Power Rankings: Week Three; Denver is on the rise

Sep 17, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) motions at the line of scrimmage behind center Matt Paradis (61) and offensive guard Ronald Leary (65) and offensive guard Max Garcia (76) in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Another week, another set of Power Rankings. There was some movement in the Top 10 as some teams showed some of their true colors. Last week’s number one, the Kansas City Chiefs, kept the momentum rolling, despite the loss of All-Pro safety, Eric Berry.

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After all the hoopla of the banner raising ceremony and the subsequent dismantling by the Kansas City Chiefs, the Super Bowl champion Patriots got back on track in impressive fashion against the Saints. Tom Brady broke the record for passing yards (447 yards) in a game for a 40-year-old quarterback in his second game in the age group.

The Denver Broncos and quarterback, Trevor Siemian, made a major statement with a 42-17 dismantling of the Dallas Cowboys. Siemian threw a career-high, four touchdowns as the Broncos made the biggest climb in this week’s rankings. Dallas, on the other hand, had the biggest drop.

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1 Record (2-0); Previous (1) – Game Recap      The Chiefs followed up their dismantling of the Patriots with a solid win over a good Philadelphia Eagles team. Kareem Hunt’s encore performance included 82 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Travis Kelce eclipsed 100 yards receiving and hauled in a touchdown for the Chiefs.
2 Record (2-0); Previous (3) – Game Recap
After an impressive Week One win, the Raiders had an early bye-week. In all seriousness, they did what good teams are supposed to do, and dismantle the Jets. Michael Crabtree caught three touchdowns and David Carr threw just five incomplete passes.
3 Record (1-1); Previous (4) – Game Recap
Nothing cures offensive woes quick like a game against the Saints defense. Tom Brady lit up the Saints defense to the tune of 447 yards and three touchdowns. With no interceptions. With that said, injuries are still hampering this team.
4 Record (2-0); Previous (6) – Game Recap
If a shaky Week One performance against the Bears gave people doubts about the defending NFC Champions, then their dismantling of the Packers should silence the critics. The Falcons defense forced two crucial turnovers from Aaron Rodgers that proved to be the difference.
5 Record (2-0); Previous (7) – Game Recap
Martavis Bryant officially re-emerged on the NFL scene. Bryant hauled in three passes for 108 yards and a touchdown. Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdowns and the defense held the Sam Bradford-less Vikings to just nine points.
6 Record (2-0); Previous (11) – Game Recap
In a very unfamiliar position, the Lions entered the fourth quarter holding a seven-point lead. Matthew Stafford only threw the ball 21 times and 122 yards. But he did connect with Eric Ebron and Marvin Jones in the endzone.
7 Record (2-0); Previous (12) – Game Recap
Denver already had an elite defense. Now it looks like they have quite a good offense as well. Trevor Siemian threw a career-high four touchdowns and running back C.J. Anderson rushed for 118 yards on 25 carries. The highlight of the night was a 103-yard pick six, courtesy of Aqib Talib.
8 Record (1-1); Previous (2) – Game Recap
After one week, it looked like the Packers had a good defense. After two weeks, it looks like it may have looked a bit better than it was given the struggles of the Seahawks offense. However, on this day, it was two crucial mistakes on the part of Aaron Rodgers that was the difference. An interception that led to a touchdown and a fumble that resulted in a touchdown.
9 Record (1-1); Previous (8) – Game Recap
The defense is still one of the best in the league. However, the offense looks to be the Seahawks downfall. For the second week in a row, the Seahawks failed to score a touchdown. Now, they must deal with an injury to tight end Jimmy Graham.
10 Record (1-1); Previous (9) – Game Recap
The Eagles entered the fourth quarter trailing the Chiefs by just a field goal, but a pair of touchdowns in the final frame put the game out of reach. Carson Wenz threw for 333 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.
11 Record (2-0); Previous (13) – Game Recap
Joe Flacco threw two touchdowns and the defense forced five turnovers in an easy win against the Browns. Tyus Bowser, Brandon Carr, Eric Weddle, and Ladarius Webb all had interceptions for the Ravens.
12 Record (1-1); Previous (5) – Game Recap
Ezekiel Elliot (8 rushing yards) had fewer yards than Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady (9 rushing yards). That pretty much sums up the night for the Cowboys, who got steamrolled at Mile High. Without an effective Zeke, the Cowboys offense looks anemic.
13 Record (1-0); Previous (14) – Game Recap
After delaying their season opener by a week, the Bucs finally took the field and the offense looked as advertised. The Bucs held a 26-0 lead at halftime and never took the foot off the gas. Wide receiver Mike Evans hauled in seven passes for 93 yards and a touchdown.
14 Record (1-1); Previous (10) – Game Recap
Sam Bradford looked great against the Saints in Week One. In Week Two, Bradford was inactive due to a knee injury. His absence was felt as the Vikings looked nothing like the team that had an impressive week one victory.
15 Record (1-1); Previous (18) – Game Recap
The game was tight for much of the contest as the Titans held a slim 6-3 lead over the Jags entering the second half. 17 points in the third quarter changed that for the Titans. Who then added another 14 in a romp of the Jaguars.
16 Record (1-0); Previous (15) – Game Recap
Jay Ajayi had a stellar season debut for the Dolphins, racking up 122 yards on 28 carries. New Dolphins QB, Jay Cutler, threw for 230 yards and a touchdown. However, it was a missed field goal by the Chargers, with time winding down, that secured the win for the Dolphins.
17 Record (2-0); Previous (16) – Game Recap
A win is a win, however, it was another lackluster performance from the offense. The defense held the Bills to just a field goal in the fourth but was held to only three field goals themselves.
18 Record (1-1); Previous (23) – Game Recap
An 11-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins to Ryan Grant late in the fourth quarter gave the Redskins the lead for good. After nearly squandering an early lead, the Redskins are tied, right at the top of the NFC East standings.
19 Record (1-1); Previous (24) – Game Recap
Rookie DeShaun Watson got his first career start on his birthday on Thursday. The Texans rewarded him with his first win. Watson didn’t throw a touchdown, however, he ran for a 49-yard touchdown in his debut. With that said, this was against the Bengals. See Below. Way Below.
20 Record (1-1); Previous (19) – Game Recap
After blowing out the Colts in Week One, the Rams had a solid rebound game against a good Redskins team. After falling behind early, the Rams rallied to tie the game late but ultimately lost on a late touchdown by the Redskins.
21 Record (1-1); Previous (21) – Game Recap
After losing David Johnson for the season, the Cardinals season was hanging in the balance. Palmer was good late in rallying the team, however, going forward there should still be concerns about this Cardinals team.
22 Record (0-2); Previous (17) – Game Recap
A popular pick for both the NFC East crown and a Super Bowl appearance, the Giants are quickly moving in the wrong direction. The Lions rookie, Jamal Agnew, put the nail in the coffin for the Giants with an 88-yard punt return touchdown. Does Brandon Marshall still play for the Giants?
23   Record (1-1); Previous (20) – Game Recap
Blake Bortles is back! Bortles tossed two interceptions and the Jaguars short stint as one of the best teams in the league is over. After the defense recorded 10 sacks in Week One, the Jags defense managed just one this week.
24 Record (1-1); Previous (22) – Game Recap
The Bills stay atop the AFC East standings was shortlived. The offense mustered just one field goal against a Panthers team that doesn’t look as good as their 2-0 record.
25 Record (0-2); Previous (26) – Game Recap
Philip Rivers threw for over 300 yards and Keenan Allen hauled in nine receptions for 100 yards and the Chargers looked to get their first win in over 50 years as the L.A Chargers. However, down by two, Younghoe Koo missed a 44-yard field goal as time expired and the Chargers will wait a little longer to get that first win.
26 Record (0-2); Previous (25) – Game Recap
The Saints can still be a very bad team without Drew Brees and his $25 Million cap hit. Forget Aaron Rodgers, no one has been handcuffed as much as Drew Brees. Some of that has to do with the money owed to the quarterback, however, it looks like a very long season in New Orleans. Trade Brees to a team that is close. (Vikings?)
27 Record (0-2); Previous (29) – Game Recap
The 49ers actually held a lead late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Seahawks. But it did not last as Russell Wilson threw the only touchdown pass for either team with just over seven minutes remaining. It was enough to knock the 49ers to 0-2.
28 Record (0-2); Previous (31) – Game Recap
For much of Jacoby Brissett’s debut, it looked as though the Colts were going to pick up their first win of the season. However, a fourth-quarter rally from Carson Palmer forced overtime and a Brissett interception in the extra frame sealed the Colts fate as they fell to 0-2.
29 Record (0-2); Previous (27) – Game Recap
DeShone Kizer really looked like a rookie on a bad team on Sunday. Kizer threw three interceptions and the Browns turned the ball over five times in a loss to AFC North rival, Ravens.
30 Record (0-2); Previous (28) – Game Recap
The Mitch Trubisky era in Chicago is quickly approaching. Mike Glennon, through two games, is completing under 60 percent of his passes with only two touchdowns and two interceptions. Tarik Cohen rushed for just 13 yards on seven carries in the blowout loss to the Bucs. Head Coach, John Fox, should be firmly on the hot seat in Chicago.
31 Record (0-2); Previous (30) – Game Recap
Another week, another putrid offensive performance. Through two games the Bengals have entered the endzone exactly zero times. It’s about that time to think about blowing it all up.
32 Record (0-2); Previous (32) – Game Recap
The Jets are still the Jets. They surrendered 45 points to the Raiders and it probably won’t be the last time they surrender more than 40 this season. The Patriots come to town in just a few weeks.

– Ian Glendon is the National Editor for cover32 and the Managing Editor for cover32/Patriots. He covers the NFL and New England Patriots. Like and follow on and Facebook.

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