Gleason’s NFL Power Rankings: Week 3

(Record, previous week ranking)

1. Denver Broncos (2-0, 3): Peyton Manning’s quarterback rating in first two games – 111.9, 143.9.

2. Carolina Panthers (2-0, 9): They waited way too long to take a stand on Greg Hardy before deactivating him on game day, then made another on-field statement with a 17-pointer over Detroit.

3. Arizona Cardinals (2-0, 5): They find a lot of different ways to win, with defense the constant.

4. Cincinnati Bengals (2-0, 12): Dominated Falcons by forcing three Matt Ryan interceptions – and without A.J. Green (toe) for almost the entire game.

5. Philadelphia Eagles (2-0, 6): Birds seem to have that comeback thing down quite well.

6. San Diego Chargers (1-1, 15): Antonio Gates showing few signs of slowing down at age 34.

7. Seattle Seahawks (1-1, 1): Denver in that unenviable position of traveling to Seattle off the Hawks’ loss to San Diego.

8. San Francisco 49ers (1-1, 2): Who had them blowing that fourth-quarter lead against Chicago?

9. New England Patriots (1-1, 14): Vikes represented Bill Belichick’s 200th win and Raiders will represent 201st on Sunday.

10. Green Bay Packers (1-1, 16): As Aaron Rodgers alluded to, Jordy Nelson one of the great underrated wideouts in the league.

11. Buffalo Bills (2-0, 19): Reason No. 17,564 why preseason is virtually meaningless – EJ Manuel looked awful.

12. Chicago Bears (1-1, 24): Figuring out these Bears could take great time and effort.

13. Houston Texans (2-0, 21): In a surprise to nobody, Texans are vastly improved under Bill O’Brien.

14. Atlanta Falcons (1-1, 4): Falcs-Bucs not exactly the Thursday night sizzler we’re looking for.

15. Miami Dolphins (1-1, 7): Season-opening 13-point win over New England followed by 19-point loss in Buffalo – this is the NFL.

16. Baltimore Ravens (1-1, 22): Bernard Pierce will be a more-than-adequate replacement for Ray Rice.

17. Indianapolis Colts (0-2, 13): Just way too much of a burden on Andrew Luck.

18. Dallas Cowboys (1-1, 25): You hold the ball for 41:11, as Dallas did against Tennessee, you win.

19. Jets (1-1, 23): I think Rex Ryan made it clear he didn’t call the timeout.

20. Detroit Lions (1-1, 8): Safe to say Matthew Stafford found Carolina’s defense a tad more challenging than he did the Giants’ “D.”

21. Tennessee Titans (1-1, 11): Big win at K.C. followed by a dud against Dallas in their home opener.

22. Cleveland Browns (1-1, 28): Another gritty effort, first back from 24 down to almost beat Pitt, then back to beat Saints.

23. New Orleans Saints (0-2, 10): Dear Saints, Wish I could place a bounty on your entire team for eliminating me from my suicide pool.

24. Washington Redskins (1-1, 30): We will now find out what many folks believe – that Kirk Cousins is no step down from RG3.

25. Minnesota Vikings (1-1, 20): This team is going nowhere, with or without Adrian Peterson.

26. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1, 17): For the second straight season, a tricky team to figure out.

27. St. Louis Rams (1-1, 29): Third-string quarterback Austin Davis leads win over Bucs.

28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-2, 27): The value of saving timeouts – Bucs reach Rams’ 32 in closing seconds but don’t have one, losing 19-17.

29. Giants (0-2, 26): Not a complete mess, but a lot of things need to be cleaned up.

30. Kansas City Chiefs (0-2, 18): Why third-down conversions are overrated – Chiefs converted 11 of 16 and lost a close one in Denver.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2, 31): Definition of bad day – losing by 31 to Redskins and losing tight end Marcedes Lewis (high ankle sprain) for at least eight weeks.

32. Oakland Raiders (0-2, 32): Exactly whom is Oakland going to beat?

kgleason@th-record.com; Twitter: @th_KevinGleason

 

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