NFL Power Rankings Week 3: Where Bears stand after loss to Packers

Week 2 is still one of the best weeks of NFL seasons. It’s the Sunday where everyone collectively wonders “are any of these teams any good?” These rankings will reflect this.

Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs excluded, of course.

On Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens blew a 21-point lead, the Los Angeles Rams nearly lost a 25-point cushion, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers battled New Orleans and the favorites Indianapolis Colts the AFC South, again lost to Jacksonville.

The San Francisco 49ers came back to .500, but likely lost quarterback Trey Lance for the season.

Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers got back on track with a victory over the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field.

Here’s where each team stands after Sunday’s Week 2 action.

32. Carolina Panthers (0-2): Matt Rhule is 5-16 in one possession games since the start of 2020. Tell me he and Nebraska aren’t perfect

31. Atlanta Falcons (0-2): The Universe couldn’t handle the Falcons coming back from a 28-3 deficit. The return had to be cut short.

30. Seattle Seahawks (1-1): The Seahawks putting four running backs on the field to throw an interception was perfect. No notes.

29. Washington Commanders (1-1): Commanders are what we thought they were. Plus/minus on how many games Carson Wentz has left as a starting QB in the NFL? Six? Eight? There can’t be many.

28. Indianapolis Colts (0-1-1): Jim Irsay is about to fire everyone.

27. Houston Texans (0-1-1): The Texans begged the Broncos to win Sunday’s game. Finally, the Mile High Ponies accepted. The Texans aren’t ready to win anything yet.

26. Cleveland Browns (1-1): Brownie the Elf couldn’t stop the Browns from intervening against the Jets.

25. New York Jets (1-1): Robert Saleh said he was going to keep receipts from anyone who made fun of the Jets. After erasing a 13-point lead in 92 seconds, it might be time to let go of some.

24. Tennessee Titans (0-1): Tennessee feels like a team that could fall apart early. Josh Allen isn’t the quarterback you want to see when trying to find your footing early.

23. Chicago Bears (1-1): The Bears offense was impressive on the first scripted drive. After? Not really.

22. Las Vegas Raiders (0-2): Raiders owner Mark Davis secured his title when the Las Vegas Aces won the WNBA championship on Sunday. No need to worry about Vegas’ massive choke job against the Cardinals until Tuesday at the earliest.

21. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1): The Jags become the highest-ranked team in the AFC South because, well, they have a win.

20. New York Giants (2-0): I still don’t think the Giants are good. But 2-0 is 2-0.

19. Detroit Lions (1-1): The Lions have scored 30 or more points in three straight games for the first time since 1997. Things could change in Detroit.

18. Cincinnati Bengals (0-2): The Bengals were borderline atrocious in their first two games and still had a chance to win each of them. It’s something… I think.

17. Arizona Cardinals (1-1): Kyler Murray, Byron Murphy and Isaiah Simmons might have saved the Cardinals season. Still plenty of trouble in the desert, though.

16. Dallas Cowboys (1-1): Dack who? (It’s a joke.)

15. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1): Mitchell Trubisky was the wise move when it looked like the defense could lead the Steelers to a playoff spot. With TJ Watt out, maybe it’s time for a ride with Kenny Pickett. The Steelers have nothing to lose.

14. New England Patriots (1-1): Gunner Olszewski said he wanted his former team to remember him. Instead, their special teams blunder ended up giving New England a well-deserved victory in Pittsburgh. Bill Belichick appreciates the gesture, Gunner.

13. New Orleans Saints (1-1): Bucs linebacker Devin White summed up Jameis Winston perfectly after Tampa Bay’s 20-10 win at New Orleans: “We just knew he was going to give us the ball.”

12. Denver Broncos (1-1): Nathaniel Hackett may not have been ready for the big moment.

11. San Francisco 49ers (1-1): Don’t defend Kyle Shanahan for constantly using franchise QB Trey Lance as a battering ram and hurting him. If Shanahan is such a great caller, you’d think he’d be able to devise a way to use Lance’s athleticism without repeatedly knocking him into the teeth of the defense.

10. Los Angeles Rams (1-1): The Rams avoided a colossal collapse against the Falcons. But they’re still shaking off the Super Bowl hangover.

9. Green Bay Packers (1-1): Passing the ball to Aaron Jones seems like a recipe for success.

8. Baltimore Ravens (1-1): Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle are still free against the Ravens secondary.

7. Miami Dolphins (2-0): Mike McDaniel, Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle could save Tua Tagovailoa’s career.

6. Los Angeles Chargers (1-1): Justin Herbert’s fractured rib cartilage is all that matters in Los Angeles. The good news is that the Chargers doctors have a good history when it comes to chest injuries.

5. Minnesota Vikings (1-0): The Vikings can make a statement Monday night in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, Kirk Cousins’ prime-time track record isn’t exactly stellar.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0): Tom Brady may want to rethink his retirement after watching the Bucs offense struggle against a Saints defense that struggled with Marcus Mariota and the Falcons in Week 1.

3. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0): Philadelphia’s defense looked old and slow against the Lions in Week 1. Can the Eagles stop Justin Jefferson from crushing them in prime time?

2. Kansas City Chiefs (2-0): Patrick Mahomes should take advantage of the chance he had on Thursday night and go to Vegas. The Chargers dropped four potential interceptions in Kansas City’s 27-24 win.

1.Buffalo Bills (1-0): The Titans stuffed Josh Allen on fourth down near the goal line in the closing seconds of Tennessee’s win over Buffalo. Don’t think Allen and the Bills have forgotten that as Monday night’s showdown looms.

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