NFL Power Rankings: Week 3 Edition – Bleeding Green Nation

NFL Power Rankings: Week 3 Edition - Bleeding Green Nation

Now that Week 2 of the 2022 NFL season is in the books, it’s time for everyone’s favorite meaningful practice: NFL Power Rankings! What differentiates these rankings from the others is that they are the only ones really accurate in the entire universe. And so let’s take a look at how all 32 teams stack up heading into Week 3.


1 – Buffalo Bills (Last Week: 1) – The Bills played the dominant game Super Bowl champions and the reigning number 1 seed in the AFC for the first two weeks. The results? 2-0 record and the best point differential in the NFL at +55. That’s 29 points better than second place. Buffalo is a pickup truck.

2 – Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 2) – Patrick Mahomes through two games: 7 TD, 0 INT, 127.9 passer rating. A win over the Bolts puts the Chiefs on a favorable path for their seventh straight AFC West crown.

3 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 3) – Even though they are 2-0, it’s hard to say that the Bucs have been super impressive to start this season. Tom Brady is off to a slow start, especially by his standards. That said, Todd Bowles has this defense playing pretty well. Tampa has allowed just 13 points so far.

4 – Miami Dolphins (LW: 6) – Tua Tagovailoa had many doubters. The Dolphins were apparently among them based on their previous rumored interest in Deshaun Watson and Tom Brady. But it looks like the light is finally turning on for Tua. Having Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle definitely helps. Still, six touchdown passes in a comeback road win over Baltimore … that’s really impressive. The Dolphins are for real.

5 – Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 10) – The Eagles might be the best team in the NFC. The case can certainly be made they are. I still can’t put them there; must be a little baked in benefit of the doubt when it comes to Brady and the Bucs. But the Birds are definitely legitimate Super Bowl contenders if Jalen Hurts can continue to shine like he did Monday night. The NFL MVP may be playing under center in Philadelphia.

6 – Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 4) – It is possible for a team to outscore another and still lose. That’s what happened to the Bolts on Thursday night. The Chargers outplayed the Chiefs, had fewer penalties, controlled the clock longer, converted third/fourth downs at a higher efficiency … and kept losing. Because of course they did. Very much on brand for the Chargers. It would be nice if Justin Herbert could get some more support. Brandon Staley punting twice on 4th-and-2 in Chiefs territory was bad.

7 – Los Angeles Rams (LW: 5) – Matthew Stafford has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns through two games. He doesn’t look quite right. The Rams overall aren’t as scary as they probably should be. They were in danger of blowing a 28 to 3 lead to Atlanta.

8 – Baltimore Ravens (LW: 6) – This blown lead could haunt them when it comes to sowing in the AFC final picture. Still plenty of time to recover but that was a missed opportunity to give themselves a more comfortable lead in the AFC North.

9 – Minnesota Vikings (LW: 8) – Kirk Cousins ​​is not the worst quarterback in the NFL. He is the worst quarterback to have in the NFL. The Vikings ceiling with him is a solid regular season team that is capable of making the playoffs in a weak NFC. The realistic best case scenario is one postseason win.

10 – Green Bay Packers (LW: 9) – A win over Chicago proves the sky isn’t falling in Green Bay. But the Bucs’ defense will provide a tough test for Aaron Rodgers. Let’s see if the Packers can pull it off and prove they’ll be fine.

11 – Denver Broncos (LW: 13) – I feel like I have this team too high. Russell Wilson might be cooked. Struggling to beat Houston was not a good look for them after their Week 1 loss to Seattle. They have to turn things around quickly because of their fierce division.

12 – San Francisco 49ers (LW: 17) – Trey Lance’s injury is unfortunate but Jimmy Garoppolo’s return lifts their floor. It also lowers their ceiling.

13 – Dallas Cowboys (LW: 18) – Well, the Cowboys aren’t dead yet. Picking up a win over Cincy helps their effort tread water until Dak Prescott returns. Micah Parsons continues to be a problem. He is guaranteed to get to the quarterback multiple times each week.

14 – Detroit Lions (LW: 19) – The Lions are not to be taken lightly. Offensive coordinator Ben Johnson does a nice job of maximizing the talent he’s working with.

15 – Washington Commanders (LW: 15) – Carson Wentz’s fumble in the end zone cost the Commanders nine points (safety and resulting touchdown drive). The Commanders lost in Detroit by … nine points. Wentz is up to 67 fumbles in 87 games. It’s a thing that never goes away.

16 – New Orleans Saints (LW: 16) – Jameis Winston is still capable of being a turnover machine.

17 – New York Giants (LW: 22) – It’s not hard to argue that the G-Men are the worst 2-0 team in the NFL. They rank 11th in point differential, behind five teams with 1-1 records. They have two close wins over uninspiring opponents. That said, the Giants of old don’t win those games. New York has a legitimate chance to advance to 3-0 with a home game against Dallas next.

18 – New England Patriots (LW: 24) – The Pats deserve some credit for pulling out a win in Pittsburgh to avoid falling to 0-2. That offense isn’t very inspiring, though.

19 – Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 11) – We’ve seen enough of Mitchell Trubisky. It’s time to make the switch to Kenny Pickett.

20 – Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 12) – The reigning AFC champions are 0-2 after losing to Cooper Rush. Yes. That much about the Bengals’ offensive line is set … they have allowed 13 sacks and 20 quarterback hits through two games. Not good!

21 – Arizona Cardinals (LW: 25) – Things looked pretty bad for them down 20 to 0 but they rallied to win in overtime. This is a team that desperately needed to show some fight. Now we’ll see if they can build on it.

22 – Las Vegas Raiders (LW: 14) – Blowing a 20-point lead and losing in overtime is a pretty painful way to fall to 0-2. Given the slim margin for error in the AFC West, they can probably already kiss winning the division goodbye.

23 – Cleveland Browns (LW: 20) – If not for a late collapse, they could be 2-0 now. They really need to bounce back with a win over Pittsburgh as they try to tread water until Deshaun Watson returns.

24 – Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 29) – Doug Pederson advanced to 2-0 over Frank Reich with aa commanding a 24 to 0 win. Jaguars players love Dougie P. Great to see.

25 – New York Jets (LW: 31) – They needed an unlikely comeback to beat the Browns … but, hey, they pulled it off! Could this be the spark the Jets need? They next get a shaky Cincy team. And then Pittsburgh after that. Some winnable games ahead of them.

26 – Tennessee Titans (LW: 23) – The bad news is that they are 0-2 and AJ Brown is not walking through that door to save them. The good news is that they play in a pretty bad division. It’s too early to stick a fork in them. But Ryan Tannehill will have to look over his shoulder with Malik Willis waiting in the wings if the Titans continue to undermine.

27 – Houston Texans (LW: 26) – The Texans are neither interesting nor good.

28 – Chicago Bears (LW: 27) – More than one thing can be true. Justin Fields is not set up to succeed. Justin Fields is no good either.

29 – Seattle Seahawks (LW: 28) – Week 2 was a reality check for the Seahawks after an improbable Week 1 win. They are going nowhere fast with Geno Smith leading a juiceless offense.

30 – Indianapolis Colts (LW: 21) – Matt Ryan has one touchdown pass to four interceptions through his first two games in Indy. The Colts have overcome slow starts before during Frank Reich’s tenure and the AFC South is bad, so it’s not like all hope is lost. But they are off to a really bad start. While Tennessee has a worse record, at least they are 0-0 in the division while the Colts are 0-1-1.

31 – Atlanta Falcons (LW: 30) – If they actually eliminated the 28 to 3 comeback, maybe that would have broken the curse? We can’t know for sure because they didn’t make it happen.

32 – Carolina Panthers (LW: 32) – Terrible vibrations. There’s just not much to really feel good about with this group. It’s all just a waste of time.

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