The New York Giants got a much-needed win against the Washington Redskins last night. The 32-21 victory won’t make the Giants immediate Super Bowl contenders, but it at least moves them up our Week 3 power rankings. See where New York stands this week and check out last week’s power rankings here.
1. New England Patriots (2-0); beat Buffalo Bills 40-32, same spot – The NFL is still trying to appeal the deflate-gate court ruling, but it’s not bothering Tom Brady, who has seven TD passes against zero interceptions so far.
2. Green Bay Packers (2-0); beat Seattle Seahawks 27-17, same spot – Green Bay finally exercised their Seattle demons; now they get four straight home games, where they haven’t lost in 10 contests.
3. Arizona Cardinals (2-0); beat Chicago Bears 48-23, up 3 spots – Out goes Andre Ellington, in comes David Johnson – the first player ever to score a rushing, receiving and kick-return TD in his first two games.
4. Denver Broncos (2-0); beat Kansas City Chiefs 31-24, same spot – Who would have thought that Denver’s offense would be averaging a league-worst 3.73 yards per play? Their defense is looking stout, though.
6. Seattle Seahawks (0-2); lost to Green Bay Packers, drops 3 spots – The one reason why Seattle doesn’t fall further is that Kam Chancellor’s holdout has ended. He’s the heart and soul of this defense.
7. Cincinnati Bengals (2-0); beat San Diego 24-19, up 3 spots – Andy Dalton hasn’t turned the ball over or been sacked once to start the season. If this trend keeps up, the Bengals are Super Bowl contenders.
8. Kansas City Chiefs (1-1); lost to Denver Broncos 31-24, up 3 spots – Kansas City moves up by default, but they have to play the Packers at Lambeau Field this week.
9. Dallas Cowboys (2-0); beat Philadelphia Eagles 20-10, down 4 spots – Dallas is still the cream of the weak NFC East crop. But with no Dez Bryant and Brandon Weedon stepping in for an injured Tony Romo, the short term looks bleak.
10. New York Jets (2-0); beat Indianapolis Colts 20-7, up 14 spots – The Jets already have 10 takeaways this season – just three shy of last year’s entire total.
11. Buffalo Bills (1-1); lost to New England 40-32, up 1 spot – Buffalo played New England surprisingly close; but the real surprise is that their offense kept them in this game.
13. Atlanta Falcons (2-0); beat NY Giants 24-20, up 3 spots – Last week it was the Falcons’ first half that propelled them to victory, this week it was a 14-0 fourth-quarter run.
14. Carolina Panthers (2-0); beat Houston Texans 24-17, up 5 spots – Make it six straight victories dating back to last year. In this span, Carolina has allowed just 11.5 points and had 13 takeaways.
15. San Diego Chargers (1-1); lost to Cincinnati 24-19, up 1 spot – While Philip Rivers has an outstanding 81.2% completion rate this year, he’s also tossed 3 picks.
16. Miami Dolphins (1-1); lost to Jacksonville Jaguars 23-20, down 7 spots – The Miami Dolphins have played two of the bottom-5 teams in the NFL this year, and their win/loss margin is only +2 per game.
17. Philadelphia Eagles (0-2); lost to Dallas Cowboys 20-10, down 4 spots – There may not be a team more in crisis mode than the Philadelphia Eagles right now.
19. Baltimore Ravens (0-2); lost to Oakland 37-33, down 5 spots – Baltimore’s offense finally got going, but now their defense is the culprit.
20. Minnesota Vikings (1-1); beat Detroit Lions 26-16, up 2 spots – A week after their pathetic 3-point outing, the Vikings put up 26 to win.
21. St. Louis Rams (1-1); lost to Washington Redskins 24-10, down 1 spot – St. Louis suffered an ugly loss, but they at least get Todd Gurley back for Week 3.
22. New York Giants (1-2); beat Washington 32-21 (Thursday), up 3 spots – Eli Manning has now played great two weeks in a row, thanks in some part to Odell Beckham Jr.
23. San Francisco (1-1); lost to Pittsburgh Steelers 43-18, down 2 spots – The Niners’ offseason defensive losses really showed as they got burned by Pittsburgh.
24. New Orleans Saints (0-2); lost to Tampa Bay 26-19, down 6 spots – With Drew Brees playing through a bruised rotator cuff, things don’t look to get much better.
26. Oakland Raiders (1-1); beat Baltimore Ravens 37-33, up 3 spots – The additions of Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper actually allow Derek Carr to stretch the field now.
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1); beat New Orleans 26-19, up 3 spots – Things could get better with Houston coming up on the schedule.
28. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1); beat Miami 23-20, up 3 spots – A huge win for Jacksonville, who figured to be outmatched by the Dolphins.
29. Tennessee Titans (1-1); lost to Cleveland Browns 28-14, down 3 spots – Marcus Mariota certainly didn’t have a good second outing with his three fumbles.
30. Houston Texans (0-2); lost to Carolina 24-17, down 3 spots – This team desperately needs Arian Foster’s rushing presence.
31. Washington Redskins (1-2); lost to NY Giants 32-21 (Thursday), same spot – Kirk Cousins is really weighing this team down with his interceptions.
32. Chicago Bears (0-2); lost to Arizona 48-23, down 9 spots – Chicago’s defense is once again allowing the most points in the league after doing so last season.