PFT’s Week Three power rankings

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1. Chiefs (previously No. 1; 2-0): Maybe the Chiefs should just spot every team a double-digit lead.

2. Ravens (No. 2; 2-0): They’re two wins short of 16 straight regular-season victories. The Chiefs stand in the way of No. 15.

3. Seahawks (No. 3; 2-0): At this rate, Russell Wilson won’t just get his first MVP vote. He’ll get his first 50.

4. Patriots (No. 4; 1-1): If Cam stays healthy, they won’t lose many more than the one they lost this week.

5. Bills (No. 7; 2-0): The Bills finally have found their next Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas, in the same guy.

6. Packers (No. 9; 2-0): They’re better than they were last year. Imagine how much better they’d be if they’d used their first-round pick on a receiver.

7. Titans (No. 8; 2-0): Eventually, they’ll be winning games by more than two or three points.

8. Saints (No. 5; 1-1): They need Michael Thomas back, quickly.

9. Buccaneers (No. 9; 1-1): Tom Brady has struggled in Denver, but he’s never faced Jeff Driskel there.

10. Steelers (No. 11; 2-0): We’ll see what this team is made of when they face Baltimore for the first time.

11. Cardinals (No. 12; 2-0): The Cardinals could be undefeated when a national audience finally gets a chance to fully appreciate Kyler Murray and company on a Monday night in Dallas.

12. Rams (No. 13; 2-0): They’re handling teams from the NFC East; what will they do against the teams of the NFC West?

13. 49ers (No. 6; 1-1): Losing Nick Bosa makes the defensive ordinary. The offense isn’t sufficiently extraordinary to make up for it.

14. Raiders (No. 20; 2-0): The Death Roomba sucked the life out of the Saints.

15. Cowboys (No. 14; 1-1): Plenty of Cowboys fans already are longing for Jason Garrett.

16. Bears (No. 21; 2-0): September victories are money in the bank, and they build confidence for the battles to come.

17. Chargers (No. 18; 1-1): They’ll go higher when they fully embrace the fact that Justin Herbert is the answer, both short-term and long-term.

18. Colts (No. 23; 1-1): If they make it look that easy every week, they’ll be a tough out in January.

19. Eagles (No. 15; 0-2): The sooner they think they’re in a “must” win situation, the sooner they’ll start winning.

20. Texans (No. 17; 0-2): Their hardest two games are out of the way. Now, they can figure out who they are.

21. Falcons (No. 19; 0-2): When the coach says the team knows the onside kick rules and the owner says it doesn’t, that’s not a good sign for the coach.

22. Broncos (No. 16; 0-2): Two close losses against significantly better teams are still two close losses.

23. Washington (No. 24; 1-1): They’re not the first nor the last to fall victim to the magic that is Kyler Murray.

24. Browns (No. 32; 1-1): Embrace the run, and the victories will come.

25. Jaguars (No. 28; 1-1): This team will make some noise if it can win the games it should.

26. Dolphins (No. 25; 0-2): The clock continues to flash Tua Time.

27. Bengals (No. 29; 0-2): Joe Burrow makes the Bengals the most exciting 0-2 team of all time.

28. Vikings (No. 22; 0-2): Some teams were prepared for the strangest season ever, some weren’t. One team doesn’t really seem to care that the season has started.

29. Jets (No. 26; 0-2): How lopsided would the game have been if the 49ers hadn’t been ravaged by injuries?

30. Lions (No. 27; 0-2): The “reset” button is already blinking.

31. Giants (No. 30; 0-2): No Saquon? No problem. Wait, I mean big problem.

32. Panthers (No. 31; 0-2): They’ve performed admirably, but that becomes a lot harder with the best running back in football not available for a month or so.

95 responses to “PFT’s Week Three power rankings

  1. 28. Vikings (No. 22; 0-2): Some teams were prepared for the strangest season ever, some weren’t. One team doesn’t really seem to care that the season has started.

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    There are 2 kinds of Vikings fans.
    1) rational, objective fans.
    2) see the world through purple sunglasses fans.

    This year is special because both groups agree, this team is a dumpster fire and none of us saw it coming..

  2. Impressed with the Bills, but they’ve beat the Jets and the Dolphins. Mikey struggling with the success of the Rams.

  3. Winner of next Monday night’s Ravens-Chiefs game is for sure the #1 overall in the league at the moment. Lot can change so early of course.

  4. What have the Patriots proved, who did they beat…Miami and they are 4th? They are not even the best team in their division. How are the Saints in the top 10 when their defense looked non existent against the Raiders? TB In the top 10, O that’s only cause of Brady and hes not even close to the same player.

  5. Is it time for Adam Theilen to call out Kirk Cousins publicly or is it a week early?

    I think several 0-2 teams will be ranked lower next week.

    Who is on the hot seat besides Patricia and Gase?

  6. Honestly as a Vikings fan, the only team I think is worse than us is the Jets. Unlike the Vikings, the Panthers, Giants and Lions have shown they can atleast be competitive in their games. This could be a long season.

  7. The continued homage that these rankings pay to the hoodie and Brady destroys any credibility these rankings could have had. Neither the Pats nor the Bucs belong in the top 10, and certainly not ahead of 2-0 teams who are obviously better.

  8. All four NFC West teams should be in the top 10. They are 7-1, the one loss being the 49ers to the Cardinals.

  9. I guess these rankings are alright, GB should probably be in the top 5 and the Lions belong at 32 until they can win more than 3 games in a season

  10. I was an early proponent of Josh Allen.I love what the Bills did in 2019 free agency signing a handful of moderately priced starters instead of one star. And the Diggs acquisition looked like reaching for the brass ring at just the right time.

    But until they play and beat someone besides the Jets and Dolphins, five is a little too high.

  11. 6. Packers (No. 9; 2-0): They’re better than they were last year. Imagine how much better they’d be if they’d used their first-round pick on a receiver.

    Like the Vikings improved with their first round pick receiver? Like that?

  12. 1. Swap the Packers and Patriots. Teams will figure out that Cam is all New England has.
    2. What more do the Jets have to do for them to be ranked 32? They are easily the worst team in the NFL.

  13. 26. Dolphins (No. 25; 0-2): The clock continues to flash Tua Time.

    As a Bills fan, that’s an unnecessary slight. Fitzpatrick had ZERO to do with the Dolphins losing last Sunday

    I also have to admit I’m strangely comfortable with the Pats being just a notch above Buffalo. They really held their own against the Seahawks and a quarterback who looks like an MVP lock so far

  14. Florio, give it up on the juvenile insistence that the Packers “needed to take a WR!”. Like you know better than the people and insiders within the organization about the state of their roster? Packers have always had ‘questionable’ drafts and are consistently better than 90% of the league year-in, year out.

  15. The Vikings can go 0-16 if they continue to hide during the National Anthem.

    28 is too high.

    The Packers have beat the Lions and Vikings. Those teams are 0 for the last 13? Yea, too high as well.

  16. There is only one kind of Packers fan.

    Tell everyone how much better they are during the regular season but suddenly go silent when they flame out, on the road, in the playoffs.

  17. LOL at all the crying over the Pats…as usual. Drop them down? They were a half yard short of beating the best team in the NFC on the road.

    Child, please.

  18. 10. Steelers (No. 11; 2-0): We’ll see what this team is made of when they face Baltimore for the first time.
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    We’ll see what this team is made of when they face a quarterback that isn’t Daniel Jones of Jeff Driskel. That will be this Sunday against the Texans and Deshaun Watson. Take the Texans and the 3.5.

  19. The Vikings are only about 4 weeks away from Zimmer having to scapegoat another assistant coach to take the heat off himself. Again.

    The smart money is on Papa Kubiak, his kid too.
    Zim will blame coaching nepotism as the reason for Cousins’ poor play even though he allowed the hire.
    Someone’s got to justify that resigning.

    Oh those silly Vikings, I actually love watching their lowlights with circus music playing in the background. Always so appropriate. 🤣

  20. Jets and Lions should be 32 and 31. The Panthers and the Giants have both played good football in spite of their losses. Meanwhile the Cessnas and the Kittens have both played uninspired ball and frankly both coaches will be gone before mid-season imo.

  21. So the Bengals are the most exciting 0-2 team of all time? Cowboys won the Superbowl in 93 after starting 0-2. Good luck!

  22. “Plenty of Cowboys fans already are longing for Jason Garrett.”

    Cowboys fans may not be too impressed with the newest coach, but that doesn’t mean that “plenty of Cowboys fans are longing for Jason Garrett.”

  23. Trust me. No one is longing to have Garrett back. The short, unconventional offseason is a tough break for the McCarthy regime. The defense is the concern.

  24. “Titans are waaaayyyy overrated. ”

    I don’t think so at all. Last week was a very tough game coming off of the week one Monday late game which was a very difficult game on the road against a extremely physical team. Check the history and see how many of the Monday late game week one road teams go on to win in week two. Not a Titans fan, just respect that barring injuries this easily is a top five team in 2020.

  25. tqaztec says:
    September 22, 2020 at 10:37 am
    There is only one kind of Packers fan.

    Tell everyone how much better they are during the regular season but suddenly go silent when they flame out, on the road, in the playoffs.
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    Right, you mean like how when they won three playoff games on the road and then won the Super Bowl? Did your team do that? I guess not.

  26. 6. Packers (No. 9; 2-0): They’re better than they were last year. Imagine how much better they’d be if they’d used their first-round pick on a receiver.
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    To be fair, I’m not sure whether that comment is serious or sarcastic.
    If it was serious, the Packers were 13-3 last year, and PFT claims they’re better this year. I read on this very site they’re just the fourth team ever with more than 80 points and 1,000 yards in two games.
    It doesn’t sound to me as though the offense could get a whole lot better with any rookie wide receiver. A middle linebacker over a QB, perhaps, but not a receiver.
    Perhaps the pertinent question isn’t why the Packers didn’t use a No. 1 on a wideout, but why a certain team that wears purple selected yet another cornerback in Round 1 instead of a decent offensive lineman? Of course, by decent I mean one with a pulse that doesn’t resemble a turnstile in a New York subway.
    If the above comment was sarcasm, then a big “never mind” to everything I just wrote.

  27. Chiefs need OT to beat the number 17 team on the list playing a rookie QB and they are still number 1? I don’t see it.

  28. “1. Chiefs (previously No. 1; 2-0): Maybe the Chiefs should just spot every team a double-digit lead.”

    If they would have done that for the Chargers in week two, they would have lost. If they do that next week against the Ravens they would definitely lose.

  29. It is refreshingly wonderful around here without have to read all those stupid comments by Vikings trolls about how Green Bay is heading nowhere fast, over-the-hill Rodgers punching his ticket out of town, they have no defense or wide receivers, etc. — you know the drill, and how the storied Vikings are Super Bowl bound.

  30. Somehow the Vikings will find a way to finish with the 2nd worst record so they have no shot at Lawrence. And they will once again refuse to address the OL even with the 2nd overall pick.

  31. legionofzoom says:
    September 22, 2020 at 9:51 am
    The continued homage that these rankings pay to the hoodie and Brady destroys any credibility these rankings could have had. Neither the Pats nor the Bucs belong in the top 10, and certainly not ahead of 2-0 teams who are obviously better.
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    Outside of just ranking the teams based on records and points scored or something what do you want them to do with the Pats? They started the year ranked #4 by this site, traveled to Seattle, battled with the MVP of the league so far in Wilson, were down two possessions yet had a chance to win on the 2 yard line.

  32. Kyler Murray isn’t that good. What would the story be if the refs didn’t hand him a free TD drive against the 49ers?

  33. No problem from me with the rankings here, other than the Niners at #13. That team still has a lot of talent, even without Bosa. I also think the Steelers defense makes them a tough out for anyone.
    One thing about the Packers not drafting a WR this past draft — the guy I wanted them to draft was D.K. Metcalf in last year’s draft. Imagine how much better they’d be with him and Adams on the field together!! Even at that, their WR group isn’t as bad as most people say it is. Allen Lazard is a good player and Valdes-Scantling is big and fast and can make plays, too. But where they are really more solid is at TE because not having Jimmy Graham is addition by subtraction.

  34. So far the Packers have played the 28th and 30th ranked teams. Let’s see how they play against a decent team this weekend in the Saints.

  35. Early power rankings are tough, so I’m not going quibble.

    However, I do have a comment on the idea that GB needed a rookie WR drafted, instead of the QB they picked. Perhaps GB drafting a QB was intended to do just what it appears to have accomplished? Give a young fellow a chance to learn and develop, while pushing the old, established QB to perform at top notch, peak performance levels, while still able.

  36. Patriots have played two terrible defenses and are getting overhyped. Can easily see them being 1-3 after the next two games against the raiders and Chiefs.

  37. bboyspaulrevere says:
    September 22, 2020 at 11:14 am
    tqaztec says:
    September 22, 2020 at 10:37 am
    There is only one kind of Packers fan.

    Tell everyone how much better they are during the regular season but suddenly go silent when they flame out, on the road, in the playoffs.
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    Right, you mean like how when they won three playoff games on the road and then won the Super Bowl? Did your team do that? I guess not.

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    That was 10 years ago. Let it go and live in the present.

  38. The Packers didn’t “beat” two bad teams. They absolutely destroyed both of them, including 3 quarters without their best wide receiver.

    They’re the best team in the NFC. The Seahawks barely beat the New England Cheaters.

  39. No that Brady is gone, there’s all of a sudden this Patriots love on power rankings. I don’t know why they get ranked so high, they beat the Dolphins and just lose to the Seahawks. Let them prove something first.

  40. MiaButtreeks says:
    September 22, 2020 at 12:01 pm
    Kyler Murray isn’t that good. What would the story be if the refs didn’t hand him a free TD drive against the 49ers?
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    Murray stomped the 49ers defense out and he did in SF in their own stadium rushing for 100YDs & 1TD while throwing for another 230 more passing yards and 1TD. If AZ’s kicker hadn’t of missed two chip shot FG’s the score would of been 30-20 Arizona, which is a blowout.

  41. NFC West flexing their muscles. 7-1 with the only loss being a NFC West division battle. With the extra playoff team this year there might just be 4 NFC west teams in the playoffs. Going to be a fun battle to see that division play out.

  42. AZ should be ranked inside the top 10 considering the defenses they’ve faced thus far. I mean the Saints couldn’t move the ball against an AVG Raiders defense & Bree’s has a passer rating of 69 through 2 games and they’r ranked 7th. AZ has faced two brutal pass rushing defenses beating a fully healthy SF Defense which is one of the leagues best fully healthy and then AZ’s offense embarrassed Washington’s defense which has an elite front 7 and arguably the leagues best pass rush with 5 first round picks up front on an absolutely stacked D-Line. AZ’s offense is ranked inside the top 8 both passing and rushing offensively with one of the best rushing offenses in the NFL rushing for 181YDs and multiple TDs versus SF and 150+ YDs w/ 2TDs rushing against Washington. AZ defense is greatly improved as well giving AZ a well above average defense that hovers around the top 10 best defenses in the league. AZ has allowed the fewest points defensively in the NFL over the first 2 weeks. AZ is a playoff caliber team this season, with games coming up against the Lions, Panthers, Jets and Cowboys AZ very likely will be 6-0 heading into their week 7 matchup against the Seahawks.

  43. The Cards thrash Washington and move up one spot.

    Washington gets thrashed by the Cards and moves up one spot. It all makes perfect sense to me.

    And the Patriots and the Bucs placement is as delusional as your love for the Eagles last year. Some things just can’t be explained.

  44. “plenty of Cowboys fans are already longing for Jason Garrett”

    No we’re not. If he was still the coach, they would have gotten all the way back, made the field goal only to find out that he iced his own kicker and then they’d miss the second attempt.

  45. “tb12bestqbevah says:
    September 22, 2020 at 10:38 am
    LOL at all the crying over the Pats…as usual. Drop them down? They were a half yard short of beating the best team in the NFC on the road.

    Child, please.”

    Wilson & the Seattle offense are awesome. Their D gave up over 1,000 yards in the 1st 2 weeks, and was missing 4 key players when they played the Pats.

    I’m fine w/ where the Pats are ranked, but “best team in the NFC” might be premature.

  46. The most amazing this is that the Washington Football Team is ranked 23!!!!! 23!!!! We are NOT the worst in the NFL!!! Time to CELEBRATE!!! 🙂

  47. Raiders good enough to beat the Saints in a real game, but only good enough to land 6 spots BEHIND them in the rankings.

  48. diveleft says:
    September 22, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    So far the Packers have played the 28th and 30th ranked teams. Let’s see how they play against a decent team this weekend in the Saints.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    These rankings are snapshots based on what has been seen up to this week.

    Next week, it will be a week further on. And so, too, the week after that. Each week, a new snapshot.

    The only ranking that means anything is the ranking after the Super Bowl. Once the dust settles.

  49. A 1st round wr wouldn’t have beat out ANY of the wr players starting right now. Florio just has to rail on something about the Packers while his beloved Vikings are at best struggling to even be competitive. Rodgers is washed up, the D sucks, wr’s can’t catch a ball, etc. etc. LOL, it feels SO GOOD.

  50. bboyspaulrevere says:
    September 22, 2020 at 11:14 am

    Right, you mean like how when they won three playoff games on the road and then won the Super Bowl? Did your team do that? I guess not.
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    Oh? you mean that run a decade ago?

    Q: How many Packer fans does it take to change a light bulb?

    A: 6. One to change the bulb and the other five to tell you how good the old one was.

  51. There have been so few games you can read things any way you want. The Bucs lost to the Saints who at the time were highly regarded but now after the loss to the Raiders it’s anybody’s guess how good they really are. And if the Saints AREN’T a top team we’re left with the Bucs only win being against the Panthers.

  52. hellooooooooooobrooklyn says:
    September 22, 2020 at 10:22 am
    26. Dolphins (No. 25; 0-2): The clock continues to flash Tua Time.

    As a Bills fan, that’s an unnecessary slight. Fitzpatrick had ZERO to do with the Dolphins losing last Sunday
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    Huh? Didn’t Fitz throw like 3 INT’s? Pretty sure that had a huge outcome to the final score.

  53. One brief note on the allegedly pedestrian 49ers offense. They were second in points per game, 30, behind only the Ravens. Now, sure, a great defense leads to more chances for the offense- but look at the 2016 Falcons. They set offensive records while having an unspectacular defense. So Shanaplan just needs his Niner offense to modestly improve from last year. And the injuries on the offensive side are not catastrophic- Jim, George, Mostert, Deebo- their injuries are not thought to be too serious at the moment, though there is less certainly with Deebo’s foot. Oh, and in case anyone is wondering, Rapoport says Santa Clara’s Ziggy Ansah is totally in better shape than he was last season with the Seagulls, so, yeah. Also Chris Spielman says Niner Fred Warner is the best middle linebacker in the NFL, and Jimmie Ward is an awesome safety if he doesn’t break another bone. Woot.

  54. Lifelong Vikings fan here. I’m a rational fan. Vikes deserve to be ranked 31/32. You have them listed too high.

  55. Packers never needed a receiver! They just needed the younger receivers to mature in their offense. All those points SF put up against GB tells me they needed a few defenders. Why is it that only top flight QBs need receivers? Last year, it was Tom Brady, seems like Cam is doing ok with same guys.

  56. Love that my Packers are 2-0, but Florio does have a point about the WR position. They’ve played two teams with crap CBs. Next week’s game against New Orleans will give a better understanding of both teams’ potential.

  57. Both the Pats and Seahawks are rated WAYYYYY too high. The Seahawks handed that game away with a bonehead call when all they needed was about 2 yards (Superbowl anyone)and if the Pats had still had Brady they would have won that game.

    I love Mahomes but legitimately Baltimore belongs at number 1 with the Chief’s second, probably Green Bay #3 and the Bills at #4.

    And you can make a good argument for placing my Jets anywhere from 26 down to 32. In fact all those 0-2 teams are more than just pretty bad.

  58. “Outside of just ranking the teams based on records and points scored or something what do you want them to do with the Pats? They started the year ranked #4 by this site, traveled to Seattle, battled with the MVP of the league so far in Wilson, were down two possessions yet had a chance to win on the 2 yard line.
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    There are 2-0 teams behind them that are playing better football than they are at this point. That’s one reason they’re too high. Another is that if any other team had parted ways with a Tom Brady and picked up Cam Newton, which at the time was questionable due to Cam’s health, that team would have been downgraded by this site as questionable until the new QB proved himself. The Pats are automatically awarded elite status by this site. This year, they have yet to earn it.

  59. I am not longing for Jason Garrett.
    The four Cowboys Fans I work with are not longing for Jason Garrett.
    Their wives and girlfriends are not longing for Jason Garrett.
    I spoke with the neighbor’s dog, and he almost bit me, saying that NO dogs are longing for Jason Garrett.
    No, there is Not One Human Being either, anywhere on the planet who longs for Jason Garrett.
    Nope.
    Hell, actually Three People tried to bite me, saying that they were not longing for Jqason Garrett.
    It’s Concussion Protocol Time.

  60. The Jets are the candidate for ‘Tank for Trevor’. The team lost all faith in Adam Gase. He will be fired by week 5. And the chop job is going to start. That said – as a Dolphins fan: you have us ranked too high as well. Our defense is putrid and that has nothing to do with TUA.

  61. “27. Bengals (No. 29; 0-2): Joe Burrow makes the Bengals the most exciting 0-2 team of all time.”

    Off hand I know this isn’t the case. Even for non-contenders the 11 Panthers had a first overall QB who threw for 400 yards in his first two games.

    Take hindsight into this, the 07 Giants will have a more exciting season then these bengals.

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