Kevin Gleason’s NFL Power Rankings
(Record, previous week ranking)
1. Arizona Cardinals (3-0, 3): Let me be one of the first to call Arizona the best team in football. Pretty darn impressive what they are doing, and lately with a backup quarterback.
2. Cincinnati Bengals (3-0, 4): Enter bye with wins by a combined 47 points.
3. San Diego Chargers (2-1, 6): One-point loss to Cards, a win over Seahawks — excellent Chargers team facing big challenge with injuries in backfield.
4. Seattle Seahawks (2-1, 7): Many folks vaulted Hawks back to No. 1 with win over Broncos.
5. Denver Broncos (2-1, 1): At least they are getting closer to Seattle.
6. Philadelphia Eagles (3-0, 5): Hard-fought win over Washington, in more ways than one.
7. Chicago Bears (2-1, 12): Starting to get things together after the season-opening loss to Bills.
8. New England Patriots (2-1, 9): Thousands of knockout-pool contestants exhaled when Pats squeaked past Raiders.
9. Atlanta Falcons (2-1, 14): The 42-pointer over Bucs does indeed count as just one win.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1, 26): A dominant win in Carolina is certainly an eye-opener.
11. Carolina Panthers (2-1, 2): I’ll give Carolina a mulligan for that effort.
12. San Francisco 49ers (1-2, 8): Still think they are a top-five team; just haven’t shown it the past two weeks.
13. Detroit Lions (2-1, 20): You wonder why they don’t dominate more teams defensively like they did the Packers.
14. Baltimore Ravens (2-1, 16): This team just finds a way to win.
15. Buffalo Bills (2-1, 11): Still like these guys; they just ran into a really good Chargers team.
16. Dallas Cowboys (2-1, 18): Not the prettiest thing you will find, but the Boys, back from 21-0 against Rams, momentarily remain the second best team in their division.
17. Indianapolis Colts (1-2, 17): Lots more to prove after rout of Jags.
18. New Orleans Saints (1-2, 23): They still have a long ways to go after an unimpressive win over the Vikes.
19. Green Bay Packers (1-2, 10): Loved Aaron Rodgers’ message to Pack fans — relax.
20. Cleveland (1-2, 22): Another honest day’s work but another crushing loss, this time to Ravens on field goal as time expired.
21. Giants (1-2, 29): Let’s see how they respond from Texans win with Thursday nighter in Washington.
22. Houston Texans (2-1, 13): Bill O’Brien’s strange fourth-down try from own 46 on the first drive of third quarter led to a Giants field goal and 17-0 lead.
23. Washington Redskins (1-2, 24): Yes, I do believe Washington is a better team with Kirk Cousins playing quarterback.
24. Jets (1-2, 19): Any talk of a quarterback change is preposterous.
25. Kansas City Chiefs (1-2, 30): KC back Joe McKnight had two TD catches in rout of Dolphins; remember him, Jets fans?
26. St. Louis Rams (1-2, 27): Blowing a 21-point lead to the Cowboys just not a good thing.
27. Miami Dolphins (1-2, 15): Consecutive 19-point losses to Bills and Chiefs since season-opening win over Pats.
28. Tennessee Titans (1-2, 21): Looked like football’s version of the Bad News Bears against Cincy.
29. Minnesota (1-2, 25): It’s officially Teddy (Bridgewater) Time in Minny; don’t expect much.
30. Oakland Raiders (0-3, 32): Made a game of it in New England when few expected them to.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-3, 31): Another long, long season in Jacksonville.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-3, 28): The less said about their game a week ago, the better.