PFT’s Week Three power rankings

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1. Patriots (2-0; last week No. 1): It’s 2007 all over again; the Patriots have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 76-3. (It’s 89-6 if the Super Bowl gets thrown in, too.)

2. Chiefs (2-0; No. 2): Their offense is so good that they only needed to use it for one quarter.

3. Cowboys (2-0; No. 4): Dak Prescott is playing his way into a contract worth even more than Russell Wilson‘s.

4. Rams (2-0; No. 5): It may not be sustainable, but 2-0 is still 2-0.

5. Seahawks (2-0; No. 6): Russell Wilson continues to be underappreciated.

6. Eagles (1-1; No. 3): Good news — Carson Wentz is still healthy. Bad news — among his teammates, he’s in the minority.

7. Packers (2-0; No. 9): The “score a quick 21 and hang on for three-and-a-half quarters” plan isn’t ideal.

8. Ravens (2-0; No. 11): The last quarterback taken in round one of the 2018 draft could end up being the best.

9. Saints (1-1; No. 7): With Sean Payton drawing up the plays, the Saints will be better than expected without Drew Brees.

10. Vikings (1-1; No. 8): The defense is good enough. The running game is good enough. The receivers are good enough. The offensive line is good enough. The special teams are good enough. The coaching is good enough.

11. Chargers (1-1; No. 10): They lost a regular-season game played outside of L.A. for the first time since December 16, 2017.

12. Bears (1-1; No. 13): The city known for rigged elections won a game that surely seemed that way to Broncos fans.

13. Colts (1-1; No. 15): Great leadership overcomes bad kicking, apparently.

14. Titans (1-1; No. 12): That pyrotechnics mishap was a harbinger of doom.

15. Browns (1-1; No. 16): They still have flaws, but we got glimpses on Monday night of what they can become.

16. Bills (2-0; No. 18): They still don’t have an NFL championship, but by beating the Giants and Jets at MetLife Stadium, the Bills officially have taken home the Snoopy Trophy.

17. 49ers (2-0; No. 20): Kyle Shanahan will get plenty coach of the year votes, if he can keep this going.

18. Steelers (0-2; No. 14): Whoever thinks the Steelers are done should look at what they did in 1989.

19. Falcons (1-1; No. 24): Julio Jones earned a big chunk of that $66 million in one play on Sunday night.

20. Texans (1-1; No. 21): If CBS had placed a higher priority on that game, there would have been a camera angle that would have caused them to lose.

21. Jaguars (0-2; No. 17): If CBS had placed a higher priority on that game, there would have been a camera angle that would have caused them to win.

22. Lions (1-0-1; No. 27): Second place in the NFC North through two games is a lot better than anyone expected.

23. Raiders (1-1; No. 22): For their last game ever on a dirt infield, the Raiders left behind something significantly browner.

24. Broncos (0-2; No. 25): The Broncos are 0-2 for the first time since 1999, and they shouldn’t be.

25. Buccaneers (1-1; No. 29): In perhaps the biggest game of his career, Jameis Winston unexpectedly delivered.

26. Bengals (0-2; No. 23): 15,000 no shows for the home opener means that, by December, there may be fewer than 15,000 in the stands.

27. Panthers (0-2; No. 19): If Cam Newton isn’t injured, then the only explanation is that he’s not very good.

28. Cardinals (0-1-1; No. 28): So far, so good for Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury — record notwithstanding.

29. Jets (0-2; No. 26): If you think 0-2 looks bad, look at the upcoming schedule and apply common sense.

30. Washington (0-2; No. 30): Dysfunctional team keeps doing dysfunctional things.

31. Giants (0-2; No. 31): The Daniel Jones era begins, only two weeks too late.

32. Dolphins (0-2; No. 32): If they were actual dolphins, they’d be deliberately swimming right into the tuna nets.

149 responses to “PFT’s Week Three power rankings

  1. “10. Vikings (1-1; No. 8): The defense is good enough. The running game is good enough. The receivers are good enough. The offensive line is good enough. The special teams are good enough. The coaching is good enough.”

    Hmmm. Can’t figure out what they are missing. Could it that Cousins doesn’t have the clutch gene?

  2. I can tell it hurts Florio to write something good about the Rams. But it’s fine, we’re used to it by now.

    And that Saints explanation is wishful thinking at best. They’ll be lucky to win 2 games without Brees.

  3. Two worst teams in NFC are in same division, same with AFC – with bonus being in same division as Superbowl champs. Fate is cruel.

    That also means we get to see NFL’s take on Bumfights two times this year, for each conference.

  4. Pittsburgh, at 0-2, and after losing their starting HOF QB for the season, is still #18? I don’t usually pay much attention, but I’m not buying that right now.

  5. 10. Vikings (1-1; No. 8): The defense is good enough. The running game is good enough. The receivers are good enough. The offensive line is good enough. The special teams are good enough. The coaching is good enough.

    +++++++++

    This is so fitting, because it seems that being “good enough” is their motto.
    When teams accept mediocrity, third place in the division is their reward.

  6. 10. Vikings (1-1; No. 8): The defense is good enough. The running game is good enough. The receivers are good enough. The offensive line is good enough. The special teams are good enough. The coaching is good enough.
    ____________

    Well, let’s be honest here, not good enough to beat the Packers though!

  7. Keep sleeping on the Lions. Bears tied for last place in NFCN and will stay there for the rest of the year.

  8. Clearly there are way more problems for the Vikings than just the QB. They allowed 21 points in 16 minutes. Just because the Packers are still learning the offense doesn’t mean that the Vikings are good. lol

  9. Beating a bad team with a third-string QB in a Monday night snoozer raises the 1-1 Browns a spot, still ahead of the 2-0 Bills, presumably based on the possibility of what the Browns “might be”.

    I think that’s actually based on an overestimation of what the Browns “might be” before the regular season began.

  10. The Colts are still so overrated… They’re fortunate enough to play in a division where the other three teams shoot themselves in the foot over and over. And even then, they haven’t accomplished much except for being so BAD that they were able to draft Manning and Luck… But the media treats them like they’re a juggernaut every year.

    Great leadership? They are a total clown show led by a drunk. They won because of all the many, many mistakes by the Titans. The Colts lost the turnover battle AND they had more penalties. The team they lost to in Week 1 just lost to the Lions.

  11. 18. Steelers (0-2; No. 14): Whoever thinks the Steelers are done should look at what they did in 1989.
    ———————–
    Uh! Mike…that was 40 years ago

  12. After the Pats and the Chiefs you might as well just draw names out of a hat! There’s your real SuperBowl Match Up.

  13. I’ll bet the voice in Florio’s head when he wrote this column sounds like Paul Lynde from the Hollywood Squares.

  14. inozwetrust says:
    September 17, 2019 at 11:55 am
    18. Steelers (0-2; No. 14): Whoever thinks the Steelers are done should look at what they did in 1989.
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    Uh! Mike…that was 40 years ago

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I appear to have lost ten years; anything good happen?

  15. Boats N’ Hoes (A Vikings love song) says:
    September 17, 2019 at 11:45 am

    10. Vikings (1-1; No. 8): The defense is good enough. The running game is good enough. The receivers are good enough. The offensive line is good enough. The special teams are good enough. The coaching is good enough.

    +++++++++

    This is so fitting, because it seems that being “good enough” is their motto.
    When teams accept mediocrity, third place in the division is their reward.
    ____________________________

    Funny coming from a Packers fan whose defense couldn’t stop the run and was just “good enough” to hang onto a win after getting shut out in the second half……lmao

  16. inozwetrust says:
    September 17, 2019 at 11:55 am
    18. Steelers (0-2; No. 14): Whoever thinks the Steelers are done should look at what they did in 1989.
    ———————–
    Uh! Mike…that was 40 years ago
    ——————
    oops – 30 years – never was good at math – that’s why I’m a CPA 🙂

  17. inozwetrust says:

    September 17, 2019 at 11:55 am

    18. Steelers (0-2; No. 14): Whoever thinks the Steelers are done should look at what they did in 1989.
    ———————–
    Uh! Mike…that was 40 years ago

    It was?? Are all Baltimore fans this smart?

  18. Uh! Mike…that was 40 years ago

    Before most of the kids on here were born you mean.History and respect are lost concepts along with adherence to rules for the current generations….its a shame….and you can walk on my lawn.

  19. inozwetrust says:
    September 17, 2019 at 11:55 am
    18. Steelers (0-2; No. 14): Whoever thinks the Steelers are done should look at what they did in 1989.
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    Uh! Mike…that was 40 years ago

    14 3 Rate This

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    Yeah, pre cap. Also, I am not sure why he’s selecting 1989. I remember Merrill Hoge doing well, but their WRs were guys like Louis Lipps. I mean, talk about a desperation reference.

    What Pitt needs to do is get a new coach and GM. The proof is in the pudding. Throwing a 1st for a middling Safety like Fitzpatrick is one of many mistakes on D by Colbert and a supposed defensive coach like Tomlin.

  20. 26. Bengals (0-2; No. 23): 15,000 no shows for the home opener means that, by December, there may be fewer than 15,000 in the stands.
    _________________________

    That wasn’t the ONLY game where there were a ton of empty seats and they were no where near the most empty seats(Miami)! The NFL has a very serious attendance problem even if they won’t admit it.

  21. The Packers defense has allowed 9.5 points per game.

    The Vikings defense has allowed 16.5 points per game.

    Which is better?

    I’ll wait.

    (Fun fact: If the Vikings had been called for the clear holding on the 75 yard TD run, they would have had fewer rushing yards than the Packers.)

  22. The dude making this list gives way to. Much credit to over rated Sean Peyton . Saints won’t win many until Brees comes back. Until then Peyton will have to keep blaming refs .

  23. Someone had to keep his precious little Vikings in the Top 10.🙄

    CBS Sports and ESPN have more accurate week 3 power rankings so everyone should go check those out if they want a more accurate rankings without tons of bias.👍

  24. I know it’s early but it looks like it’s a far drop from the 1st place Patriots and everyone else. “In real life the villains can win!” – The Last Action hero. I’m not sure if that quote is 100% word for word but you get the gist.

  25. 23. Raiders (1-1; No. 22): For their last game ever on a dirt infield, the Raiders left behind something significantly browner.

    ————————————-

    The Raiders out played the Kansas City for 3 out of 4 quarters. Completely shut out KC in the 2nd half. See how many other teams can do that this year…

  26. “That wasn’t the ONLY game where there were a ton of empty seats and they were no where near the most empty seats(Miami)! The NFL has a very serious attendance problem even if they won’t admit it”

    And most of the fans in Miami were wearing Pats gear and the cheers for the Pats far louder than the Fins. Worst home field “advantage” in the league

  27. Packers (2-0; No. 9): The city known for rigged games won a game that surely seemed that way to Vikings fans.
    ——-
    Water is wet, the sky is blue, and Vikings fans blame refs. Happens every time they lose to the Pack. Never heard a peep last year when the refs saved them from defeat with that interception negating personal foul, but lord they whine like babies when it goes the other way.

  28. 10. Vikings (1-1; No. 8): The defense is good enough. The running game is good enough. The receivers are good enough. The offensive line is good enough. The special teams are good enough. The coaching is good enough.
    ————————————-

    Sometimes ‘good enough’…just isn’t

  29. When teams accept mediocrity, third place in the division is their reward.
    ———–
    Which is exactly where the Packers ended the last two seasons, and will make it there again by season’s end….

  30. What Pitt needs to do is get a new coach and GM. The proof is in the pudding. Throwing a 1st for a middling Safety like Fitzpatrick is one of many mistakes on D by Colbert and a supposed defensive coach like Tomlin.

    Remember folks this clown said the Pats would neve get AB…..so you can see he is a troll who likes to post a lot hoping to impress by the shear frequency of his babble. Look at Tomlins record…..only Grumpy Old Cheating Bills is better over the last 12 years….Facts get in the way at times Ty

  31. Liberalsruineverything says:
    September 17, 2019 at 11:48 am
    7. Packers (2-0; No. 9): The city known for rigged games won a game that surely seemed that way to Vikings fans.
    ————————
    Fixed that one for ya.
    ————–
    Still crying???

  32. Funny coming from a Packers fan whose defense couldn’t stop the run and was just “good enough” to hang onto a win after getting shut out in the second half……lmao
    —–
    The Vikings losing is funny? Not like your team came back and won, so I don’t see what is amusing, but you hold onto that if it helps…we will take the W.

    Fyi, your defense didn’t do much run stopping either in case you missed it.

  33. irish jim mcgillicuty says:
    September 17, 2019 at 12:22 pm
    My team is too low and every other team is too high

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    You forgot the entire rambling, nonsensical first part. Your post should have said: “_____ beat _____, _______ beat _______ and ________ tied _________. Ergo, my team is too low and every other team is too high.”

    Let’s try to do better, okay?

  34. When this first came out, I was like “MY JAGUARS ARE TOO LOW!”

    Now……you have them way too high!

    What a difference 2 weeks makes. Can I trade my team?

  35. I wonder if Mayfield completing 54% of his passes against a lifeless Jets defense is what you call “a glimpse of what they can become”. Makes perfect sense that after getting destroyed by the Titans and other than OBJ looking pretty ordinary against the Jets, they should be ranked higher than the 2-0 Bills (both road wins). Yikes

  36. Yikes. That the Jets can make it as high as #29 on that list is an indictment on the quality of teams in the league.

  37. Which is exactly where the Packers ended the last two seasons, and will make it there again by season’s end…
    —–
    You predicted a massive Viking victory this weekend, how’d that turn out? Maybe you should retire from the soothsaying biz…

  38. Boats N’ Hoes (A Vikings love song) says:
    September 17, 2019 at 11:45 am
    10. Vikings (1-1; No. 8): The defense is good enough. The running game is good enough. The receivers are good enough. The offensive line is good enough. The special teams are good enough. The coaching is good enough.

    +++++++++

    This is so fitting, because it seems that being “good enough” is their motto.
    When teams accept mediocrity, third place in the division is their reward

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@

    If you think your screen name is making fun of the Vikings I like it. Nothing better than to float around lake Minnetonka in your boat with your hoes. The write up on the Vikings is fitting. Cousins has to figure this out. I’m in favor of benching him a game to get this through his thick skull. Boats N Hoes, I like it.

  39. Liberalsruineverything says:
    September 17, 2019 at 11:48 am
    7. Packers (2-0; No. 9): The city known for rigged games won a game that surely seemed that way to Vikings fans.
    ————————

    Fixed that one for ya.
    ——
    Sorry. You are wrong. I’m a die hard Vikings fan and usually try to be a realist.
    If you add back the points taken away it’s still GB 21 and MN 20.

    Cousins lost the game. Plain and simple.

  40. tokyosandblaster says:
    September 17, 2019 at 12:14 pm
    The Packers defense has allowed 9.5 points per game.

    The Vikings defense has allowed 16.5 points per game.

    Which is better?

    I’ll wait.

    (Fun fact: If the Vikings had been called for the clear holding on the 75 yard TD run, they would have had fewer rushing yards than the Packers.)
    ——
    What’s this? A packer fan whining about the refs???

    (Fun fact: If the Packers were ever called for clear holding on most pass plays, they would have fewer wins over the last decade than the Lions.)
    Enjoy !!

  41. there’s just no point in even watching the vikings anymore until they get that young QB they desperately need. sure, they can win some games with Cousins, but they won’t win the ones’ that mean anything. it took a miracle to win a meaningful game, and that is the only meaningful game they’ve won since Favre destroyed the cowboys in the playoffs 10 years ago.

    There is no hope for the Minnesota Vikings, or any team that lacks the elite or young potential elite QB. None.

    Vikings fans may finally understand this. Sadly, they still have Rick Spielman as their GM, and I promise you, he will once again fill in another unproven veteran QB after Cousins is gone next year. -that’s assuming he isn’t fired.

  42. The Pack eeks out a victory at home against the Vikes, the cheesers above remain obsessed with Minnesota two days later, yet they repeatedly say the Vike/Pack game is the Super Bowl for Vikings fans. Yeah, right. What’s the word — relax.

  43. screamingyellowzonkers says:

    What’s this? A packer fan whining about the refs???
    (Fun fact: If the Packers were ever called for clear holding on most pass plays, they would have fewer wins over the last decade than the Lions.)
    Enjoy !!

    ——–

    Lol. Ok, jr. No complaints about the refs. Just pointing out facts. here’s another:

    If the Vikings got called for holding on defense and offensive pass interference every time they did it, they’d be 0-80 the last five seasons, and they’d be moving to another state that has real fans.

  44. screamingyellowzonkers says:

    What’s this? A packer fan whining about the refs???
    (Fun fact: If the Packers were ever called for clear holding on most pass plays, they would have fewer wins over the last decade than the Lions.)
    Enjoy !!

    —–

    No ref blaming, jr. lol. Just pointing out facts. Here’s the best one:

    If the Vikings were called for every pass interference (offense and defense) they’ve committed, they’d be 0-80 over the last five years. They’d also be moving to a state that has real fans.

  45. harrisonhits2 says:
    September 17, 2019 at 12:22 pm
    “That wasn’t the ONLY game where there were a ton of empty seats and they were no where near the most empty seats(Miami)! The NFL has a very serious attendance problem even if they won’t admit it”

    And most of the fans in Miami were wearing Pats gear and the cheers for the Pats far louder than the Fins. Worst home field “advantage” in the league
    ——————————-
    Or the fact that the Patriots obtained a bunch of bandwagon fans over the years. That will fizzle out once Brady retires.

  46. Clearly there are way more problems for the Vikings than just the QB. They allowed 21 points in 16 minutes.

    The defense definitely started really slow but after that I’m pretty sure they pretty much stopped the Packers dead in their tracks and they only converted one 3rd down the rest of the game. Cousins completely choked and lost that game for the team and the entire time he looked like a confused scared pansy like it was his first football game ever. When the Vikings released sloter I almost couldn’t believe it, he looked like the only qb on the team that knew how to win and get the team to rally around him. As a Vikings fan I still think they could win the division but with Kirk we are not winning any big games that mean anything

  47. As a Seahawks fan I would prefer to stay around #7 through the first half of the year. I like to fly under the radar a bit, let people underestimate…but this year Russell is on fire already. Last week 29-35 for 300 yards and 3 TDs. DK Metcalf looking like a star already. Clowney getting more comfortable…the future is bright atm.

    I am a little uncomfortable at #5 with so young a team and so much work to do but I guess that’s a good thing for the future…Last year they were 0-2 at this time but still made the playoffs.

  48. “Russell Wilson continues to be underappreciated.”

    Only by the pundits, east coast media types, and low-information-fans. You can be sure the league fully respects him and Seattle appreciates him.

  49. Different New Lions says:
    September 17, 2019 at 11:37 am

    22. Lions (1-0-1; No. 27): Second place in the NFC North through two games is a lot better than anyone expected.

    Not me! But of course the team they beat is 11 spots higher. Because rankings?

    —————————————–

    They beat a team that was missing a lot of key pieces that still plays into a power ranking…

    However…

    How Pittsburgh and Jacksonville can be winless and be ranked ahead of the Lions considering the permanent and long term player losses by these teams (Big Ben and Foles/Jalen Ramsey) is really head scratching.

  50. terripet says:
    September 17, 2019 at 11:34 am
    Are there any good backup quarterbacks
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    There aren’t 32 good starting quarterbacks. So, no, there are no good backups.

  51. Wow… Seahawks 5th and SF 17th. Seahawks barely (BARELY) beat Cinci in Seattle and then barely (again, BARELY) beat a Ben-less and Connor-less Pittsburgh. Meanwhile Niners DESTROYED Cinci on their home field and also absolutely destroyed a fully healthy Tampa Bay team. I get that a healthy Pittsburgh would be better than TB, but I would not say their is a giant gap between TB and Pitt with both backup QB and backup RB playing. Not sure how that discrepancy is so wide. Most of all, I am mad at myself for caring about the rankings in the first place, that is why we play the games. But you guys need your heads examined if you think they are that far apart.

  52. tokyosandblaster says:
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    No ref blaming, jr. lol. Just pointing out facts. Here’s the best one:

    If the Vikings were called for every pass interference (offense and defense) they’ve committed, they’d be 0-80 over the last five years. They’d also be moving to a state that has real fans.
    __________

    Wow, isn’t this just ripe! Dude, if the refs called PI the way they’re supposed to, your precious little HOF QB Rodgers wouldn’t have any Super Bowl wins. The league, literally, changed the rules after that year because Packer DBs held WRs on every pass play throughout that playoff run, after backing into the playoffs.

    Packers beat Vikings for only the second time in the last 8 games, and Packer fans are down right giddy!

  53. streetyson says:
    September 17, 2019 at 12:23 pm
    With his 124.8 rating and 9.5 ypa so far – I’m quite enjoying this post-cliffed Brady season
    ————-
    Did you really just create averages from two samples? Your statistics professor is rolling over in his grave.

  54. tokyosandblaster says:
    September 17, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    The Packers defense has allowed 9.5 points per game.

    The Vikings defense has allowed 16.5 points per game.

    Which is better?

    I’ll wait.

    (Fun fact: If the Vikings had been called for the clear holding on the 75 yard TD run, they would have had fewer rushing yards than the Packers.)
    ___________________________________________________________________

    Small sample size of just two games. But of course The Packers faced Chicago and that juggernaut of an offense they have led by MVP Candidate Mitch Trubisky.The Falcons have more weapons and a much better ball club than Da Bears, calm down Cheeser there’s still 14 games to play.

  55. 20. Texans (1-1; No. 21): If CBS had placed a higher priority on that game, there would have been a camera angle that would have caused them to lose.
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________

    Well that’s just not true. A camera angle isn’t going to help Fournette break the plane of the goal line, which he didn’t.

  56. That $12 mil Brian Hoyer deal is looking pretty smart right now based on how starting QBs have been playing or getting hurt.

  57. terripet says:
    September 17, 2019 at 11:34 am
    Are there any good backup quarterbacks
    ———————————————-

    There aren’t 32 good starting quarterbacks. So, no, there are no good backups.

    ————-
    Brian Hoyer – Colts

  58. “The city known for rigged games won a game that surely seemed that way to Vikings fans.”

    I suppose the NFL rigged it for Spielman to grab a FA QB known for 4th quarter heart-breaking interceptions and pay him a king’s ransom of guaranteed money. Only to watch him throw a beauty of a floating pick in crunch time once again. Particularly when the Packers D was gassed and the Vikings run game was working on that drive.

  59. jackedupboonie says:
    September 17, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    50 comments on here so far and not one crying Clara fan yet……..wow. That’s a first

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    And yet here you are complaining about someone apparently not complaining. Also no one in the universe has picked up your “Clara” jab yet you sad pathetic loser.

    As for the rankings, Browns and Colts over the Niners? This list is now invalid.

  60. Bob. Just Bob. says:
    September 17, 2019 at 1:25 pm
    “Russell Wilson continues to be underappreciated.”

    Only by the pundits, east coast media types, and low-information-fans. You can be sure the league fully respects him and Seattle appreciates him.

    —————————————————————

    not to mention he’s the highest paid in the league

  61. Liberalsruineverything says:
    September 17, 2019 at 11:48 am
    Fixed that one for ya.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    No. As usual, you fixed it for YOU! Hoping, wishing, and praying can’t change reality. Sorry.

  62. 10. Vikings (1-1; No. 8): The defense is good enough. The running game is good enough. The receivers are good enough. The offensive line is good enough. The special teams are good enough. The coaching is good enough.
    _________

    Oh, I get it. Yep, the tight ends are going to have to step it up.

  63. 7. Packers (2-0; No. 9): The “score a quick 21 and hang on for three-and-a-half quarters” plan isn’t ideal.
    _________

    Actually, it’s perfect if you’re playing against Kirk Cousins.

  64. rogergoodellmyhero says:
    September 17, 2019 at 1:07 pm
    ——————————-
    Or the fact that the Patriots obtained a bunch of bandwagon fans over the years. That will fizzle out once Brady retires.
    ———————-

    For, roughly, the 999,999,999,999th time, the Patriots have sold out every home game since 1994; years before Bill Belichick became the Head Coach, and/or Tom Brady was drafted by the Patriots, and was 4th string his first year.

    Some bandwagon for the many of you who are, apparently, date, time, and math challenged.

  65. Tokyo I like reading you’re comments they make me laugh. But you can’t make fun of a defense that gives up 21 points in the first 16 minute of the home team season opener and then get shutout the other 44 minutes. Like I said you make me laugh.

  66. If you asked Bears fans who they have more confidence in right now–their kicker or their QB–9 out of 10 (at least) would say kicker. That’s not good.

  67. sigbouncer says:
    September 17, 2019 at 12:20 pm
    23. Raiders (1-1; No. 22): For their last game ever on a dirt infield, the Raiders left behind something significantly browner.

    ————————————-

    The Raiders out played the Kansas City for 3 out of 4 quarters. Completely shut out KC in the 2nd half. See how many other teams can do that this year…
    —————————–
    You can’t be serious. Andy shut down the Chiefs offense after they got up by three scores. Coincidentally, your Raiders got outplayed for 3 out of 4 quarters and were completely shut out in the 2nd half. But then many teams will do that this year.

  68. BraceForImpact says:
    September 17, 2019 at 1:53 pm
    jackedupboonie says:
    September 17, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    50 comments on here so far and not one crying Clara fan yet……..wow. That’s a first

    ———————————————————————–

    And yet here you are complaining about someone apparently not complaining. Also no one in the universe has picked up your “Clara” jab yet you sad pathetic loser.

    As for the rankings, Browns and Colts over the Niners? This list is now invalid.
    ……………………………………..
    And we have a winner!!

  69. Wafflestomp says:
    September 17, 2019 at 11:45 am

    10. Vikings (1-1; No. 8): The defense is good enough. The running game is good enough. The receivers are good enough. The offensive line is good enough. The special teams are good enough. The coaching is good enough.
    ____________

    Well, let’s be honest here, not good enough to beat the Packers though!
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    I see you completely missed the point, which is not surprising. Let me explain it to you. Kirk Cousins had a QBR of 8.2 in that game. He threw interceptions into double and triple coverage. He missed wide open receivers. He fumbled two plays in a row. And yet the Vikings had first and goal on the 8-yard line with five minutes left with a chance to take the lead. If they had literally any other starting quarterback the league on Sunday (and some backups), they would have won. So yes, the rest of the team was good enough to beat the Packers. It was the quarterback’s fault that they didn’t.

  70. Wow… Seahawks 5th and SF 17th. Seahawks barely (BARELY) beat Cinci in Seattle and then barely (again, BARELY) beat a Ben-less and Connor-less Pittsburgh. Meanwhile Niners DESTROYED Cinci on their home field and also absolutely destroyed a fully healthy Tampa Bay team.
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    There we go…man it’s good to see some of you Niner fans finally making it back after being so down for so long. It’s cute that you are still trying to compare yourselves to the Seahawks. The niners are going to have to win a division championship or two to get back up to that level. The Rams stepped it up in your absence. Your team is #3 now…got some climbing to do.

    I am glad the niners might be back to respectability though, I always thought iron sharpens iron…except for the Patriots.

  71. tokyosandblaster says:
    September 17, 2019 at 11:52 am

    Clearly there are way more problems for the Vikings than just the QB. They allowed 21 points in 16 minutes. Just because the Packers are still learning the offense doesn’t mean that the Vikings are good. lol
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    How long are you going to use that “still learning the offense” excuse? They seemed to know the offense quite well in the first quarter. It only took Mike Zimmer 16 minutes to learn the Packers’ offense; you would think after an entire offseason and training camp the Packers would know it by now.

    By the way, the Vikings have a new offense this year, too. You don’t see a single Viking fan saying Kirk Cousins still needs to learn the offense. No delusions on this side of the river.

  72. Why are the Eagles still at 6 and the Falcons down at 19? It would be great if they could play each other and see who would win… And you’ve got the Falcons below the 0-2 Steelers? WTF?

    And how can you still have the Saints in the top 10?

  73. purpleguy says:
    The Pack eeks out a victory at home against the Vikes, the cheesers above remain obsessed with Minnesota two days later, yet they repeatedly say the Vike/Pack game is the Super Bowl for Vikings fans.
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    Says the guy who spent the last two years counting the number of days since the Packers have beaten his Vikings (now down to 2). Talk about making a Packers-Vikings game your team’s Super Bowl (understandable, since it hasn’t ever won a real one).
    Hypocrite much?

  74. tokyosandblaster says:
    September 17, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    The Packers defense has allowed 9.5 points per game.

    The Vikings defense has allowed 16.5 points per game.

    Which is better?

    I’ll wait.

    (Fun fact: If the Vikings had been called for the clear holding on the 75 yard TD run, they would have had fewer rushing yards than the Packers.)
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    Well, I guess you’d have to say the Packer defense is better based on those stats, unless you know better than to generalize from a sample to a population based on N = 2.

    The Packers have faced Mitch Trubisky and Kirk Cousins. The Vikings have faced Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers. Does that have any effect on how you judge a defense?

    Lack of football knowledge and blaming the refs. That’s why you’re the perfect Packer fan.

  75. What the Steelers did in 1989 was impressive but that team was coached by Chuck Noll. Mike Tomlin ain’t no Chuck Noll.

  76. 1) Tired of the 2007 references. They played a very bad Giants team and…well I am not even sure the Dolphins should be in the NFL
    2)Not buying Cowboys over the Rams. Because again…they played Washington. And again…the Giants.
    3) Please note #30, #31 and #32.

    Let’s slow the roll

  77. “20. Texans (1-1; No. 21): If CBS had placed a higher priority on that game, there would have been a camera angle that would have caused them to lose.”

    Nope. If that was the case, they would never have converted on 4th earlier in the series and the Texans just run out the clock.

  78. Packers (2-0; No. 9): The “score a quick 21 and hang on for three-and-a-half quarters” plan isn’t ideal.

    Your (and MDS’s for that matter) Vikings pick OVER the Packers last week was likewise…not ideal.

  79. Haha. Rob disappears after the packers game and his first comments are on an article about how the stupid, ugly, dummyhead refs took away their victory, and then has the audacity to claim that I blame the refs.

    I’m just in another league, son. Just like the Packers are in another league than your pathetic Vikings.

    6 decades of excuses.

  80. tokyosandblaster says:
    September 17, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Haha. Rob disappears after the packers game and his first comments are on an article about how the stupid, ugly, dummyhead refs took away their victory, and then has the audacity to claim that I blame the refs.

    I’m just in another league, son. Just like the Packers are in another league than your pathetic Vikings.

    6 decades of excuses.}
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    Wow Cheezer musta hit a nerve that boy did.

  81. the Jets 0-2 feels worse than the Dolphins tbh.

    I mean they signed high priced free agents (Bell, Mosely, Osemele) and hired Gase, who was available because he didn’t want to be part of a rebuild in Miami … how’s all that working out after the 0-2 start?

  82. 1. Patriots (2-0; last week No. 1): It’s 2007 all over again; the Patriots have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 76-3. (It’s 89-6 if the Super Bowl gets thrown in, too.)

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    The problem with the Patriots right now, which is still pretty minor, is Stephen Gostkowski. He hasn’t been the same kicker since the 2015 season. He missed three separate field goals or extra points against the Falcons, Eagles, and Rams combined in those super bowl games. Then, proceeded to miss a few more throughout the 2018 regular season and in Sunday’s blowout against the Dolphins. Aside from that, keeping Brady’s offensive line healthy and most effective is the key.

  83. Browns, Bears, Eagles are all way too high and living off hype and reputations here. I’m an Eagles fan and it’s obvious that they’re in trouble. They have good enough coaching to turn it around, but right now they’re kind of a mess. The Bears have one of the worst QBs in the NFL; not even the best of defenses can constantly bail out such a bad offense. And the Browns are who we thought they were; crown them if you want but they’re just ok, and ‘just ok is not ok.’

  84. Avenging Cowboy says:

    September 17, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Cowboys finally getting the respect they deserve.

    Cowboys beat the Giants and the Redskins. Up next, Miami….. I am not saying they didn’t look good but lets put it in perspective.

  85. tokyosandblaster says:
    September 17, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Haha. Rob disappears after the packers game and his first comments are on an article about how the stupid, ugly, dummyhead refs took away their victory, and then has the audacity to claim that I blame the refs.

    I’m just in another league, son. Just like the Packers are in another league than your pathetic Vikings.

    6 decades of excuses.
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    Disappears? I’ve been here the whole time. I guess you missed my comments saying the loss was 100% the fault of Kirk Cousins. That doesn’t leave much room for officiating.

    Do you understand that commenting on an article in which Mike Zimmer disagreed with a call is not the same as blaming the refs for a loss? If it were, you would be blaming the refs too because you commented plenty on that one.

  86. LOL – “Patriots bandwagon fans” – you know, the term bandwagon refers to a “current trend”. The New England Patriots have been successful for 20+ years. That’s a generation! There are post-college kids that have only known the Pats as winners since they could watch TV. So, to the haters, we are WAY PAST the “bandwagon” phase. 11 Super Bowl appearances, 6 wins, played in 4 of the last five Super Bowls. Want to talk bandwagons? Let’s talk about new Kansas City Chiefs fans…

  87. When they talked about parity, I’m not sure they meant “a handful of good teams and everyone else hopelessly sucks”. But that’s how this year is shaping up.

  88. This is where you find the arrogance of Vikings fans. It couldn’t be the Packers pressuring Cousins on 67% of his dropbacks that caused missed throws. Nope. According to Vikings fans, there was never any pressure and Cousins was just throwing into triple coverage because it was a day that ended in ‘Y’.

    Just grow up. Admit the Packers were the better team.

    You might just get a little respect.

  89. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    September 17, 2019 at 2:16 pm
    So yes, the rest of the team was good enough to beat the Packers. It was the quarterback’s fault that they didn’t.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Standing still, Cousins could throw the ball through a tire hanging from a tree seventy-five feet away, ten times in a row.

    Do you think maybe he was receiving heavy pressure he was unaccustomed to?

  90. My own, more objective power ranking for week 3

    1. Patriots 2. Rams 3. Chiefs 4. Packers 5. 49ers 6. Cowboys 7. Ravens 8. Texans 9. SeaDorks 10. Saints 11. Chargers 12. Vikings 13. Eagles 14. Browns 15. Titans 16. Bears 17. Bills 18. Lions 19. Falcons 20. Raiders 21. Colts 22. Bucs 23. Cardinals 24. Steelers
    25. Panthers 26. Bengals 27. Broncos 28. Jaguars 29. Redskins 30. Jets 31. Giants 32. Dolphins

    Seattle and Frisco both played Cincy. The SeaDorks barely squeaked by with a 1 point win, and the 49ers destroyed the Bangles. It is only fair to rank the 49ers ahead of the SeaDorks. The SeaDorks have 2 wins against two 0-2 teams the 49ers won against the 1-1 Tampa Bay Bucs. Strength of schedule and point differential would put the 9ers ahead of the SeaDorks in the NFC West in case of a tiebreaker.

  91. californianewton says:
    September 17, 2019 at 6:14 pm
    My own, more objective power ranking for week 3

    1. Patriots 2. Rams 3. Chiefs 4. Packers 5. 49ers 6. Cowboys 7. Ravens 8. Texans 9. SeaDorks 10. Saints 11. Chargers 12. Vikings 13. Eagles 14. Browns 15. Titans 16. Bears 17. Bills 18. Lions 19. Falcons 20. Raiders 21. Colts 22. Bucs 23. Cardinals 24. Steelers
    25. Panthers 26. Bengals 27. Broncos 28. Jaguars 29. Redskins 30. Jets 31. Giants 32. Dolphins

    Seattle and Frisco both played Cincy. The SeaDorks barely squeaked by with a 1 point win, and the 49ers destroyed the Bangles. It is only fair to rank the 49ers ahead of the SeaDorks. The SeaDorks have 2 wins against two 0-2 teams the 49ers won against the 1-1 Tampa Bay Bucs. Strength of schedule and point differential would put the 9ers ahead of the SeaDorks in the NFC West in case of a tiebreaker.
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    Baby steps young Clara grasshoppers. Aren’t you guys still hung over from finally beating Seattle in a regular season game after like 5-6 years? Counting points would have been below you 25 years ago but now I guess all ya got is to complain/argue about a week 3 power ranking. It’s nice to see 9er fans out and about around here…….because we all know by week 8 your home under the rocks will be remodeled and ready for the annual crawl back under!

  92. Cowboys number 3? Who have they played? The juggernaut Giants and Redskins and this week they play the Dolphins. Can’t wait for them to actually play a real team.

  93. ariani1985 says:
    September 17, 2019 at 12:02 pm
    With the traditionally horrific packer defense they would lose on 12-32..

    But that same team beat your vaunted defense 21-16.

  94. If Frisco had lost to Steelers because of those ugly turnoevers, and if Seattle had won like they were supposed to because Drew Brees was injured, then this particular Power Ranking would have been vindicated. But now it looks silly to have ranked Frisco so low and Seattle so high. Frisco had beaten 1-1 Tampa Bay and destroyed the Bangles in Cincy. Seattle won by 1 point against Cincy in Seattle and barely beat Pittsburgh. Frisco deserves more respect after going 3-0. Seattle should be rated below the Vikings, Detroit, and of course Frisco. Seattle is likely to finish third in the AFC West when he season is over.

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