It is time for another week of power rankings! There were some pretty good games this last week. I'm happy that I have Brady in my money fantasy league. If you need to get caught up in most of the recent NFL power rankings click here. Thanks, Steve_in_RI!
You really can't say that the panel is filled with homers. You can find out why after the jump.
There really is no surprise that the Packers are sitting good at number one after 3 weeks (if you count the preseason edition). The Patriots are gaining ground fast though. The biggest jump this week goes to the Titans and the Redskins. They both jumped 8 after impressive wins. The biggest fall this week goes to Chiefs who after 2 blowouts dropped 8. It is good to note that the Rams dropped 7.
There was one tie this week. It is funny because these teams tied last week too. I took out the best and worst ranking from the Panthers and Browns. I then averaged out rest of the rankings and the most consistent team won. Remember, the number after the team's name is the average ranking for the panel of eight.
Six of the eight panel members voted the Chiefs 32nd in the league. One member ranked the Chiefs 27th in the league. Thanks again to ChiefsFan90s, upamtn, Flowers24, saskwatch, wustl_chiefs_fan, MtHammer, and GenericBrand.
1. Green Bay Packers (1.6)
Carolina gave them more problems than expected, but as long as Rodgers stays healthy they will be very tough to beat.
2. New England Patriots (1.8)
The Patriots are on fire and I'm starting to really think that no one will be able to stop them.
3. New Orleans Saints (3.8)
To the surprise of absolutely nobody, the Saints are looking good so far.
4. New York Jets (4.4)
It was a good week to be a Jets fan. They destroyed the Jags. However, the Raiders will prove to be a much harder game.
5. Houston Texans (5)
Looking tougher by the week and clearly the best team in a weak division, pencil them in as AFC South Champs.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers (7.4)
After last week's horrible game, the Steelers went back to their roots playing mistake free; Steelers football and it paid off against a weak opponent like Seattle. Pittsburgh needs to play more games like this with Baltimore holding the tiebreaker for now.
7. Baltimore Ravens (7.9)
Baltimore went to Tennessee coming off of a great win against the Steelers. Too bad no one told the Ravens, who forgot all about the Titans and ended getting beaten the same way they beat the Steelers last week.
8. Philadelphia Eagles (8.6)
Two weeks in and already Vick has health issues. Considering the major weakness this team has in the front seven of their defense they can't afford to lose Vick.
9. Detroit Lions (9.9)
If Stafford can continue to put points on the board, that nasty defensive line can create havoc and this team will keep winning. Winners of 6 straight (10 if you count the preseason).
10. San Diego Chargers (10.1)
A tough loss against New England begs the question whether the Chargers can beat the elite.
11. Atlanta Falcons (10.3)
They haven't looked too good so far. If Michael Vick had stayed healthy, they could have easily been 0-2.
12. Chicago Bears (11)
Just when I was starting to believe they might be a top tier team the get pounded by an angry Saints team. The defense will win them a pile of games
13. Buffalo Bills (13)
Good News: The Bills are 2-0. Bad News: They face the Patriots this week.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (14.9)
Dodged a bullet against the Vikings. Still need some breaks to win the division.
15. Washington Redskins (15)
Strong run game and an opportunistic, solid defense....It's seems as though the "Rat" is back.
16. Dallas Cowboys (15.3)
One thing can be said of the Cowboys so far, they've sure been involved in some exciting games. This team is still not living up to the level of talent they have on the roster.
17. New York Giants (17.8)
Considering the injuries this team has they're hanging in. If they can get past Philly this weekend 6-1 to start the year isn't out of the question.
18. Oakland Raiders (19)
Oakland had a great chance to start 2-0, but a defensive collapse in the 2nd half doomed them. The Jets visit in a huge game for the Raiders this Sunday.
19. Arizona Cardinals (20)
The Redskins newly crowned status as the early talk of the league came at the expense of a disappointed Cardinals team. A divisional match-up against the struggling Seahawks could be just what the doctor ordered, though.
20. San Francisco 49ers (20.1)
The 49ers will be looking to rebound after taking a tough loss to the Cowboys. San Francisco can clearly hang with some of the better teams in the league. The next question is: can they win?
21. Tennessee Titans (21.5)
I used to love this team with Jeff Fisher and Vince Young, but there's not much to cheer for these days in Music City.
22. St. Louis Rams (22.1)
The good news for the Rams is that they didn't lose any ground to their division rivals in a week when all 4 NFC West teams lost. The bad news is their tough early season schedule continues at home against the Ravens this week.
23. Jacksonville Jaguars (23)
Reports have Blaine Gabbert starting this week, seems his wait time was very short, we'll see about his learning curve.
24. Denver Broncos (24.5)
Coming off a win normally feels great, but Denver barely beat the Bengals at home. The defense still looks porous, but a win is a win.
25. Miami Dolphins (24.6)
The Dolphins lose another one. They need to get it together and fast to compete in the AFC East.
26. Carolina Panthers (24.8)
I thought that once they had good QB play, they would be pretty good. I can't believe they're 0-2.
27. Cleveland Browns (24.8)
First off, Pat Shurmur's team deserves a shout out for playing an all-around solid game against the Peyton Manning-less Indianapolis Colts. Secondly, would like to give a shout out to AP's own Matt_Grbac who will now be changing his signature admitting that I was right that the Colts are nothing without Peyton Manning; which Colt McCoy, Peyton Hillis and company proved this past Sunday.
28. Cincinnati Bengals (25.9)
If the Week 2 matchup against the Broncos was any indication of things to come, Andy Dalton and A.J. Green will be a force to reckon with for years to come. However, that is in the future and this is now, and for right now the Bengals should expect to keep on losing for 2011.
29. Minnesota Vikings (27.8)
The Vikings need to get back to the basics. Give the ball to AP 35 times, play good defense and hope for the best.
30. Indianapolis Colts (30.6)
This team clearly misses Manning more than they'd like to admit but Collins isn't the worst they could do - Jeff George, anyone?
31. Seattle Seahawks (30.8)
Losing to the Steelers at Pittsburgh was not a surprise, but it still doesn't exactly help Seattle's season outlook.
32. Kansas City Chiefs (31.1)
With all the injuries and disarray going on with KC, one has to wonder how they are even going to be competitive against the Chargers.