season. Their defense is scary.

  11. Packers are way too low. They have been playing without a handful of starters every week. They will be healthy after the bye and there is maybe 1 or 2 teams that they would be an underdog against on a neutral field…..it is an absolute certainty they would be favored vs most of the teams listed ahead of them…just the facts.

  12. Why oh why did you move my Titans into your Top 20? Just because their only loss was in overtime? Because they have the most physical defense since Jeff Fisher was here? Because Jake Locker is maturing at the same gradual pace as Steve McNair?

    Stop it! We only thrive when we’re under the radar.

  13. Raiders, Rams, Cards and Panthers better than the Jets??? Keep sleeping on that defense. There schedule is brutal so I’m seeing probably an 8-8 season, but that defense will keep them in all games. If Geno starts to hit his stride, watch out.

  14. Saints at #4 sounds about right. The Patriots haven’t beaten any serious contenders yet, they shouldn’t be at #5. Barrrrrrrrely squeaking by the Bills and Jets doesn’t justify putting the Patriots at #5.

    The Ravens at #3? Really?

  15. blackfootkiller says:
    Seattle…#8 Offense…#1 Defense

    Denver…#1 Offense…#19 Defense

    But somehow Denver is the better team?

    who has seattle played again, cupcake schedule, and still had trouble with the 1-2 panthers and a hard time on offense with sf if not for the d getting them such good field position.

    denver has it’s two best defensive players out, this offense is dominating, manning would carve up seattle, we will never know that though, denver will be in the sb, they do not have to play at home to win.

  16. Love all the Peyton Hype only to see him choke in the playoffs. Meanwhile Slow Joe Flacco just chugs along with 150 a game just doing enough to get him to the postseason when he’s CLUTCH!
    #repeat#sweetpeaslastride

  17. While I appreciate the love for my Ravens, if you’re saying that they could (today) beat the Saints and the Bears, I would have to strongly disagree.

    Granted we’re getting better every week, but we aren’t a top 3 team yet, I’d say we’re more of a top 10 team still at this point, as the Dolphins are looking legit so far.

  18. jacktheraven says:
    Sep 24, 2013 9:14 AM
    Ravens at # 3? Michael Irvin says they’ll win 5 games this year. Either Florio or Irvin are going to look foolish.

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    I for one would relish to see Michael Irvin look foolish, regardless of why.

  19. My Browns won with trick plays and a well-orchestrated “circle the wagons” campaign from Chud. The D is for real….we will see where they are for real this week when the Bengals come to town.

  20. the jets are better than the eagles, chargers, rams, raiders and cardinals. big time.

    and if the kid qb stops throwing picks, with our defense special teams and running game….watchout

  21. @ scmems07:

    Lol, Seahawks have a cupcake schedule?! A Broncos fan is saying that with a straight face? Glass houses. SEA schedulke includes: SF twice; @HOU: @INDY: @ATL: New Orleans: @NYG: MN.

    As for Broncos two injuries – ALL teams have injuries. Seahawks are w/o Harvin, Okung, Irvin. Clemons and B. Browner just go back week 3.

    Manning would get shut down vs the outstanding SEA D and would be picked off numerous times by the SEA Secondary.

    As for the SEA road issue, SEA is 5-2 on the road consecutive including a playoff road win. Broncos couldn’t even muster a playoff win at home.

  22. Denver is legit at #1 right now, but Seattle has loads of depth on defense, a killer running game and a very effective QB. They can beat you alot of ways.

    If Manning slips at all… suddenly they aren’t so impressive. We’ve seen this act before.

  23. scmems07 says:Sep 24, 2013 10:12 AM

    who has seattle played again, cupcake schedule, and still had trouble with the 1-2 panthers and a hard time on offense with sf if not for the d getting them such good field position.

    denver has it’s two best defensive players out, this offense is dominating, manning would carve up seattle, we will never know that though, denver will be in the sb, they do not have to play at home to win.
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    Seattle played Carolina who just shut out the Giants…Shut out the Giants. Granted the Giants arent what they used to be, but their offense is still potent with Cruz, Nicks, and Randle. The Giants should not have been shut out, but Carolina did.
    Also the 49ers, who were touted as the leagues best and still are a great football team.
    And remember that Seattle doesnt have Percy Harvin so that #8 Offense will probably jump up a little. They also arent at full strength on Defense with Clemons just coming back and Bruce Irvin coming back in wk 5.
    Remember the preseason, Seattle won 40-10 against Denver…Seattle is the ONLY team that can match up against Denver’s offense.

    By far the two best teams in the league! I could legitimately see them both going undefeated in the regular season…i know im crazy, but they are that much better than everyone else.

  24. Why does everyone hate the Redskins all of a sudden? Last year everyone said that they respected rg3, but now everyone is saying thins like RG0-3. I know the media covered them WAY too much in the offseason but that’s not their fault.

  25. The 9ers being ranked 12 is a joke. I’m not a fan of the team, but they lost to seattle at home then had one bad game. They came into the season ranked first and smacked the packers week 1….dropping them below the Dolphins, Chiefs, and Colts is ridiculous.

  26. When you say Old Bengals, are you refering to the Bengals that went to the playoffs the past 2 years and 3 out of the last 4 years or do you mean the old Bengals from over 10 years ago?

    Do people say this about other teams, like the Old Seahawks or the Old Colts?

    Granted, Bengals need to start winning playoff games, but considering they completely rebuilt the team in 2011, they have done very well. Good teams continue to reload and contend year after year, hopefully Bengals Management has turned that corner. I’ll take where you have them ranked and hope to see them move up each week.

  27. It’s all about who your team wins and losses to.

    A 3-0 team may not be better than a 2-1 team because they may have played 3 crappy teams.

  28. Broncos definitely deserve it. The Seahawks deserve #2 but the win over SF isn’t so impressive anymore, and it won’t be long til they lose.

    The Bears, Bengals, and Dolphins are better than the Ravens, Patriots, and Saints.

  29. tavisteelersfan says:
    Sep 24, 2013 9:05 AM
    Raven’s #3 … ahead of Saints …. makes no sense.
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    Steelers #30… only ahead of bucs and jags… makes perfect sense.

  30. Not “everyone” thought the Jets wouldn’t win any games. Just PFT and ESPN. Luckily, no one was paying attention.

  31. robman91 says:
    Sep 24, 2013 11:32 AM
    Why does everyone hate the Redskins all of a sudden? Last year everyone said that they respected rg3, but now everyone is saying thins like RG0-3. I know the media covered them WAY too much in the offseason but that’s not their fault.
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    The guy carried around a camera and filmed himself the entire offseason, named it “will to win” then got a network to air it. But you’re right, it’s not his fault the media talks about him. RGMe is 0 and 3…

  32. legionofboom25

    not a denver fan, and you keep your hopes up big guy. SF is obvoiusly not the team everyone thought, CAR is weak and JAC speaks for itself, i was talking about the current rankings with the games that has already been played. why do seattle fans always talk about what it could be and never what it really is or was. seattle has done nothing in the nfl in thier history yet fans always seem to talk like they are multiple sb winners. funny to me

    harvin cannot be mentioned in the conversation of making the team better since he has not played a snap yet, the 3 games sea has played has been against some of the worst passing teams and sub par qb’s who run and not pass, weak division, fact is that denver dominated all of the games they played on offense and defense, Sea struggled to score on CAR, couldnt pass against san fran and…well, jac again speaks for itself. but you know, what ever helps you sleep at night.

  33. The Seahawks at number 2 doesn’t bother me a bit. Our offense is still a little shaky and we definitely need to win in Houston Sunday to go 4-0 for the first time ever. Hopefully, we can build momentum and have an outstanding season. Go HAWKS!

  34. douglasmark85

    The Seahawks at number 2 doesn’t bother me a bit. Our offense is still a little shaky and we definitely need to win in Houston Sunday to go 4-0 for the first time ever. Hopefully, we can build momentum and have an outstanding season. Go HAWKS!

    a realistic and knowledgable seattle fan, one of the few. respect.

  35. When P.Harvin is in the lineup our offense will get going.

    Not a Jets fan, but I am not sure how you rank them so low. How do you place so many 1-2 teams ahead of them?

  36. Rankings are trivial. We can paint a more accurate picture when we group them as opposed to a 1-2-3 approach:

    Group A: DENVER/SEATTLE
    …Distance…
    Group B: N.O./CIN/MIA/NE/CHI/KC
    Group C: BAL/SF/HOU/GB/IND/ATL/DAL
    Group D: Det/etc…

  37. 24. Jets (2-1; No. 28): The Chiefs already have won more games than they did in 2012, and the Jets have already won more games than anyone thought they would in 2013.
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    No, no. Not “anyone.” The agenda-driven media succeeded in using lazy, sensationalist narratives to promote the idea that the Jets were the 2008 Lions. Why? Because that was the angle that sold the most newspapers, got the most pageviews, and earned the best ratings on ESPN. But people who actually bothered to take a look at the roster understood that this wasn’t the worst team in the league or even close to it.

  38. “hushbrother says:
    Sep 24, 2013 11:20 AM
    And that mobile quarterback should have been Rookie of the Year. Griffin was a poor choice.”

    Griffin may not end up being the best of the 2012 class, but he had the best rookie season numbers out of all of them, and that’s not debatable.

  39. Not a Skins fan at all, but laying all the blame on RG is wrong. Shanny can’t figure out how to use him this year, was afraid to play him in pretty-season and the Defense blows, they gave up 33 points to the Iggles in the first half before Philly got tired and have come up mighty small in first 3 games.

  40. Green, a bit biased aren’t you? The Jets coming into the year had a RB who could never win a starting job and a QB who fell in the draft b/c no one else in the NFL thought he was ready. They may be winning but it looks a lot like smoke and mirrors to most of the rest of the NFL. Were they going to lose 16 games? No probably not. But lets not act like “nobody believed in us” wasn’t including some on your team and in your front office….

  41. basedrum777 says:
    Sep 24, 2013 1:35 PM
    Green, a bit biased aren’t you? The Jets coming into the year had a RB who could never win a starting job and a QB who fell in the draft b/c no one else in the NFL thought he was ready.
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    But here’s the thing. Those might have been legitimate criticisms if, say, the Jets had a good quarterback and good running back last year, when they won 6 games. But they didn’t. They were lousy at those positions last year, too!

    In fact, they had one of the worst 2 or 3 quarterbacks in the league, so knowing that, was it really *likely* that Geno was going to be (a) worse than Mark Sanchez; and (b) *so* much worse than Mark Sanchez that the Jets would actually get worse?

    Think about it.

  42. “cfeeley52 says:
    Sep 24, 2013 12:37 PM
    robman91 says:
    Sep 24, 2013 11:32 AM
    Why does everyone hate the Redskins all of a sudden? Last year everyone said that they respected rg3, but now everyone is saying thins like RG0-3. I know the media covered them WAY too much in the offseason but that’s not their fault.
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    The guy carried around a camera and filmed himself the entire offseason, named it “will to win” then got a network to air it. But you’re right, it’s not his fault the media talks about him. RGMe is 0 and 3…”

    ha i guess you are right. it’s just really depressing that the whole nation has turned against my favorite team.

  43. Green that’s actually a good point. You could make an easy argument however that being a year older might make them lose two or three of those 6 this year which would put them where most had them: around 3-13 or 4-12.

  44. Unless we meet in the post-season, the only fair head-to-head comparison between Denver and Seattle is Week 2 of the preseason, and only until the point where Manning calls it a night. So let’s see where that leaves us:

    Following a Seattle FG, Manning is replaced by Osweiler with 6:42 remaining in the 2nd quarter. Knowing the value of that priceless neck of his, I believe it’s safe to assume the entire Denver starting offense, and certainly their defense remained in the game at least until Peyton hit the bench.

    The score at that point was….

    Denver Broncos – 7
    Seattle Seahawks – 27

    Case closed. GO HAWKS!!

  45. 1-2 Raiders and 1-2 Panthers ranked higher than 2-1 Jets.

    What are you smoking?

    While you’re at it, drop the 1-2 Rams below them as well. #21 is more like it.

  46. I am a diehard Ravens fan but in all honesty I think a 3 ranking is a little too high. True the defense is starting to come together and the offense is slowly coming along especially with all the injuries. That said I think that New Orleans, Chicago and perhaps New England should be listed ahead of us. When all the offensive players return (Jacoby Jones, Pitta and Ray Rice) and perform well then a higher ranking may come to fruition.

  47. Seahawk fan here, all I got to say about the rankings is who gives a crap, this isn’t college football, it is all settled on the field, and who cares about who beat this team or that team and by how much, different day and a whole different set of circumstances, so none of that proves anything.

    GO HAWKS!!!!!

  48. donz0 says:
    Sep 24, 2013 3:37 PM
    Dolphins and Saints will switch sponts after MNF.

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    Not to sure about switching “sponts” but i’ll take Brees in the Dome against Tannehill any day of the week. Didn’t ya’ll just lose your best Defensive player this week? Wonder what Dolphin taste like in a Gumbo?

  49. 2 screechdaddy – For the record Seahawks were leading in that game when the 1st unit players were on and similarly, the outcome SEA 40, Den 10. Hey, it was you that brought up pre-season – not me.

  50. Any so-called football fan that uses pre-season games as any barometer of the ability if their chosen team is a MORON! Just sayin’…..

  51. The Ravens are WAY too high (might barely a top 10 right now). The Chiefs are also a little high here as well as Houston.
    The 49ers are ranked very low too as well as Atlanta.
    Otherwise the list is ok….

  52. There seem to be a lot of foolish/homer Jets fans on here that actually think their team is good :).

    Don’t forget they got a gift win at home vs the lowly Bucs and then barely beat the Bills at home against a rookie QB.

    Remember the Jets got off to a lucky 2-1 start last year before they ended up where they belonged in the end.

  53. Is it me, or are the little comments for each team really mean this week? I mean, its one thing to make fun of the bad teams, but making fun of the top 5 teams? that seems weird to me.

  54. spedman24 says:
    Sep 24, 2013 5:37 PM

    Giants. Lol. Gotta love it. Team got lucky for a few years, began to fall apart last year and now, well they crumbled!!!

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    This is the funniest comment. Bitter much? As if the same has not happened to any franchise that has achieved success. I guess, you’re a fan of one who hasn’t had any. Good luck. Hilarious!

  55. legionofboom25, pretty sure my post clarified I was only counting points scored/defended by STARTERS. That our backups only allowed another 3, while theirs another 13 is just icing on the cake. Would be overjoyed to meet the little orange ponies again in the SB so we can spank ’em again and make it official this time.

    “mrlaloosh says:
    Sep 24, 2013 8:22 PM
    Any so-called football fan that uses pre-season games as any barometer of the ability if their chosen team is a MORON! Just sayin’…..”

    Sorry, what was that you said? It’s difficult to hear you haters when I’m surrounded by the LOUDEST FANS IN THE WORLD! GO HAWKS!!

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