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NFL power rankings: Week 3


1. Rams (2-0).

It was only a matter of time before the Rams climbed atop these rankings. Let the “Fight for L.A.” commence. (Previous: 2)

2. Jaguars (2-0).

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Blake Bortles. (7)

3. Packers (1-0-1).

Green Bay would be 2-0 were it not for a questionable roughing the passer call on Clay Matthews. (3)

4. Chiefs (2-0).

Patrick Mahomes threw six touchdowns in Pittsburgh. He’s tossed 10 in two games. (9)

5. Vikings (1-0-1).

Kirk Cousins torched the Packers for four touchdowns and now gets to enjoy the bye – ahem, excuse me – the Bills. (5)

6. Eagles (1-1).

Carson Wentz returns to action for the first time since tearing his ACL late last season. (1)

7. Falcons (1-1).

The top team in the toughest division in football, at least in the power rankings, if not the actual standings. (6)

8. Patriots (1-1).

New England hasn’t lost two in a row since 2015. Expect a bounce-back performance against former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia and the Lions. (4)

9. Bucs (2-0).

If “FitzMagic” is off the table, how about “MagniFitzent”? (14)

10. Bengals (2-0).

Gio Bernard should carry the load as Joe Mixon recovers from knee surgery. (12)

11. Panthers (1-1).

Carolina leads the NFL with 5.4 yards per carry and ranks fifth in rushing yards. (10)

12. Chargers (1-1).

Melvin Gordon, who scored three touchdowns against the Bills, gets a far more formidable test from the Rams. (13)

13. Dolphins (2-0).

Ryan Tannehill is 9-1 in his last 10 starts. (21)

14. 49ers (1-1).

Can Jimmy Garoppolo break out against a Chiefs defense that’s allowed plenty of yards to the Chargers and Steelers? (15)

15. Saints (1-1).

Nearly lost to the Browns. That would have been embarrassing. (19)

16. Steelers (0-1-1).

Systematically angering their best players. (11)

17. Bears (1-1).

Chicago has 10 sacks, most in the NFL through two weeks. (20)

18. Ravens (1-1).

Not as good as they looked against the Bills. Not as bad as they looked against the Bengals. (17)

19. Broncos (2-0).

Two home victories by a combined four points against winless opponents. (23)

20. Cowboys (1-1).

Dak Prescott is struggling, but a strong running game and solid defense are a recipe for success. (24)

21. Colts (1-1).

Andrew Luck is getting the ball out quick, but averaging just 8.3 yards per completion, the second-lowest mark in the league, ahead of only Arizona’s Sam Bradford. (27)

22. Titans (1-1).

Managed to stun the Texans without Marcus Mariota, Delanie Walker and their top three offensive tackles. The Jaguars are on deck. (26)

23. Browns (1-1-1).

Poor Tyrod. (25)

24. Redskins (1-1).

Will signing veteran receivers Michael Floyd and Breshad Perriman boost a struggling offense? (22)

25. Texans (0-2).

Traveled to Nashville. Got played. (8)

26. Giants (0-2).

Desperate for a victory; facing the equally desperate Texans. (16)

27. Jets (1-2).

Was the opener at Detroit a mirage? (18)

28. Seahawks (0-2).

A running game would help. (28)

29. Lions (0-2).

Detroit has allowed 78 points, tied with Buffalo for most in the league. (30)

30. Raiders (0-2).

Good thing they traded Khalil Mack. (31)

31. Cardinals (0-2).

Checking for a pulse ... (29)

32. Bills (0-2).

Dude walked out at halftime! (32)


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