With Week 3 of the 2013 NFL season around the corner, pro football’s landscape is beginning to take shape.
Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks have allowed a mere 10 points through two games, while Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos have put up 40-plus points each week. The Houston Texans who have edged out two close victories, while Tom Brady has managed to keep the New England Patriots in the win column both weeks.
On the other hand, the Jacksonville Jaguars look horrendous offensively and the Cleveland Browns aren’t much better by comparison. So let’s check out the best, worst and everything in between in our NFL Week 3 power rankings.
1. Seattle Seahawks 2-0, (last week: 1)
A bulldozing performance against division rival San Francisco proves Seattle has taken over the NFC West.
2. Denver Broncos 2-0, (last week: 2)
Two games in and the Broncos have scored 40-plus points in each contest.
3. San Francisco 49ers 1-1, (last week: 3)
Th 49ers have arguably played the two most difficult games through two weeks.
4. Houston Texans 2-0, (last week: 4)
Houston has not been impressive, but wins are wins and the Texans have yet to put everything together.
5. Atlanta Falcons 1-1, (last week: 5)
Nice bounce back victory over the Rams in Week 2.
6. Green Bay Packers 1-1, (last week: 6)
The 49ers proved to have Green Bay’s number, but the Packers’ domination of Washington keeps them among the NFC elite.
7. New England Patriots 2-0, (last week: 7)
The Jets were simply better than advertised going in to last Thursday night’s game. The question is whether Tom Brady’s receivers will step up as 2013 progresses.
8. Baltimore Ravens 1-1, (last week: 8)
A tough win over Cleveland wasn’t impressive. However, Baltimore has time to figure out its identity.
9. Chicago Bears 2-0, (last week: 10)
The Bears scored a clutch victory over Minnesota in Week 2. That said, the Bears pass defense must improve and two upcoming road games will be telling.
10. New Orleans Saints 2-0, (last week:12)
New Orleans has not only two wins, but each within the NFC South. That makes for a lot less pressure come midseason.
11. Cincinnati Bengals 1-1, (last week: 11)
Cincinnati displayed some resiliency on Monday. The next obstacle is to maintain momentum with some rough matchups in the coming weeks.
12. Indianapolis Colts 1-1, (last week: 9)
A disappointing loss to Miami on Sunday. Perhaps the Colts defense didn’t improve this offseason as advertised, but we’ll see what the Colts are truly made of as they travel to San Francisco this week.
13. St. Louis Rams 1-1, (last week: 13)
The Georgia Dome is never an easy place to compete. On the bright side, St. Louis is getting solid production out of Sam Bradford thus far (63.4 completion percentage).
14. Kansas City Chiefs 2-0, (last week: 15)
After a cake win over Jacksonville, Kansas City won a tough battle against Dallas. Now it’s time to see how well the new Chiefs prepare for a short week as they face the Eagles on Thursday night.
15. Dallas Cowboys 1-1, (last week: 14)
The Cowboys aren’t going to win consistently when the offensive line can’t pass protect or run block.
16, Miami Dolphins 2-0, (last week: 21)
The next three games (vs. Atlanta, at New Orleans and vs. Baltimore) will tell us plenty about the 2013 Dolphins.
17. Detroit Lions 1-1, (last week: 16)
Calvin Johnson went off again, but Detroit needs to learn that it must present a legit running game to win with regularity. No one for the Lions received double-digit carries against Arizona.
18. Tennessee Titans 1-1, (last week: 22)
Tennessee’s valiant performance on the road in Houston was a moral victory. Now it’s time to see if the Titans will take out that anger during a three-game home stretch.
19. Minnesota Vikings 0-2, (last week: 17)
A one point loss on the road in Chicago proved that this offense must get more production from Christian Ponder.
20. Buffalo Bills 1-1, (last week: 25)
The comeback victory over Carolina was thrilling. And EJ Manuel displayed impressive late-game heroics that showed he has the potential to develop down the road.
21. Philadelphia Eagles 1-1, (last week: 18)
Without a defense, Chip Kelly’s explosive offensive philosophy won’t be enough to win games. The Eagles have allowed a 68.8 completion percentage thus far.
22. Washington Redskins 0-2, (last week: 19)
Washington continues to have defensive issues, not to mention an offense that appears lost when RG3 fails to produce points early on.
23. San Diego Chargers 1-1, (last week: 27)
For a 7-9 team in 2012 the Chargers went 4-4 on the road, which isn’t terrible. And another road win for Philip Rivers in Week 2 has to give the Bolts confidence for another road game in Week 3.
24. Arizona Cardinals 1-1, (last week: 29)
Arizona just needs to figure out how to win in the division. The Cardinals were 1-5 in the NFC West last year and are already 0-1 this year. Winning over Detroit helps, but it won’t propel the Cardinals into the playoff picture.
25. Carolina Panthers 0-2, (last week: 23)
Carolina has lost two games by a combined six points. At some point the offense must pick up while the defense locks in down in crunch time.
26. Pittsburgh Steelers 0-2, (last week: 26)
No interceptions and only one sack in two games for Dick LeBeau’s defense. In addition, Ben Roethlisberger has been sacked seven times.
27. New York Giants 0-2, (last week: 22)
Eli Manning’s turnover woes continue and there’s no ground game. On the other side of the ball, Big Blue’s pass rush is virtually non-existent
28. New York Jets 1-1, (last week: 28)
The Jets typically play the Patriots tough. Nevertheless, Geno Smith can’t turn the rock over in key divisional games.
29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0-2, (last week: 20)
Feel bad for Tampa Bay’s defense, as its doing everything it possibly can. Unfortunately, Josh Freeman remains flaky (at best) right now with two touchdowns thrown and a 45.3 completion percentage.
30. Oakland Raiders 1-1, (last week: 30)
Oakland defeated Jacksonville at home 19-9. So the Raiders avoided rock-bottom for the 2013 campaign.
31. Cleveland Browns 0-2, (last week: 31)
A word of advice for offensive coordinator Norv Turnver: quit relying on Brandon Weeden and feed Trent Richardson. The No. 3 overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft has a mere 31 carries through two games.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars 0-2, (last week: 32)
The Jaguars almost went the first two weeks without scoring a touchdown. Thankfully, fourth quarter garbage time was in their favor against Oakland and Jacksonville got into the end zone with 2:53 left in the game.
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