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2017 SQ NFL Power Rankings Week 3

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The Falcons have now claimed the spot atop or rankings. How do their NFC rivals shake out after after shakey Week 2 performances?

It seems like the Falcons have staved off the Super Bowl hangover. After ranking only 7th in our power rankings last week, the Falcons have essentially switched spots with the Cowboys and moved into the number one poll position. The Cowboys struggled against a talented Denver Broncos team, and the success that they had bottling up Ezekiel Elluot will leave fans wondering whether Dak Prescott is the answer at quarterback. Or if he was carried last year by playing behind one of the greatest offensive lines of all time and perhaps the most successful rookie running back. 

Still, the Cowboys deserve a little faith in them after their incredible run last season, so they remain in our top ten. Check below to see how the rest of the league shakes out and let us know if our writers got your team right.

   Ranking (Change)

1 (+6)

Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta Falcons

Last week’s biggest overreaction was probably ranking 6 teams ahead of the defending NFC South Champions after they had a slow start on the road against the Bears. The Falcons looked back and better than ever as their offense scored at will and their defense handled Aaron Rodgers with ease. Matt Ryan is leading the league with a 78.7 QBR and seems to want to make a run at repeating his MVP status. (Adrian Nelson)

2 (+2)

Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs have alleviated all concerns regarding their confusing offseason through the season’s first two weeks, as they’ve looked as good as any team in the league. Hunt, Hill, and Kelce have been an electric trio of offensive weapons, and the defense hasn’t been too shabby either, despite the loss of Eric Berry. This team looks to be a real threat to the Patriots’ hold on the AFC. (Kyle Trapp)

3 (-)

New England Patriots

New England Patriots

After Alex Smith and the Chiefs lit up the Pat’s defense in Week 1, there was genuine concern that Drew Brees could put up another 40+ on them. However, a three TD first quarter from Tom Brady reminded the league who the defending champs are. On the downside, injuries keep piling up for New England receiving corps, with Rob Gronkowski, Phillip Dorsett, and Chris Hogan joining Danny Amendola on the injury report with minor wounds. (Jesse Doe)

4 (+1)

Oakland Raiders

Oakland Raiders

The Raiders have picked up right where they left off last year, easily handling the Titans and the Jets. Now, they travel to Washington for a Sunday night matchup against the Redskins. Derek Carr and the offense should have a good game against the Skins’ secondary. (Mitch Bloch)

5 (+1)

Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers are a tough team to fully evaluate. They’ve looked good to start off the season, but have faced off against quarterbacks Deshone Kizer and Case Keenum, who are both less than stellar. Still, they are a year removed from making the AFC title game and have an offense that has both a 1200 rusher and a 1200 receiver. (Adrian Nelson)

6 (+5)

Denver Broncos

Denver Broncos

After a close Week 1 win, Denver came out and dominated Dallas on both sides of the ball. It’s no secret the Broncos have a strong defense, but it’s their offense that’s been a big surprise so far this season. Denver currently leads the league in rushing with 159 yards per game, while QB Trevor Siemian is tied for the league lead in passing touchdowns with six. (Nick Cardozo)

7 (-5)

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers

After losing Jordy Nelson and Mike Daniels early against the Falcons, the Packers didn’t stand much of a chance. This team has been hurt badly by injuries thus far, and there is only so much Aaron Rodgers can do on his own. On a more positive note, Ty Montgomery continued to impress in his role as a feature option. (Kyle Trapp)

8 (-7)

Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys

After a dominating win over the Giants, Dallas looked like the powerhouse team that rattled off 13 wins last year before suffering an embarrassing 42-17 loss to the Broncos. Zeke Eliott had his worst game as a pro, putting up only eight yards, while Dallas’ usually methodical, run-first offense was forced to throw 50 passes. Dak Prescott threw two picks, including a 100+ yard pick-six by Aqib Talib to ice the game. (Jesse Doe)

9 (+4)

Detroit Lions

Detroit Lions

Last week, we said Matthew Stafford could only carry this team so far, and if they were going to go anywhere, they needed production at running back. Well, in a convincing Week 2 victory over the Giants, Stafford threw for just 122 yards, while Ameer Abdullah rushed for 86 on over 5 YPC. It was an encouraging win, but this week’s matchup against the Falcons will be a huge test. (Kyle Trapp)

10 (+2)

Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Ravens

Although the Ravens’ wins haven’t been against the strongest teams, they’ve taken care of business with a +34 scoring differential thus far. Their defense looks outstanding, leading the league in takeaways by a wide margin with a whopping 10 in two weeks. The loss of All-Pro RG Marshal Yanda hurts, but as of now, Baltimore is a top-10 team. (Nick Cardozo)

11 (+4)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

After the all-too-common Week 1 bye and a Week 2 matchup against the lowly Bears, the Buccaneers are still a bit of a mystery. They have weapons everywhere you look on offense in Winston, Martin, Evans, Jackson, Brate, and Howard. However, with several all of those pieces new or developing it’ll be interesting to see how they fit together. On paper, this team is loaded and poised for a deep winter run, but it remains to be seen whether they will be able to execute. (Adrian Nelson)

12 (-2)

Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers

Carolina slips some in our rankings due to a less than stellar performance against the Buffalo Bills. Although they won and the defense looked great, the offense once again fell flat. With TE Greg Olsen missing time over the next month or so the burden will fall on Cam to get the most out of the talent around him, as it far too often does. (Adrian Nelson)

13 (-5)

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle barely squeaked by the 49ers after another week of poor offensive line play. The Seahawks have to find a way to address the issue or the losses will start coming quick. Thus far, Russell Wilson has averaged 5.39 yards per attempt, which ranks 30th out of 33 qualifiers. A talented defense can only keep the team afloat for so long. (Nick Cardozo)

14 (-5)

Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings

It’s a shame Sam Bradford didn’t play against the Steelers in Week 2, as this game would have provided a great test for the impressive offense we saw Week 1. Alas, Case Kennum was underwhelming in his place, and the offense will continue to struggle until Bradford is back under center. (Kyle Trapp)

15 (+2)

Tennessee Titans

Tennessee Titans

After a loss to the Raiders in Week 1, the Titans bounced back with a big win against the division rival, the Jaguars. The preseason AFC South favorites take on the Seahawks at home this week. It will be interesting to see if Seattle can put up points against the Tenessee defense after two miserable offensive outings. (Mitch Bloch)

16 (-)

Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles

Philly hung around with the #2 ranked Chiefs for awhile, but ultimately fell 27-20 on the road. Carson Wentz has shown improvement from last season, but will have to beat a top team before gaining more respect. A Week 3 date with the Giants’ defense will be a good test for the young QB. (Nick Cardozo)

17 (+2)

Miami Dolphins

Miami Dolphins

After Irma moved their bye week to Week 1, the Dolphins defeated the Chargers on the road for their first win in Week 2. Jay Ajayi looked like a 1,000-yard rusher and receivers Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker looked solid. (Mitch Bloch)

18 (-4)

New York Giants

New York Giants

The Giants came into this season with legitimate Super Bowl aspirations. With a dominant defense, a two-time Super Bowl MVP QB, and new additions Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram to complement Odell Beckham, Big Blue looked like a real contender. Fast forward to Week 3 and they look like a team that will be lucky to scrape together six wins. The offensive line is abysmal, the run game is nonexistent, and the Giants have totaled a pitiful 13 points in their first two games. Coach Ben McAdoo has to find a way to protect Eli against the ferocious Eagles front seven or the calls for his job will only get louder. (Jesse Doe)

19 (+2)

Washington Redskins

Washington Redskins

The Week 1 loss to the Eagles looked ugly, but the Skins rebounded against their former Offensive Coordinator Sean McVay’s Rams. Now, they take on the Raiders at home in a matchup that will surely test them. If Washington wants to win, they’ll need to play better than we’ve seen from them this season. (Mitch Bloch)

20 (-)

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville Jaguars

A surprisingly dominant Week 1 win over the Texans looks a little less impressive after watching Houston’s offense stumble again in Week 2. Is the Jags D for real, or is Houston’s offense just that bad? The Jags played Titans close in the first half, trailing only 6-3 before Tennessee blew it open in the second. Regardless, this team will never go anywhere unless Blake Bortles turns it around. His promising 35 TD, 4400+ yard sophomore season seems lightyears away, as the interceptions continue to pile up (53 picks in 48 career games). (Jesse Doe)

21 (-3)

Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals needed overtime to beat a putrid Colts team and confirmed what we thought of them after Week 1. Carson Palmer already has four interceptions, which ties him for the most in the league. At this point, the team’s only hope to succeed lies with its defense, but the unit will have to improve upon the 316.5 yards per game it has allowed so far this year. (Nick Cardozo)

22 (+1)

Houston Texans

Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson certainly wasn’t perfect in his first career start, but it’s clear he brings more to the table than Tom Savage. The bulk of his impact came from his legs, including a brilliant 49 yard TD run that ultimately made the difference. If he can continue to improve, and if the defense continues to play the way they did against the Bengals, the Texans have a shot at another division crown. (Kyle Trapp)

23 (-1)

Buffalo Bills

Buffalo Bills

The Bills’ D was impressive in Week 2, holding HC Sean McDermott’s old team to just nine points. Unfortunately, the offense mustered a mere field goal, as Carolina effectively bottled up LeSean McCoy. The fact their defense kept the Bills in the game until the very end is encouraging, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know the offense is a major concern. (Kyle Trapp)

24 (-)

Los Angeles Chargers

Los Angeles Chargers

Back-to-back losses have the talented Chargers in an 0-2 hole to start the season. The team has found a way to lose close games year after year in arguably the NFL’s toughest divison, but may not be able to bounce back from this kind of start. If there’s a positive takeaway, it’s that the Chargers haven’t suffered any devastating injuries in the season’s first two weeks, although CB Jason Verrett is sidelined indefinitely for now. (Nick Cardozo)

25 (-)

New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Saints

For the fourth consecutive season, the Saints stumble to an 0-2 start. Their defense has allowed a whopping 777 passing yards through two weeks, a pace that even Drew Brees can’t match. Internal drama is already brewing with Adrian Peterson publicly complaining about playing time, and former first rounder Kenny Vaccaro apparently on the way out. It’s a shame the Saints have surrounded Brees with such mediocrity in his final years. (Jesse Doe)

26 (+1)

Los Angeles Rams

Los Angeles Rams

After a rout of the Colts that surprised many in Week 1, the Rams looked their part against the Redskins in Week 2. However, Jared Goff has looked much better in his sophomore season, and should thrive against the 49ers this week. (Mitch Bloch)

27 (-1)

Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton looks straight up terrible. Having thrived in past years with the bevy of offensive talent around him, Dalton seems to have taken a sharp decline in seeming lockstep with a Bengals offensive line that has seen better days. The defense has looked good, but the offense has failed to maximize the big hitters on their offense. One of a couple teams to have not scored a touchdown yet, the Bengals need a breath of fresh air quickly or they will quickly find themselves out of it this year. (Adrian Nelson)

28 (+3)

San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers surprisingly kept their Week 2 game close against the Seahawks, but their offense has struggled mightily. After only putting up 12 points in two games, it’ll be interesting to see if they can flip the switch in Week 3 against the Rams. (Mitch Bloch)

29 (-)

Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns

Holding serve at spot 29, the Browns don’t have much going on. In the first two weeks of the season, they have already seen two quarterbacks take the field. Both have made plays that leave a starving franchise thinking “Maybe this time,” but those plays have been followed by decisions that seem to make the answer a firm “No.” Cleveland should let number one overall pick Myles Garrett rest until he is completely healthy, because there is no point in rushng back to this team. (Adrian Nelson)

30 (-2)

Chicago Bears

Chicago Bears

Mike Glennon’s return to Tampa Bay did not go well the Bears. After coming a few yards short from upsetting the defending NFC Champion Falcons in Week 1, the Bears got blown out. The Bears were dominated in the trenches, putting up a pitiful 20 yards on 16 carries. Glennon tossed two picks as the Bears pedestian receiving corps couldn’t get separation. Things won’t get much better soon, as the Bears take on the Steelers and Packers the next two weeks. (Jesse Doe)

31 (-1)

Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis Colts

This is a team that desperately relies on its quarterback play, and neither Jacoby Brissett or Scott Tolzien have helped. The Colts might be able to squeak past the Browns, but they need Andrew Luck back soon if they want to compete against any good teams. (Mitch Bloch)

32 (-)

New York Jets

New York Jets

The Jets have been as bad as advertised through the first two weeks, and things don’t figure to improve. The team’s lone strength entering the season, their defensive line, was gashed for 180 yards on the ground against the Raiders, after giving up 190 yards in Week 1. The team’s biggest question at this point is which quarterback they’ll draft with their inevitable top three pick. (Kyle Trapp)

Edited by Brian Kang, Mallory England.

SQuiz
When did the Georgia Dome open?
Created 9/21/17
  1. 1975
  2. 1983
  3. 1992
  4. 1998

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