The Green Bay Packers are looking explosive with a 2-0 start and appear to be the top challenger to New Orleans in the NFC to garner a #2 ranking. From there it gets a little trickier.
Pittsburgh ranks a solid #3 in the power rankings due to their phenomenal defensive performance that has led them to a 2-0 start despite having a 3rd string quarterback. The Steel Curtain slammed shut Tennessee’s 2000+ yard rusher Chris Johnson with just 34 yards on 16 carries.
Despite their loss at Cincinnati last week the Baltimore Ravens are still a solid 4th in the power rankings as they are a complete team that is well coached although QB Joe Flacco must pick up the pace.
The New York Jets rank 5th in this week’s power rankings after their impressive statement making a win over New England last week. The Jets opened as 1-point dogs in NFL week 3 odds for their huge Sunday Night matchup at Miami.
Miami has earned the 6th spot in this week’s power rankings after upsetting the Minnesota Vikings to improve to 2-0 without yet playing at home. The Dolphins defense is looking “No Name” as in vintage 1972-73!
The Houston Texans garner the 7th slot in the NFL Power Rankings week 3 lists after a thrilling come from behind overtime win at Washington. While their offense is unstoppable their defense doesn’t look to be in championship form.
The San Diego Chargers rank a solid 8th in this week’s power rankings after their blowout/bounceback win over Jacksonville last week. They will be favorites with the NFL week 3 odds at Seattle this week.
Coming in 9th for this week are the Atlanta Falcons after their impressive home opening win over Arizona to even their record at 1-1 in most dominant fashion.
And how about the Chicago Bears for 10th spot in the NFL Power Rankings week 3 lists? QB Jay Cutler is lighting up defenses under new offensive coordinator Mike Martz and a win at Dallas did much to enhance the Bears credibility with gamblers.
The rest of the list goes as follows.
11-New England, 12-Indianapolis, 13-Cincinnati, 14-Giants, 15-Philadelphia, 16-Washington, 17-San Francisco, 18-Tennessee, 19-Kansas City, 20-Denver, 21-Tampa Bay, 22-Seattle, 23-Jacksonville, 24-Detroit, 25-Oakland, 26-Carolina, 27-Arizona, 28-St. Louis, 29-Cleveland, 30-Buffalo, and then 31-Minnesota and 32-Dallas.
Why the Vikings and Cowboys at the bottom? Both teams have proven to be over-hyped overlays that are nowhere near where they were sold to be. Minnesota is lacking a big play receiver for Brett Favre, who is looking beyond his 40-years. Dallas talked big about being the first ever team to play a Super Bowl on their home field. At this point they haven’t proven to be worthy of selling hot dogs on Super Sunday.