Lions and tigers and…Bills?! Oh my indeed (unless of course, you’ve been following this blog for a few weeks now). Lots of shakeups this week in the power rankings with the sample size now growing to three games. Things are now coming into focus for a lot of teams. I don’t expect these rankings to represent how this will stand in Week 17 (for really good lolz, check out the playoff standings at ESPN.com) but this is where each team stands three weeks into the season.
1. Green Bay Packers (3-0) – Anyone opposed? Going once, going twice…yeah, didn’t think so.
2. New Orleans Saints (2-1) – Only loss came to the Packers and beat two legitimate contenders in the Texans and Bears. That’s a number two in my books.
3. Baltimore Ravens (2-1) – Out to prove that the loss against the Titans was an aberration. Pivotal game against the Jets this week.
4. Buffalo Bills (3-0) – Contemplated putting the Patriots here…
5. New England Patriots (2-1) – But I put them here instead. Listen, I understand why people put the Patriots over the Bills right now. But the Bills have Fred Jackson. The Patriots…uhhh, they don’t. That’s the difference. I expect this to change as the year goes on.
6. Houston Texans (2-1) – How will they fare against contenders this year? They’ll find out next week against the Steelers.
7. Detroit Lions (3-0) – I put the other surprise undefeated team here. Reason they’re not higher is ’cause I don’t like the fact they had to go into overtime to beat the Vikings. And the Bills beat the Patriots. Edge goes to Buffalo.
8. New York Jets (2-1) – Let’s calm down New York fans. You lost to a good team…
9. Oakland Raiders (2-1) – That goes right here. Suddenly, their loss at Buffalo doesn’t look so bad. Will see what this team is made of in the next two weeks (Patriots and Texans).
10. San Diego Chargers (2-1) – There’s something missing. Not undergoing those slow starts that have plagued this team in years prior, but they just don’t look as good.
11. Chicago Bears (1-2) – Lost against two good teams and beat another one. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt.
12. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) – I expect this to change too as the year goes on. Possibly lower. There are serious weaknesses to this team.
13. Dallas Cowboys (2-1) – There are flaws, but for now they go here.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1) – Damnit, I spelled ‘buccaneer’ wrong again. I am stoopid.
15. New York Giants (2-1) – Big jump for the G-Men. This is what happens when you win a big game. On the road, no less.
16. Atlanta Falcons (1-2) – I don’t know what to make of this team. At all.
17. Tennessee Titans (2-1) – Can’t spell ‘buccaneer’ but ‘Tennessee’ I get without even blinking.
18. Washington Redskins (2-1) – There’s the Redskins I know. Nice to see you again.
19. San Francisco 49ers (2-1) – What the hell is happening to Frank Gore?
20. Philadelphia Eagles (1-2) – I know this is really low for them, but they deserve it. Their only win came against a Rams team that is banged up. And Michael Vick is injured. Surprise, surprise.
21. Carolina Panthers (1-2) – Got their first win this week in Jacksonville. They haven’t changed much in the rankings since Week 1. And I don’t expect them to change much. A frisky team.
22. Arizona Cardinals (1-2) – Losing to the Seahawks on the road not a big deal. Losing to them at home, however, would have been. They get a pass.
23. Cleveland Browns (2-1) – Eh, not convinced.
24. Denver Broncos (1-2) – Just a meddling team. Will win some games they’re not supposed to and lose a bunch of other ones.
25. Minnesota Vikings (0-3) – I know they’re winless, but they’ve played well in the first half of each game. Just give the rock to AD and call it a day, it’s not that hard.
26. Cincinnati Bengals (1-2) – Add ‘Cincinnati’ as another word I can spell perfectly.
27. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2) – I like that they’re playing Gabbert. That’s about it.
28. St. Louis Rams (0-3) – The worst part? They still have a shot to take this division. Their schedule will get easier. In a few weeks.
29. Indianapolis Colts (0-3) – Showed a pulse against the Steelers.
30. Miami Dolphins (0-3) – Fire Sparano already.
31. Seattle Seahawks (1-2) – Don’t care they won a game. They have to show me more to climb out of this spot.
32. Kansas City Chiefs (0-3) – I don’t want to see them end up here.