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My 2020 Week Three NFL Power Rankings

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Week Three Power Rankings

Major League Baseball's playoffs started this afternoon. Not sure if you know, or care. I mean, this is an NFL blog, so why am I talking about baseball? Maybe because I like it. Maybe because I wasn't sure the MLB season would happen. Maybe because I was especially worried when Covid outbreaks were running rampant through MLB clubhouses. Maybe because seeing that baseball has entered its postseason despite those Covid breakouts is reason to hold out hope that the NFL will also be able to continue despite reports today that there is a breakout in Tennessee. Minnesota has also halted all football activities while tests are being administered. Maybe you didn't think that's where I was going with this. Maybe I didn't either, at first, but I'd say it worked out well.

1. Kansas City Chiefs (3-0) ~ That's 3-0 with a bullet. Patrick Mahomes seemed to have little, if any, trouble picking apart Baltimore's vaunted defense Monday night in Baltimore. The Super Bowl MVP accounted for five touchdowns, including one to a lineman, in a game that was never in doubt. Nobody is having a better 2020 than Mr. Mahomes. (Last Week's Ranking 1)

2. Seattle Seahawks (3-0) ~ Another week and another five touchdown passes for Russell Wilson. Nothing to see here except one of the best quarterbacks in the game playing in an offense that allows him to showcase that talent. I expect more of the same in the next game or two as Seattle will be without top running back Chris Carson who was injured in a gator roll tackle. If horse collar tackles are penalties, gator roll tackles should be too. (LWR 3)

3. Baltimore Ravens (2-1) ~ Yes, Lamar Jackson lost to Mahomes and the Chiefs again. Yes, that makes him 0-3 in those match-ups. It even prompted Jackson to call the Chiefs his kryptonite. He might be right. Jackson's regular season career record against all teams not the Chiefs is 21-1. (LWR 2)

4. Buffalo Bills (3-0) ~ Not to be outdone by Mahomes and Wilson, Josh Allen was also in the five touchdown club this week. The Bills needed every one of them. After trying to do their best Atlanta Falcons impression in choking away a 25-point lead, the Bills came back on Allen's fifth touchdown of the game with just 15 seconds left on the clock. The Bills have been lighting up the scoreboard and letting opponents do the same which is just how we all thought the Bills would look this year. Wait, that's the exact opposite of how we thought they would look. Or at least it's the opposite of how I thought they would look. Regardless, they are 3-0 and atop the AFC East. (LWR 4)

5. Green Bay Packers (3-0) ~ I really thought the Packers were the NFC team to regress from last season's successes. We're only three weeks in, but so far I look like I'm dead wrong. Aaron Rodgers went in to New Orleans without his best receiver and threw for nearly 300 yards and three scores against a solid secondary. Green Bay is averaging over 40 points per game this year. They're gonna be hard to beat if they continue to score like that. (LWR 5)

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0) ~ In Week One James Conner was injured and ineffective against a porous New York Giants defense. In two games since? He's looked like the back Pittsburgh thought they had entering the season. Conner has eclipsed 100 yards rushing and found the end zone two weeks in a row. We know Pittsburgh loves to run the ball and having a healthy Conner will make it that much easier. (LWR 6)

7. Tennessee Titans (3-0) ~ Last week I called out Derrick Henry. Maybe he reads this blog. Last year's rushing champ rumbled for 119 yards and two scores in a win over Minnesota. They were his first two scores of the season. More importantly, he averaged more than 4.5 yards per carry which is an improvement of the 3.5 ypc he was sporting through two games. (LWR 9)

8. New England Patriots (2-1) ~ I don't want to talk about the game that just happened. I want to invoke my inner Bill Belichick and say we're on to Kansas City. Because that's where the Patriots are headed next week. (LWR 10)

9. Los Angeles Rams (2-1) ~ If I asked you who the leading rusher for the Rams was, would you know? I mean, I'm sure you know Todd Gurley isn't there anymore. Backup Malcolm Brown always looked capable filling in for Gurley in the past. They also used a second round draft pick on Cam Akers. I'm sure by now you know it isn't any of those guys I've mentioned. It's Darrell Henderson with 201 yards and two scores through three games. (LWR 8)

10. San Francisco 49ers (2-1) ~ Jordan Reed. Mark Nzeocha. Jerick McKinnon. Emmanuel Moseley. K'Waun Williams. These are the five latest 49ers to be injured at MetLife Stadium. Yes, the 49ers picked up their first two wins of the season in New York, but at what cost? I'm sure they are glad they won't be going back anytime soon. (LWR 11)

11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1) ~ Tom Brady's passer rating and completion percentage have gone up each week. Brady's interceptions have also decreased each week. Nobody said it was going to be an easy transition, but the goat seems to be settling in to his new home quite nicely. (LWR 12)

12. New Orleans Saints (1-2) ~ Two games without Michael Thomas and two losses for the Saints. It's enough to make me officially concerned. One more loss and they match their total from each of the two previous seasons. Let's not forget this is a team coming off of back-to-back 13-3 campaigns. Losing is not in their DNA. It isn't the weirdest thing to come out of 2020, but it isn't nothing. (LWR 7)

13. Chicago Bears (3-0) ~ Big Dick Nick is back baby! Nick Foles took over when the Bears benched Mitchell Trubisky and he threw three touchdowns in a comeback win. Head Coach Matt Nagy said Foles will start next weekend. Is this the end for Trubisky in Chicago? I'm leaning towards yes. (LWR 17)

14. Indianapolis Colts (2-1) ~ Another week and another injury for the Colts offense. This time it is rookie wideout Michael Pittman who is out indefinitely after calf surgery. For three wide receiver sets Indy will be trotting out the likes of Daurice Fountain or Dezmon Patman. I'm sure this isn't what Phillip Rivers had in mind when he left Los Angeles. (LWR 16)

15. Arizona Cardinals (2-1) ~ I jinxed them. Last week I talked about how the Cardinals are better than we all think and how they had a legit chance at starting the season 5-0. Whoops. A home loss to the winless Detroit Lions isn't pretty even if it was only by a field goal. (LWR 13)

16. Las Vegas Raiders (2-1) ~ The Raiders are halfway through a brutal four-week stretch of their schedule. They are 1-1 against the Saints and Patriots, two teams we already talked about. Up next they will play the Bills before hosting the Chiefs who are two more teams we already talked about. So far the Raiders have been a surprise in my mind. If they can knock off unbeaten Buffalo or a potentially still unbeaten Kansas City I might have to give their ranking a boost. (LWR 14)

17. Dallas Cowboys (1-2) ~ Dallas has scored the most points (88) of any team i the putrid NFC East. The problem is that they have also allowed the most points (97) of any team in the NFC East. Someone will eventually have to win that division. Why not the team that seemingly has the most talent? (LWR 15)

18. Los Angeles Chargers (1-2) ~ The post-Phillip Rivers era is off to an OK start thus far. L.A. is moving the ball, but are failing to put points on the board after they were held to just 16 points for the second time in three games. They are also keeping opponents off the board allowing under 20 points per game and that is with having already faced Mahomes and the Chiefs. It could be another nail-biting season for the Chargers. (LWR 18)

19. Houston Texans (0-3) ~ Well, at least that part of the schedule is over. Through three weeks Houston's opponents are a combined 9-0. Up next is the also winless Minnesota Vikings. Odds are one of these teams, both with playoff hopes coming in to the season, will start 0-4. That is a deep hole to climb out of even with the extra playoff spot this year. (LWR 19)

20. Cleveland Browns (2-1) ~ The Cleveland Browns have a winning record. Sure, it's only after three games, but hear me out. The Browns last had a winning record going in to Week 15 of the 2014 season when they were 7-6. To put that into perspective, in 2014 LeBron James came back to Cleveland after winning two titles in Miami. Now, after winning a title in Cleveland, James is in L.A. getting ready to play Miami for yet another championship. That's how long it's been since the Browns had a winning record. (LWR 23)

21. Minnesota Vikings (0-3) ~ When Minnesota traded Stefon Diggs to Buffalo, it signaled that Adam Thielen was the lead dog in the receivers room. Over the past two weeks Thielen has managed just 60 yards receiving on six catches. That's a far cry from the six catches for 110 yards he had in the opener. (LWR 20)

22. Philadelphia Eagles (0-2-1) ~ Where to begin? It took a Carson Wentz touchdown run with 21 seconds left to tie the worst team in the NFL last year. Then, the Eagles decided to PUNT with 18 seconds left in overtime rather than go for the win. They didn't LOSE the game, but, as an Eagles fan, it felt like they did. (LWR 21)

23. Atlanta Falcons (0-3) ~ Two weeks in a row. TWO WEEKS IN A ROW. A team had never lost two games in a season in which they held a 15-point lead. The Falcons have now done it in back-to-back weeks. Last week I said Dan Quinn was my bet to be the first NFL coach fired. This effort did not help his cause. (LWR 22)

24. Detroit Lions (1-2) ~ The other coach I mentioned to be in trouble was Matt Patricia. He helped his case, a little, when the Lions picked up their first win in nearly a calendar year against the Cardinals. I had certainly forgotten that Detroit was mired in an 11-game losing streak. I guess that just goes to show you how much needs fixing in Detroit when the 11-game losing streak isn't front and center. (LWR 27)

25. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2) ~ One nice surprise for the Jags has to be the play of undrafted rookie running back James Robinson. We have to go back to Thursday night to remember that he was the only offense Jacksonville could muster with 129 total yards and two touchdowns. Many, myself included, scoffed when they cut Leonard Fournette, but they might have found a gem in Robinson. (LWR 24)

26. Washington Football Team (1-2) ~ Dwayne Haskins didn't play well against the Browns. He threw his first three interceptions of the year in an ugly loss. Rumors that last year's first round pick could be losing his job are a bit premature. You know which other first round pick from last year else threw three interceptions on Sunday? Kyler Murray. You don't hear rumors about him losing his job now do you? (LWR 25)

27. Miami Dolphins (1-2) ~ Ryan Fitzpatrick is fun. There's no denying it. So let's just state a random, fun Fitzmagic stat here. In beating the Jags Thursday night, Fitzpatrick became the first quarterback since at least 1950 to have at least one victory over a single opponent with six different teams. Fitz also beat Jacksonville while playing for Buffalo, Tennessee, Houston, Cincinnati and the New York Jets. I hope he plays forever. (LWR 30)

28. Carolina Panthers (1-2) ~ The Lions aren't the only team to snap a double-digit losing streak this past weekend. Carolina ended their own 10-game losing streak in Los Angeles giving Matt Rhule his first win as an NFL head coach. (LWR 29)

29. Denver Broncos (0-3) ~ If you blinked, you may have missed the Jeff Driskel era in Denver. Driskel made his first start Sunday only to be pulled for Brett Rypien. Rypien, the nephew of former NFL quarterback Mark, will get the start Thursday against the Jets. He will be the ninth different quarterback to start a game for Denver since 2017 which is mind-blowing. (LWR 26)

30. Cincinnati Bengals (0-2-1) ~ If you had the prop bet that Joe Burrow would get a tie before a win in the NFL, well, I'm sure you can now retire on your winnings. Last week I said I had a funny feeling about the Bengals-Eagles game. I wasn't wrong. (LWR 31)

31. New York Giants (0-3) ~ The offense is a disaster as the team is averaging under 13 points per game through three weeks. They just gave up 36 points to a San Fran team who played mostly backups due to injuries so it's safe to say the defense is also a disaster. It's going to be a long year in New York. (LWR 28)

32. New York Jets (0-3) ~ It isn't just the Giants stinking things up in New York. The Jets have scored just one point less than the G-Men and gave up 36 to the Colts over the weekend who have injury problems of their own. With the Jets and Giants both drafting quarterbacks early in the first round in recent years, what happens if they finish with the top two picks in this year's draft? (LWR 32)

Well, that’s it. All 32 NFL teams. All in one little list that can cause a reader a bevy of emotions. Do you like where your team is ranked? Do you hate it? Do you think I have no clue what I’m talking about? Maybe you should tell me about it. Leave a comment below or reach out to me on Twitter. Handle is in the profile. See you next time kids.