2012 NFL Power Rankings - Week 3

Commenting on random teams throughout.

1. (1) Green Bay Packers (2-0)

2. (2) New England Patriots (2-0). The Patriots and Tom Brady are on a historic offensive pace. They might shatter every record there is to be broken because this defense has shown it does not have the ability to stop anyone.

3. (5) New Orleans Saints (1-1)

4. (3) Baltimore Ravens (1-1). Well, apparently the Ravens were so happy to win their Super Bowl by beating the Steelers they didn't even bother to show up against the lowly Titans. The run defense shut down Chris Johnson but Matt Hasselbeck destroyed them and the offense didn't look that good. They have done this before. Expect the Ravens to get back on track next week.

5. (7) Houston Texans (2-0)
6. (4) Philadelphia Eagles (1-1)
7. (8) Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1)
8. (10) New York Jets (2-0)
9. (9) Atlanta Falcons (1-1)

10. (11) Detroit Lions (2-0). In my 6 or 7 years of doing power rankings I am pretty sure this is the first time I have ever ranked the Lions in the top 10. I really hope Matthew Stafford can stay healthy, because I would love to see the Lions make a playoff push.

11. (6) Chicago Bears (1-1). Jay Cutler must feel like he has been on some bizarre Japanese game show since joining the Bears. See how many times the offensive line can let him be sacked before he quits and goes home. That's 11 sacks in two games and now no Gabe Carimi for a while.

12. (12) San Diego Chargers (1-1). The good ole' Chargers and Norv Turner. You can count on both to screw up when things matter most. The Chargers should have beat the Patriots but they threw out every bad play call and crippling turnover they could possibly find. I would not be at all surprised if the Raiders won this division this year.

13. (13) Dallas Cowboys (1-1)

14. (14) Buffalo Bills (2-0). Chan Gailey led offenses may not win any Super Bowls, but they always make fantasy football players happy. Next weeks Patriots vs. Bills game may have 700 points scored.

15. (18) Washington Redskins (2-0). The Redskins should have won by more then one point, but they missed a field goal and committed two turnovers as they were marching for more points. I refuse to believe this team can finish over .500 with Rex Grossman under center, but so far, so good.

16. (19) New York Giants (1-1)
17. (16) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1)
18. (15) St. Louis Rams (0-2)
19. (17) Arizona Cardinals (1-1)

20. (23) Oakland Raiders (1-1). Yes, the Raiders moved up three spots even though they lost their game. The Bills passing attack just became unstoppable. Oakland has a huge hole across Stanford Routt. But I love their running game and really think they can win their division this year.

21. (27) Tennessee Titans (1-1)
22. (20) Miami Dolphins (0-2)
23. (21) Minnesota Vikings (0-2)
24. (22) San Francisco 49ers (1-1)

25. (25) Carolina Panthers (0-2). Ron Rivera must have Cam Newton in his fantasy league. That's the only explanation I can think of for the team running the ball 11 times all game even though they held a 13-0 lead in the second quarter. The yards are nice, but the team is 0-2. They could be 2-0 with a more balanced attack.

26. (26) Cincinnati Bengals (1-1). Even though it was against a ravaged Broncos secondary and a defense that couldn't generate any pass rush, Andy Dalton looked pretty good. The 4 Bengals fans on the planet had to be excited about the duo of Dalton and AJ Green hooking up 10 times. Oh yeah, they lost.

27. (28) Cleveland Browns (1-1)

28. (29) Denver Broncos (1-1). The Broncos have injuries all over the place, but managed to squeak out a close win against an equally bad team. The defense gave up a thousand rushing yards week one and a thousand passing yards week two.

29. (24) Indianapolis Colts (0-2). I'm pretty disappointed in the Colts. They are a proud franchise loaded with veterans, but they don't seem to care if they lose and lose ugly. It helps that Kerry Collins has been absolutely terrible. The team might as well roll with Curtis Painter, he at least knows this complex offense. Collins is hopeless and the team has no chance to win with him under center.

30. (30) Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1). Now that is the reason I didn't move the Jaguars up. They were absolutely obliterated and looked terrible on every facet of the game. Jack Del Rio will probably stubbornly roll with Luke McCown even though Blaine Gabbart should be better by default. It won't matter though. This team is very bad.

31. (31) Kansas City Chiefs (0-2). 89-10. And now Jamaal Charles is out for the year. I knew the Chiefs would regress without Charlie Weis and with a first place schedule but I did not think it would be this bad. They seemed to have given up on the season in the first quarter of the first game.

32. (32) Seattle Seahawks (0-2). I really want to put Kansas City at #32 but Seattle doesn't deserve to move up for any reason. They are simply miserable. They didn't even get to the Steelers side of the field until the fourth quarter. This team has no running game, no passing game, no offensive line and a terrible defense. If anyone needs to simply tank to get an Andrew Luck, it is this team.

Jonathan Carrano

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