Week 3 NFL Power rankings: Baltimore Ravens reach top 5
By Darin McCann
20. Detroit Lions (26)
Maybe we got fooled a little bit last week, thinking Detroit wasn’t very good because they tied Arizona. Maybe both teams are better than we thought. Detroit got a good win over the Chargers, and they get credit for that this week.
19. Houston Texans (10)
After looking so strong against New Orleans in the opener, they were… not great against Jacksonville. Despite the pickup of Laremy Tunsil, this offensive line is a problem.
18. Cleveland Browns (20)
They won, beating the Jets on Monday Night Football, but they still seem out of sync. Right now, they are depending on their defensive line and Odell Beckham Jr. They are going to need more to get where the fans of Cleveland expect them to get.
17. Chicago Bears (14)
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They got by the Broncos by the skin of their teeth, and the help of a very soft whistle, and they struggled on offense in their opener against the Packers. Maybe they’re just not as good as they were last year? (So far, they are not).
16. Tennessee Titans (13)
They follow up their opening win against Cleveland with a sinker against the Colts. Ladies and gentlemen, your Tennessee Titans of the past several years.
15. Indianapolis Colts (19)
They barely beat the Titans, which puts them barely above them here. The Colts look to be one of those 7-9 to 9-7 teams, just like, ahem, the Titans.
14. New Orleans Saints (4)
This is a big drop after losing to a good Rams team, but the injury to quarterback Drew Brees changes everything, and it feels like the refs are squarely on the side of anybody playing against the Saints. That’s a tough combo to overcome.
13. Los Angeles Chargers (5)
I fully expect them to climb back up, but it’s always something with the Chargers, isn’t it? Injuries, errant kickers, holdouts, etc. It’s always something. This “something” had a little bit of everything to it in a loss to Detroit.
12. Philadelphia Eagles (6)
They’re a little banged up, and lost a tough one to Atlanta the other night. They are as talented as anyone and should climb these rankings with better health.
11. Buffalo Bills (17)
This defense is for real, and there’s something building with the offense, as well. It’s good to see John “Smoke” Brown producing this year, and the Bills appear to be a team on the rise.