2015 NFL Week 3 Power Rankings: Patriots Maintain Top Spot
Another week of NFL football, and another long-term injury; this time to Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. Romo will miss at least eight weeks, a similar time frame to Dez Bryant. Elsewhere, Packers running back Eddie Lacy left his game with an ankle injury but may be able to play in Week 3. The Seahawks haven’t really been dealing with injuries, but they have been dealing with a holdout of one of their best defensive players, but it appears that has come to an end this week. However, Kam Chancellor can’t be in very good football shape and one would think it will be a few weeks before he truly returns to form.
Last week was even worse than Week 1, as I went 0-3 with my picks (though to be fair, I’m not sure the Chiefs’ loss should count against me. I went winless last week, after a 1-3 start in Week 1. That puts me at an impressive 1-6 to start the season.
This week, I’ll take the Giants to get their first win of the season as they face the Redskins on Thursday night. I’m going to take the underdog Lions on Sunday night to get their first win as they take on the Broncos. And in the Monday night game I will once again go against the Packers, and I’ll take the Chiefs.
And with that, here are the 2015 NFL week 3 power rankings.
Teams’ previous ranking in ( ).
- New England Patriots (1): The Patriots continue to look like the favorite in the AFC, but their defense does look vulnerable.
- Green Bay Packers (2): Probably not the revenge Green Bay was looking for, but it still had to feel good to beat Seattle for the first time in their last four tries.
- Pittsburgh Steelers (6): The Steelers offense blew up this week, and that was without Le’Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant. The rest of the AFC has been put on alert.
- Arizona Cardinals (10): The Cardinals are off to a great start and have an outright lead in the division after just two weeks. Larry Fitzgerald turned back the clock with his performance and the Cardinals continue to look more and more like a serious contender.
- Denver Broncos (5): The Broncos pulled off one of the most unlikely endings in recent history against the Chiefs on Thursday night. Despite a couple of shaky games, the Broncos are 2-0 and atop the division.
- Dallas Cowboys (4): Dallas is 2-0 but even with that record, will it be enough to overcome two months without Dez Bryant and Tony Romo?
- Cincinnati Bengals (13): The Bengals are 2-0 and face arguably the toughest schedule over the next five weeks as they face Baltimore, Kansas City, Seattle, Buffalo and Pittsburgh.
- Buffalo Bills (7): The Bills defense was abused by the Patriots but that is no reason to panic as they have a very favorable schedule over the next six weeks or so.
- Atlanta Falcons (18): The Falcons are 2-0 with two very close games thus far. And suddenly they have a very good chance at starting 3-0 as they face the Brandon Weeden led Cowboys in Week 3.
- Carolina Panthers (14): The Panthers have also started 2-0 but that defense is going to help them keep winning. They’ve allowed the fewest points in the NFC and second fewest in the entire NFL.
- Kansas City Chiefs (9): The Chiefs’ loss in Week 2 will be tough to swallow but they better get over it in a hurry because it doesn’t get any easier as they travel to Lambeau Field this week.
- San Diego Chargers (15): San Diego has the third ranked offense so far in the early going and they’ve done it without Antonio Gates.
- New York Jets (27): The Jets make one of the biggest jumps of all time, moving up 14 spots in one week. I’m personally not a believer but I must say they have looked very impressive through two weeks.
- Indianapolis Colts (8): The Colts certainly haven’t made things easy on themselves but luckily for them they play in arguably the weakest division in football.
- St. Louis Rams (12): After an extremely impressive opening week win, the Rams had an extremely unimpressive encore. Tough to figure out a team that beat the #2 ranked team and then lost to the #32 ranked team.
- Minnesota Vikings (19): Adrian Peterson owners were a little on edge after Week 1 but all is calm now. Any chance they have of dethroning the Packers in the NFC North rest solely on his shoulders.
- Seattle Seahawks (3): The Seahawks and Jets are very similar; and by that I mean both moved 14 spots. Unfortunately for Seattle they fall to #17, the lowest they’ve been ranked since Week 1 of 2012 when they ranked 21st.
- Philadelphia Eagles (11): The season started with such high hopes in Philly but after two weeks, they’ve scored the second fewest points in the NFC. So who do they get in Week 3? The Jets, the #1 ranked defense in the league.
- Baltimore Ravens (16): After just two weeks, the Ravens are in the cellar and facing what can only be described as a must win in Week 3. A loss to the Bengals puts Baltimore three back after three weeks and that will be extremely difficult to overcome.
- Detroit Lions (17): The Lions have started 0-2 and must face Peyton Manning and the Broncos in Week 3. Week 3 may not be do or die for Detroit but if they are going to return to the playoffs in 2015, they need to get it going.
- Miami Dolphins (20): Losing to Jacksonville is generally a sign you aren’t going places. The Dolphins have some talent but I don’t like this oman.
- Tennessee Titans (21): Marcus Mariota returned to human form after his Week 1 explosion but there is still reason for optimism in Tennessee.
- Oakland Raiders (28): After an ugly Week 1, the Raiders made some big strides in Week 2. They won’t be a playoff team this year but they could play spoiler on multiple occasions.
- New York Giants (22): Two straight weeks the Giants blew a fourth quarter lead. However, with the Eagles off to a rough start and the Dallas missing most of their offense for a couple of months, the Giants suddenly seem like a potential contender.
- San Francisco 49ers (23): The question is are the 49ers more like the team we saw in Week 1 or Week 2? I say they are somewhere in the middle but not a serious playoff contender.
- Cleveland Browns (29): Johnny Manziel got his first NFL win in Week 2 and will be rewarded by being pushed back to No. 2 on the depth chart.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (30): The Bucs may have ruined a lot of survivor pools with their Week 2 win. Yes, I’m still bitter.
- Houston Texans (26): The Texans are 0-2 but are only a game out of first and have a top 10 passing offense thus far. Arian Foster is getting closer and closer to returning and if Houston has any hope this season, it rests solely with Foster.
- Washington Redskins (32): I thought the Redskins might sit last in the rankings most of the season but they got a win against a tough Rams team. A win this week and they could potentially be tied for first in the NFC East – bet you didn’t think that was a possibility at any point this season.
- Jacksonville Jaguars (31): The Jaguars got an early season win for the first time in quite a while but remain very low in the rankings because they simply don’t have enough talent.
- Chicago Bears (24): The Bears got hammered at home by Arizona and Jay Cutler left with an injury. It’s starting to look more and more like the Bears might not win more than about four games.
- New Orleans Saints (25): The Saints had never been ranked lower than 27th, and that was Week 4 of 2012. They find themselves in dead last but the silver lining is they do have more upside than quite a few other teams. However, if Drew Brees does miss any time, the season may be over very quickly.
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