BASN’s NFL Power Rankings: Week Three

By Lloyd Vance
Updated: September 22, 2007

NFL Power Rankings

PHILADELPHIA — Week Two of the NFL season is in the book and we are now seeing the parody and separation aspects of the NFL as 10 teams are off to a (2-0) start, 12 teams are even at (1-1), and another 10 are in a hole at (0-2) including 2006 playoff teams: Eagles, Jets, Saints, Giants, and Chiefs.

The teams that are (0-2) need to buckle down because only 17 teams since 1990 have qualified for the playoff after starting in the deep hole and only two teams have ever come back from the even deeper hole of (0-3).

1. Colts (2-0): Showed their mettle, winning at Tennessee versus the Titans. Another road divisional battle this week versus the surprising Texans.

2. Patriots (2-0): Belichick and the Pats showed that they have more than espionage by shutting down the Chargers. Home battle vs. the Bills is next.

3. Steelers (2-0): The Steelers looked very professional dismantling the reeling Bills. After two AFC wins they now have a NFC match-up against San Francisco.

4. Cowboys (2-0): The Cowboys are scoring machine, putting up 82 pts in the first two weeks. They have a big road test against the defensive Bears.

5. Bears (1-1): Despite Rex Grossman’s best efforts, they dominated the Chiefs. In the weekend’s biggest battle they will have a stern home test vs. Dallas.

6. Chargers (1-1): After all the “talk”, we now know they are not in the Pats league. They will need to pass a road test versus the surprising Packers.

7. Ravens (1-1): Came home to beat the Jets in the battle of the backup QB’s. McNair returns for the team’s home battle versus the Cardinals.

8. Broncos (2-0): They have squeaked there way to two wins, but they need to improve to be a true contender. Will have a home test against the Jags.

9. Redskins (2-0): They passed a big MNF test in Philly. We will have to see if they won’t suffer a letdown in a divisional game at home versus the Giants.

10. Texans (2-0): Led by Schaub and Andre Johnson they throttled the Panthers. We will see if they are the real deal taking on Colts this week at home.

11. Packers (2-0): No. 4 is headed into the record books as they beat the Giants. Let’s see if they have really turned it around by beating the Chargers.

12. Lions (2-0): They showed that they maybe revitalized by disposing of the Vikings. A tough road test awaits versus the desperate Eagles.

13. Panthers (1-1): Big plays hurt them versus the Texans. Should get a mulligan playing against the hapless Falcons, who are waiting for Leftwich.

14. 49ers (2-0): Hung on to beat the Rams in St Louis. They have a huge test traveling to Pittsburgh to take on the blitzing Steelers.

15. Seahawks (1-1): Made furious comeback, but lost to division rival Cardinals. We will see if this team still has character at home versus the Bengals.

16. Titans (1-1): They played the Colts tough, but came up short. Will play on MNF at New Orleans in the 2005 Heisman Bowl — Young vs. Bush.

17. Vikings (1-1): They were surprised losing in OT to the Lions. They have problems at QB, which will need to be addressed in this week’s game at K.C.

18. Bengals (1-1): Took a serious step back by showing their inconsistency losing to the Browns in a shootout. Show me something at the Seahawks.

19. Jaguars (1-1): Took care of business versus the Falcons. Will travel to Mile High to see who is for real, them or the 2-0 questionable Broncos.

20. Cardinals (1-1): Almost gave it away in a win versus the Seahawks. The true test will come this week as they travel to Baltimore to face Ray and the boyz.

21. Saints (0-2): 2006 NFC South Champs looked like chumps losing to the Bucs. In order to save their season they will need to beat the Titans on MNF.

22. Jets (0-2): The Ravens out “toughed” the Jets last week. They now need to save their season at home against the 0-2 Dolphins. Someone’s “0″ has to go.

23. Eagles (0-2): The Eagles have been at 0-2 before in 2003 and survived, but this is not the same team. A big character test at home vs. the (2-0) Lions.

24. Buccaneers (1-1): This team is looking more and more like a train wreck. They look listless versus the Seahawks.

25. Rams (0-2): Fumbled a win away to the 49ers last week. They will now have to save their season on the road against the improving Bucs.

26. Browns (1-1): Crennel finally got his second divisional win in a surprise shootout over the Bengals. A stern test this week as they travel to the better than their record Raiders (0-2).

27. Dolphins (0-2): Were dominated in the second half against the Cowboys. Cameron will need to pick up the pieces and get a win at the Jets.

28. Giants (0-2): Were dominated versus the Packers and Eli looks hurt. Will need to play better against the upstart Redskins.

29. Raiders (0-2): Too bad the Broncos timeout’ed their way to a victory. Will need to pick up the pieces against the surprising Browns.

30. Bills (0-2): Not even Kevin Everett’s good news could help them against the Steelers. Have a mission impossible traveling to New England.

31. Chiefs (0-2): They looked terrible again in a bad 20-10 loss to the Bears. We will see if Herm can save his season at home against the young Vikings.

32. Falcons (0-2): The Jags showed again that Joey Harrington is done as a NFL quarterback. With Leftwich warming up in the bullpen, they will take on the Panthers at home.