NFL Power Rankings: Week 3

By Teddy Covers - Covers Expert

The Patriots took out their Week 1 frustrations on the Saints this past Sunday to reaffirm their standing atop our latest NFL Power Rankings. Funny enough it's the team in first place in the AFC East, the Dolphins, that made the biggest jump this week, going on the road to win and cover their first game of the season. Meanwhile, the Giants offense looked feeble in prime time for the second straight week and own the biggest drop of the week. Where does your favorite team rank?

NFL Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 1-1-0
(1-1-0)
-7 New England
Red flags for New England even after the blowout win? Their defense currently ranks No. 31 in the NFL, allowing a whopping 7.5 yards per play (2017 NFL average = 5.2 ypp).
2 2 same 2-0-0
(2-0-0)
-5 Kansas City
The betting markets are slowly starting to respect Andy Reid’s squad, but after years of ‘good but not great’ from KC, market enthusiasm for the Chiefs remains tepid.
3 4 up 1 2-0-0
(1-1-0)
-4.5 Pittsburgh
Big Ben doesn’t seem too worried about the Steelers sluggish offense: “We’re just winning football games. We’re 2-0. We did what we had to do.”
4 3 down 1 1-1-0
(1-1-0)
-4 Dallas
Rod Marinelli’s defense is dealing with major injury problems already. The Cowboys were without their top three cornerbacks for most of the loss at Denver.
5 6 up 1 2-0-0
(1-1-0)
-4 Atlanta
Top pass rusher Vic Beasley has already been ruled out against the Lions this week, setting up first round draft choice Takk McKinley for his first NFL start.
6 8 up 2 2-0-0
(2-0-0)
-3.5 Oakland
Derek Carr finished the blowout over the Jets with a 136.6 QB rating for the game, one of the three best showings of his career thus far.
7 5 down 2 1-1-0
(1-1-0)
-3 Green Bay
Dom Capers new ‘Nitro’ defense - featuring three safeties in nickel or dime coverage - didn’t fare well in their ugly Sunday Night loss at Atlanta.
8 7 down 1 1-1-0
(0-2-0)
-2.5 Seattle
The Seahawks beat the Niners on Sunday despite averaging a truly woeful 3.9 yards per play while failing to reach the end zone until midway through the fourth quarter.
9 13 up 4 1-1-0
(1-1-0)
-2 Tennessee
Two key offensive performers are very questionable for Mike Mularkey this week, with rookie WR Corey Davis and RB DeMarcus Murray both dealing with hamstring injuries.
10 10 same 2-0-0
(2-0-0)
-2 Detroit
The Lions are like Kansas City in the sense that their 2-0 start hasn’t convinced the betting markets that they are legit contenders.
11 9 down 2 2-0-0
(1-1-0)
-1.5 Carolina
Cam Newton looked rusty again, missing a wide open Christian McCaffery for what would have been a game clinching (and spread covering) late touchdown.
12 11 down 1 1-1-0
(1-1-0)
-1.5 Minnesota
The betting markets adjusted Minnesota down by four points when Sam Bradford was replaced by Case Keenum. This is a ‘Sam Bradford’ power rating.
13 15 up 2 2-0-0
(2-0-0)
-1 Baltimore
The Ravens defense has created a whopping ten turnovers through their first two games. No other team in the NFL has generated more than five takeaways!
14 16 up 2 2-0-0
(1-0-1)
-1 Denver
Joe Woods has replaced Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator, but the Broncos stop unit has looked every bit as dominant as they’ve been for the last two years.
15 14 down 1 1-1-0
(1-1-0)
-0.5 Philadelphia
The Eagles secondary is dealing with cluster injuries right now, with Ronald Darby out and both Jaylen Watkins and Rodney McCloud questionable for Sunday.
16 18 up 2 1-0-0
(1-0-0)
-0.5 Tampa Bay
Since the start of the 2016 season, when Mike Smith was named defensive coordinator, Tampa’s 33 takeaways rank No. 2 in the NFL, generating four of them last week.
17 12 down 5 0-2-0
(0-2-0)
-0.5 N.Y. Giants
How bad have the Giants protection schemes on the offensive line been? For his career, Eli Manning has been sacked on 4.6 percent of his dropbacks This year, it’s 10.3 percent!
18 22 up 4 1-1-0
(1-1-0)
0 Washington
Washington finished with a winning record on the road last year and opened up 2017’s road slate with a straight up win as underdogs in LA.
19 17 down 2 1-1-0
(0-2-0)
0.5 Arizona
Trailing 13-3 in the fourth quarter, facing 3rd and 20 with their season already on the line Carson Palmer finally broke out of his funk, guiding an improbable comeback.
20 25 up 5 1-0-0
(1-0-0)
0.5 Miami
The Dolphins were not seriously affected by Hurricane Irma, spending the week practicing in LA with their families in tow. It showed!
21 22 up 1 0-2-0
(1-1-0)
1.5 San Diego
Philip Rivers, talking about the lack of home field edge at StubHub: "The loudest roar came at the end after the missed field goal, you got to see how many Dolphins fans there were."
22 19 down 3 0-2-0
(0-2-0)
1.5 Cincinnati
Facing a ‘near mutiny’ after Cinci’s offense didn’t score a TD in their first two games. Head coach Marvin Lewis responded by firing offensive coordinator Ken Zampese.
23 20 down 3 0-2-0
(0-2-0)
2 New Orleans
So much for an improved pass defense! Through two games, the Saints have allowed a truly woeful 11.2 yards per pass attempt without generating an interception.
24 24 same 1-1-0
(1-1-0)
2.5 Houston
The good news? DeShaun Watson’s TD scramble was enough to notch the win at Cinci. The bad news? Houston’s offense only gained 217 yards on their other 61 snaps.
25 23 down 2 1-1-0
(1-1-0)
2.5 Jacksonville
Don’t be fooled by Blake Bortles decent stats. The Titans played prevent defense with a 30-3 fourth quarter lead, allowing two long, meaningless late TD drives.
26 26 same 1-1-0
(2-0-0)
3 Buffalo
The Bills early offensive woes are no surprise with a new coach, new offensive coordinator and only one WR on the roster who caught a pass for Buffalo last year.
27 28 up 1 1-1-0
(1-1-0)
3.5 Los Angeles
Even with pro bowler Aaron Donald back on the field, LA’s run defense was gashed to the tune of 229 yards at 5.9 yards per rush against the Redskins.
28 29 up 1 0-2-0
(1-1-0)
4 Cleveland
Browns deep threat Corey Coleman suffered a broken hand on Sunday, leaving turnover-prone rookie QB DeShone Kizer without his best receiving weapon.
29 27 down 2 0-2-0
(1-1-0)
4.5 Chicago
The Chicago Bears probably have the single ugliest injury situation in the NFL after losing all of their top receivers and most of their linebackers.
30 30 same 0-2-0
(1-1-0)
6 San Francisco
San Fran’s defense looked gassed by the fourth quarter in Seattle, now playing on a short week after the defense was on the field for 82 snaps on Sunday.
31 31 same 0-2-0
(0-2-0)
7 N.Y. Jets
Todd Bowles is trying to keep the faith in New York: “We might have grown as a team with this loss. The guys started believing in each other and they played hard.”
32 32 same 0-2-0
(1-1-0)
7 Indianapolis
After Indy blew a double digit fourth quarter lead at home, unable to get off the field on a crucial 3rd and 20, Chuck Pagano is moving up the ‘coaches on the hot seat’ lists.

Power Ratings compute offensive and defensive statistics into one number for each team, while accounting for factors like recent performances and strength of schedule. Power Ratings can be used as a baseline for relative spread index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative spread does not account for non-statistical factors like home-field advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, publicity, and weather.

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