Coming off an exciting and unique Week 3 in the NFL, the Top 10 was shuffled yet again as teams that had impressive outings last week (Steelers, Ravens) failed to live up to the new expectations.
Kansas City, for the third-week in-a-row, remains the top team. They remain as one of two undefeated teams after three weeks. The other being the Atlanta Falcons who looked as though they had lost to the Lions in the closing seconds on Sunday. But alas, they did not.
In the biggest surprise of the weekend, the Jets won for the first time and have crawled out of the cellar of the rankings. The Jets shocked the Dolphins and dominated their Week 3 matchup. In the end, this win will end up costing the Jets as they will inevitably fall out of the running for the top overall selection. This will happen because, well it’s the Jets.
Now on to the rankings!
|1||Record (3-0); Previous (1) – Game Recap Through three weeks, the Chiefs are one of the few teams in the NFL that is good on both sides of the ball.|
|2||Record (2-1); Previous (3) – Game Recap
Again, Tom Brady is still the best quarterback in the business. However, the defense right now is statistically the worst unit in the league.
|3||Record (3-0); Previous (4) – Game Recap
They probably should have lost this game, but at the end of the day, the defending NFC Champions are undefeated and look like the best team in the NFC.
|4||Record (2-0); Previous (6) – Game Recap
The Lions made their bones off late fourth-quarter comebacks a season ago. If they plan on living on the edge again this season, more outcomes like Sunday will be in their future.
|5||Record (2-1); Previous (2) – Game Recap
What a dud. The Raiders came in flying high but got a start reminder by the Redskins that their defense is a work in progress. The Raiders secondary surrendered over 350 yards to Kirk Cousins.
|6||Record (2-1); Previous (8) – Game Recap
The Packers were staring 1-2 in the face but dug themselves out of an early 21-7 hole against the woeful Bengals. Aaron Rodgers picked up his first career overtime win in the process.
|7||Record (2-1); Previous (10) – Game Recap The Eagles defense held the Giants scoreless through three-quarters until a 24-point explosion from their NFC East rival tied the game late. A dramatic 61-yard field by Eagles kicker, Jake Elliot, as time expired helped the Eagles avoid the collapse.|
|8||Record (2-1); Previous (5) – Game Recap
Antonio Brown finally had a big game, breaking 100 yards receiving and a touchdown but the defense allowed Jordan Howard to rush for 138 yards, including the game-winning 19-yard touchdown run in overtime.
|9||Record (2-1); Previous (12) – Game Recap The Cowboys got back on track with 80 yards rushing and a touchdown from Ezekiel Elliot and a 14-point fourth quarter to upend the Cardinals.|
|10||Record (2-1); Previous (15) – Game Recap 21 points in the third quarter and 115 yards on 14 carries for DeMarco Murray keyed the Titans upset(?) of the Seahawks, who look like they may be in for a long season.|
|11||Record (2-1); Previous (7) – Game Recap
After steamrolling the Cowboys last week with a career-high four touchdown passes, Trevor Siemian came back to earth, throwing two interceptions in the loss to the Bills.
|12||Record (2-1); Previous (14) – Game Recap Turns out, Case Keenum isn’t so bad after all. Keenum (369 yards, 3 TDs), Dalvin Cook (97 yards rushing, one TD), and Stefon Diggs ( 8 Rec, 173 yards, and 2 TDs) powered the Vikings to a dominating win over the Buccaneers.|
|13||Record (2-1); Previous (20) – Game Recap
Through the first three weeks, the Rams have the best offense in the NFL, slightly edging the New England Patriots. Is it sustainable? Time will tell.
|14||Record (2-1); Previous (18) – Game Recap
Redskins receiver, Chris Thompson, hauled in six receptions for 150 yards and a touchdown and Kirk Cousins completed 25-of-30 for 365 yards and three touchdowns in a dominating win over the Raiders. They are right in the thick of the NFC East race.
|15||Record (2-1); Previous (23) – Game Recap
Are we getting the ‘good’ Blake Bortles again? Bortles threw four touchdowns in the humiliation of the Ravens. Then again, the Jags seem to always play their best in London.
|16||Record (1-2); Previous (19) – Game Recap
Not that they needed it but they were given another reminder as to why you never count out Tom Brady. On the bright side, DeShaun Watson looks legit, passing for over 300 yards.
|17||Record (1-2); Previous (9) – Game Recap
This may be the start of a very long season for the Seahawks, who many thought had a chance to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. On the bright side, they finally scored a touchdown.
|18||Record (2-1); Previous (11) – Game Recap
Joe Flacco threw for eight yards in the first half. He ended the game with 28 yards and a spot on the bench. The Ravens proved to be the most fraudulent 2-0 team entering the weekend.
|19||Record (1-1); Previous (13) – Game Recap
As good as the Bucs looked last week, they looked just as bad a week later. Jameis Winston turned back into his old self, throwing three interceptions. The Bucs were down 28-3 a minute into the third quarter and could not dig themselves out.
|20||Record (2-1); Previous (17) – Game Recap
Perhaps the second most fraudulent 2-0 team entering Week 3, they got put in their place by the winless Saints. Cam Newton was bad, throwing three INTs and being benched for Derek Anderson. Next up: a date with the Patriots on the road.
|21||Record (2-1); Previous (24) – Game Recap
Quietly, the Bills remained tied atop the AFC East after their surprising win over the Broncos. Tyrod Taylor threw two touchdowns and the defense picked off Trevor Siemian twice.
|22||Record (1-2); Previous (16) – Game Recap
The Dolphins failed to convert on their first eight, third down conversion attempts. The Jets held them scoreless through three quarters and only mustered six points total.
|23||Record (1-2); Previous (26) – Game Recap
The Saints did well limiting Cam Newton, however, it is tough to tell whether it says more about the Saints defense or highlights Cam Newtons struggles even more. Nonetheless, the Saints picked up their first win of the year.
|24||Record (1-2); Previous (21) – Game Recap
Despite dominating the first half, the Cardinals failed to capitalize on their opportunities and fell to the Cowboys. The Cardinals are once again off to a very underwhelming start to the season.
|25||Record (0-3); Previous (22) – Game Recap
This looked like a boom or bust season for the Giants with most (including myself) leaning towards the boom. However, through three games, it certainly looks like a bust. OBJ’s antics are why the NFL cracked down on celebrations.
|26||Record (1-2); Previous (30) – Game Recap
After nearly beating the Falcons and after a victory over the Steelers, perhaps the Bears are a bit better than we thought they were. Jordon Howard was the star, rushing for 138 yards on 23 carries and 2 touchdowns. His second was the game-winner in overtime.
|27||Record (1-2); Previous (28) – Game Recap
Jacoby Brissett has quickly endeared himself to the Colts fans. After nearly pulling off a win in his debut, Brissett threw for 269 yards and touchdown. He always added two rushing touchdowns, including a highlight reel run in the second quarter.
|28||Record (0-3); Previous (27) – Game Recap
What a wild game on Thursday Night. Brian Hoyer threw for 332 yards and two touchdowns and Pierre Garcon hauled in seven receptions for 142 yards. Despite putting up 16 points in the fourth quarter, their comeback fell just short.
|29||Record (0-3); Previous (25) – Game Recap
The Chargers have now lost seven-straight to the Kansas City Chiefs. Three weeks into the season and rumblings have already begun about forcing the team back to San Diego. It’s going to be a long year.
|30||Record (0-3); Previous (31) – Game Recap
The Good News: They finally scored a touchdown. In fact, they scored a few. The Bad: They blew a 21-7 lead against a Packers team that was on the ropes. On top of that, they surrendered a 71-yard free play to Aaron Rodgers after being drawn offsides. Not Good.
|31||Record (1-2); Previous (32) – Game Recap
In a weekend full of upsets and wild finishes, the Jets winning a game may have been the biggest shocker of the weekend. Are the Jets better than we thought they were or are the Dolphins just much worse?
|32||Record (0-3); Previous (32) – Game Recap
To their credit, they were able to crawl back into the game against the Colts. However, rookie Deshone Kizer threw three more interceptions and now leads the league with seven.
– 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 Follow @iglen31 Follow @cover32_NE and Facebook.
Broncos come up short against the Bills