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Week Three Power Rankings

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 18:  Outside linebacker Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos strips the ball from quarterback Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth quarter of the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 18, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) Getty Images

1. Broncos (2-0; last week No. 1): Does beating the Colts justify hanging a banner? For the Broncos, who had been 1-8 against Indy, it does.

2. Patriots (2-0; No. 2): “Tom Brady isn’t walking through that door, men. Well, at least not for the next 13 days.”

3. Panthers (1-1; No. 3): Scoring 46 is always impressive. Scoring 46 against a team that allowed zero the week before that is even more impressive.

4. Steelers (2-0; No. 5): If Ben Roethlisberger stays healthy, the No. 1 seed isn’t out of the question. (And now I’ve jinxed him.)

5. Cardinals (1-1; No. 6): Maybe every coach should call out multiple players in the media by name.

6. Vikings (2-0; No. 10): Stefon Diggs should brace himself for constant double teams and press coverage.

7. Texans (2-0; No. 12): Isn’t there supposed to be a Super Bowl host curse?

8. Packers (1-1; No. 7): Maybe Mike McCarthy shouldn’t be calling the plays, after all.

9. Seahawks (1-1; No. 4): Russell Wilson needs more nanobubbles.

10. Bengals (1-1; No. 8): Andy Dalton needs a better chinstrap, especially with Von Miller coming to town.

11. Ravens (2-0; No. 13): Maybe every Browns game should begin with the opposing team spotting them 20.

12. Chiefs (1-1; No. 9): The regular-season winning streak ends at 11. Hopefully, the regular-season losing streak won’t hit five, again.

13. Giants (2-0; No. 16): They’re winning games this year that they would have lost last year.

14. Cowboys (1-1; No. 17): The Cowboys pulled off an Olympics-style feat on Sunday; they win once every four years without Tony Romo.

15. Jets (1-1; No. 20): It won’t be easy to win in Kansas City, especially if Brandon Marshall isn’t as “fine” as his head coach said he is.

16. Falcons (1-1; No. 25): No team changes national perceptions of itself faster than the Falcons.

17. Raiders (1-1; No. 11): The lift from winning a game by going for two late apparently lasts less then seven days.

18. Buccaneers (1-1; No. 15): The Bucs won’t have to worry about falling victim to excessive praise anytime soon.

19. Eagles (2-0; No. 26): Don’t like being No. 19, Philly Bro? Beat the Steelers on Sunday.

20. Dolphins (0-2; No. 19): Three years ago, they started 2-0 and collapsed. This year, they started 0-2 and will get it together.

21. Titans (1-1; No. 28): How does a team become relevant? By stealing road games against supposedly better teams.

22. 49ers (1-1; No. 22): Did anyone really expect them to beat the Panthers?

23. Lions (1-1; No. 21): Calvin Johnson may not be a Hall of Famer. Andre Johnson proved why he is, in Calvin’s NFL hometown.

24. Saints (0-2; No. 23): The defense played well, for a change. The offense didn’t, for a change.

25. Colts (0-2; No. 24): “Made Defending Super Bowl Champions Sweat It Out” will be hanging from the rafters this weekend.

26. Rams (1-1; No. 31): Was the Jeff Fisher contract extension not announced after the win over Seattle because so many people expected it to happen?

27. Chargers (1-1; No. 30): Who’s next in the “gone for the year with a torn ACL” rotation?

28. Jaguars (0-2; No. 18): The bandwagon has emptied faster than the bladder of a nine-year old who drank a two-liter bottle of Sprite just before sleeping 12 hours.

29. Washington (0-2; No. 14): A year after we got it wrong by putting them at No. 32 to start the year, maybe we should have put them at No. 32 to start the year.

30. Bears (0-2; No. 27): The Bears are who we thought they were.

31. Bills (0-2; No. 29): Rex Ryan wasn’t the first mother–cker to get fired, after all.

32. Browns (0-2; No. 32): Does it help that the Browns would probably still be 0-2 if they’d picked Carson Wentz.

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  1. maddenisfordorks says: Sep 20, 2016 12:27 PM

    You’ve got my Jags about 6 spots too high.

    They’re just awful.

  2. firerogergoodellnow says: Sep 20, 2016 12:27 PM

    29. REDSKINS (0-2; No. 14)

  3. st0n3r78 says: Sep 20, 2016 12:31 PM

    These rankings are garbage.

    How is a team ranked higher than an undefeated team? Regardless of team strength, a 2-0 is better than a 1-1 team.

    Seattle / GB / Dallas all looked pretty bad to be ranked as high as you place them.

  4. yourunclerico says: Sep 20, 2016 12:31 PM

    what a joke. donkeys are gifted the first win by the wwnfl sanctioned head hunting gameplan, and barely beat a colts team that can barely field a team. hardly what i would consider as dominant or worthy of a first ranking.

  5. thefootballgodssay says: Sep 20, 2016 12:33 PM

    From 27 to 13 in just 2 weeks wait until the GIANTS hitting on all cylinders

  6. davetrembley says: Sep 20, 2016 12:33 PM

    It’s a 100% that the Chargers will be shortchanged in this ranking. Every week.

  7. jwcarlson says: Sep 20, 2016 12:34 PM

    23. Lions (1-1; No. 21): Calvin Johnson may not be a Hall of Famer. Andre Johnson proved why he is, in Calvin’s NFL hometown.
    ——————————–

    By catching one ball for nine yards…?

  8. Uptown Vike Fan says: Sep 20, 2016 12:34 PM

    I know we’re all pumped for Sam Bradford, but I have to say I’m a little worried about why this 1st overall draft pick is on his third team at age 28. There must be some reason why teams have dumped him, I’m concerned it might have to do with the look of panic on his face after he bruised his left arm. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a guy want to get to the locker faster than him after that play.

  9. downvotesforeveryone says: Sep 20, 2016 12:35 PM

    The Browns are still too high.

  10. niners816 says: Sep 20, 2016 12:35 PM

    The Seahawks at 9? Haha, okay. They couldn’t even score a TD against the Rams. Listening to all those little SeaSquak “fans”, they were going 16-0. Their o-line is about as tough as toilet paper. When you’ve been a fan for 4 years though, facts aren’t really your strong point. They’ve all been fans since 1976, too, just read their usernames. Funny, most of them were born in the 90’s, or were Cowboys fans 5 years ago before the bandwagon switch. The Niners will take that pathetic team to the woodshed this weekend.

  11. stillers213 says: Sep 20, 2016 12:36 PM

    With each passing week, more trolls are disappearing. Has anyone seen the #1 Redskins troll recently? 🙂

  12. todoubled says: Sep 20, 2016 12:36 PM

    ESPN has the defending Super Bowl champs ranked 5th and the Panthers ranked 4th, yet we beat the Panthers in the rematch. Thanks for the love Florio!

  13. truesob1 says: Sep 20, 2016 12:36 PM

    Most other sports news sources have the Steelers at 1 or 2, with the weak secondary I actually find their usual rank of 6 or 7 to be more accurate, but I completely disagree with Carolinas placementioned. That team still looks bad.

  14. rollotomasi14 says: Sep 20, 2016 12:36 PM

    So a team that has only scored 15 points in two weeks is in the top 10? Ummmm, no.

  15. nhpats says: Sep 20, 2016 12:36 PM

    Jets still getting too little respect IMO…..

    Bengals still getting too much.

    Look at how the Vikings are moving up the list……this is Bradford’s team now…..

    The Bills…..#29!!!

  16. nhpats says: Sep 20, 2016 12:37 PM

    ooops…..

    Bills…..#31!!!!!

  17. pacificdan says: Sep 20, 2016 12:38 PM

    This Cowboy fan thinks the Eagles are too low. RIGHT NOW they should be above the Cowboys and probably above the Giants.

  18. justtherealfacts says: Sep 20, 2016 12:38 PM

    Steelers are far and away number 1. Listing the Broncos and pats with a joke at the qb position ahead of the steelers makes the person who made this list a joke also.

  19. jagsandliquor says: Sep 20, 2016 12:39 PM

    Almost every year the jags do this to me

  20. bettis3636 says: Sep 20, 2016 12:39 PM

    Denver at 1??… COME ON MAN…. They have the 2nd worst QB in the NFL and only winning by the skin of their teeth… having them #1 means you think they can beat all teams under them.. and do u HONESTLY think they can beat NE or Pitt??… DROP THEM

  21. adimuz95 says: Sep 20, 2016 12:39 PM

    The 9th best team has scored 1 TD this year and lost to the Rams? How does that work?

    Don’t think the Cowboys are a top 15 team either.

  22. jimmysee says: Sep 20, 2016 12:40 PM

    Vikings deserve to vault ahead of the Packers. Gives Green Bay an intermediate goal to work towards this season.

  23. yg20910 says: Sep 20, 2016 12:40 PM

    The Giants are clearly much improved and power rankings mean absolutelay nothing but why are their 2 close victories over bad teams more impressive than what the Eagles have done these last 2 weeks? maybe it’s just me but I’d rather steamroll bad teams than eke out wins against bad teams.

  24. firecracker87 says: Sep 20, 2016 12:40 PM

    C’mon…1-1 Panthers ahead of the 2.0 Steelers? Admit it you put Panthers at #3 because you liked Cam’s hat.

    ::rolls eyes::

  25. dantarpa says: Sep 20, 2016 12:40 PM

    Eagles SHOULD be better than 19. They didn’t play great teams but I see a lot so-and-so 1-1 teams currently above them.

  26. grumpyoleman says: Sep 20, 2016 12:41 PM

    Even at 0-2 the Redskins are better than the Detroit and Indy teams.

  27. kissmysandwich says: Sep 20, 2016 12:41 PM

    Did you even try with these comments Florio?

  28. commongadfly says: Sep 20, 2016 12:42 PM

    Bradford > Rodgers

  29. flavordave says: Sep 20, 2016 12:43 PM

    As a Philly fan, our football IQ knows 19 is about right. We get it over here. This isn’t about disrespect at 19, it’s about the team growing away from those Chip Kelly years. Howie Roseman has made some amazing moves. And Wentz looks legit.

  30. TheodoreBabyHandsBustAqua says: Sep 20, 2016 12:43 PM

    I’d put the Vikings above the Cardinals all day. The Vikings have showed up BOTH games this year, and big time – the Cards on the other hand were reeeaaally flat on their opener.

    This, coming from a Packers fan.

  31. upper23 says: Sep 20, 2016 12:43 PM

    you need to lower the Packers, till Rogers remembers how to set his feet and throws it on time.

  32. iseek11 says: Sep 20, 2016 12:43 PM

    Carolina just destroyed the team that destroyed the team that just beat the Seahawks. Window closed Seattle fans.

  33. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 20, 2016 12:43 PM

    Hey vike fans, have you planned out the parade route yet?

  34. kimbafuzz says: Sep 20, 2016 12:44 PM

    Wait… the 2-0 Eagles are 5 spots lower than the 1-1 Cowboys?? Seriously??

    Yeah, ok.

  35. bobthebillsfan says: Sep 20, 2016 12:45 PM

    Mike, love the humor especially the banner comment.

  36. priestlightning says: Sep 20, 2016 12:47 PM

    Rams are not better than the chargers. I swear pft has the laziest power rankings.

  37. cav2ya says: Sep 20, 2016 12:47 PM

    Bucaners Raiders Falcons and Jets, all above Philly..
    are you nuts? did you WATCH any of those teams play?

    I’ll even call out the Cowboys and Giants, just cause they’re division rivals, those games are always tough, so they won’t be included.

    Please, go watch the games and then say the same thing.

  38. weepingjebus says: Sep 20, 2016 12:48 PM

    The Colts entry is hilarious — both text and position. Luck just hasn’t been the same since he was caught using underinflated footballs in a game he went on to lose 45-7.

  39. iamthehorniestmanintheworld says: Sep 20, 2016 12:48 PM

    There you go giving those bad azz colts ideas. Their mind boggling wussy fans can’t wait to celebrate that one.

  40. arb927 says: Sep 20, 2016 12:48 PM

    Really put the cowboys at 14…?

  41. footballfan825 says: Sep 20, 2016 12:49 PM

    I was fully expecting the packers to still be listed above the Vikings based on “potential”… Glad that’s not the case. I’m happy with the ranking and will look forward to seeing the vikes clime to the top after knocking off Carolina this weekend… Best defense in football

  42. nhpats says: Sep 20, 2016 12:51 PM

    Colts….0-2

    Grigson just soiled himself…….again….

  43. jag1959 says: Sep 20, 2016 12:52 PM

    The 1-1 Cowboys are ranked ahead of the 2-0 Eagles?
    The quality of opponent argument won’t fly, the ‘Boys only beat the ‘Skins.
    I’m a Giants fan and even I think that’s funny.

  44. seabrawk12 says: Sep 20, 2016 12:52 PM

    Carolina just destroyed the team that destroyed the team that just beat the Seahawks. Window closed Seattle fans.

    ____________________________________

    Yep week two with an entire division at 1-1. Season is pretty much over.

    Troll on

  45. mgs2277 says: Sep 20, 2016 12:53 PM

    AS a Bills fan, they are ranked too high. Cleveland at least has a solid coach

  46. mmack66 says: Sep 20, 2016 12:57 PM

    28. Jaguars (0-2; No. 18): The bandwagon has emptied faster than the bladder of a nine-year old who drank a two-liter bottle of Sprite just before sleeping 12 hours.
    ———————-

    Now that is funny.

  47. sdcharger123 says: Sep 20, 2016 12:57 PM

    “27. Chargers (1-1; No. 30): Who’s next in the “gone for the year with a torn ACL” rotation?”

    C’mon man…

  48. trailerparkking says: Sep 20, 2016 12:57 PM

    The NFC is weak this year. If you put the Broncos, Patriots, or Steelers in that conference they would easily make it to the super bowl. All last year NFC fans said the AFC was weak and the the super bowl happened.

  49. smokehouse56 says: Sep 20, 2016 12:58 PM

    Eagles (2-0; No. 26): Don’t like being No. 19, Philly Bro? Beat the Steelers on Sunday.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Than how is it that the Bengals lost to the Steelers and you still ranked them #10. OK for the Bengals to loose the the Steelers but not OK for Philly to loose to them. Makes sense.

  50. bassplucker says: Sep 20, 2016 12:58 PM

    Oh come on… other than passing, blocking, tackling, pass coverage and kicking, the Bears are playing great ball.

  51. stellarperformance says: Sep 20, 2016 12:58 PM

    Too high for the Packers. Look at their body of work over the last fourteen games. They should be ranked 15, at best.

  52. idiedpretty says: Sep 20, 2016 1:00 PM

    Power rankings after Weak 2? Really? Seriously, you breathless little fan boys, the only ranking that matters is after the SB!

  53. harshedmellow says: Sep 20, 2016 1:02 PM

    Colts at #25 and sitting at 0-2……. yikes….. this will not end well. Maybe they should slow down on Luck’s statue at Canton…..

  54. ilikegoodthings says: Sep 20, 2016 1:03 PM

    Denver lol….

    Does anyone think Denver is even a playoff contender?

  55. senxic says: Sep 20, 2016 1:06 PM

    Vikings better teach their CBs to keep their hands to themselves, or they might get a flag and/or a ticket for assault and battery.

  56. 13worldchampioinships says: Sep 20, 2016 1:10 PM

    Why aren’t the Packers #1? They’ve won superbowls before.

  57. stipez says: Sep 20, 2016 1:11 PM

    Gotta chuckle at the long suffering Jags fans. I used to walk into the second half of Pats games fo free when they were 2-14.

  58. jjackwagon says: Sep 20, 2016 1:11 PM

    Not a Steelers fan but they are the only 2-0 team that has beaten two of last years playoffs teams. So they should be #1 and it pains me to say so.

  59. stoneydog1000 says: Sep 20, 2016 1:11 PM

    The Eagles look a lot better than the Seahawks, Packers and Chiefs. But, I’m not an expert, I just watch the games.

  60. nyneal says: Sep 20, 2016 1:12 PM

    These power rankings are about as useful as you know what on a bull.

    The only rankings which are important are the season ending rankings. And then it’s just #1 that’s important.

  61. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Sep 20, 2016 1:12 PM

    The Broncos are frauds, they beat the Panthers who struggled offensively throughout preseason and were in a dog fight against a weak Colts team. They will be exposed soon. The Patriots should be #1.

  62. mmack66 says: Sep 20, 2016 1:14 PM

    ilikegoodthings says:
    Sep 20, 2016 1:03 PM

    Denver lol….

    Does anyone think Denver is even a playoff contender?
    ————————-

    They have a more competent quarterback than they had last season, and a really good defense, so it is more probable than not that they will be in the playoff mix.

  63. nyneal says: Sep 20, 2016 1:14 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Sep 20, 2016 12:58 PM
    Too high for the Packers. Look at their body of work over the last fourteen games. They should be ranked 15, at best.

    ________________________________________

    Their body of work says they made the playoffs last year, beat the Redskins, then took Arizona to overtime in their building.
    I think most teams would say that’s pretty damned good.

  64. tennesseeoilers says: Sep 20, 2016 1:15 PM

    “Calvin Johnson may not be a Hall of Famer. Andre Johnson proved why he is, in Calvin’s NFL hometown.”

    Wow. Even a Titans fan like me thinks that’s brutal.

  65. richndc says: Sep 20, 2016 1:15 PM

    the Cards are not better than Seahawks or Bengals, signed a Cowboys fan. (yes, the middle of the pack is where we should be at this point)

  66. routerunner says: Sep 20, 2016 1:16 PM

    Definitely worth it for the Colts to throw aside integrity and self respect by tanking for Luck. Sure they are terrible but their gullible, loser fan base sure like buying his merch and acting like they’re relevant. It’s not so easy when other teams in your division re-gain their pulse.

  67. mmack66 says: Sep 20, 2016 1:16 PM

    stoneydog1000 says:
    Sep 20, 2016 1:11 PM

    The Eagles look a lot better than the Seahawks, Packers and Chiefs. But, I’m not an expert, I just watch the games.
    ————————

    They’ve played the Browns and the Bears.

  68. richndc says: Sep 20, 2016 1:17 PM

    stoneydog1000 says:
    Sep 20, 2016 1:11 PM
    The Eagles look a lot better than the Seahawks, Packers and Chiefs. But, I’m not an expert, I just watch the games.

    ________________________________________

    yes, but so would the Jags if they had only played the Browns and the Bears up to this point.

  69. leroyquimby says: Sep 20, 2016 1:18 PM

    So if the Eagles beat the Steelers, does that make them about 18? Also the Seahawks LOST to the Rams and barely beat the Dolphins. Somebody please define “real” team.

  70. internetcommenter7 says: Sep 20, 2016 1:18 PM

    Broncos at 1 and panthers at 3 just blows my mind. Neither is a top five team, and if either is a top ten team it is in the 8-10 range.

  71. bleedgreenphilly says: Sep 20, 2016 1:19 PM

    What a joke! I get taking the strength of an opponent into account but the Eagles have the largest point differential in the league. Sure the Browns and Bears aren’t good, but the Eagles have won both games convincingly.

  72. jocko1181 says: Sep 20, 2016 1:19 PM

    Calvin Johnson not a hall of famer, but Andre Johnson is? Explain yourself.

  73. steelcurtainn says: Sep 20, 2016 1:20 PM

    Can’t really argue with any of the 10 top ten at this point in the season although I believe Denver will eventually slide down. It’s only week 2 but Steelers could still use a better pass rush.

  74. ezpkns34 says: Sep 20, 2016 1:23 PM

    I also found things that insulted both my team, my football intelligence and my sensibilities when looking at power rankings & I’m taking it super personally

  75. tattooit says: Sep 20, 2016 1:26 PM

    Rodgers hasn’t been the same player since his break up with Kevin.

  76. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 20, 2016 1:29 PM

    Ironic that Andre Johnson kept the Texans from having a 2 game lead on the division after week 2….

  77. dtroxallday says: Sep 20, 2016 1:33 PM

    Last week I qurstioned Carolina’s higher ranking than Pitt and someone mentioned that they were defending champs losing on the road to SB champs. So what. Losing close games to quality teams won’t get you anywhere at the end of the season. Neither will plowing through teams lime SF yet they’re still ranked ahead of Pitt. Last year doesn’t matter.

  78. richiethegreek says: Sep 20, 2016 1:33 PM

    The Eagles should clearly be the highest ranking team in the NFC East.

  79. benfranklinshat says: Sep 20, 2016 1:35 PM

    “Don’t like being No. 19, Philly Bro? Beat the Steelers on Sunday”

    If the Eagles beat the Steelers, you’ll say the Steelers weren’t that good, bro.

  80. mmack66 says: Sep 20, 2016 1:35 PM

    internetcommenter7 says:
    Sep 20, 2016 1:18 PM

    Broncos at 1 and panthers at 3 just blows my mind. Neither is a top five team, and if either is a top ten team it is in the 8-10 range.
    —————————-

    The Broncos are the reigning SB champions, and the Panthers were in the SB last year, and just lost a close one to the Broncos. With such a limited sample size of 2 games, that is what you are going to get.

  81. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 20, 2016 1:36 PM

    The Packers are No. 31 in passing yards.

    No. 31.

    Plus- did you notice Rodgers goofy haircut?

  82. ctiggs says: Sep 20, 2016 1:36 PM

    #nobodyhasitbetter

  83. sirmetaphor says: Sep 20, 2016 1:39 PM

    Packers need a new GM and Coach. Embarrassing that they have a top 5 QB all time and he only has one SB appearance. Stop trying to be cute and build from within, go get players when you need them.

  84. officialgame says: Sep 20, 2016 1:44 PM

    Uptown Vike fan says:
    “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a guy want to get to the locker faster than him after that play”.

    Must have missed out on Cutler last night.

  85. jvw1982 says: Sep 20, 2016 1:46 PM

    Too high Ravens and Seahawks

    Too low Chargers…

  86. allight59 says: Sep 20, 2016 1:47 PM

    Detroit should leapfrog Green after Sunday…yellow and green plummeting down the toilet, where those colors beong….

  87. obsessedvikingfan says: Sep 20, 2016 1:48 PM

    Packers need a new GM and Coach. Embarrassing that they have a top 5 QB all time and he only has one SB appearance. Stop trying to be cute and build from within, go get players when you need them.

    No, keep the status quo. It is gonna get better.

  88. computojon says: Sep 20, 2016 1:55 PM

    #9 for the Seahawks? I’m a Ram fan, but let me say that I haven’t been scared of the Seahawks at all and neither should most other teams. Their offense is mediocre at best (propped up solely by Russell Wilson, a great QB by the way) and their defense is also mediocre as they reminisce about the LOB, but those days are gone. I think they’re looking at 9-7 or even 8-8.

  89. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 20, 2016 1:59 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Sep 20, 2016 12:58 PM

    Too high for the Packers. Look at their body of work over the last fourteen games. They should be ranked 15, at best.
    ________

    You certainly have changed your tune in a week. What was it about the body of work over their last 13 games before last week that didn’t convince you?

    I guess all those Viking fans you were ripping because they didn’t think the Packers should be seeded directly into the Super Bowl and the Vikings should be relegated to the USFL weren’t so dumb after all.

  90. beauregard says: Sep 20, 2016 2:02 PM

    Denver Broncos last five games;
    Pittsburgh Steelers -Win
    New England Patriots – Win
    Carolina Panthers – SUPER BOWL Win
    Carolina Panthers – Win
    Indianapolis Colts – Win
    ——–
    Quarterbacks beaten in last five games;
    Ben Roethlisberger
    Tom Brady
    Cam Newton (Twice)
    Andrew Luck

    That’s why the #1
    What’s your team done the last five?

  91. ricko1112 says: Sep 20, 2016 2:03 PM

    bettis3636 says:
    Sep 20, 2016 12:39 PM
    Denver at 1??… COME ON MAN…. They have the 2nd worst QB in the NFL and only winning by the skin of their teeth… having them #1 means you think they can beat all teams under them.. and do u HONESTLY think they can beat NE or Pitt??… DROP THEM
    _____________________
    As a Patriot’s fan, I hate the Broncos. Do I think they’re the best team? No. Not even close. However, until someone actually beats them, they deserve the # 1 spot.

    Not I need to go take a shower after writing that…

  92. jacqvoncc says: Sep 20, 2016 2:09 PM

    Ah yes, the Seahawks defense is ‘mediocre’ alright. A total of 19 points in 2 games and have given up exactly ONE touchdown. Just stop. Everyone knows it’s not the Hawks defense that’s the problem. Their offense definitely has me concerned BUT we are TWO WEEKS into the season people!!!! Congrats on the Rams winning their yearly SB against Seattle, but all of you stop pretending SEA won’t be a contender come playoff time.

  93. shiftyshellshocked says: Sep 20, 2016 2:09 PM

    Wow… did I have fun at the new Vikes stadium Sunday night.

  94. Kerouac says: Sep 20, 2016 2:17 PM

    How much is one play worth? 12 spots apparently, PFT’s ranking. 1-1 Chiefs are one play shy – in overtime to boot – from being 0-2 on the season, while the 1-1 Chargers are one play shy being 2-0. Ranking SD 27th & KC 12th suggests the former comes in too low & the latter too high.

  95. sc5000 says: Sep 20, 2016 2:20 PM

    Lol at the Denver haters and freaks. GET OVER IT! They won the SB and picked where they left off.

  96. mattbilleauthor says: Sep 20, 2016 2:22 PM

    As a Cowboys/Dolphins fan (maybe I’ll design a joint logo some day), I think the Eagles SHOULD be a couple notches higher, but they’re not a Top Ten team until they they can run the ball all game and not just in garbage time. (Dallas will trade them McFadden for a seventh-rounder and a cheesesteak.)

  97. bridgeh2o says: Sep 20, 2016 2:25 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 20, 2016 12:43 PM

    Hey vike fans, have you planned out the parade route yet?

    bridgeh2o says:

    What I love about Carly and other puke fans, WE, THE VIKINGS, are always in their head.

    Truthfully Carl, I’d be concerned about a declining QB.

    Rodgers USE to be a QB with a rating of over 100 consistently.

    He has had a 100 rating game in the regular season since 2014.

    On the other hand, Bradford’s rating was 121 against your team.

    We have had Bradford for a little more than 2 weeks, and he clearly outplayed Rodgers.

    The torch was past last year and continues on.

    The bigger question: Can gbay win a home division game for the 1st time since 2014??????

    Chew on those stats………

    Now, we have a REAL game this weekend……

  98. tritz32 says: Sep 20, 2016 2:33 PM

    Packers fan here. You have them ranked WAY too high.

    Aaron Rodgers and the Packers SB window was officially slammed shut when MM wouldn’t trust the reigning LEAGUE MVP to go out there and close out a win. Instead he played not to lose and that’s exactly what happened.

    From that moment the Packers have literally had one of the worst offenses in the league. That’s the truth. The QB doesn’t trust the HC anymore. Rightfully so. It was clear the QB and HC weren’t very tight prior to that NFCC game but how it ended was the final straw.

    The Packers “offense” has been painful to watch since that fateful January night.

    MM has had two NFL MVP and 1st ballot HOF QB’s for 11 years. EVELEN YEARS! He’s been to exactly 1 SB. No other way around it – THAT’S PATHETIC.

    I hope the Packers miss the playoffs and PRAY MM gets canned. That’s the only way Aaron will have a chance to get to another SB. Sad – but true.

  99. abninf says: Sep 20, 2016 2:35 PM

    pacificdan says:

    This Cowboy fan thinks the Eagles are too low. RIGHT NOW they should be above the Cowboys and probably above the Giants.
    ===================================

    The Eagles have not played a good team yet. We’ll see how a dink and dunk passing game works when they do.

  100. sweetnlow44 says: Sep 20, 2016 2:39 PM

    As a Seahawk fan, I can see why people think #9 is too high. Their offense has been atrocious. And not because of the O-line, but because Darrell Bevell is the worst play caller in the league.

    However, the Seahawks always start slow and always struggle with the Rams. They’ve lost something like 6 of the last 7 against the Rams, so you can’t read too much into Sundays loss (which is why they’re still at #9 on this list). Their defense is still great and they have the pieces on offense to once again be a great offensive team too. It’ll just take until week 5 or 6 before Bevell stops single handedly sabotaging games with his play calling.

  101. nhpats says: Sep 20, 2016 2:41 PM

    beauregard says:
    Sep 20, 2016 2:02 PM
    Denver Broncos last five games;
    Pittsburgh Steelers -Win
    New England Patriots – Win
    Carolina Panthers – SUPER BOWL Win
    Carolina Panthers – Win
    Indianapolis Colts – Win
    ——–
    Quarterbacks beaten in last five games;
    Ben Roethlisberger
    Tom Brady
    Cam Newton (Twice)
    Andrew Luck

    That’s why the #1
    What’s your team done the last five?

    —————-
    As a Patriots fan I agree wholeheartedly. The Broncos are the champs……and until someone beats them, they remain #1.

  102. mackame15 says: Sep 20, 2016 2:43 PM

    0 offensive touchdowns
    and 3 lost fumbles to the saints
    Giants are Legit and should be higher
    they made Drew Brees look terrible

  103. justintuckrule says: Sep 20, 2016 2:43 PM

    Pump the brakes Eagles’ fans. You beat the 2 worst teams in football.

  104. newmancave2016 says: Sep 20, 2016 2:47 PM

    I really don’t get the Eagles hate from PFT lately. What do they have to do? If they beat the Steelers (which as a fan, I actually don’t think they will) they should be Top 10, no question.

  105. carloswlassiter says: Sep 20, 2016 2:51 PM

    I’m not sure what would be more entertaining: An embarrassing Bills loss at home to AZ so Ryan can get canned the next morning (right after he still acts like a defiant wind bag at his press conference), or a Bills win guaranteeing this twin buffoon coaching staff hangs around all year talking smack on the way to a 5-11 record.

  106. nolagirl says: Sep 20, 2016 2:53 PM

    “16. Falcons (1-1; No. 25): No team changes national perceptions of itself faster than the Falcons.”

    Be ready to whip your head back in the other direction come Monday Night!

  107. stoneydog1000 says: Sep 20, 2016 2:54 PM

    I think both Calvin and Andre Johnson deserve to be in HOF. But, Chad not.

  108. contra74 says: Sep 20, 2016 2:57 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 20, 2016 12:43 PM
    Hey vike fans, have you planned out the parade route yet?
    —-
    Still concerned about the Vikings?

    You should be more concerned about fighting the Bears for that 3rd spot in the NFC North.

  109. buffalostarwarsfan says: Sep 20, 2016 3:01 PM

    nhpats says:
    Sep 20, 2016 12:36 PM
    Jets still getting too little respect IMO…..

    Bengals still getting too much.

    Look at how the Vikings are moving up the list……this is Bradford’s team now…..

    The Bills…..#31*!!!

    *corrected for you
    ——

    How are the Bengals at #10 getting too much respect when the Jets (whom they beat, and whose win is against #31) aren’t getting enough at #15? If the Bengals are getting too much respect, then the Jets are getting way too much.

  110. draculalambert says: Sep 20, 2016 3:03 PM

    nick foles >>>>>kirk “kitten” Cousins

  111. purplepride11 says: Sep 20, 2016 3:04 PM

    I really don’t get the Eagles hate from PFT lately. What do they have to do? If they beat the Steelers (which as a fan, I actually don’t think they will) they should be Top 10, no question.

    Probably because they beat the #31 ranked team (bears) and the #32 ranked team (browns)

  112. jacktheraven says: Sep 20, 2016 3:24 PM

    The Ravens are 2-0, but beat # 31 & 32. Not sure what to think.

  113. docsweeney says: Sep 20, 2016 3:36 PM

    Just me talkin’ here but I don’t think you size up ANY team until after Week 6. Two games too small a sample size. 6 seems about right to really start properly separating out the top 10 teams.

  114. usg1 says: Sep 20, 2016 3:37 PM

    Another thing I want to add…..

    The Browns were SUPPOSED to give the Eagles a run for their money and the Bears were SUPPOSED to win…….

    Now that the Eagles not only beat both but convincingly beat both, it’s…… They are the Browns and Bears.

    Like I said in my first post, if the Eagles beat the Steelers….. The Steelers will all of a sudden be considered a not good team.

  115. mikea311 says: Sep 20, 2016 3:47 PM

    I really don’t get the Eagles hate from PFT lately. What do they have to do? If they beat the Steelers (which as a fan, I actually don’t think they will) they should be Top 10, no question.

    maybe they have proven anything yet? let see how they look against a team that actually has a defense. I mean seriously, you guys couldn’t have asked for a more perfect set of teams for Wentz to start 2 games against.

  116. stairwaytoharvin says: Sep 20, 2016 3:49 PM

    nyneal says:
    Sep 20, 2016 1:14 PM
    stellarperformance says:
    Sep 20, 2016 12:58 PM
    Too high for the Packers. Look at their body of work over the last fourteen games. They should be ranked 15, at best.

    ________________________________________

    Their body of work says they made the playoffs last year, beat the Redskins, then took Arizona to overtime in their building.
    I think most teams would say that’s pretty damned good.

    ——————————————————————
    Stellar is a packer fan and just being realistic (which i respect)… they are something like 6-8 in their last 14 games, barely beat the jags, and got beat by a team starting a QB who was on the roster all of 15 days. Right now 15 sounds a little low, but not by much

  117. hje118 says: Sep 20, 2016 3:56 PM

    Haha it’s amazing how much they hate the Eagles. Don’t worry my fellow birds fans, they’ll soon realize how good this defense really is…please keep doubting

  118. lindacaseauthor says: Sep 20, 2016 4:08 PM

    sweetnlow44 says:
    Sep 20, 2016 2:39 PM
    As a Seahawk fan, I can see why people think #9 is too high. Their offense has been atrocious. And not because of the O-line, but because Darrell Bevell is the worst play caller in the league.

    However, the Seahawks always start slow and always struggle with the Rams. They’ve lost something like 6 of the last 7 against the Rams, so you can’t read too much into Sundays loss (which is why they’re still at #9 on this list). Their defense is still great and they have the pieces on offense to once again be a great offensive team too. It’ll just take until week 5 or 6 before Bevell stops single handedly sabotaging games with his play calling.
    ———————
    No Way. The power rankings are supposed to be about how teams played the previous week, not how A team will play or have the potential to play, or how they played last year or how many super bowls, playoff games, and division championships they have won. If power rankings are legitimate, they should be reality based–the here and now.

  119. steelcurtainn says: Sep 20, 2016 4:11 PM

    Lets not get to high on denver, its week 2 and they should be ranked at 1 thus far but that won’t last. They won’t be holding any lombardi this year. Take it to the bank!

  120. srg608 says: Sep 20, 2016 4:31 PM

    These guys are just haters:

    Before the Bears game, the Bears were “expected” by these bloggers to bring the Birds back to reality. When that didn’t happen, it’s just because its the Bears. maybe you should try to be a little more impartial, you’d get more respect……

  121. srg608 says: Sep 20, 2016 4:49 PM

    Eagles at Bears
    MDS’s take: Carson Wentz deserves a lot of credit for the way he played in Week One, but some growing pains are coming in his first road game. The Bears will force a couple Wentz turnovers and win on Monday night.
    MDS’s pick: Bears 20, Eagles 10.
    Florio’s take: Welcome to the real NFL, Carson Wentz.
    Florio’s pick: Bears 24, Eagles 16.
    ————————————————————————–
    Then this:
    19. Eagles (2-0; No. 26): Don’t like being No. 19, Philly Bro? Beat the Steelers on Sunday.
    ===============================================
    Hey Blogger Bro – We were supposed to get our Welcome last week, what happened????

  122. imodan says: Sep 20, 2016 4:51 PM

    hje118 says:
    Sep 20, 2016 3:56 PM
    Haha it’s amazing how much they hate the Eagles. Don’t worry my fellow birds fans, they’ll soon realize how good this defense really is…please keep doubting
    ——————————————————————
    They beat the Browns, THE BROWNS, and the Bears. Two dreadful teams. Beat the Steelers then start yappin. Until then you’re still the Eagles, irrelevant.

  123. icebowler says: Sep 20, 2016 4:52 PM

    The Packers started out hot last year because they played their starters at lot more in the preseason, which went against their normal philosophy. This year they went back to using the preseason to primarily evaluate young talent. I fully expect the Packers offense to find it’s rhythm by early to mid October and the relatively young defense to keep improving. The Packers will make the playoffs for the 8th straight year…and then who knows. They won the SB in 2010/11 from the 6th seed, so they know that it’s not how you start the season, but how you finish. I wouldn’t write them off just yet!

  124. mmack66 says: Sep 20, 2016 4:58 PM

    Can you Eagles fans give it a few games? Sheesh.

  125. jr4real says: Sep 20, 2016 5:01 PM

    Bengals and Eagles too low.

    Seahawks, Packers, Texans too high.

  126. srg608 says: Sep 20, 2016 5:10 PM

    Can you Eagles fans give it a few games? Sheesh.
    ===================================

    Can you let us bask in the afterglow without harshing our mello? For the last 3 years we’ve suffered through the Chipster, Sammy Sleeves and Sanchez. What do you expect after watching a rookie light it up for the past two weeks?

  127. srg608 says: Sep 20, 2016 5:12 PM

    They beat the Browns, THE BROWNS, and the Bears. Two dreadful teams. Beat the Steelers then start yappin. Until then you’re still the Eagles, irrelevant.
    =======================================
    It’s not who we beat, but how we beat them. And the Eagles shouldn’t be on the top ten rankings either, but they deserved more respect from Jokers Are Us….. BRO

  128. buzzlightner says: Sep 20, 2016 5:23 PM

    eagles shouldnt be in the top 10 but u guys are just haters. seahacks cant score a td but are still in top 10. cmon guys really

  129. higheriqthanyou says: Sep 20, 2016 5:40 PM

    jr4real says:
    Sep 20, 2016 5:01 PM

    Bengals and Eagles too low.

    Seahawks, Packers, Texans too high.

    But ultimately Seahawks and Packers will be in the playoffs and Eagles won’t.

    So there is that.

  130. dirt2013 says: Sep 20, 2016 5:49 PM

    Philly fans : you have beaten the #31 team and that is being kind and the Browns who may and I stress may be the 3rd best team in Ohio but for these rankings are # 45. Your QB looks good but see previous sentence for reference points.

  131. vikingsdefineaverage says: Sep 20, 2016 6:05 PM

    st0n3r78 says:
    Sep 20, 2016 12:31 PM
    These rankings are garbage.

    How is a team ranked higher than an undefeated team? Regardless of team strength, a 2-0 is better than a 1-1 team.

    Seattle / GB / Dallas all looked pretty bad to be ranked as high as you place them.
    ____________________________________
    Dallas had a backup QB and beat a team coming off a playoff appearance

    Seattle played with an injured QB

    GreenBay? Not sure what’s wrong there but I love watching Rodgers play like garbage.

    2-0 is not better than 1-1 regardless of team strength.

    There is a reason the Giants won the Superbowl as a 9-7 team over a team that went 13-3….lots of factors go into it besides a teams win/loss record. That’s why we have playoffs and the superbowl isn’t awarded to the top team in the regular season.

  132. buzzlightner says: Sep 20, 2016 6:06 PM

    so both of u guys picked the bears to win.. fail btw. also one of u said wait ubtil wentz plays a real football team on the road during a national spotlight. well he did what you asked of him and proved you wrong. now its beat the steelers. so if they do what? make it thru your buy week before u start talking?

  133. buzzlightner says: Sep 20, 2016 6:16 PM

    also i keep seeing people saying that the eagles played the the 31 and 32. technically if u agree with the hacks the ravens have played the 31 n 32.. and barely won each game. but they are ranked 11

  134. snowdood163 says: Sep 20, 2016 6:34 PM

    jjackwagon says:
    Sep 20, 2016 1:11 PM

    Not a Steelers fan but they are the only 2-0 team that has beaten two of last years playoffs teams. So they should be #1 and it pains me to say so.

    But you are a KC fan (I’m really sorry), which I’m sure has nothing to do with your opinion, right homer boy?

  135. usdcoyotesfan says: Sep 20, 2016 6:47 PM

    Mostly accurate. The Packers should be in the top 5, though.

  136. contra74 says: Sep 20, 2016 7:02 PM

    sdcoyotesfan says:
    Sep 20, 2016 6:47 PM
    Mostly accurate. The Packers should be in the top 5, though.
    —–
    Hint: It’s no longer the preseason sweetheart. These games actually matter.

  137. contra74 says: Sep 20, 2016 7:04 PM

    Remember when Aaron Rodgers refused to play in preseason games? Packer fans were defending him saying he didn’t need to because he is Aaron Rodgers.

    How’d that work out for you?

  138. FoozieGrooler says: Sep 20, 2016 7:07 PM

    Hey Steelers opponents, guess what?
    The Steelers are getting ready to BENCH the NFL’s rushing leader.
    Let that sink in for a minute.

  139. dirtyhelmet says: Sep 20, 2016 8:01 PM

    Carl, coyote and bordner are exactly why trying to talk football with a packers fan is like trying to talk politics with a Hillary supporter…..

  140. hje118 says: Sep 20, 2016 8:42 PM

    hje118 says:
    Sep 20, 2016 3:56 PM
    Haha it’s amazing how much they hate the Eagles. Don’t worry my fellow birds fans, they’ll soon realize how good this defense really is…please keep doubting
    ——————————————————————
    They beat the Browns, THE BROWNS, and the Bears. Two dreadful teams. Beat the Steelers then start yappin. Until then you’re still the Eagles, irrelevant.
    ______________________________

    So let me get this straight…the Giants barely beat a Dallas team without Romo and an awful Saints team at home and they’re 13? Not only that, all I hear is how great their defense is and how they held Brees to 13 pts. Did you ever think how a BAD saints team held their offense to 16 pts at home? The giants BEAT Dallas and NO. The Eagles DESTROYERD both opponents. 19 is fine, no sweat. They’ll just have to pull out the brooms again this year and sweep the Giants again.

  141. theothertyson says: Sep 20, 2016 9:39 PM

    Nano bubbles. Cute.

    The guy shouldn’t be out there but he felt he had to help his team win. Played pretty solid considering the crap o line situation versus that D line.

    But everyone seems to be throwing him under the bus. Anybody with a football IQ above room temperature saw this coming.

    Once Ifedi is back, and Russell is healthy, the offense will light it up. I’m not worried. I’m just laughing at the trolls and the media jumping on the non story because it’s just so juicy.

    We will talk again in December and see how you football Nostradamus’s with the Fantasy Football level understanding of the game like the way your crow tastes.

  142. usdcoyotesfan says: Sep 20, 2016 10:25 PM

    contra74 says:
    Sep 20, 2016 7:04 PM

    Remember when Aaron Rodgers refused to play in preseason games? Packer fans were defending him saying he didn’t need to because he is Aaron Rodgers.

    How’d that work out for you?
    ———————————————————
    Remember when Nelson played in a preseason game last year? How did that work out?

    The Packers will be fine. They’ve had many slower starts than 1-1 in recent memory.

  143. thetruthstings says: Sep 21, 2016 4:05 AM

    Vikings #1 This Year!!!

  144. bears5683 says: Sep 21, 2016 7:48 AM

    Bears at 30. Way over rated.

  145. wkuze13 says: Sep 21, 2016 9:30 AM

    Buffalo Bills Re exactly where they belong. No franchise QB on roster. Bunch of large contracts. Looking at you Charles Clay. A head coach that’s already sitting on a flaming seat. Still a better franchise than Cleveland though

  146. inozwetrust says: Sep 21, 2016 10:25 AM

    I talked some smack last week about the Ravens “being back”. That talk may have been premature. They were lucky they were playing the Browns on Sunday. If they spot the Steelers or Bengals 20 points they lose for sure. No way do they make a 20 point comeback against either of those teams. They came out flat and uninspired. That should not happen on a veteran team with a veteran coach.

    Number 11 is way too high. They need to show me something against the Jags (like beat them by at least two TD’s) before I start talking smack again.

    Go Ravens

  147. inozwetrust says: Sep 21, 2016 2:27 PM

    FoozieGrooler says:
    Sep 20, 2016 7:07 PM
    Hey Steelers opponents, guess what?
    The Steelers are getting ready to BENCH the NFL’s rushing leader.
    Let that sink in for a minute.
    ———————————————————-
    Yes that is pretty scary for the rest of the league, and the AFC North in particular.

    Go Ravens

  148. notwhoyouthinkitis says: Sep 21, 2016 9:54 PM

    “tattooit says:
    Sep 20, 2016 1:26 PM
    Rodgers hasn’t been the same player since his break up with Kevin.”

    Rodgers has Olivia Munn. He is doing far, far better than you. In more ways than one.

  149. shonelikethesun says: Sep 22, 2016 7:08 PM

    Uptown Vike fan says:
    “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a guy want to get to the locker faster than him after that play”.
    ————————————————–
    He threw a TD pass after the hit to his hand. Then went to the locker room for X-rays. Then he returned to the game and continued to dominate.

  150. skinsdiehard says: Sep 23, 2016 3:01 AM

    You must be crazy if you think the Redskins are 29th. They lost a close game to the Cowboys and played much better than in week 1. If you look at their game against Pittsburgh, you will see that the Steelers were very lucky on quite a few plays: they got a deflected pass TD, Roethlisberger fumbled and Kerrigan fumbled it right back to them, the INT at the end of the game was later ruled as incomplete by NFL officials, and one of AB’s touchdowns went through Breeland’s hands.

    Against the Cowboys, the Skins defense did not lose that game. It was their defense. They led 23-20 with 7 mins left. Losing a game like that should not drop a team to 29th. You guys don’t know football.

  151. skinsdiehard says: Sep 23, 2016 3:03 AM

    Correction: Skins offense did not lose that game…

  152. buzzlightner says: Sep 25, 2016 7:06 PM

    so u say beat the steelers.. are u gunna say they dont have a good defense or u gunna put them in the top 10 for demolishing your number 4 team

  153. footballfan825 says: Sep 25, 2016 8:04 PM

    footballfan825 says:
    Sep 20, 2016 12:49 PM
    I was fully expecting the packers to still be listed above the Vikings based on “potential”… Glad that’s not the case. I’m happy with the ranking and will look forward to seeing the vikes clime to the top after knocking off Carolina this weekend… Best defense in football

    ——–

    Nailed it!

  154. ldbeachtecorion61 says: Sep 26, 2016 1:21 AM

    Minnesota will be either 3 or 4, They just WIN!
    Ugly wins, scratching, biting, kicking all the way.
    They remind me a lot of the Broncos last year.
    NOBODY gave the Vikings a chance against the Panthers,
    and I mean NOBODY, not a single analyst picked Minnesota.
    But watch Green Bay right behind them or even ahead again thanks to the overwelming Love Affair ESPN has for the Pack..
    Nice win Men!

  155. purplepackerhater says: Sep 26, 2016 12:55 PM

    Based on this week’s results if the Vikes are anywhere outside the top 4 it’s a travesty. Same as if the Pack move up based on one half of good football against a bad Lions team that still almost came back on the Pack in the second half.

  156. allight59 says: Sep 26, 2016 1:47 PM

    Week 4 should be Pats followed by Vikings but most sites will have them 5 and talk about how they’re catching teams at the right time. Let them continue their delusion all the way to February. #thezimreaper

  157. computojon says: Sep 28, 2016 8:08 PM

    LOL. A team that is currently FIRST in its division, having BEATEN your #9 team and #18 team, is ranked #26. Go figure.

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