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BestBetUSA NFL Power Rankings – Week Three

Week One’s results in the NFL saw a number of teams drop out of the top ten, with others making impressive climbs up the rankings. If anything, Week Two’s results seem to have muddied the waters still further as teams that had poor opening weekends, bounced back well.

In addition, one of the clear top two teams suffered a narrow reverse at a rival, so how will all these results affect this week’s Power Rankings?

Let’s first begin by recapping Week Two’s NFL results, before we take a look at the new rankings.

NFL Week Two Results

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  • New York Giants (0-2) 29-30 Washington Football Team (1-1)
  • Las Vegas Raiders (2-0) 26-17 Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1)
  • San Francisco 49ers (2-0) 17-11 Philadelphia Eagles (1-1)
  • Houston Texans (1-1) 21-31 Cleveland Browns (1-1)
  • Denver Broncos (2-0) 13-23 Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2)
  • New Orleans Saints (1-1) 7-26 Carolina Panthers (2-0)
  • Los Angeles Rams (2-0) 27-24 Indianapolis Colts (0-2)
  • Buffalo Bills (1-1) 35-0 Miami Dolphins (1-1)
  • New England Patriots (1-1) 25-6 New York Jets (0-2)
  • Cincinnati Bengals (1-1) 17-20 Chicago Bears (1-1)
  • Atlanta Falcons (0-2) 25-48 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0)
  • Minnesota Vikings (0-2) 33-34 Arizona Cardinals (2-0)
  • Tennessee Titans (1-1) 33-30 Seattle Seahawks (1-1)
  • Dallas Cowboys (1-1) 20-17 Los Angeles Chargers (1-1)
  • Kansas City Chiefs (1-1) 35-36 Baltimore Ravens (1-1)
  • Detroit Lions (0-2) 17-35 Green Bay Packers (1-1)

There were a number of important bounce back wins, none more impressive than the Ravens victory over the Chiefs, although wins for the Patriots, Titans, Packers, Bills, Browns and Cowboys saw them all bounce back after opening weekend losses.

So how has this set of results affected the Power Rankings for Week 3? Let’s take a closer look to find out. (Last week’s ranking is shown in brackets)

BBUSA – Power Rankings Week 3 – Top 10

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1)

It was just the 48 points and five touchdown passes for Tom Brady and co this week, two of which landed in the hands of Rob Gronkowski. Does time have no meaning in Tampa nowadays as this team of veterans are playing like they are in their prime at the moment.

  1. Kansas City Chiefs (2)

It took an incredible effort from the Baltimore Ravens on their home patch to get the better of Patrick Mahomes, plus a bad fumble from Clyde Edwards-Helaire late in the game. Sure, they may be 1-1 and third at present in the AFC West but they are still comfortably the best team in the AFC.

  1. Los Angeles Rams (3)

Matt Stafford has put this team on his back and along with Cooper Kupp, he is powering this Rams offense into a very impressive unit. With Aaron Donald marshalling the defence, the Rams went into a difficult game against Indianapolis on the road and came away with the win.

  1. Baltimore Ravens (7)

The Ravens put their Raiders aberration behind them with a superb win over Kansas City

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Chiefs, with Lamar Jackson (pictured) making key plays through the air and on the ground. If you can beat Kansas City, then you can beat any team in the NFL, which is why the Ravens are flying higher in the rankings this week.

  1. San Francisco 49ers (5)

The 49ers weren’t great defensively against the Lions in garbage time on Week One, but they were much tighter in a close game against the Eagles in Philadelphia. This team is more than ready to be genuine contenders in an exciting NFC this season.

  1. Arizona Cardinals (9)

With Kyler Murray producing some incredible performances, the Cardinals followed up their excellent win in Tennessee last week with a narrow win over the battling Vikings in Arizona. Fun to watch and able to score plenty of points, the NFC West is absolutely stacked with quality this season with thtee of its four teams in the top six.

  1. Buffalo Bills (10)

The Bills defence recorded a shut out against backup QB Jacoby Brissett, who replaced Tua Tagovailoa after the first series due to injury. Add to that a solid performance from all aspects of the Bills offense and that was a much better showing from the Bills against a team that were ranked as potential playoff candidates this season in the AFC.

  1. Cleveland Browns (8)

The Browns did beat the Texans but to be honest, I was expecting a bit more from them in this game. The Texans have proven to be spiky and feisty despite being predicted to be the worst team in the NFL and they actually lead the AFC South at the moment. The Browns did well to earn the win, but there should be more to come from this team.

  1. Las Vegas Raiders (13)

The Raiders move into the top ten on the back of a fantastic 2-0 start and wins over the Ravens and Steelers, two of the much fancied teams in the AFC. I’m not yet fully convinced that this is a Raiders renaissance despite those two wins, but they have certainly earned plenty of respect and if they can keep winning, they will keep climbing the rankings.

  1. Denver Broncos (14)

Have Denver finally solved their QB issue? Teddy Bridgewater has come in and had another superb game in their win over Jacksonville to leave the Broncos 2-0 on the season. However, it was only Jacksonville, which is why they just creep into the top ten despite an unbeaten record.

BBUSA – Power Rankings Week 3 – 11-32

  1. Seattle Seahawks (4)

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  2. Pittsburgh Steelers (6)
  3. Carolina Panthers (21)
  4. Dallas Cowboys (15)
  5. Green Bay Packers (17)
  6. New Orleans Saints (11)
  7. Tennessee Titans (20)
  8. New England Patriots (18)
  9. Los Angeles Chargers (12)
  10. Miami Dolphins (16)
  11. Chicago Bears (23)
  12. Washington Football Team (26)
  13. Indianapolis Colts (18)
  14. Philadelphia Eagles (22)
  15. Cincinnati Bengals (25)
  16. Houston Texans (27)
  17. Minnesota Vikings (24)
  18. Atlanta Falcons (29)
  19. New York Giants (31)
  20. Detroit Lions (30)
  21. New York Jets (28)
  22. Jacksonville Jaguars (32)

Bad weeks for the Dolphins, Colts and Jets in particular have seen them drop down the rankings, while in the top ten, two unbeaten teams make their debut their this season, while a couple of teams drop to just outside the top ten that you would ordinarily expect to be there.

The Seahawks and Steelers were those two teams after reversals this week, while the Panthers are big movers after their second win in two games moved them right up the rankings.

Remember to check back next week when we review the results of Week 3’s games and give you our Week Four Power Rankings!

 

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