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NFL Power Rankings (Week 3)

Posted on: October 3, 2009 11:15 pm
1) Ravens(6) (3-0) - The Ravens are the best overall and the most complete team in the NFL right now. Baltimore is second only to New Orleans in both scoring and total offense, and it seems they have found on offensive balance putting up 274 passing yards per game and  157 rushing yards per game.  Meanwhile, the defense leads the league in rush defense allowing only 51 rushing yards per game.
2) Giants(2) (3-0) - Coming off a shut out performance by the defense on the road in Tampa, the Giants are on of the best looking teams after three weeks. New York is playing at a high level on both sides of the football scoring nearly 27 ppg, while only giving up 16 ppg on defense. In addition the Giants lead the league in pass defense, New York is giving up only 124 passing yards per game.
3) Jets(3) (3-0) - New York is able to follow up a big victory against New England with a win at home against underachieving Tennessee. Mark Sanchez is the man right now in New York, while putting in a strong early bid for Rookie of the Year. The Jets defense remains strong allowing only 11 points and 256 yards per game. The defense has an interesting matchup this week against the Saints offense. Something's gotta give...
4) Saints(1) (3-0) - Drew Brees did not have a great performance last week, as he was unable to find the end zone against Buffalo. However, the offense was still able to pull away, putting up 17 points in 4th quarter. New Orleans still has the most dangerous offense in league, and things will only get better with a fierce rushing attack that put up 222 yards on the ground against the Bills.
5) Colts(8) (3-0) - Peyton Manning and Company seem to be hitting that early season groove again, easily disposing of the defending NFC Champion Cardinals. Manning ran the offense to perfection, putting up nearly 400 passing yards along with four touchdowns. The injury to Anthony Gonzalez hasn't affected the flow of this offense at all, Manning has completed touchdowns to both Dallas Clark and Pierre Garcon in back to back weeks.
6) Vikings(7) (3-0) - Brett Favre pulls out a last play miracle touchdown pass to Greg Lewis, and the Minnesota Vikings remain undefeated for another week. So far Brett Favre has been the solution at quarterback for this team, his 5 TD to 1 INT compares well to the combined 21 TD to 17 INT of Minnesota quarterbacks last year. Adrian Peterson is having another outstanding year, with 4 TDs in 3 weeks and a 6.1 yards per carry average.
7) Patriots(11) (2-1) - For one week at least, the Patriots are on the way to getting back on track. Tom Brady wasn't perfect against Atlanta, but he got help with a big day from Fred Taylor, who had a 100 yard game for the first time since Week 3 last season. The balanced offense was able to hold the ball for 40 minutes, keeping the ball away from Matt Ryan and a potent Atlanta offense.
8) Chargers(9) (2-1) - The Chargers are one of the more consistent teams that are sitting at 2-1. The offense has put up 24, 26, and 23 points in the first three weeks of the season. Phillip Rivers is now clearly the face of this team, and he leads one of the best passing attacks in the NFL so far this year. Rivers has thrown for 250+ yards every game this season, and has compiled 739 passing yards over the last 2 weeks.
9) Falcons(4) (2-1) - The Falcons got exposed early in a disappointing loss to the New England Patriots. Matt Ryan was held under 200 yards passing and only completed one pass to perennial Pro Bowl TE Tony Gonzalez. Michael Turner only picked up only 55 yards on the ground. Atlanta was a major disappointment in their first true test of the season. Hopefully they can take advantage of their bye in Week 4 to figure things out.
10) Eagles(10) (2-1) - The Eagles defense was able to take advantage of a struggling Chiefs teams and recover from an embarassing day against New Orleans. The Eagles kept Kansas City under 200 total yards and only gave up 97 passing yards in a Week 3 victory. Kevin Kolb had another big day filling in for Donovan McNabb, passing for 320+ yards for the 2nd consecutive week.  
11) Bengals(21) (2-1) - Minus a last second twist of fate by the Broncos in Week 1, there would be 2 teams at 3-0 in the AFC North, neither known as the Defending Champions. The Bengals are able to take down the Steelers and get a big win at home. Cincinatti had a huge second half with a pick-six from Johnathan Joseph and two big touchdown drives in the 4th quarter leading to the comeback victory.
12) Broncos(22) (3-0) - Yes this team is 3-0, but it took one of the luckiest plays of the decade to beat Cincinatti in Week 1, and the other two wins were against the Cleveland Browns and the Oakland Raiders. Based on those matchups, it should be no suprise that the Broncos are leading the NFL in defense, allowing only 5.3 points and 215 total yards per game. Those 5.3 points are half that the next team in line. (NYJ @ 11 ppg).
13) Packers(13) (2-1) - After they fell short at home last week against the Bengals, Green Bay comes out in style putting up 36 points against St. Louis. The 3-4 in Green Bay hasn't quite worked out yet, the defense is giving up similar numbers to last year. However, the offense is producing big numbers, putting up 27 points per game and Aaron Rodgers has yet to throw an interception in 2009.
14) 49ers(12) (2-1) - San Fransico would be one of the 7 teams still undefeated, but the 49ers fell asleep on two big plays against Minnesota, the Percy Harvin kick return and the last play Brett Favre touchdown pass to Greg Lewis. Despite the loss, the 49ers are still the early favorite in a weak NFC West division. The defense is improved over last year, San Fransico is currently 10th in scoring defense and 13th in total defense.
15) Cowboys(15) (2-1) - It has been a season of big ups and big downs for the Dallas Cowboys so far this year, but they got their first win at home in the new stadium against Carolina. Even without regular starting running back Marion Barber III, the Cowboys are still able to dominant on the ground rushing for 212 yards against the Panthers. The Cowboys have seen most of their success on the ground, averaging 194 rushing yards per game.
16) Bears(19) (2-1) - It seems that Jay Cutler is working his way up from his shaky debut in Chicago. Cutler is able to rally his team late to pick up a win on the road. In the last two weeks Cutler has thrown for 5 touchdowns and 1 interception while completing 74% of his passes. The Bears defense remains stable without Brian Urlacher, they remain 9th in the league in total defense.
17) Steelers(5) (1-2) - Things have gone from bad to worse for the Defending Champion Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers lose a game in the division to the Cincinatti Bengals, a game in which they dominated until the fourth quarter. For a team that arguably had the best defense all last year, they were unable to keep Carson Palmer and the Bengals in check. Allowing two fourth quarter TD drives, and a 4th and 10 conversion late in the game.
18) Texans(18) (1-2) - Matt Schaub has been great for the Houston Texans again this year, but his efforts don't matter as much when the defense continues to let his team down as they have. In Week 3, the Texans gave up 31 points to a Jacksonville  team that only scored a combined 29 points the two weeks before. Houston's front seven and getting knocked around week after week and are allowing over 200 rushing yards per game.
19) Bills(16) (1-2) - Terrell Owens did not catch a pass for the first time in 185 games, and the Bills take a beating at home against the Saints. Things are not looking good in Buffalo. Have we reached that time, as we do every year, in which T.O. throws his quarterback, coach, and/or team under the bus? In defense of Owens, Trent Edwards did not look spectacular in the game against the Saints, with a quarterback rating of 56.4.
20) Seahawks(20) (1-2) - The main problem in Seatlle is the Seahawks are falling victim to injuries once again. Seneca Wallace has played well in relief of quarterback Matt Hasselback, but Seattle has been banged up on the defensive side of the ball. The Seahawks have had to play without star linebacker Lofa Tatupu and starting cornerbacks Josh Wilson and Ken Lucas.
21) Cardinals(14) (1-2) - The defense looks absolutely terrible compared to the solid unit that got the Cardinals through the playoffs last year. The Cardinals defense is allowing nearly 23 points per game, and has given up over 1000 total yards in the first three games. Then there is the complete absence of a rushing attack in Arizona. The Cardinals are dead last in rushing offense, averaging only 60 yards on the ground per game.
22) Jaguars(29) (1-2) - Jacksonville finds their first win of the season, and seems to have figured out how to move the football. The Jaguars exploded for 31 points and 400 yards on offense against the freefalling Tennessee Titans. Maurice-Jones Drew comes through for Jacksonville with a big day runnnig the ball, racking up 120 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. Jacksonville is currently 10th in the NFL in rushing, averaging 130 yards per game.
23) Dolphins(23) (0-3) - Thus far, the Dolphins have not been able to win a game by running the Wildcat as the primary offense. Miami is currently 3rd in the league in rushing offense with 161 yards per game, but the Dolphins are only scoring 14 points per game putting them at the bottom of the league. The future is even more foggy now that veteran quaterback Chad Pennigton is lost for the year.
24) Titans(17) (0-3) - The struggles of this season continue on for the Tennesse Titans. The passing game is in shambles right now, Kerry Collins went 0 for this last 13 passing attempts at the end of game against the Jets. Is it time to turn the ball over to Vince Young? The defense certainly isn't providing any help, allowing 24 points and 275 passing yards per game for the first three weeks of the season.
25) Lions(31) (1-2) - The Lions pulled it off. They finally won a game!
26) Raiders(24) (1-2) - Sticking with JamMarcus Russell seems like the biggest mistake of the season so far for the Oakland Raiders. Cutting former Pro Bowler Jeff Garcia is probably second. Russell has completed only 41 percent of his passes and thrown 4 interceptions for a quarterback rating of 39.8. It's also hard to get wins in this league when your offense puts up only 12 points per game.
27) Panthers(25) (0-3) - The Panthers manage to look respectable for the first half, then get completely embarassed in the second half of their Monday Night Football game against Dallas. This team is struggling majorly on both sides of the football compared to the 12-4 team last year that won the division. This year the Panthers are 29th in scoring offense and 30th in scoring defense, last year the Panthers were 7th and 12th.
28) Redskins(27) (1-2) - The Redskins follow up an embarassing performance against the St. Louis Rams with a loss the Lions that gave Detroit their first win in 20 games. If things keep up the way they are in Washington, Jim Zorn will be looking for a new job before the end of the season. Despite the lackluster performance by the offense, the defense remains solid allowing only 16.3 points per game.
29) Chiefs(28) (0-3) - Thus far, Matt Cassell has not been able to save the situation in Kansas City. The Chiefs hurt themselves all day with penalites in route to a 14-34 defeat against the Eagles. The Chiefs can manage to move the ball at all, averaging only 264 yards of total offense per game in 2009. The defense can't seem to get their act together playing on the road, the Chiefs have given up 72 points in their two away games this season.
30) Buccaneers(26)(0-3) - The quarterback carosuel has officially been set in motion again this year in Tampa Bay.
31) Rams(32) (0-3) - The Rams only move up because they put up 16 points in Week 3, and Cleveland has scored a touchdown since Week 1.
32) Browns(30) (0-3) - It is unclear whether anyone in Cleveland wants to win a football game this year.

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