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NFL Power Rankings, Week 3: The Best Separating from the Rest

Welcome back to another Power Rankings here at fansfirstsports.com! Due to a medical situation, I am getting this column out a little late this week, but let’s dive into it! With supposedly good teams still struggling in Week 2 and some surprising teams continuing their fast starts, there’s still plenty of movement in this week’s rankings. Here’s where everyone stands right now prior to Week 3 with a thoughtful one-liner about each squad.


1. DALLAS COWBOYS (2-0)

Previous: 1

One Liner: The offense doesn’t even need to be great for this to be the best team in football because this defense is absolutely special.

2. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (3-0) – Week 3 TNF win over Giants

Previous: 2

One Liner: Nobody produces more YAC on offense and allows less YAC on defense, and that’s a winning formula.

3. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (2-0)

Previous: 3

One Liner: Even with the offense not firing on all cylinders through two weeks, the Eagles are flying.

4. MIAMI DOLPHINS (2-0)

Previous: 4

One Liner: The offense is as explosive as it gets in the NFL, but the rise of the defense will take this team from competitive to contender.

5. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-1)

Previous: 5

One Liner: Chris Jones is as important to the Chiefs defense as Mahomes is to the Chiefs offense.

6. BUFFALO BILLS (1-1)

Previous: 6

One Liner: What happened to the Raiders on Sunday is what will happen to most of the BIlls’ opponents if Josh Allen avoids the irresponsible Red Zone turnovers that have plagued him recently.

7. BALTIMORE RAVENS (2-0)

Previous: 12

One Liner: Despite a spate of critical injuries and a new offensive system, the Ravens win because they are one of the most well-coached, best-prepared teams in all of football week in and week out.

8. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-1)

Previous: 7

One Liner: The Jags HAVE to finish drives in the Red Zone with Touchdowns consistently moving forward if they want to join the NFL’s elite.

9. DETROIT LIONS (1-1)

Previous: 9

One Liner: Despite a tough loss to Seattle, the Lions’ continued growth on both sides of the ball should make Detroit one of the league’s more complete teams as the season progresses.

10. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (0-2)

Previous: 8

One Liner: The only reason the Chargers remain in my top 10 is because I don’t feel comfortable putting any of the next few teams on the list ahead of them.

11. CINCINNATI BENGALS (0-2)

Previous: 11

One Liner: The Bengals have a lot of questions to answer on offense to try to get anything going after their ugly 0-2 start

12. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (1-1)

Previous: 14

One Liner: Right now, this is the worst offense in football outside of maybe Chicago and Carolina, but a splashy defense will keep them in games while Kenny Pickett and company figure things out on “O”.

13. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (2-0)

Previous: 16

One Liner: The Saints defense is leading the way right now, but the impending return of Alvin Kamara should help round out the offense in short order.

14. ATLANTA FALCONS (2-0)

Previous: 17

One Liner: No one plays to their identity better than the Falcons, but is their ground-and-pound style enough to keep stacking Ws over the course of a long season?

15. GREEN BAY PACKERS (1-1)

Previous: 13

One Liner: Jordan Love is looking good, but Aaron Jones can’t get healthy soon enough for this offense.

16. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (1-1)

Previous: 19

One Liner: Welcome back, Geno Smith!

17. CLEVELAND BROWNS (1-1)

Previous: 10

One Liner: Losing Nick Chubb for the season was the one thing that could not happen for this Browns team.

18. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (0-2)

Previous: 18

One Liner: Patriots fans have to like what they see despite the 0-2 start, but Week 3 against the Jets feels like a must-win for Bill Belichick’s boys.

19. NEW YORK JETS (1-1)

Previous: 15

One Liner: Aaron Rodgers was going to be one of 2023’s best storylines, now the Jets offense is barely watchable. It’s one of the more unfortunate situations for NFL fans in recent memory.

20. LOS ANGELES RAMS (1-1)

Previous: 21

One Liner: The Matt Stafford to Puka Nakua connection is the biggest story in fantasy football, and it’s also helping make the Rams a tough out every week.

21. TENNESSEE TITANS (1-1)

Previous: 26

One Liner: The Titans are currently the league’s best team at making opposing offense’s one-dimensional and it’s giving them a chance to stay in, and even win, games against better teams.

22. WASHINGTON COMMANDERS (1-1)

Previous: 25

One Liner: Eric Bienemy is navigating an efficient offense that’s making 2nd year QB Sam Howell look really good so far in 2023.

23. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (2-0)

Previous: 29

One Liner: The most surprising 2-0 team in football has plenty of issues, but the Baker Mayfield to Mike Evans connection isn’t one of them.

24. NEW YORK GIANTS (1-2) – Week 3 TNF loss to 49ers

Previous: 22

One Liner: The Giants did not do enough to surround their big-pay QB with weapons on the outside and it’s showing early in 2023.

25. MINNESOTA VIKINGS (0-2)

Previous: 20

One Liner: The Vikings are 0-2 in one-score games this season after going 11-0 in those contests in 2022.

26. LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (1-1)

Previous: 23

One Liner: Josh Jacobs isn’t doing much so far to justify the Raiders extra financial commitment for 2023.

27. DENVER BRONCOS (0-2)

Previous: 24

One Liner: Two weeks, two tough losses to supposedly lesser teams. Not a good look for a vocal Sean Payton.

28. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (0-2)

Previous: 27

One Liner: Anthony Richardson’s health is paramount, because he’s proving to be every bit as dynamic as hoped and much less raw than expected.

29. HOUSTON TEXANS (0-2)

Previous: 31

One Liner: This Texans offense all of a sudden has a solid group of weapons on the outside with Nico Collins and Tank Dell leading the way.

30. CHICAGO BEARS (0-2)

Previous: 28

One Liner: Things are falling apart quick in Chicago and it’s hard to see a rebound coming anytime soon.

31. CAROLINA PANTHERS (0-2)

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One Liner: It’s been tough so far for Bryce Young, who isn’t getting any help on offense, and is now unlikely to suit up in Week 3.

32. ARIZONA CARDINALS (0-2)

Previous: 32

One-Liner: James Conner is the heartbeat of a team that’s playing as tough as he is every week so far this season.


Who’s too high and who’s too low? Let the discussion commence in the comment section below! And don’t forget to stay tuned to Fans First Sports Network for the biggest stories and analysis from around the NFL this season.

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