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NFL Power Rankings - Week 3

Posted on: September 22, 2010 10:09 am
 
The second week of the NFL season has come to an end and there are some surprising teams sitting at 2-0 and 0-2.  Who would have guessed that the Cowboys would be 0-2 at this point and the Buccaneers would be 2-0.  If that was your prediction you need to start your own show and blog.  We have two newcomers to our rankings this week after two of our top 5 teams faltered in their week 2 games.  Here we go...

1.  New Orleans Saints (2-0) - The Saints have not looked like quite as good as they did last year but like any championship team they still find a way to win.  They beat the 49ers on a last second, paritally blocked field goal, in San Francisco on Monday night.  I will keep them as our number 1 team going into week 3 but they have a tough divisional game this week when the Falcons (1-1) come to the Superdome.  The way Matt Ryan is playing right now, this game could go either way.

2. Green Bay Packers (2-0) - The Packers completely dismantled the Bills last Sunday in a 34-7 drumming.  Aaron Rodgers seems to be living up to all of the hype the media is giving him and they didn't miss a beat without Ryan Grant.  But...they played the Bills who you could argue is the worst team in the NFL.  We will find out how good they are this week when they go on the road to Soldier field to face the 2-0 Chicago Bears in a divisional showdown.  If they find a way to beat the Bears they a chance of taking over our number 1 spot.

3.  Houston Texans (2-0) - The Texans looked about average for the first two and a half quarters against the Redskins and then they decided to play some offense.  They overcame a 17 point 3rd quarter deficit to defeat the Redskins in overtime.  Matt Schaub threw for 497 yards which was a positive but they allowed over 400 yards of passing offense against them.  Their defense could be a problem as the season progresses and they might have to rely on their offense to outscore their opponents.  They have a date with the Cowboys this week in Houston and this could be a trap game as the Cowboys will be desparate for a win.

4.  Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0) - The Steelers defense is really good.  They have held opponents to one touchdown and only 20 points in their first two games.  Those two opponents (Falcons & Titans) scored a combined 79 points in their other game not against the Steelers.  With Roethisberger poised for a return in 3 weeks, which should bolster their struggling offense, this team might be the team to beat in the AFC.  This week they travel to Tampa Bay to face the 2-0 Buccaneers.  I would be extremely surprised if the Bucs remain undefeated after this week.

5.  Chicago Bears (2-0) - Without a doubt, the Bears are the early surprise team in the NFL.  I would never imagined they would be in our power rankings this early in the season, if at all.  They played extremely well last week on the road against the Cowboys and now are primed for a huge division showdown against the Packers.  If Jay Cutler doesn't turn the ball over they are a very good team, but that is a big IF.  Matt Forte is quickly becoming one of the top running backs in the league and is starting to frightenly resemble Marshall Faulk as a complete running back.  Monday night will be a huge test for the Bears and will show us if they are for real.

There is the top 5 teams in the NFL after week 1. Thoughts or opinions?  Feel free to leave a comment!  Also don't forget to visit my site, www.moleandmeares.com , to watch our weekly picks video and submit your week 3 NFL picks for a chance to win a weekly prize.

Meares
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Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: September 25, 2010 11:05 pm
 

NFL Power Rankings - Week 3

I have to admit that I do have a little bit of a hater in me and I can't help but think that it's only a matter of time before the Saints run defense gets exposed. I give them all the credit for being the reigning Super Bowl champs but I've also have seen them have trouble with two underperforming teams early in the season in Minnesota and San Francisco. Granted they were able to overcome their shortcomings and walk away with two wins, but I can't agree with them being ranked number one when their obviously being outperformed by other teams on this list. Give Gregg Williams credit for running the type of defense he does but it's only a matter of time before they have to adjust and defend the run just a little better, but than again, maybe I'm wrong, from the look of their upcoming schedule, they might not have to defend the run as much as I think. Who knows? I'm just a spectator, and those are my 2 cents. 



Since: Dec 6, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2010 4:50 pm
 

NFL Power Rankings - Week 3

@sportsguy861 - I completely agree with you, i didn't want to put any teams in the rankings that have lost yet...so looking at the 2-0 teams I went with Pittsburgh and Chicago over Tampa Bay, Kansas City & Miami.  My #5 was between Chicago and Miami but Miami barely beat the Bills and if it wasn't for the complete ineptitude of Brett Farve they would have lost to Minnesota.  Pittsburgh ran the ball well in week one against Atlanta and the Titans D is fairly strong against the run.  I think a lot of their offensive woes have to do with the fact they don't have much confidence in their current quarterback.  You can stack the box and make them beat you with the pass and with Dixon and Batch that just isn't going to happen.  I would have been surprised to see Pittsburgh go 3-1 without Roesthisberger but now I think that is the minimum they will be come week 5.  This team is good and the AFC better pay attention.



Since: Jul 13, 2009
Posted on: September 22, 2010 4:18 pm
 

NFL Power Rankings - Week 3

Agree with the top 3 definitely.  Still not completely sold on the Steelers or Bears.  As a huge Bears fan, I'd love to say that they're top 5 material, but I also think they've gotten quite a few lucky breaks in their games (dropped interceptions, the Calvin Johnson excessive celebration, etc.).  And while the Steelers defense is playing lights out, the offense is struggling, and I don't think it's just because they're without Roethlisberger (receivers aren't getting open, dropping passes, the O-Line is struggling, the run game can't get going, etc.)  I agree both teams are looking great, but don't know about top 5 yet.  Still, 2-0 is 2-0.


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Since: Sep 22, 2010
Posted on: September 22, 2010 3:19 pm
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