Three undefeated teams left, and they take the top spots this week. A whole lot of 2-1 teams are behind them as the season moves forward. The only constant is change! Let's go!
1.) Pittsburgh (3-0) [+2]
Ben who? The Steelers are now 3-0 after handing Tampa a nice smooth glass of beatdown; shaken, not stirred. OK, I didn't see this coming either. Then again, I had no idea Pittsburgh's defense would be rejuvenated, or that Troy Polamalu and Lawrence Timmons would continue to raise their game to new levels. Oops. I feel bad about not picking them to beat Atlanta and Tennessee too. But here they are at 1, and as long as they keep winning, they're welcome to stay there.
2.) Kansas City (3-0) [+5]
The Chiefs are a good team. I think. At any rate, they're 3-0 and they flat out spanked San Francisco this week, so that makes them worthy of 2nd in the Rankings. They're winning with defense as well, though Matt Cassel might be turning into something. And by something, I mean more like a real bonafide QB, and less something like a toad.
3.) Chicago (3-0) [+3]
They lucked out. That said, Chicago is the best team in the NFC after three weeks. So I'm guessing the good far outweighs the bad.
4.) Indianapolis (2-1) [+6]
Fresh off a beatdown of the Giants, Indy went out to Denver and played "aight". Good enough to win, but not good enough to let go of all doubts people might have about them. The defense in particular was messy. How Kyle Orton throws for over 400 yards is beyond me. Losing Bob Sanders (again) doesn't mean that much, does it?
5.) Atlanta (2-1) [+4]
Their OT victory vaults the Falcons up and knocks New Orleans right out of the picture for a week. Atlanta played better, and probably shouldn't have even had it go to OT. We'll see how they play this week, though. I have a feeling they're for real.
6.) New England (2-1) [-]
The first new team this week is New England. They might have won narrowly against Buffalo (especially compared to how Green Bay trounced them), but with Tom Brady and his gaggle of weapons, it's hard to discount the Pats. Their defense isn't good again, but with that offense...do they really need to be the best?
7.) Philadelphia (2-1) [-]
Count me as one of those who was right about Michael Vick. I was of the opinion that starting him over Kevin Kolb (who is still getting over a concussion, like it or not) was not the worst thing in the world, for Kolb or the Eagles. One beatdown of Jacksonville later, and Vick is looking golden. Does it translate against a better team? Maybe not, but it doesn't hurt to get Kolb rested up and ready for games when he might be less pressured.
8.) Baltimore (2-1) [-]
Baltimore returns to the Rankings after a win against Cleveland. I have a good feeling about the Ravens too; anytime they win, they will likely be vaulting up, or back into the Rankings, depending on the previous week's results. I believe they're one of the top contenders in the AFC. Their strength should be no surprise.
9.) Cincinnati (2-1) [-]
The Bengals still aren't playing up to their potential, I think. Still, the results haven't been too bad. In one of the tougher divisions in football, they're 2-1 and tied with Baltimore for second, though they've already gotten the Ravens' number once. How they play against Pittsburgh later in the season will determine how far they go.
10.) NY Jets (2-1) [-]
What do you know, the Jets really can play. It helps that Miami was inept on offense when it really counted, but I'm not really holding that against Ryan and Sanchez. They can still play better too.
See you next week. Thanks for reading. (I can't believe I had Cincy spelled wrong. geez)