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- 2.1 32. Atlanta Falcons — Falcons Can’t Complete Comeback vs Rams
- 2.2 31. Carolina Panthers — Panthers’ Comeback Bid Falls Short Again In Week 2
- 2.3 30. Houston Texans — Houston Comes Up Short For Second Straight Week
- 2.4 29. Seattle Seahawks — How Long Can Seattle Survive With Geno Smith As A Starter?
- 2.5 28. Chicago Bears — Do The Bears Believe In Fields’ Ability To Make Plays With His Arm?
- 2.6 27. New York Jets — Jets Respond As Flacco Delivers Miracle Comeback In Cleveland
- 2.7 26. Jacksonville Jaguars — Jaguars Sit Atop AFC South Standings With 1-1 Record
- 2.8 25. Tennessee Titans — Titans Fall Flat It Blowout Loss Against Buffalo
- 2.9 24. Las Vegas Raiders — Raiders Offense Goes Silent In OT-Loss Against Arizona
- 2.10 23. Detroit Lions — Goff Explodes For 4 TDs In Win vs Commanders
- 2.11 22. Dallas Cowboys — Cooper Rush Helps Keep Cowboys’ Playoff Hopes Alive
- 2.12 21. Washington Commanders — Wentz Off To Strong Start In Washington
- 2.13 20. Arizona Cardinals — Did Kyler Murray Save Kliff Kingsbury’s Job In Las Vegas?
- 2.14 19. New England Patriots — Patriots Prepared For Tough Matchup vs Lamar Jackson, Ravens
- 2.15 18. Pittsburgh Steelers — OC Matt Canada Under Fire For Steelers Offensive Performance
- 2.16 17. Indianapolis Colts — What Happened To Jonathan Taylor In Week 2?
- 2.17 16. Cincinnati Bengals — Can The Bengals Get Burrow Back On Track In Week 3?
- 2.18 15. Cleveland Browns — Browns Suffer Late-Game Collapse In Loss vs Jets
- 2.19 14. Minnesota Vikings — Justin Jefferson Goes Quiet In MNF Loss To Eagles
- 2.20 13. Denver Broncos — Is It Time To Hit The Panic Button In Denver?
- 2.21 12. New York Giants — Giants Finding New Ways To Win Under Brian Daboll
- 2.22 11. New Orleans Saints — Old Winston Shows Up In 4th Quarter Of Loss vs Bucs
- 2.23 10. Baltimore Ravens — Lamar Jackson’s Big Day Not Enough For Ravens
- 2.24 9. San Francisco 49ers — Can Jimmy Garoppolo Lead The 49ers To The Super Bowl?
- 2.25 8. Green Bay Packers — Aaron Rodgers Still Owns The Chicago Bears
- 2.26 7. Los Angeles Rams — Is Matthew Stafford’s Arm OK?
- 2.27 6. Miami Dolphins — Tagavailoa, Dolphins Stun Ravens In Epic Comeback Win
- 2.28 5. Los Angeles Chargers — Will Herbert Be Healthy Enough To Play In Week 3?
- 2.29 4. Philadelphia Eagles — Hurts, Eagles Put League On Notice With Win Over Minnesota
- 2.30 3. Kansas City Chiefs — Mahomes, Chiefs Still The Team To Beat In The AFC East
- 2.31 2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Mike Evans Suspended In Brawl vs New Orleans
- 2.32 1. Buffalo Bills — Josh Allen Throws 4 TDs In Blowout Win vs Titans
On Sunday, two 20-point comebacks shook up our NFL Week 3 Power Rankings.
After blowing a 21-point fourth-quarter lead, the Baltimore Ravens dropped five spots in our NFL Week 3 Power Rankings.
Meanwhile, the Bengals took the biggest fall, moving down seven spots to No. 16.
On the other hand, Detroit Lions and New York Giants were among the biggest risers after notching hard-earned Week 2 victories.
Yet, when the dust settled, Josh Allen and Buffalo Bills retained the top spot heading into Week 3 with a convincing 34-point win over the Tennessee Titans.
Check out our NFL Week 3 Power Rankings below.
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NFL Week 3 Power Rankings Chart
|Rank||Team||Change (Last Week)||Super Bowl Odds||Notes|
|+450||Josh Allen continued his bid for NFL MVP in Week 2, throwing for 317 yards with four touchdowns in a 41-7 blowout win over the Titans. Through two games, Allen has thrown for 614 yards with 7 TDs and 2 INTs while adding another score on the ground. He leads a Bill offense that ranks first in the NFL in points per game.|
|2||Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|+800||It took some time but Tom Brady and the Bucs got over the hump against the NFC North-rival New Orleans Saints in Week 2. The bigger concern in Tampa Bay is the state of Brady’s wide receiver corps. The Bucs played without Chris Godwin and Julio Jones while Mike Evans was ejected (and suspended) for his role in a brawl vs the Saints.|
|3||Kansas City Chiefs
|+700||The Chiefs got the job done in a pivotal Week 2 matchup at home against the LA Chargers to improve to 2-0. While the Chargers, Broncos, and Raiders drew most of the offseason hype, Kansas City proved that it remains the team to beat the AFC West.|
|+1000||Philadelphia dismantled Minnesota 24-7 on Monday Night Football, as cornerback Darius Slay Jr. shut down Vikings’ WR Justin Jefferson in the win. Jalen Hurts threw for 333 yards and finished with three touchdowns for the Eagles, who suddenly look like one of the most well-rounded teams in the NFL.|
|5||Los Angeles Chargers
|+1400||Herbert gutted out a tough 27-24 loss against the Chiefs and made some remarkable throws after getting hurt. The Chargers’ QB fractured rib cartilage and is “day-to-day” but remains questionable heading into Week 3. At 1-1, the Chargers will need a healthy Herbert to compete in the loaded AFC West.|
|+2500||The Dolphins stunned the Ravens with a 21-point fourth-quarter comeback on Sunday to improve to 2-0. Tua Tagavailoa threw 6 TDs and threw for 469 yards in the win and dispelled any concerns about his arm strength by connecting on two TD passes for 48 yards or longer.|
|7||Los Angeles Rams
|+1600||Los Angeles lost focus late in what appeared to be a blowout win against the Falcons. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey sealed a 31-27 win with an interception in the end zone in the final moments. Still, there are major concerns about the Rams’ offense, which ranks 26th in the NFL at just 290 yards per game.|
|8||Green Bay Packers
|+1400||Aaron Rodgers bounced back from his Week 1 debacle by throwing 2 TDs in a 27-10 win over the Chicago Bears. While Rodgers continued his dominance against the Bears, the Packers are now a perfect 10-0 following a loss under head coach Matt LaFleur.|
|9||San Francisco 49ers
|+1600||Trey Lance’s season is over after suffering an ankle injury in Week 2 but the 49ers actually looked better with backup Jimmy Garoppolo under center on Sunday. Garoppolo owns the second-highest regular season winning percentage in NFL history, behind only Tom Brady.|
|+1800||Baltimore was on the cusp of a 2-0 record after Lamar Jackson’s 79-yard touchdown run but the Ravens defense gave up 28 fourth-quarter points. Baltimore’s secondary had no answers for either Tyreek Hill (190 yards, 2 TD) or Jaylen Waddle (171 yards, 2 TDs) in the second half.|
|11||New Orleans Saints
|+4000||The wrong Jameis Winston showed up in the fourth quarter of the Bucs-Saints game, as he threw interceptions on three consecutive drives against his former team. After throwing just 3 INTs in 2021, Winston has already matched that total after last week’s performance against Tampa Bay.|
|12||New York Giants
|+6600||The Giants are now 2-0 under head coach Brian Daboll. Not only has the offense flashed improvement but New York’s defense has held opponents to a 21.7 percent conversion rate on third down under new defensive coordinator Don Martindale, the best mark in the NFL|
|+2500||Denver didn’t earn any style points in a 16-9 win over the Houston Texans in Week 2. Russell Wilson completed fewer than 50% of his passes in a sloppy win, as the Broncos were flagged 13 times and racked up 100 penalty yards on the day.|
|+2200||Following a season-opening win against Green Bay, Minnesota didn’t look like a team that could contend for the NFC North crown in Week 2. The Vikings mustered one touchdown and only 4.5 yards per play in a 24-7 loss to the Eagles on Monday Night Football.|
|+6600||Through two games, the Browns defense has given up a whopping 34 fourth quarter points. After barely surviving in Week 1, Cleveland gave up 14 points over the final 1:31 against the Jets to fall to 1-1. Luckily for Cleveland, the Steelers, Bengals, and Ravens also lost in Week 2.|
|+3500||The Super Bowl hangover is real in Cincinnati. Back-to-back losses to the Steelers and Cowboys have the Bengals sitting at the bottom of the AFC North standings through two weeks. Even more concerning: QB Joe Burrow has been sacked a whopping 13 times in two games.|
|+4000||Matt Ryan and the Colts’ offense were shut out in an embarrassing 24-0 loss versus Jacksonville. Ryan threw three crippling interceptions as the Colts abandoned the run game, leaving RB Jonathan Taylor with only eight carries and 12 total touches in the 24-0 loss. It marked the third time since 2017 that the Colts were shut out versus the Jaguars.|
|+7500||Offensive coordinator Matt Canada has come under fire for the Steelers’ performance on offense through two games. With players reportedly questioning the play-calling in the huddle, head coach Mike Tomlin is starting to run out of patience. Pittsburgh ranks 30th in the NFL in total offense at just 255 yards per game.|
|19||New England Patriots
|+5500||New England may have saved its season with a 17-14 road win in Pittsburgh in Week 2. The Patriots may have also found their identity in the win, rushing for 124 yards as a team. At 1-1, New England will still have its hands full in the AFC East, which features the Super Bowl-favorite Bills and up-and-coming Miami Dolphins.|
|+4500||Kyler Murray’s late-game scramble and a fortunate fumble recovery for a touchdown in overtime helped Arizona avoid an 0-2 start. While the Cardinals survived a scoreless first half against the Raiders, the seat could start to heat up for head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Arizona has lost six of its last eight games dating back to last season.|
|+8000||Washington couldn’t overcome a 22-0 halftime deficit on the road in Detroit. Carson Wentz threw for 337 yards with 3 TDs and 1 INT in a 36-27 loss versus the Lions on Sunday. Entering Week 3, Wentz is second in the NFL in passing and appears to have complete command of the Commanders’ offense.|
|+4000||In their first week without starting QB Dak Prescott, the Cowboys gutted out a home win versus Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals. Backup Cooper Rush finished with 235 passing yards and a touchdown for the Cowboys, who rode their defense to a much-needed win. However, 3 of Dallas’ next 4 games are against NFC East teams.|
|+10000||The Lions’ offense has been one of the most underrated stories of the NFL season. Through two weeks, Detroit fourth in total offense and second in points per game. Meanwhile, Jared Goff has thrown for 6 TDs and only 1 INT in two games.|
|24||Las Vegas Raiders
|+5000||The Josh McDaniels era is off to a poor start in Las Vegas. After going up 2-0 on Sunday, Derek Carr and company managed just 48 yards in the second half of an OT-loss versus Arizona. To make matters worse, Davante Adams was limited to just 2 catches for 12 yards.|
|+7000||There are plenty of questions in Tennessee following a 41-7 drubbing versus the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football. After winning the AFC South in each of the past two seasons, the Titans appear a long way from being a playoff team right now. Luckily, the Jaguars are the only AFC South team with a win heading into Week 3.|
|+10000||Trevor Lawrence had his best day as a pro in the 24-0 win over Indianapolis. The Jaguars’ defense continues to be a bright spot in Jacksonville but let’s not read too far into Sunday’s win. Jacksonville is 6-30 in its last 36 games; four of those wins have come against the Colts and three of them were shutout victories.|
|27||New York Jets
|+17500||What a difference a week makes for the Jets offense. Veteran QB Joe Flacco threw for over 300 yards for the second consecutive game, adding 4 TDs and 0 INT in a clutch 31-30 comeback win over the Browns. New York took advantage of a recovered onside kick to score twice in the final 1:31 and earn its first win of the season.|
|+20000||Chicago seemed hesitant to put the ball in Justin Fields’ hands in Week 2. The second-year QB threw just 11 passes and ended up 70 yards through the air in the loss. While he nearly added a second rushing touchdown with a stretch on a fourth-and-goal, Fields has left a lot to be desired through two games.|
|+25000||Three turnovers and some questionable play-calling led to a 27-7 loss versus the 49ers in Week 2. After managing just 36 rushing yards last week, QB Geno Smith and the Seahawks will need to go back to the drawing board in a winnable matchup versus Atlanta in Week 3.|
|+25000||The Texans opened the regular season with tough matchups against Indianapolis and Denver. While Houston should have escaped with a 1-1 record during that span, it’s a good sign that the defense has shown life under new head coach Lovie Smith.|
|+25000||Baker Mayfield had the Panthers on the cusp of a win for the second straight week but Carolina couldn’t seal the deal at home against the New York Giants. Through 2 games, Mayfield has completed just 53.6 percent of his passes with only two touchdowns.|
|+50000||The Falcons have covered the spread in each of their first two games of the season but still wind up at the bottom of our list this week. Atlanta collapsed in Week 1, then showed some resolve in a tough loss against the Rams last week.|
NFL Week 3 Power Rankings
There are only five winless teams and five undefeated teams in the NFL after two weeks.
The parity of a typical NFL season was on full display in Week 2, which kept football fans on the edge of their seats with a few remarkable late-game comebacks.
As a result, more than half of the teams of the league have split their first two regular season games.
In fact, 22 NFL teams will enter Week 3 with a 1-1 overall record.
Check out some of the key NFL games to watch in Week 3:
- Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cleveland Browns (Thursday Night Football)
- Kansas City Chiefs @ Indianapolis Colts
- Buffalo Bills @ Miami Dolphins
- Baltimore Ravens @ New England Patriots
- Jacksonville Jaguars @ Los Angeles Chargers
- San Francisco 49ers @ Denver Broncos (Sunday Night Football)
- Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants (Monday Night Football)
Let’s go over our complete NFL Week 3 Power Rankings below.
32. Atlanta Falcons — Falcons Can’t Complete Comeback vs Rams
- 📉 Last Week — #30 (🔻 2)
- 🏈 Week 2 Standout — Drake London (8 catches, 86 yards, 1 TD)
For the second straight week, the Falcons nearly pulled off an improbable upset.
Much to the delight of bettors, the Falcons have covered the spread in each of their first two games but it hasn’t resulted in a win.
Instead, the Marcus Mariota-led group will enter Week 3 with an 0-2 record.
After failing to throw a touchdown pass in Week 1, Mariota had 2 TDs and 2 INTs in the Week 2 loss versus Los Angeles.
The good news?
Rookie WR Drake London looked like a force to be reckoned with after scoring his first NFL touchdown.
31. Carolina Panthers — Panthers’ Comeback Bid Falls Short Again In Week 2
- 📉 Last Week — #28 (🔻 3)
- 🏈 Week 2 Standout — Christian McCaffrey (15 carries, 102 yards, 4 catches, 26 yards)
The Baker Mayfield experiment hasn’t worked out in Carolina, leaving the front office with little choice but to start putting head coach Matt Rhule under fire.
Optimists will point out the fact that Carolina lost both games on field goals of 56 yards or longer, the first time that’s happened in consecutive weeks in NFL history.
However, Carolina was in position to win in Week 1 against the Browns and Week 2 against the Giants but failed to execute late in both losses.
As a result, the Panthers’ head coach is among the NFL coaches on the hot seat heading into Week 3.
30. Houston Texans — Houston Comes Up Short For Second Straight Week
- 📈 Last Week — #27 (🔻 3)
- 🏈 Week 2 Standout — Davis Mills (177 passing yards, 0 TD)
If the first two weeks of the regular season are any indication, beating Houston isn’t going to be a cakewalk under new head coach Lovie Smith.
The Texans showed poise against the Broncos in Week 2 and led late in the game before giving up a game-winning touchdown drive to Russell Wilson in a 16-9 loss.
Smith’s famous bend-but-don’t-break defense has been operating at a high level thus far.
The Texans have given up only three touchdowns in total and just 18 points per game through the first two contests, tied for eighth in the NFL.
29. Seattle Seahawks — How Long Can Seattle Survive With Geno Smith As A Starter?
- 📈 Last Week — #26 (🔻 3)
- 🏈 Week 2 Standout — Tyler Lockett (9 catches, 107 yards)
The Seahawks might be 1-1 but fans have to wonder how long Seattle can survive with a conservative Geno Smith under center.
Smith has been running the Seahawks’ offense efficiently, completing a whopping 81 percent of his passes.
However, he’s thrown for fewer than 200 yards in each of the first two games and is averaging just 6.8 yards per attempt.
With teams not hesitating to stack the box, moving the ball could become more difficult for a Seahawks’ offense that comes into Week 3 ranked 31st in the NFL in yards per game.
28. Chicago Bears — Do The Bears Believe In Fields’ Ability To Make Plays With His Arm?
- 📈 Last Week — #25 (🔻 3)
- 🏈 Week 2 Standout — David Montgomery (15 carries, 122 rushing yards)
No team in the NFL has performed worse than the Bears on offense.
Chicago ranks dead-last in the league, averaging just 216 yards yards of total offense and only 76.5 passing yards per game.
To give you an idea of how bad Chicago’s passing offense has been: No. 1 wide receiver Darnell Mooney has been targeted just four times and has just two catches for four yards through two games.
After attempting just 11 passes on Sunday Night Football against the Green Bay Packers, look for Fields to be more aggressive in the passing game against the Texans this week.
27. New York Jets — Jets Respond As Flacco Delivers Miracle Comeback In Cleveland
- 📉 Last Week — #32 (🔺 5)
- 🏈 Week 2 Standout — Joe Flacco (304 yards, 4 TD)
It took a minor miracle but Joe Flacco earned his first win as a New York Jets quarterback in Sunday’s 31-30 comeback win over the Cleveland Browns.
Flacco picked up where he left off in Week 1, throwing for 307 yards with 4 TDs and no interceptions while leading back-to-back touchdown drives in the final two minutes.
After the Jets got the ball via by recovering an onside kick, led a game-winning nine-play 53-yard drive that culminated in a 15-yard touchdown pass to rookie first-round pick Garrett Wilson.
Wilson was one of the team’s biggest contributors on offense, racking up eight catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns after a quiet NFL debut.
26. Jacksonville Jaguars — Jaguars Sit Atop AFC South Standings With 1-1 Record
- 📉 Last Week — #31 (🔺 5)
- 🏈 Week 2 Standout — Trevor Lawrence (235 yards, 2 TD)
Following a lackluster performance in the season-opener, QB Trevor Lawrence finally displayed some long-awaited strides under center in Week 2.
Lawrence finished Sunday’s game against the Colts 25-of-30 passing for 235 yards with 2 TDs and no interceptions.
The former No. 1 overall pick also finished with a 95.3 QBR, his best rating in an NFL game.
Jacksonville sacked Matt Ryan five times and forced three interceptions in the 24-0 shutout win.
Through two games, the Jaguars lead the NFL in turnover differential (+5) and are tied for the league-lead in takeaways (five).
25. Tennessee Titans — Titans Fall Flat It Blowout Loss Against Buffalo
- 📉 Last Week — #22 (🔻 3)
- 🏈 Week 2 Standout — Derrick Henry (25 yards, 1 TD)
Tennessee is fresh off of an embarrassing 41-7 loss in primetime against the Buffalo Bills.
For the second straight week, the Titans struggled to get anything going on offense in the second half.
At 0-2, head coach Mike Vrabel will need to work some magic to get the Titans back to the NFL Playoffs in 2022.
24. Las Vegas Raiders — Raiders Offense Goes Silent In OT-Loss Against Arizona
- 📉 Last Week — #20 (🔻 4)
- 🏈 Week 2 Standout — Derek Carr (252 passing yards, 2 TD)
It’s only Week 3 but Sunday’s contest will be a must-win game for Las Vegas.
Now 0-2 under new head coach Josh McDaniels, the Raiders will need to have a sense of urgency to improve and get their first win.
Las Vegas traded former OT Justin Herron to shore up its offensive line but the Raiders have problems on both sides of the ball.
Ranked near the bottom of the league in total defense and scoring defense, Las Vegas appears a long way from becoming a potential playoff team.
23. Detroit Lions — Goff Explodes For 4 TDs In Win vs Commanders
- 📉 Last Week — #29 (🔺 6)
- 🏈 Week 2 Standout — Jared Goff (256 passing yards, 4 TD)
Detroit bounced back with an impressive 36-27 win over the Washington Commanders in Week 2.
Don’t look now but the Lions have been one of the league’s most prolific offenses through the first two games.
The Lions rank fourth in total offense, third in rushing yards per game, and second in the NFL in points per contest.
Perhaps even more impressive, QB Jared Goff has thrown for six touchdowns and only one interception during that span.
22. Dallas Cowboys — Cooper Rush Helps Keep Cowboys’ Playoff Hopes Alive
- 📉 Last Week — #24 (🔺 2)
- 🏈 Week 2 Standout — Noah Brown (5 catches, 91 yards, 1 TD)
Most NFL experts wrote off the Cowboys after they lost Dak Prescott in Week 1 but there is a possibility that Dallas could hang around in the NFC East until he returns.
With games against the New York Giants and Washington Commanders looming over the next two weeks, the Cowboys have a chance to gain the inside track in the division race.
QB Cooper Rush looked serviceable for stretches in last week’s improbable win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Rush has now orchestrated game-winning drives in each of his first two career NFL starts.
21. Washington Commanders — Wentz Off To Strong Start In Washington
- 📈 Last Week — #24 (🔺 1)
- 🏈 Week 2 Standout — Carson Wentz (337 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT)
Washington was shut out in the first half of its 36-27 loss versus Detroit in Week 2.
After trailing 22-0 at halftime, Carson Wentz got the offense rolling but it was too little, too late for the Commanders, who squandered a chance to keep pace in the NFC East race.
Despite the loss, head coach Ron Rivera has to like what he sees from his new quarterback.
Through two weeks, Wentz ranks second in the NFL in passing yards (650) and is tied for first in the NFL in touchdown passes (seven).
Next up, Wentz gets to exact revenge on his old team and newest division rival, the Philadelphia Eagles.
20. Arizona Cardinals — Did Kyler Murray Save Kliff Kingsbury’s Job In Las Vegas?
- 📉 Last Week — #17 (🔻 4)
- 🏈 Week 2 Standout — Kyler Murray (277 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 28 rushing yards, 1 rush TD)
Kyler Murray may have saved the Cardinals’ season and head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s job.
Arizona got smacked early against the Raiders but stunned Las Vegas by scoring a game-tying touchdown and adding a 2-point conversion with no time remaining in regulation.
Murray’s scramble as time expired put his athleticism and playmaking ability on full display.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals’ defense woke up after halftime and finished the game off with a forced fumble recovery for a touchdown in the extra session.
19. New England Patriots — Patriots Prepared For Tough Matchup vs Lamar Jackson, Ravens
- 📉 Last Week — #19 (🔻 4)
- 🏈 Week 2 Standout — Mac Jones (252 passing yards, 1 TD, 1 INT)
The Patriots didn’t do enough to dispel the early concerns about their offense but New England escaped Pittsburgh with a 17-14 victory nonetheless.
Bill Belichick’s squad has held its own defensively, ranking fourth in the league in total defense and fifth against the run.
However, New England enters Week 3 tied for 29th in the NFL in scoring at just 12 points per game.
While the Patriots showed signs of establishing their run game last week, Mac Jones and company will need to score more than 17 points in Week 3 against the Ravens.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers — OC Matt Canada Under Fire For Steelers Offensive Performance
- 📈 Last Week — #20 (🔺 2)
- 🏈 Week 2 Standout — Mitchell Trubisky (168 passing yards, 1 TD, 1 INT)
Pittsburgh had several chances to beat the Patriots last weekend but fell victim to an offense that simply hasn’t moved the football with any type of consistency through two weeks.
Mitchell Trubisky and others on offense are hoping that offensive coordinator Matt Canada will open up the passing game in time for a Thursday Night Football showdown against the Cleveland Browns.
Trubisky enters Week 3 ranked last in the NFL in yards per attempt but he hasn’t had much help from the Steelers’ run game either.
Pittsburgh ranks 26th in the NFL in rushing at just 83 yards per game.
17. Indianapolis Colts — What Happened To Jonathan Taylor In Week 2?
- 📈 Last Week — #12 (🔻 3)
- 🏈 Week 2 Standout — Jonathan Taylor (9 carries, 54 yards)
Matt Ryan hasn’t been as good as advertised in his first season with the Colts but Jonathan Taylor’s usage in last week’s loss was downright troubling.
The All-Pro running back averaged over five yards per carry but ended with just 54 yards on nine carries in the loss.
Indianapolis comes in with an 0-1-1 record after what were supposed to be two winnable games against the Texans and Jaguars.
From here, things won’t get any easier for the Colts, who will take on Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs at home in Week 3.
16. Cincinnati Bengals — Can The Bengals Get Burrow Back On Track In Week 3?
- 📉 Last Week — #6 (🔻 3)
- 🏈 Week 2 Standout — Tee Higgins (71 yards, 1 TD)
Don’t look now but the Bengals are suddenly 0-2 and in last place in a tough AFC North division.
The Super Bowl hangover continued for Cincinnati in Week 2, as the Bengals dropped a hard-fought game versus a Dallas Cowboys team that was playing without starting QB Dak Prescott.
Joe Burrow has thrown more interceptions (four) than touchdowns (three) through two games.
Perhaps even more concerning, the 25-year-old QB has been sacked 13 times during that span.
15. Cleveland Browns — Browns Suffer Late-Game Collapse In Loss vs Jets
- 📈 Last Week — #21 (🔺 7)
- 🏈 Week 2 Standout — Nick Chubb (87 yards, 3 TD)
The Browns did just about everything that they could to lose the game on Sunday.
It started with clock mismanagement and a missed PAT but soon spiraled out of control from there.
After giving up a 66-yard touchdown pass on the ensuing drive, Cleveland allowed the Jets to recover an onside kick and seal the comeback with another score in the final minute.
After squandering a chance at a 2-0 start, Cleveland will need to recover on a short week with a TNF battle looming against the Pittsburgh.
14. Minnesota Vikings — Justin Jefferson Goes Quiet In MNF Loss To Eagles
- 📈 Last Week — #22 (🔺 9)
- 🏈 Week 2 Standout — Kirk Cousins (221 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT)
After looking unstoppable in Week 1, Justin Jefferson was shut down against Darius Slay Jr. and the Eagles’ defense on Monday Night Football.
While Jefferson will undoubtedly get his throughout the season, the bigger concern for the Vikings was the disappearance of star running back Dalvin Cook.
Cook received just six carries and 10 total touches in the loss to Philadelphia, which could be a sign of things to come in Minnesota.
Head coach Kevin O’Connell, a former quarterback, could opt for a pass-heavy offense instead.
The last time Cook saw the Lions, he gashed them for 206 yards and two touchdowns in Week 9 of the 2020 season.
13. Denver Broncos — Is It Time To Hit The Panic Button In Denver?
- 📉 Last Week — #9 (🔻 7)
- 🏈 Week 2 Standout — Russell Wilson (219 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT)
Russell Wilson completed just 14-of-31 passes but went 4-for-4 on the game-winning drive to lead Denver to an ugly 16-9 win over the Houston Texans.
While the panic meter is starting to rise, don’t expect any major changes for the Broncos.
Head coach Nathanial Hackett has had issues with clock and game management through the first two weeks but insisted that we will continue to call the plays in the team’s Week 3 game versus the San Francisco 49ers.
Too many penalties and inefficiency in the red zone has also plagued the Broncos’ offense through two weeks.
12. New York Giants — Giants Finding New Ways To Win Under Brian Daboll
- 📈 Last Week — #23 (🔺 6)
- 🏈 Week 2 Standout — Daniel Jones (176 passing yards, 1 TD)
The Brian Daboll-era in New York couldn’t be off to a better start.
Back-to-back upset wins has the Giants sitting pretty atop the NFC East division standings with a 2-0 record.
Not only has the offense made strides with Daniel Jones under center but New York’s defense has stepped up with big plays through the first two games.
Under first year defensive coordinator Don Martindale, the Giants rank fifth in passing down blitz rate at 23.9 percent and first in the league in third-down defense at 21.7 percent.
11. New Orleans Saints — Old Winston Shows Up In 4th Quarter Of Loss vs Bucs
- 📈 Last Week — #11 (🔺 4)
- 🏈 Week 2 Standout — Michael Thomas (6 catches, 65 yards, 1 TD)
Jameis Winston is reportedly playing through multiple fractures in his back and that appeared to hamper his performance on Sunday.
The Saints’ offensive line didn’t provide much help, as Winston was sacked six times in the 20-10 loss.
If the Saints can’t keep Winston upright, it might be a good idea for head coach Dennis Allen to opt for backup Andy Dalton until the Saints QB is 100 percent healthy.
The former No. 1 overall pick has thrown for just 505 yards with 3 TDs and 3 INTs through two games.
10. Baltimore Ravens — Lamar Jackson’s Big Day Not Enough For Ravens
- 📈 Last Week — #10 (🔺 4)
- 🏈 Week 2 Standout — Lamar Jackson (318 passing yards, 3 TD, 119 rushing yards, 1 rush TD)
Lamar Jackson exploded for a 79-yard touchdown run that should have sealed the game in the third quarter last week.
Instead, the Ravens’ proceeded to surrender a 21-point lead by giving up four touchdowns in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 42-38 loss versus the Miami Dolphins.
Baltimore gave up two touchdown passes of 48 yards or longer in the fourth quarter, which could be a sign of things to come for a Baltimore secondary that also gave up over 300 passing yards to Joe Flacco in Week 1.
Three AFC North teams, including the Ravens, will enter Week 3 tied for first place with a 1-1 record.
9. San Francisco 49ers — Can Jimmy Garoppolo Lead The 49ers To The Super Bowl?
- 📉 Last Week — #5 (🔻 7)
- 🏈 Week 2 Standout — Jimmy Garoppolo (154 passing yards, 1 TD)
The cart came out onto the field for QB Trey Lance in San Francisco last week but backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo couldn’t wipe the smile off of his face.
Following a tumultuous offseason, Garoppolo picked up right where he left off last year, throwing for 154 yards with a touchdown in a 27-7 win over the Seattle Seahawks.
Unfortunately, Lance suffered a broken ankle and will be out for the remainder of the NFL season.
With Garoppolo under center, San Francisco is actually better positioned to win games in 2022 and competent quarterback play could turn the 49ers into legitimate Super Bowl contenders.
Through two games, San Francisco ranks first in total defense and passing defense while ranking second against the run and fourth in the league in scoring defense.
8. Green Bay Packers — Aaron Rodgers Still Owns The Chicago Bears
- 📉 Last Week — #7 (🔻 5)
- 🏈 Week 2 Standout — Aaron Jones (132 rushing yards, 38 receiving yards, 2 TD)
Green Bay got back on track in Week 2 with a dominating win over the Chicago Bears.
Aaron Rodgers threw for two touchdowns and no interceptions while Aaron Jones turned 18 touches in 170 yards and two scores in the victory.
At 1-1, the Packers are suddenly tied for the NFC North lead and should be able to continue their stranglehold on the division.
With a matchup versus the Buccaneers on the horizon, Green Bay will have the benefit of playing Tampa Bay at time when Tom Brady will be without Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and potentially Julio Jones.
7. Los Angeles Rams — Is Matthew Stafford’s Arm OK?
- 📉 Last Week — #2 (🔺 6)
- 🏈 Week 2 Standout — Cooper Kupp (11 catches, 108 yards, 2 TD)
The Rams escaped last week’s game versus the Atlanta Falcons with a win but Los Angeles lost focus after building a big lead.
QB Matthew Stafford leads the NFL in interceptions through two weeks, something that plagued him during his tenure with the Detroit Lions.
Stafford’s arm health came into question during the offseason and there are still legitimate causes for concern.
The Rams’ starter has averaged just 6.6 yards per attempt, his lowest mark since 2011 and a far cry from the 8.1 yards per attempt that he averaged a season ago.
To make matters worse, Los Angeles enters Week 3 allowing a whopping 29 points per game, which ranks 28th in the NFL.
6. Miami Dolphins — Tagavailoa, Dolphins Stun Ravens In Epic Comeback Win
- 📈 Last Week — #15 (🔺 5)
- 🏈 Week 2 Standout — Tua Tagavailoa (469 yards, 6 TD, 2 INT)
Tua Tagavailoa silenced doubters with an epic fourth-quarter comeback over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
After throwing two first-half interceptions, Tagavailoa bounced back by throwing 4 TDs to lead a 21-point fourth-quarter comeback.
Head coach Mike McDaniel also showed trust in his quarterback by opting to go for it on a crucial 4th-and-7 late in the game.
Through two weeks, the Dolphins have proven that they can win in different ways.
Miami won Week 1 with a stellar defensive effort and proved that its offense score points in a hurry in a Week 2 shootout.
5. Los Angeles Chargers — Will Herbert Be Healthy Enough To Play In Week 3?
- 📈 Last Week — #4 (🔺 1)
- 🏈 Week 2 Standout — Justin Herbert (334 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT)
All eyes will be on Justin Herbert’s status this week after the Chargers’ QB suffered a rib injury in last week’s TNF loss to the KC Chiefs.
Herbert showed some guts by finishing the game and even threw a few impressive passes after getting hurt but was clearly operating at less than 100 percent.
Early reports indicate that Herbert has a chance to play on Sunday against the Jaguars.
However, the team doctor nursing Herbert back to health is currently being sued by former Chargers’ QB Tyrod Taylor, who reportedly suffered a punctured lung while being treated for a rib injury in 2020.
4. Philadelphia Eagles — Hurts, Eagles Put League On Notice With Win Over Minnesota
- 📈 Last Week — #6 (🔺 2)
- 🏈 Week 2 Standout — Jalen Hurts (333 passing yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 57 rushing yards, 2 rush TD)
No quarterback faced more criticism during the offseason than Eagles’ signal caller Jalen Hurts.
Instead of wavering, Philadelphia’s front office reloaded the offense with weapons and Hurts has taken full advantage in Year 3.
Through two games, Hurts has arguably been the most impressive QB in the NFL, showing the ability to get the job done through the air and on the ground.
Not only does he already have three rushing touchdowns but Hurts was actually the most accurate quarterback in Week 2 on throws beyond the first down marker.
3. Kansas City Chiefs — Mahomes, Chiefs Still The Team To Beat In The AFC East
- 📈 Last Week — #4 (🔺 1)
- 🏈 Week 2 Standout — Patrick Mahomes (235 yards, 2 TD)
It wasn’t pretty but the Chiefs outdueled the AFC West rival LA Chargers on Thursday Night Football last week, thanks in large part to a 99-yard interception return for a touchdown from rookie Justin Watson.
Patrick Mahomes remained efficient in the win, throwing for 235 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
The bigger story in Kansas City has been the offense’s ability to protect the football.
Using a more conservative approach this season, the Chiefs have only committed one turnover through the first two games.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Mike Evans Suspended In Brawl vs New Orleans
- 📈 Last Week — #2 (➖)
- 🏈 Week 2 Standout — Tom Brady (190 passing yards, 1 TD)
Tom Brady broke another tablet, but this time, it led to a win over the New Orleans Saints, his first win over the NFC South rivals in a Bucs’ uniform.
The 45-year-old quarterback hasn’t quite been throwing at his league-leading pace from a season ago.
So far this season, Brady has thrown for only 402 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
To make matters worse, the greatest quarterback of all time could be without each of his top-three wide receivers this week against the Green Bay Packers.
The Bucs also rank first in the league in scoring defense after allowing just 6.5 points per game through the first two contests.
1. Buffalo Bills — Josh Allen Throws 4 TDs In Blowout Win vs Titans
- 📈 Last Week — #1 (➖)
- 🏈 Week 2 Standout — Stefon Diggs (12 catches, 148 yards, 3 TD)
Buffalo entered the year as Super Bowl favorites and the Bills offense has been as good as advertised so far this season.
Stefon Diggs proved to be uncoverable for the Titans in Week 2.
Diggs amassed 12 catches for 148 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-7 win versus Tennessee.
As electric as Josh Allen and the Bills offense has been, the defense has arguably played even better through the first two weeks.
Buffalo ranks second in the NFL in total defense, scoring defense, and pass defense while rankings first in the league against the run.