Week 3 of the 2020 NFL season is in the books. The reigning Super Bowl MVP and league MVP clashed in one of the most highly anticipated matchups of the year. Tom Brady and Cam Newton helped lead their teams to 2-1 starts, while Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, and Ryan Tannehill all have their teams sitting pretty with 3-0 starts.
There were even interesting results among the league’s lesser teams: the Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals played to a tie, and the Carolina Panthers and Detroit Lions earned upsets for their first wins of the season.
This week’s Power Rankings have been shaken up accordingly, with new teams in both the top and bottom positions of the list. To debate my rankings, tweet me @SakSports on Twitter!
Post-Week 3 Power Rankings
- Kansas City Chiefs (3-0) [Last Week: 2]
- New team at the top: Picking the Baltimore Ravens as my top team last week may have been slightly controversial, but I saw the Ravens as the more dominant team this season. The Kasnas City Chiefs laid any doubts to rest with a decisive 34-20 on Monday Night.
- Seattle Seahawks (3-0) [Last Week: 3]
- Green Bay Packers (3-0] [Last Week: 4]
- Baltimore Ravens (2-1) [Last Week: 1]
- Knocked off the top of the totem pole: Lamar Jackson and the Ravens were cruising through Week 2, blowing out the Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans. But they were humbled by the Chiefs in Week 3, and there is still doubt that Jackson can get it done in big games.
- Buffalo Bills (3-0) [Last Week: 7]
- Into the Top Five: Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills rise to the fifth spot in this week’s power rankings. They blew a 28-3 lead to the Los Angeles Rams.. but still won. With the Rams looking pretty decent themselves, it’s a testament to Buffalo’s strength as a team.
- Tennessee Titans (3-0) [Last Week: 8]
- San Francisco 49ers (2-1) [Last Week: 6]
- New England Patriots (2-1) [Last Week: 9]
- New Orleans Saints (1-2) [Last Week: 5]
- Trending Downwards: The New Orleans Saints started the season ranked #3 in my Post-Week 1 Power Rankings, slipped to #5 after a loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, and are now at #9 after losing to the Green Bay Packers
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1) [Last Week: 13]
- Los Angeles Rams (2-1) [Last Week: 14]
- Moving up despite a loss: The Buffalo Bills are a well-rounded football team. It was beggining to look like the Rams 2-0 start with wins over the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys may have been fool’s gold, but Goff and the Rams erased a 25-point deficit. They still lost, but it’s about as inpsiring a loss as an NFL team could’ve had.
- Las Vegas Raiders (2-1) [Last Week: 11]
- Arizona Cardinals (2-1) [Last Week: 10]
- Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0) [Last Week: 14]
- Chicago Bears (3-0) [Last Week: 16]
- Worst undefeated team: I wanted to give this title to the Pittsbugh Steelers, who I don’t think are as good as their 3-0 record suggests, but their win over the Houston Texans was their most impressive yet. The Chicago Bears have the tools to be the better team: but with wins over only the Detroit Lions, New York Giants, and Atlanta Falcons (who hold a combined 1-8 record,) I still need to see more out of Chicago.
- Indianapolis Colts (2-1) [Last Week: 18]
- Dallas Cowboys (1-2) [Last Week: 17]
- Los Angeles Chargers (1-2) [Last Week: 21]
- Moving up despite a loss: This isn’t as much about the Los Angeles Chargers as it is about the teams around them stumbling. The Chargers did lose to the Carolina Panthers, a team ranked lower this week. But I like what I see out of Justin Herbert, and their near-upset of the Kansas City Chiefs is enough to keep them on the rise in this week’s rankings.
- Houston Texans (0-3) [Last Week: 15]
- Best winless team: The next three teams had promise and potential coming into the 2020 season, and two of the three qualified for the playoffs last year. I would take the Houston Texans over the Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings. Houston’s opposition had been brutal with a combined 8-1 record. The Texans lost by just a touchdown to Pittsburgh last week. Houston is overdue for some wins, but continues to trend downwards until they do.
- Atlanta Falcons (0-3) [Last Week: 20]
- Minnesota Vikings (0-3) [Last Week: 22]
- Moving up despite a loss: Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings must’ve had a bad taste in their mouthes after being blown out by the Indianapolis Colts. They lost again in Week 3, but a one-point loss to a super solid Tennesee Titans team is enough to instill a little hope in the Vikings this season.
- Carolina Panthers (1-2) [Last Week: 27]
- Cleveland Browns (2-1) [Last Week: 29]
- Detroit Lions (1-2) [Last Week: 25]
- Miami Dolphins (1-2) [Last Week: 28]
- Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2) [Last Week: 19]
- Biggest loser of Week 3: Gardener Minshew and the Jaguars easily could’ve been 2-0 coming into their Thursday night matchup with the Miami Dolphins, and actually looked pretty good through two weeks. Jacksonville was humbled, losing 31-13 at the hands of Ryan Fitzpatrick, and sliding down seven spots accordingly.
- Philadelphia Eagles (0-2-1) [Last Week: 23]
- Cincinnati Bengals (0-2-1) [Last Week: 32]
- Out of the cellar: Maybe it wasn’t fair to have the Cincinnati Bengals at #32 last week, on account of Joe Burrow’s strong Week 2 performance. After fighting their way to a tie with the Philadelphia Eagles, I’m convinced there’s worse teams in the NFL.
- Denver Broncos (0-3) [Last Week: 24]
- Washington Football Team (1-2) [Last Week: 30]
- New York Giants (0-3) [Last Week: 26]
- New York Jets (0-3) [Last Week: 31]
- Bottom of the barrel: Sam Darnold and the New York Jets have gotten worse every week. Injuries and all-around poor play both continue to mount in Adam Gase’s second year as head coach. They never stood a chance against Philip Rivers and the Indianopolis Colts; but they will have a shot on Thursday night, when they host the 0-3 Denver Broncos.
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