NFL Power Rankings: Week 3

By Teddy Covers - Covers Expert

The Broncos' dominance through the first two weeks keeps them at No. 1. Houston bumps New England from the Top 5 while Chicago, Cincinnati and Miami all climb. Find out where your favorite team sits in Week 3's power rankings.

NFL Power Rankings

Week 3 Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T
Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 2-0-0
-9 Denver
Through the first two games, Peyton Manning has a 9-0 TD/INT ratio and a 131.0 passer rating, by far the best numbers in the NFL.
2 3 up 1 2-0-0
-8 Seattle
After dismantling the 49ers Sunday Night, the Seahawks are now an incredible 13-0 straight up, 12-1 against the spread at home since the start of the 2012 preseason.
3 2 down 1 1-1-0
-7.5 San Francisco
The 49ers defense failed them in the postseason last year, and it hasn't been much better this year, ranked No. 27 in the NFL in points allowed.
4 4 same 1-1-0
-6 Green Bay
Rookie RB Eddie Lacy got hurt early against the Redskins last week, but backup James Starks became the first Packer back to rush for more than 100 yards since 2010.
5 6 up 1 2-0-0
-5 Houston
The Texans defense has come up large in crunch time in each of their two comeback victories. They forced six three-and-out's and notched a safety on the Titans' eight second-half drives.
6 5 down 1 2-0-0
-4.5 New England
Overlooked during the Pats sluggish offensive performance last Thursday against the Jets? A stellar defensive effort that preserved a win in a game where they scored only 13 points.
7 7 same 1-1-0
-4 Atlanta
In their last four games dating back to last year's playoffs, Atlanta has outscored its opponents 44-0 in the first quarter, but been outscored 45-10 in the fourth quarter.
8 8 same 2-0-0
-3 New Orleans
New defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is clearly having an impact. The Saints have scored 23 and 16 points, but they're still 2-0. Last year, they didn't win a game when they scored less than 28.
9 9 same 1-1-0
-2.5 Dallas
The Cowboys rank No. 25 in the NFL in total defense through the first two games, showing no dramatic improvement under coordinator Monte Kiffin's new Cover 2 schemes.
10 11 up 1 2-0-0
-2 Chicago
Jay Cutler has committed four turnovers in the Bears' first two games, unable to avoid mistakes. But he's been brilliant in the fourth quarter, leading Chicago to a pair of comeback wins.
11 13 up 2 1-1-0
-1.5 Cincinnati
Cincy drafted two new offensive weapons with their top two picks: RB Giovanni Bernard and TE Tyler Eifert. Between them, they had 131 total yards of offense and a TD Monday Night.
12 12 same 1-1-0
-1 Baltimore
Joe Flacco played like a superstar in the playoffs last year, and got a superstar-level new contract in the offseason. But the lack of weapons surrounding him has stifled this Ravens offense early.
13 16 up 3 2-0-0
-1 Miami
After getting gashed by Andrew Luck for 315 total yards in the first half, the Dolphins' defensive adjustments were stellar, holding Indy to a single field goal after halftime.
14 10 down 4 0-2-0
-1 N.Y. Giants
The Giants offense committed a grand total of 16 turnovers in 16 games last year. They've already committed nine turnovers through their first two games in 2013.
15 15 same 2-0-0
0 Kansas City
With four pro bowlers from last year's 2-14 team returning on defense, the Chiefs stop unit has been stellar, ranked No. 2 in the NFL in points allowed and No. 3 in total yardage.
16 14 down 2 1-1-0
1 Detroit
Through the first two games, the penalty-prone Lions have been flagged a whopping 19 times for an even more whopping 189 yards, allowing six key first downs via penalties.
17 17 same 1-1-0
1 Philadelphia
In the last six quarters of football, the Eagles stop unit has allowed 53 points on 785 yards while forcing a grand total of one punt on 16 drives by the Redskins and Chargers.
18 20 up 2 1-1-0
1.5 Indianapolis
After pulling off a ridiculous eight fourth-quarter comebacks in his first 18 NFL starts, Andrew Luck finally had a rough second half in the Colts' home loss to Miami Sunday.
19 23 up 4 1-1-0
2 San Diego
Philip Rivers has a QB rating of 115.8 through his first two games running Mike McCoy's offense, including a "refuse-to-lose" kind of performance at Philly last Sunday.
20 22 up 2 0-2-0
2.5 Minnesota
The Vikings scored a pair of non-offensive touchdowns at Chicago (one kick return, one fumble return), but their defense got exposed in the fourth quarter for the second straight week.
21 21 same 0-2-0
2.5 Pittsburgh
Quarterbacks and skill position players get all the headlines, but games are still won in the trenches on offense, where the Steelers are as weak as any team in the league.
22 24 up 2 1-1-0
2.5 St. Louis
I liked this quote from Rams DE Robert Quinn following their near comeback in Atlanta. "We never believe we're out of the game until the clock says zero."
23 18 down 5 0-2-0
2.5 Washington
Bryan Orakpo and Adam Carriker's return from injury haven't helped this woeful pass defense one iota, and coordinator Jim Haslett seems clueless about how to fix the problem.
24 19 down 5 0-2-0
3 Carolina
Cam Newton went 25-1 as a starting quarterback in the college ranks, but he's just 13-21 as an NFL starter following yet another heartbreaking loss.
25 25 same 1-1-0
3 Tennessee
With eight second-half drives and a lead at Houston, the Titans went three-and-out six times and took a safety on another possession. Not a performance that leads to many road wins.
26 27 up 1 1-1-0
3.5 Arizona
Bruce Arians is a pointspread machine as a head coach: 2-0 ATS already this year after going 9-3 ATS in his dozen games filling in for Chuck Pagano last year.
27 26 down 1 0-2-0
4 Tampa Bay
There are multiple reports of a growing disconnect between head coach Greg Schiano and starting QB Josh Freeman, and Freeman's 45 percent completions ranks dead last in the NFL.
28 28 same 1-1-0
5 Buffalo
The Bills were criticized after taking E.J. Manuel as the top QB in the 2013 draft. 68 percent completions, a 2-0 spread mark and a fourth-quarter comeback later, Manuel's critics are silent.
29 29 same 0-2-0
5 Cleveland
After seven quarters of inept QB play from Brandon Weeden, Jason Campbell got a chance to win the job in the fourth quarter at Baltimore, but his lone completion went for just six yards.
30 30 same 1-1-0
5 N.Y. Jets
If an NFL QB throws nothing but incomplete passes for an entire game, his QB rating will be 39.6. Geno Smith's QB rating against the Pats last week was 27.6 - worse than all incomplete passes.
31 31 same 1-1-0
6 Oakland
In each of the last two weeks, Oakland has played better than this No. 31 ranking would indicate. If they hang tough at Denver Monday Night, expect a big Raiders jump in my ratings.
32 32 same 0-2-0
9 Jacksonville
I intentionally lowered my power rating on the Jaguars below the market numbers because I don't want to be tempted to bet this team under any circumstances.
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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.