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TNT NFL power rankings — Week 3

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 22, 2012 at 9:06 pm with 12 Comments »
September 22, 2012 9:06 pm

I moved Seattle up eight spots from No. 21 to No. 13 in this week’s The News Tribune’s NFL power rankings.

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated has the Seahawks at No. 13, up from No. 18.

ESPN’s NFL experts move Seattle up to No. 17.

Elliott Harrison of has Seattle at No. 16, up from No. 22 last week.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports has Seattle at No. 11, up from No. 22 last week.

Brian Billick of Fox Sports puts Seattle at No. 22, up six slots from No. 28 last week.

1. San Francisco (3) (2-0): Hard to argue against the Niners being the most complete team after two weeks.

2. Houston (4) (2-0): Texans ‘D’ holding teams to a league-best 8.5 points a contest.

3. Philadelphia (5) (2-0): Big victory over Baltimore could be signature win that serves as a catalyst for the rest of the season. But Eagles have a league-high nine turnovers.

4. Green Bay (6) (1-1): Under head coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers have a league-best 8-2 road record in September.

5. Atlanta (7) (2-0): Matt Ryan leads the league with a 117.6 passer rating.

6. San Diego (12) (2-0): Chargers defense holding teams to a league-best 41.5 yards a contest on the ground.

7. Pittsburgh (13) (1-1): Steelers could use RB Rashard Mendenhall, still recovering from ACL knee surgery; Pittsburgh averaging just 2.7 yards per carry.

8. N.Y. Giants (10) (2-1): Interested to see what Eli Manning does for an encore after throwing for over 1,000 yards in his first three games.

9. Arizona (20) (2-0): Over his past four games Kevin Kolb hasn’t thrown an interception, and has posted a 101.4 passer rating.

10. Baltimore (1) (1-1): The Ravens have won 11 straight at home, and QB Joe Flacco is 28-5 at M&T Bank Stadium.

11. New England (2) (1-1): The Patriots are 7-1 against this weekend’s opponent, Baltimore, and have never lost in the regular season to the Ravens.

12. Cincinnati (19) (1-1): Andy Dalton has been sacked a league-high 10 times through two games.

13. Seattle (21) (1-1): Linebacker K.J. Wright, who leads the team in tackles with 14, has been the Hawks best defensive player.

14. Detroit (8) (1-1): Lions QB Matthew Stafford has four interceptions and two touchdowns.

15. Denver (11) (1-1): I don’t think we’ll see Peyton Manning throw three interceptions in one quarter again this year.

16. Dallas (9) (1-1): Lots of excuses coming out of the big ‘D’ after a thumping at Seattle last week.

17. Tampa Bay (14) (1-1): Bucs head coach Greg Schiano still not apologizing for blitzing Eli Manning on kneel down play.

18. N.Y. Jets (15) (1-1): Tim Tebow has played a total of 12 offensive plays.

19. Chicago (17) (1-1): LB Brian Urlacher’s balky knee might not make it through the season.

20. Minnesota (22) (1-1): QB Christian Ponder is quietly having a solid sophomore campaign.

21. Buffalo (24) (1-1): C.J. Spiller leads the league in rushing with 292 yards, 3 TDs.

22. St. Louis (29) (1-1): QB Sam Bradford having a bounce-back year so far in his third NFL season.

23. Washington (16) (1-1): Redskins averaging a league-best 34 points a contest.

24. Miami (30) (1-1): Reggie Bush is second in the league in rushing with 241 yards, 2 TDs.

25. Indianapolis (31) (1-1): Reggie Wayne looks revitalized – 15 catches for 206 yards and a TD.

26. Carolina (23) (1-2): Cam Newton needs to go see the wizard and find some courage.

27. New Orleans (18) (0-2): Looks like the Saints could use head coach Sean Payton after all.

28. Tennessee (25) (0-2): RB Chris Johnson has just 21 yards on 19 carries through two games.

29. Oakland (26) (0-2): After the embarrassing display against Reggie Bush on defense last week, hopefully the Raiders worked on tackling drills.

30. Kansas City (27) (0-2): Chiefs struggling with injuries so much that Romeo Crennel had to forgo Wednesday’s padded practice.

31. Jacksonville (28) (0-2): Jaguars’ offense averaging a league-worst 236 yards a contest.

32. Cleveland (32) (0-2): Browns looking to break an eight-game losing streak dating back to last year against visiting Buffalo.

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  1. tigerflyboy78 says:

    WOW Falcons Beat the Chielf like a old record and take Denver to school have a 2-0 record and you still list GB and Phila before them? WTH do they have to do to earn your repect? GB got handled by the 49ers and Chicagoo did not show up, Philadelphia ecapes with 2 last minute wins, and you talk about a “Signature win”? SO I guess the Falcons Defense scheme had nothing to do with the 3 INT’s .. no of course not it was all just Peyton having a bad night. BS ok so I guess when they beat SD they’ll fall to number 6 becuase Rivers had a “BAD NIGHT”

  2. confucious says:

    TFB…Week 3 power rankings are primarily wild ass guesses. Let the season progress a couple more weeks and power rankings will become more accurate. Your cute little Falcons may be as good as you hope they are.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    I do agree with Eric that Wright has been Seattle’s best defensive player if unspectacular, so far. Assignment correct, at two positions, and has been solid in run and pass d.

  4. montanamike2 says:

    It’s important to have a backup MLB that can make the proper calls.
    Now that McCoy and Tate are starters,(Tate being an earl pick) how many late round gems are starting? I look forward to our drafts more than ever! Ruskell could never do this.

  5. montanamike2 says:
  6. sluggo42 says:

    After we bulldoze the Pack, I bet they fall down the charts a bit, but the east coast writers will STILL rank them above the Hawks…

  7. Macabrevity says:

    Here are my power rankings…

    #1 Seattle – we have the Grand Coulee, a dam which absolutely dwarfs all others in terms of output… (I don’t know if that’s accurate, but these are power rankings, who needs accuracy?)

    #2 Chicago – enough nuclear power plants to change the gene pool forever.

    #3 Idaho – oh wait, not a city?

    #4 San Diego – low utilities bills and bolts on their helmets.

    Last place – The Big Apple – I mean, what’s with all those power outages?

  8. Dukeshire says:

    #3 Idaho… No idea why, but this made me laugh.

  9. Mac – That’s the best power poll I have seen in a long time!

  10. #3 Idaho – oh wait, not a city?

    That’s ok New England and Carolina are not cities either. I like it!

  11. Oh man! WSU almost got one!

  12. Where do you put SF now? Their achilles heel appears to be when they fall behind early and have to rely on Smith to throw.

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