NFL power rankings: Miami Dolphins flew into the top 10 and Buffalo Bills remain 1 heading into Week 3

The NFL Week 2 It was marked by some improbable comebacks by teams that were behind and by big setbacks by leading teams. There was also some normalcy with the top teams in the league going about their business, some going 2-0 and others recovering from 1-1.

Although it’s easy near the top to tell which teams continue to break away from the rest, the muddle in the middle is starting to develop due to an early 1-1 mess. Bearing all this in mind heading into week three, here are the NFL power rankings updated by The SportingNews.

NFL power rankings Week 3

1. Buffalo Bills 2-0 (previous rank: 1)

The Bills have had plenty of time to rest after lapping the Super Bowl champion Rams in the opener of Week 1. They were well positioned to stop the Titans at home on Monday night with their charged offense and defense. .

2. Kansas City Chiefs 2-0 (2)

The Chiefs’ offense fell apart against the Chargers’ strong defense, but Patrick Mahomes and the defense made the big plays necessary to bring out the worst in Justin Herbert. Kansas City won’t give Buffalo a break before their epic playoff rematch in Week 6.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2-0 (3)

The Buccaneers under Todd Bowles don’t have an explosive offense thus far, especially with significant injuries among receivers and the offensive line. But they’re pulling it off early on, dominating with a robust and active defense that’s completely healthy and intimidating on every level.

4Philadelphia Eagles 2-0 (6)

The Eagles have enjoyed a blazing offensive start, led by Jalen Hurts and AJ Brown. They’re the clear favorites to break out of the NFC East and shoring up a few more things on defense means they’ll be a factor in the bigger playoff picture.

5. Los Angeles Rams 1-1 (8)

The Rams blew out the Falcons all over the field by being okay overall, though there were some glitches in the passing game, pass defense and special teams. They should continue the momentum against the defensively poor Cardinals before the first matchup with the 49ers in Week 4.

6. San Francisco 49ers 1-1 (9)

Speaking of the 49ers, they took a big hit with the loss of Trey Lance just before he could get back on track for a potential wonderful season. But having Jimmy Garoppolo back is an incredible luxury to continue to tap into the immense overall talent under Kyle Shanahan. Nick Bosa and the defense will always keep them out of a real slump.

7. Los Angeles Chargers 1-1 (4)

The Chargers played as well as they could to take down the Chiefs on Thursday night, but they made a critical mistake with Justin Herbert’s pick six. They had to be inspired with their defense, they just need to clean up their explosive offense for bigger games.

8. Miami Dolphins 2-0 (13)

Mike McDaniel has shown all his offensive genius in just two games operating with Tua Tagovailoa, Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill. He even had Chase Edmonds and Mike Gesicki on key plays. The Dolphins are meeting playoff expectations on the one hand, but they need to get a more consistent defense to deliver on postseason promise.

9. Minnesota Vikings 1-1 (7)

The Vikings are matching Miami’s signing of McDaniel early on with Kevin O’Connell in the way he’s outlining Justin Jefferson and Dalvin Cook. However, the new defense with healthier personnel is the reason they can continue to pressure the Packers, whom they already beat, in the NFC North race.

10. Green Bay Packers 1-1 (10)

The Packers overcame another shaky Week 1 under Matt LaFleur, with Aaron Rodgers and the defense playing more than expected in the home game against the Bears. They need to get all the systems going a little bit longer for Brady and the Buccaneers in Week 3.

11. Baltimore Ravens 1-1 (5)

What was that? The Ravens’ secondary and passing defense quickly fell apart in the fourth quarter against the Dolphins, wasting an epic passing and running performance by Lamar Jackson. They will look to bounce back against a much more limited Patriots offense.

12. Denver Broncos 1-1 (17)

The Broncos still don’t look too good on offense as Russell Wilson and Nathaniel Hackett sort out their passing and running rotation options. But his 3-4 defense has shown he can provide plenty of punch when needed with Randy Gregory and Bradley Chubb.

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13. New York Giants 2-0 (20)

The Giants, like the Dolphins and Vikings, also made a good offensive-minded hire with Brian Daboll, a smart coach who has experience with both Bill Belichick and Nick Saban. But the story of his early upset, aside from a rejuvenated Saquon Barkley, has been a run-based offense and solid defense, even without Kayvon Thibodeaux and Azeez Ojulari.

14. Pittsburgh Steelers 1-1 (11)

Did Mitchell Trubisky do enough to remain the Steelers’ starting QB over rookie Kenny Pickett? He has been shaky in two games, but the team is still in first place (with everyone else) in the AFC North and has a great chance vs. the Browns on Thursday night. Pittsburgh may rely too heavily on winning defensive-minded attrition battles and may need a trade for more offensive explosiveness in Week 4.

15. Dallas Cowboys 1-1 (18)

What was that? The Cowboys got another gutsy performance from Cooper Rush on a well-designed offense by Kellen Moore. His defense, fueled of course by Micah Parsons, rose to the occasion to tear apart the Bengals. The goal will be to stay afloat in the NFC East race behind the Eagles and now the Giants until Dak Prescott can return.

16. Cincinnati Bengals 0-2 (12)

Joe Burrow has returned to being a human piñata with a high level of pressure and sacks. The Bengals strive to offer their passing game on the field and it is not complementary in relation to their defensive effort. It’s suddenly going to get harder, too, against better QBs after Week 3 on the Jets.

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17. Arizona Cardinals 1-1 (21)

The Cardinals’ defense looked bad again for a good portion of the game against the Raiders. But they had to rejoice that Kyler Murray took command of the offense in comeback mode when they needed him most.

18. New England Patriots 1-1 (23)

The Patriots don’t get many points for getting the win in Pittsburgh with a healthy dose of running play and active front seven defense. But it’s a reminder that Belichick and his coaching staff are capable of making some solid adjustments to win just when they’re counted on to do so.

19.Cleveland Browns 1-1 (14)

The Browns’ offense was a pleasant surprise in the opener at home against the Jets, with Nick Chubb setting up some good passes from Jacoby Brissett. But the defense had a total meltdown against Joe Flacco at the end and there was also shaky clock management from Kevin Stefanski. Cleveland is likely stuck playing a lot of close games without Deshaun Watson.

20. New Orleans Saints 1-1 (15)

The Saints’ offense was without Alvin Kamara for a wobbly running attack and Jameis Winston crashed into a tough pass defense from his former team, the Buccaneers. They need more consistency there to support Dennis Allen’s defense.

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21. Detroit Lions 1-1 (27)

The Lions showed some of their “Hard Knocks” coming out as an offensive and defensive team over Washington, thanks to young stars Amon-Ra St. Brown, D’Andre Swift and Aidan Hutchinson. Detroit’s talent and grit will keep it going in most games under Dan Campbell.

22. Tennessee Titans 0-2 (22)

The Titans lost the game late against the Giants and also missed a key opportunity to bounce back in Week 1. They remain winless after a brutal game vs. Buffalo, a team that in its current state is nowhere close to beating.

23. Chicago Bears 1-1 (19)

The Bears were lucky enough to take down the mighty 49ers in the rain in Week 1, but in non-icy conditions at Lambeau Field, their run defense got a reality check from the Packers. His passing game design around Justin Fields still isn’t inspiring at all.

24. Washington Commanders 1-1 (25)

The Commanders’ defense is a complete mess of schemes and personnel, even more exposed without Chase Young. That detracts from a charged offense that has seemed much more dangerous under Carson Wentz.

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25. Jacksonville Jaguars 1-1 (31)

The Jaguars also have a competent offense again with Doug Pederson and Press Taylor helping Trevor Lawrence shine with Christian Kirk, James Robinson, Travis Etienne and others. The thing that has to excite them the most is that their defense, loaded with youth, has turned off Jonathan Taylor and the Colts.

26. Las Vegas Raiders 0-2 (24)

The Raiders defense clearly had problems and the offensive line was a concern. But the offense was supposed to be a more explosive, well-oiled machine with Derek Carr and Davante Adams in Josh McDaniels’ passing scheme. Instead, they’ve shown plenty of dysfunction at critical moments thus far to quickly fall behind in the tough AFC West.

27. Indianapolis Colts 0-1-1 (16)

The Colts failed to score a point in Jacksonville and fell to 0-2 in the AFC South game starting the road season. Matt Ryan and the passing offense are dragging down both Jonathan Taylor and the defense without Shaquille Leonard. Indianapolis is supposed to be the best team in the division, but it’s looking more like the worst.

28. New York Jets 1-1 (32)

Flacco has provided a spark to the passing game without Zach Wilson, getting the ball to all of his talented receivers, and the Jets also have promising rookie running back Breece Hall. Although the defense didn’t deliver in Cleveland, the fight and effort from Robert Saleh’s team did.

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29Seattle Seahawks 1-1 (26)

The Seahawks broke down in San Francisco reminding everyone of their limited talent at quarterback and defense. Wilson’s emotional overreaction against the Broncos has given way to the harsh reality of the season.

30. Houston Texans 0-1-1 (28)

The Texans put pressure on Denver as their defense continues to overplay for Lovie Smith. His offensive limitations with Davis Mills have been made quite clear, especially on the road.

31. Atlanta Falcons 0-2 (30)

The Falcons will do their best to play hard and be competitive with a limited roster, caught between fading and rebuilding. But they just don’t have enough punch with Marcus Mariota and defense beyond playmakers Cordarrelle Patterson, Kyle Pitts, Drake London and AJ Terrell. They were totally outclassed against the Rams.

32. Carolina Panthers 0-2 (29)

The Panthers have lost two close games against two other mediocre-to-poor teams: the Browns and the Giants. The Baker Mayfield-led offense has had flashes, but it hasn’t been efficient or effective. The defense is doing everything it can to keep them in games, but everything continues to point to a swift end to the Matt Rhule era.

NFL power rankings: Miami Dolphins flew into the top 10 and Buffalo Bills remain 1 heading into Week 3