Week 3 2016 NFL Power Rankings

By Derek Ferreira
Sep. 20, 2016

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From now on, I will be adding my honorable mention for every power rankings that I do when it comes to the NFL. I might do this when it comes to the NBA, and NHL, but let's wait and see how I'll do those power rankings. The New York Giants are my honorable mention this week. The Giants have won back-to-back games in their first two weeks. First, it was against the Dallas Cowboys. This week, Victory Cruz saves them. Not to mention, the blocked field goal. Now, let's get to the top-10, which will be controversial this week.

10. Seattle Seahawks: Another rough performance by Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks leaves them with more questions than answers. Wilson ran around with the ball in a way to try something done on offense, but Seattle only scored three points on the field goal. Tyler Lockett had four catches, which included a 53-yard pass. Christine Michael fumbled in the last two minutes of the game to give the Los Angeles Rams the victory. Even with the loss, Wilson was 22/35 with 254 yards, with 14 yards rushing. The issue I see with the Seahawks is that they don't have Marshawn Lynch running the ball. Also, they could be without Thomas Rawls, who was injured in the game. Seattle is in jeopardy of not being in the top-10 next week, but they do face the San Francisco 49ers at home. If Seattle can turn it around on offense, this is their opportunity.

9. Cincinnati Bengals: Cincinnati couldn't move the ball on offense. The only touchdown they scored was late in the game with Giovani Bernard scoring a touchdown on a catch. What killed them was the fumbles towards the final drives of the game. AJ Green only caught two catches. Tyler Boyd had 78 yards on six catches, with Jeremy Hill leading the team in receiving and receptions. The schedule gets tougher with the Bengals hosting the Denver Broncos this weekend.

8. Houston Texans: The game they had with the Kansas City Chiefs came down to one thing: field goals with Nick Novack going 4/5. Houston fans are excited because they got an offense. Brock Osweiler was 19/33 for 268 yards, which included a long touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins. Will Fuller made history because he became the first wideout to get drafted out of the 1st-round to have 100 yards receiving in his first two NFL games. Fuller has the speed to be a great player in the NFL, but he has to hold on to the football. Lamar Miller rushed for 83 yards on 25 carries, which was a minor setback after his day rushing for over 100 yards last week against the Bears. Bill O' Brien returns to his old grounds on Thursday to face Bill Belichick. I'll get more into that game later on.

7. Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers fumbled the ball three times. But anyways, Rodgers was 20/26 for 213 yards. The highlight was Jordy Nelson scoring a touchdown against a tough defense. It was harder for Randall Cobb as well. Eddie Lacy rushed for 50 yards on 12 carries. Green Bay returns home this weekend to face the Detroit Lions at high noon. Rodgers will have some pressure going into that game, as the Packers are looking to get their first win in the NFC North.

6. Minnesota Vikings: The Purple Eaters make a huge jump in these ranking. Sam Bradford had his first game with the Vikes, and he found his No. 1 target in Stefon Diggs. Diggs had a huge game with 182 yards receiving with nine catches. The biggest story was that Adrian Peterson is out with a torn meniscus. Also, they avoided another injury when Bradford left the game with a hand injury. Reports are that it was a bruised, but it looked like he had broken a finger. Despite all that, Bradford had an okay performance when he threw for 286 yards, but he was sacked four times. Minnesota now goes to Carolina to face the Panthers.

5. New England Patriots: Last week, this team was No. 1 in my rankings. This week, they're at No. 5. Part of the reason they went down is the unknown injury update of Jimmy Garoppolo, who left the game with an AC joint sprain. Rumor has it he could be out for six weeks, but the Pats deny those reports saying there is a chance he could play Thursday night. I don't buy that. But it is the next man up, and that next man is rookie QB Jacoby Brissett. Even though he completed six out of nine passes, Belichick and Josh McDaniels used LeGarrette Blount to tire out the Dolphins defense. What's great about this Patriots ball club is that they manage to win without Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. Speaking of Gronk, there're no worries in the TE position with Martellus Bennett leading in receiving yards with 114 yards and a touchdown. Danny Amendola caught four passes, which included two touchdowns.

4. Carolina Panthers: After starting the season 0-1, the Carolina Panthers are 1-1 after a 46-27 win over the San Francisco 49ers. QB Cam Newton passed Jake Delhomme on the all-time touchdown list with 122 TD passes. Two of those touchdowns went to Kelvin Benjamin, who is coming off a devastating ACL injury. With Benjamin's presence, this Panthers team is dangerous on offense. Meanwhile, the Panthers rushed for 176 yards. Fozzy Whittaker led in rushing with 100 yards, while Cam Newton rushed for 37 yards on six attempts.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers: Without several key players on offense, the Steelers are still a dangerous team on offense. Pittsburgh scored 24 points against the Bengals. Jesse James has done a great job and even got a touchdown in the game against the Bengals. Xavier Grimble scored his first ever touchdown, and DeAngelo Williams continued his excellent performance in Le'Veon Bell's absence. Antonio Brown didn't have his big game, as he finished with 39 yards. And with all the missing pieces on offense, the Steelers are in the top-5 for most points scored (4th). Pittsburgh hosts the Philadelphia Eagles and rookie QB Carson Wentz in a late-afternoon game on CBS.

2. Arizona Cardinals: The Arizona Cardinals came out to play by scoring 24 unanswered points in the first half, as they won with a 40-7 victory. Cardinals QB Carson Palmer had a big game, going 18/31 for 308 yards and three TDs. Those three touchdowns were scored by Jaron Brown, Michael Floyd, and Larry Fitzgerald. The second-year RB David Johnson scored a rushing touchdown, but Johnson finished with 16 carries for 54 yards rushing. Also, he led in receiving with 98 yards. The Cardinals are sixth in points scored, and continue to be dangerous as the season progresses. If this continues, Carson Palmer could win his first Super Bowl. Meanwhile, the Cardinals travel to Buffalo to face the Bills. Travelling from the West to East could make this a trap game, but let's and see what happens.

1. Denver Broncos: It's Peyton, it's Peyton on Sunday Morning. Well, I hope he was watching this game on DirecTV because his former team is No. 1 in the power Rankings this week. I understand they won the game with some defensive plays, but I'm an offensive guy. QB Trevor Siemian went 22/33 and had one pick. But it was Denver using the running game with C.J. Anderson getting the work done. Anderson finished with 74 yards and a touchdown, whereas Devontae Booker rushed for 46 yards on just nine carries. They did have a lowlight losing DeMarcus Ware for three weeks, but the highlight was a healthy Demaryius Thomas. Thomas had five catches for 90 yards.