NFL Power Rankings: The Vikings, Eagles crack top five and the AFC South is terrible
There are no scary teams entering October, but a few are frighteningly bad
As we head to October, some things stand out from the first three weeks of the season:
There are some good 1-2 teams that have to be concerned with their start. Among them are the Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals -- three playoff-looking teams when the season began. Now they are all trying to figure out what went wrong the first two weeks, especially Arizona, who lost at Buffalo Sunday.
The AFC South stinks. The Houston Texans are 2-1, but just got shut out in New England. The rest of the division is a combined 2-7, with the 0-3 Jacksonville Jaguars being one of the league's biggest disappointments so far.
With Siemian playing well, particularly on Sunday in the Broncos' victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on the road, Denver is in the second spot here in my Power Rankings, right behind the Patriots, who stay in the top spot.
The big movers are the Minnesota Vikings, who are up to the third spot with their 3-0 start. The way the defense is playing, they will be tough to beat, even with all the offensive injuries.
The Philadelphia Eagles are also way up to the fifth spot after their beatdown of the Pittsburgh Steelers. They are off this week, so their October games will start next week. It will be interesting to see if they can stay hot.
September games are done now, which means the intensity picks up and the picture will start to crystallize in October.
Maybe by the end of the month, we'll truly know if any of the teams are any good.
||Does it matter who plays quarterback? Bill Belichick is putting on a coaching clinic. The defense has a chance to be really good.||--||3-0-0|
||If Trevor Siemian can play like he did at Cincinnati this team will be tough to beat. He might not be sitting down for a while.||--||3-0-0|
||This is a team that will be carried by the defense. That was a special game at Carolina.||4||3-0-0|
||They head to the bye feeling much better about their offense. Aaron Rodgers came alive against the Lions.||4||2-1-0|
||Carson Wentz is off to a great start, but give some love to the defense. That unit has been impressive.||7||3-0-0|
||What happened against the Eagles? Where was the offense? At least they get Le'Veon Bell back this week.||3||2-1-0|
||They face a long trip this week to play the Jets, but at least the offense showed some life against the 49ers. Russell Wilson's health bears watching.||4||2-1-0|
||They are 3-0, but the three teams they beat are a combined 1-8. So how good are they?||5||3-0-0|
||Will there be a quarterback controversy when Tony Romo is healthy? Rookie Dak Prescott sure is playing well.||5||2-1-0|
||They are 1-2 and coming off a bad home loss to the Vikings. The offensive line was abused.||6||1-2-0|
||Just when you think it's time for this team to take a big step forward, they lay an egg like they did at New England last Thursday.||5||2-1-0|
||At 2-1 they face a tough test this week with a Sunday night road game at Pittsburgh. The way their defense played against the Jets, they look ready for it.||3||2-1-0|
||The defense finally played well at Tennessee to get them to 2-1. Now they face the undefeated Ravens in Baltimore.||3||2-1-0|
||They have to be concerned with their start. At 1-2, they are one of the early disappointments.||5||1-2-0|
||Their three-game schedule has been a tough one. It gets a little softer against the Dolphins on Thursday.||5||1-2-0|
||They now trail the Eagles in the division and face a tough road game at Minnesota. The defense wasn't the same against the Redskins.||11||2-1-0|
||Matt Ryan has been on fire the first three weeks. They have a big division showdown with the Panthers on Sunday.||4||2-1-0|
||Don't look now, but they are tied for first place. That's all because of the defense.||4||2-1-0|
||They can't make the playoffs if Ryan Fitzpatrick doesn't pick it up. He was terrible against the Chiefs with six picks.||2||1-2-0|
||They won their first game with a late touchdown against the Chargers, and now must go to London to face the Jaguars.||6||1-2-0|
||At 1-2, they have lost two tough games on the road. They have the look of a team that will be a tough out every week for the opponent.||3||1-2-0|
||They might have saved their season by winning on the road against the Giants. Now let's see if they can win two straight.||5||1-2-0|
||After a hard-fought overtime victory against the Browns, they have to go to Cincinnati on a short week. That won't be easy.||5||1-2-0|
||They showed life in beating the Cardinals in what could be a season saver. Maybe firing Greg Roman was the answer -- for now.||7||1-2-0|
||Jameis Winston is rolling up big numbers, but the defense isn't good right now. That will be a season-long problem.||5||1-2-0|
||Is it time to go to Colin Kaepernick? Blaine Gabbert isn't getting it done.||7||1-2-0|
||Two consecutive losses have them at 1-2 and you have to think coach Jim Caldwell could be in trouble if they don't get it going.||3||1-2-0|
||At 1-2, is it time to re-evaluate the way they play on offense? I would. They ran for 181 yards and scored 10 points against the Raiders.||5||1-2-0|
||They can't stop anybody with that defense. It will be a season-long problem.||1||0-3-0|
||They've had so many injuries early this season, which is partly the reason they are 0-3. It's going to be a long season.||5||0-3-0|
||They head to London this week to face the Colts at 0-3. They do still have six games against division teams.||2||0-3-0|
||At least they are competing. If they made one of their three missed field goals against Miami, they probably aren't in this spot.||--||0-3-0|
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