2016 NFL Power Rankings: Week 3

- Updated: Thursday, September 22nd


1. New England Patriots (Record: 2-0; Last: 1)

The good news is that the Patriots have started 2-0 in the first two games of Tom Brady's four-game suspension and Jimmy Garoppolo has thrown four touchdowns in six quarters. That's the bad news as well as Garoppolo (shoulder) will likely miss both remaining games of Brady's suspension.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (Record: 2-0; Last: 3)

After two weeks, DeAngelo Williams leads the NFL in rushing (58 carries for 237 yards). Meanwhile, the Steelers have yet to allow a 25-yard rusher in a game. (Granted, they gave up a 9/100/1 receiving line to Giovani Bernard last week.)

3. Denver Broncos (Record: 2-0; Last: 5)

Per NFL Research's Twitter feed, the Broncos have gone 28 consecutive games without allowing a passer rating of 100-plus. The next longest streak is nine games (Steelers).

4. Arizona Cardinals (Record: 1-1; Last: 6)

So far this season, the Cardinals are one of three teams yet to commit a turnover and they own the league's best turnover differential (+7). It was only the second time in team history that the Cardinals have begun the season with no turnovers in their first two games.

5. Carolina Panthers (Record: 1-1; Last: 7)

After missing all of last season, Kelvin Benjamin has 13 catches for 199 yards and three touchdowns in two games. Once again, the Panthers lead the NFL in scoring offense (33.0 PPG).

6. Seattle Seahawks (Record: 1-1; Last: 2)

As Russell Wilson plays through a high-ankle sprain, the Seahawks offense has managed a mere 15 points in two games. There are only two other teams that haven't averaged as many points per game as the Seahawks have scored in two games.

7. Houston Texans (Record: 2-0; Last: 11)

A big play waiting to happen, Texans rookie Will Fuller has back-to-back 100-yard receiving games to begin his career. He's only the second rookie to do so; DeSean Jackson is the other.

8. Green Bay Packers (Record: 1-1; Last: 4)

Even with Jordy Nelson back and Eddie Lacy slimmer, the Packers are averaging just 278.5 offensive yards per game. Only the Rams, Bears and Bills are averaging fewer.

9. Minnesota Vikings (Record: 2-0; Last: 9)

The Vikings have their first 2-0 start since 2009, but Adrian Peterson will likely miss the entire season with a torn meniscus. In the Mike Zimmer era, the Vikes are 14-5 with AP (and 6-9 without him).

10. New York Giants (Record: 2-0; Last: 15)

Odell Beckham Jr. quietly has 12 catches for 159 yards and no touchdowns through two games. OBJ has failed to reach the 100-yard mark in four consecutive games, the longest such streak of his career, and he matches up against Josh Norman in Week 3.

11. Baltimore Ravens (Record: 2-0; Last: 13)

The Ravens started slow (down 20-0) on Sunday, but they scored 25 unanswered points to improve to 2-0. In those two games, newcomer Mike Wallace has scored all three of Joe Flacco's passing touchdowns.

12. Cincinnati Bengals (Record: 1-1; Last: 8)

After two tough matchups, Jeremy Hill has a team-high 53 rushing yards on 20 carries (2.65 YPC). It won't get much easier this week against the Broncos.

13. Philadelphia Eagles (Record: 2-0; Last: 21)

Rookie Carson Wentz has led the Eagles to a 2-0 start and a league-best scoring differential (+34). Granted, they have played bad teams (Cleveland and Chicago), but as the saying goes, you can only play the teams on schedule.

14. New York Jets (Record: 1-1; Last: 14)

Through two weeks, Matt Forte has a massive 59 touches -- 88.1 percent of the team's backfield workload. Forte, who turns 31 in December, is on pace for 472 touches -- almost 100 more than his career high (379) set as a rookie (2008).

15. Oakland Raiders (Record: 1-1; Last: 10)

Through two games, the Raiders have allowed the following passing games: Drew Brees (423 yards and four TDs) and Matt Ryan (396 yards and three TDs).

16. Kansas City Chiefs (Record: 1-1; Last: 12)

It appears that Jamaal Charles may sit another week. Andy Reid said that “another week is going to help [Charles]. We’ll just see.” Spencer Ware racked up 105 yards from scrimmage on 12 touches in last week's loss to the Texans.

17. Dallas Cowboys (Record: 1-1; Last: 20)

The Cowboys have already matched their win total with a backup quarterback from last year. The trio of Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassel and Kellen Moore struggled to a combined 1-11 record last season; Tony Romo was 3-1 as a starter. The Dak Prescott-led Cowboys are touchdown favorites over the Bears in Week 3.

18. Tennessee Titans (Record: 1-1; Last: 25)

Aided by a 67-yard run, DeMarco Murray is averaging 5.1 YPC and has 12 receptions for 91 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

19. Atlanta Falcons (Record: 1-1; Last: 28)

Through two weeks, only Cam Newton (50.98) has scored more fantasy points than Matt Ryan (50.2). Ryan has thrown for 730 yards and five touchdowns in two games.

20. Detroit Lions (Record: 1-1; Last: 16)

The Lions had a 23-year losing streak at Lambeau until last year's win. Could they extend their "streak" to two games? With Ameer Abdullah placed on IR, the Lions are more than a touchdown underdog this week.

21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Record: 1-1; Last: 17)

One week after throwing after throwing four touchdowns in a win, Jameis Winston threw four interceptions in a loss. Winston completed just 27-of-52 pass attempts for 243 yards, one touchdown and four picks against the Cardinals in Week 2.

22. San Diego Chargers (Record: 1-1; Last: 27)

Two weeks into the season, the Chargers have lost as many key offensive weapons to season-ending ACL injuries: Keenan Allen in Week 1, Danny Woodhead in Week 2. Travis Benjamin finished with six catches for 115 yards and caught two of Philip Rivers four touchdown passes against the Jags.

23. Miami Dolphins (Record: 0-2; Last: 26)

DeVante Parker made his season debut on Sunday against the Patriots and finished with eight catches for 106 yards. It was his second 100-yard game of his career. Coincidentally, his other was 106 yards (on five catches) against the Patriots in Week 17 last year.

24. Indianapolis Colts (Record: 0-2; Last: 19)

In the past three seasons, the Colts have started 0-2 each season. The Colts host the Chargers this week and are three-point favorites.

25. New Orleans Saints (Record: 0-2; Last: 23)

In his first two games as a Saint, Coby Fleener has a total of three catches for 35 yards on 12 targets despite favorable matchups against the Raiders and Giants.

26. Washington Redskins (Record: 0-2; Last: 22)

Through two games, Washington has a league-high pass-play percentage (75.83 percent). And several offensive players have reportedly complained about quarterback Kirk Cousins.

27. Los Angeles Rams (Record: 1-1; Last: 31)

The Rams have scored a league-low nine points (three field goals) through two weeks. But they are 1-1.

28. San Francisco 49ers (Record: 1-1; Last: 30)

Who has the longest passing TD streak in the NFL? Yes, it's Blaine Gabbert. Really.

29. Buffalo Bills (Record: 0-2; Last: 24)

Four days after scoring only seven points, the Bills put up 31 points in a loss to the Jets on Thursday Night Football. So, naturally, the Bills fired offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Huh?!

30. Chicago Bears (Record: 0-2; Last: 29)

The Bears have started 0-2 20 times in franchise history. When doing so, they have never made the postseason.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (Record: 0-2; Last: 18)

While there was a lot of optimism for the Jags before the season began, they are 0-2 with the league's worst scoring differential (-28).

32. Cleveland Browns (Record: 0-2; Last: 32)

With RG3 placed on IR and Josh McCown (shoulder) set to miss multiple games, Cody Kessler will be the third Browns starting quarterback in as many games. Going back to last season, however, the Browns will have started five different quarterbacks in five consecutive games.

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