Three weeks into the season and we’re down to only three undefeated teams (Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, and Chicago Bears). At the rate things are going, there won’t be any undefeated teams left after the next couple of weeks.
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Here are my 2010 NFL Power Rankings going into Week 4 of the NFL season (last week’s Power Ranking in parentheses):
Biggest Gainers: Chicago Bears (+9), Pittsburgh Steelers (+6), Atlanta Falcons (+5)
Biggest Losers: Washington Redskins (-7), San Diego Chargers (-6), Houston Texans (-5), San Francisco 49ers (-5)
1 (7) Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0)
The Steelers’ outstanding defense has been even better than expected, and they were even able to get the offense rolling against the Buccaneers. If Ben Roethlisberger is able to play even half as good as he’s capable of when he comes back, the Steelers will be one of the teams to beat in the AFC.
2 (4) Indianapolis Colts (2-1)
Peyton Manning now has nine touchdowns and zero interceptions on the season while completing 69% of his passes. Their defense is still shaky at best, but when your quarterback is playing as well as Manning, you’re still going to win a lot of games.
3 (8) Atlanta Falcons (2-1)
It took a missed New Orleans field goal in overtime for the Falcons to come up with the victory, but knocking off the defending champs has to feel good. Atlanta gets to take on a dysfunctional 49ers team in Week 4.
4 (1) New Orleans Saints (2-1)
The defending champs lost their first game of the season. The offense still only looks like a shade of the bulldozer that it was last season, but their defense has actually played slightly better than expected. We’ll see how the Saints bounce back from their first meaningful loss since the 2008 season.
5 (2) Green Bay Packers(2-1)
The Packers outplayed the Bears, but were ultimately done in by an untimely fumble and an obscene 17 penalties for 152 yards. You’re not going to win a lot of close games with that level of undisciplined play.
6 (5) Baltimore Ravens (2-1)
Baltimore’s offense finally had a good game against Cleveland, but their defense allowed two touchdowns to Seneca Wallace and company after not allowing any TDs the first two weeks of the season. It’s still not clear whether this Baltimore squad is the real deal or simply a mirage.
7 (16) Chicago Bears (3-0)
The Bears showed amazing grit pulling out the win against the Packers. At 3-0, Chicago is now the only undefeated team left in the NFC, and one of only three undefeated teams left in the entire NFL.
8 (3) Houston Texans (2-1)
Houston’s offense has looked great, but their passing defense is last in the league, giving up an average of 368 yards per game. It hasn’t helped that they’ve had to face Peyton Manning, Donovan McNabb, and Tony Romo to start the year, but the Texans’ pass defense has been abysmal.
9 (9) New York Jets (2-1)
Mark Sanchez is finally looking like a real NFL quarterback with back-to-back three touchdown games, but will the Jets be able to survive all of their off-field distractions?
10 (6) New England Patriots (2-1)
The Patriots defense got torched by the Bills a week after getting lit up by the Jets. Tom Brady looks fine (as does the New England running game, even without Kevin Faulk), but the defensive ineptitude is a major red flag that this Patriots team isn’t going to dominate like in the past.
11 (13) Tennessee Titans (2-1)
Great bounce back game from Tennessee. A week after committing seven turnovers against Pittsburgh, the Titans didn’t turn the ball over at all against the Giants. Chris Johnson once again looked dominant, rushing for 125 yards and two touchdowns.
12 (14) Kansas City Chiefs (3-0)
Not only are the Chiefs already one win away from tying last season’s win total, they also have a two game lead in a weak division (the AFC West). They’ve now allowed 14 or less points in all three of their games this season.
13 (11) Miami Dolphins (2-1)
The Dolphins held their own against the Jets, but came out short in the end. Miami hasn’t wowed anyone with their play, but they’re still 2-1 and tied for the AFC East lead with the Jets and Patriots.
14 (15) Cincinnati Bengals (2-1)
Have all the injuries and disheartening losses finally gotten to Carson Palmer? The only time when he’s looked good this season was in garbage time against New England. Despite Palmer’s poor play, the Bengals still have two wins and have an easy game against the Browns coming up.
15 (18) Dallas Cowboys (1-2)
The Cowboys put the skids on their downward slide, but are they for real? They played well against the Texans, but we’ll have to wait until Week 5 against Tennessee to see whether this was a one-time occurrence or a sign that Dallas has turned things around.
16 (10) San Diego Chargers (1-2)
It’s never good when you have almost twice as many yards as your opponent and still lose, but five turnovers will do that. It’s also never good when you allow two kickoffs to be returned for touchdowns.
17 (21) Philadelphia Eagles (2-1)
Michael Vick had 4 total TDs (3 passing, 1 rushing) against the Jaguars. Looks like Kevin Kolb won’t be getting his job back anytime soon unless he’s traded or Vick gets injured.
18 (17) Minnesota Vikings (1-2)
Adrian Peterson has been terrific so far this season (392 yards, 3 TD, no fumbles), but Brett Favre has already thrown six interceptions after throwing seven all of last season.
19 (12) Washington Redskins (1-2)
The Redskins have lost the time of possession battle in each of their three games so far this season. The good feelings from the Week 1 win versus Dallas and McNabb’s huge game in Week 2 are all but erased after Week 3’s demoralizing loss to the lowly Rams.
20 (22) Seattle Seahawks (2-1)
The Seahawks pulled out a close win against San Diego, relying on forced turnovers and their special teams squad to overcome their anemic offense and somewhat poor overall defense.
21 (19) New York Giants (1-2)
Eli Manning has a 65% completion rate, but also has six interceptions and a pair of lost fumbles on the season. The Giants are going to need to stop turning the ball over as much if they hope to make it back to the playoffs.
22 (20) Denver Broncos (1-2)
Following the death of Kenny McKinley, it’s understandable that the Broncos might lose focus, especially against a team as good as the Colts. Not scoring a touchdown on five trips to the red zone isn’t a good sign for any team, though.
23 (26) Arizona Cardinals (2-1)
Arizona muffed two punts and only managed to escape with a win against the Raiders after Oakland failed to convert a last second field goal. The Cardinals may be able to win close games against poor opponents, but their 41-7 dismantling at the hands of Atlanta shows us that Arizona is no longer able to hang with the big boys.
24 (23) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1)
Things couldn’t have gone worse for Tampa Bay against the Steelers. The Buccaneers have a Bye Week to fix what went wrong before taking on Cincinnati in Week 5.
25 (28) St. Louis Rams (1-2)
It wasn’t the prettiest game, but in the end Sam Bradford got his first NFL win and the St. Louis Rams won fairly handily against the Washington Redskins. A huge conference game against Seattle looms ahead in Week 4.
26 (24) Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2)
David Garrard has gotten progressively worse with each start this season. The Jaguars defense hasn’t fared much better in the losses to San Diego and Philadelphia.
27 (27) Oakland Raiders (1-2)
Sebastian Janikowski has attempted 13 field goals through three games. Oakland is going to have to get a more efficient offense going if they want to seriously compete, even in a division as weak as the AFC West.
28 (30) Buffalo Bills
We’ll see what the Bills do if Ryan Fitzpatrick gets injured after releasing former starter Trent Edwards on Monday. Fitzpatrick is not a long-term solution in Buffalo, but the Bills managed to rack up 30 points against the Pats after managing only 17 points through the first two weeks combined.
29 (29) Detroit Lions (0-3)
The Lions have been within striking distance into the fourth quarter of every game this season, but haven’t been able to pull out a win.
30 (25) San Francisco 49ers (0-3)
Any momentum the 49ers had from their close game against the Saints was halted when they lost 31-10 to the Chiefs. San Francisco was completely outplayed by Kansas City, and things won’t get any easier in Week 4 against the Atlanta Falcons.
31 (32) Cleveland Browns (0-3)
The Browns have been awful, but their not-as-awful performance against the Ravens was good enough to dig themselves out of the Power Rankings basement. Their next six games are against Cincinnati, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, New England, and the New York Jets. Chances are they’re entering their Week 11 matchup with Jacksonville at 0-9.
32 (31) Carolina Panthers (0-3)
Jimmy Clausen played like a rookie against the Bengals, throwing an interception, dropping the ball a couple of times, and winding up with a 0.0 passer rating in the first half before actually connecting with a few passes in the second half. Clausen has potential to be good, but this Panthers team isn’t good enough to do much of anything right now, no matter who the quarterback is.
All stats and records from ESPN.com