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NFL Week 3 Power Rankings: Rams take pole position in the NFC, Lions rise

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Los Angeles may be your new favorite in the NFC.

New Orleans Saints v Los Angeles Rams Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images

We are now two weeks into the 2019 NFL season, and the season still looks murky. The contenders still have not distanced themselves, and everyone theoretically still has a chance at winning the Super Bowl. Here is where everyone stands heading into Week 3:

1. New England Patriots (2-0; Won 43-0 vs MIA) (-)

The Patriots once again dropped the hammer on the Miami Dolphins. They dominated every phase of the game and washed out their AFC East rival.

2. Kansas City Chiefs (2-0; Won 28-10 vs OAK) (+2)

Patrick Mahomes exploded in the second quarter after the Chiefs dug themselves into an early 10-0 hole. He threw for four second quarter touchdowns and did not need anything else in the second half to push his team past the Oakland Raiders.

3. Los Angeles Rams (2-0; Won 27-9 vs NO) (+5)

The Rams offense took some time to finally find their footing on offense, but with Drew Brees out on the other side this game was never in doubt. Jared Goff threw for 283 yards and a touchdown while the defense gave Teddy Bridgewater fits in a win that should help the Rams come playoff time.

4. Dallas Cowboys (2-0; Won 31-21 vs WAS) (-1)

Dak Prescott was on fire after throwing an early interception and led the Cowboys to a win over their arch-rival. The quarterback completed 87 percent of his passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns. Ezekiel Elliott added another 111 yards and a score on the ground. Dallas’ offense looks like it will be a problem for teams this season.

5. Green Bay Packers (2-0; Won 21-16 vs MIN) (-)

The Packers defense put together another masterpiece of a performance against the Minnesota Vikings. Aaron Rodgers does not yet look like himself, though, and his struggles early in the season may hurt the team down the stretch. The 2-0 Packers looks like they can just roll off the strength of their defense for now, though.

6. San Francisco 49ers (2-0; Won 41-17 vs CIN) (+6)

Jimmy Garoppolo threw for a touch under 300 yards and three touchdowns as the 49ers blew out the Cincinnati Bengals. Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert combined for over 200 yards on the ground, as the 49ers offense steamrolled the Bengals defense. San Francisco gets another win to keep pace in the NFC West.

7. New Orleans Saints (1-1; Lost 27-9 vs LAR) (-5)

New Orleans lost quarterback Drew Brees with a hand injury early in their rematch of the NFC Championship game. Teddy Bridgewater failed to settle in after coming into replace Brees, and dropped passes and penalties haunted the rest of the offense. The loss hurts, but the real worry for New Orleans is the long-term availability of their star quarterback.

8. Baltimore Ravens (2-0; Won 23-17 vs ARI) (+3)

Another week, another great game from the young Lamar Jackson. The quarterback threw for 272 yards and two scores, and added 120 yards on the ground. Rookie receiver Marquise Brown followed up an impressive debut with an 86-yard performance. Baltimore is now 2-0 as they head into a match up against the Kansas City Chiefs next week that could be key in the AFC Playoff race.

9. Los Angeles Chargers (1-1; Lost 13-10 vs DET) (-3)

A banged-up Chargers team made many key mistakes down the stretch as they lost a sloppy game against the Detroit Lions. Injuries have clearly taken a huge toll on this team, and they will need to find how to manage them if they want to reach their potential.

10. Seattle Seahawks (2-0; Won 28-26 vs PIT) (+5)

The Seahawks, once again, struggled in a game they should have won but still pulled out a late victory. Russell Wilson threw for 300 yards and three scores. Receiver Tyler Lockett set a career high with 10 receptions. Rashaad Penny had a big day on the ground as well with 62 yards and a score on 10 carries. Their defense failed to shut down backup quarterback Mason Rudolph, though, and this game was too close for comfort.

11. Minnesota Vikings (1-1; Lost 21-16 vs GB) (-4)

Kirk Cousins had an awful day and could not crack the Green Bay Packers defense. Dalvin Cook put together another great performance, though. The running back went for 154 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. Cousins has still yet to show any promise that this year will be better than last, though, and that should have Vikings fans worried.

12. Houston Texans (1-1; Won 13-12 vs JAX) (+2)

The Texans avoided suffering a heartbreaking loss in back-to=back weeks when they stuffed Leonard Fournette on a last minute two-point conversion attempt. Houston’s offense had trouble navigating the Jaguars tough defense, but their defense stepped up and earned the Texans their first win of the season.

13. Indianapolis Colts (1-1; Won 19-17 vs TEN) (+4)

Indianapolis grabbed their first victory of the post-Andrew Luck era over their division rival Tennessee Titans. Marlon Mack was held quiet after a big Week 1, but backup running back Jordan Wilkins managed an 82-yard day. Jacoby Brissett also threw for three touchdowns and 146 yards.

14. Chicago Bears (1-1; Won 16-14 vs DEN) (-4)

The Bears offense is still a problem. Mitchell Trubisky averaged under five yards per attempt and Chicago has still only scored one touchdown through two games. If not for a few controversial calls down the stretch, an NFC North favorite could have left this game 0-2.

15. Atlanta Falcons (1-1; Won 24-20 vs PHI) (+4)

The Falcons managed to avoid beating themselves on Sunday night. Matt Ryan missed many throws he had to hit, and the offense got bailed out by a late Julio Jones touchdown catch and run. Jones and Calvin Ridley both eclipsed 100 yards, and Atlanta avoided a dreaded 0-2 start.

16. Philadelphia Eagles (1-1; Lost 24-20 vs ATL) (-7)

The Eagles fell just short in a wacky, wild, Sunday night game in Week 2. Carson Wentz could not get out of his own way, throwing two horrible interceptions, and the ground game could not get going either. The secondary’s troubles were on full display as well, and they had no idea how to contain the Falcons receivers.

17. Tennessee Titans (1-1; Lost 19-17 vs IND) (-4)

The Titans offense could not get moving once again in Week 2, and without the opposing quarterback handing them the ball on every possession they couldn’t win despite it. Running back Derrick Henry did have a good game, though, with 81 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.

18. Cleveland Browns (1-1; Won 23-3 vs NYJ) (-)

Beating a half-dead Jets team is not particularly exciting, but nabbing a win on the road should help jump start the Browns season after a horrendous start in Week 1.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1; Won 20-14 vs CAR) (+8)

Tampa Bay won a sloppy Thursday night game on the back of wide receiver Chris Godwin—who had 121 yards and a score on eight catches—and an 82-yard, one-touchdown performance by running back Peyton Barber. The defense did not look particularly great but they did hold the Carolina Panthers to only 14 points.

20. Detroit Lions (1-0-1; Won 13-10 vs LAC) (+9)

Detroit edged out the Chargers in their home opener, staying undefeated on the season and winning a game many had chalked up as a loss preseason. Matthew Stafford was hit or miss all day but came up big in the end with a late touchdown pass to Kenny Golladay.

20. Buffalo Bills (2-0; Won 28-14 vs NYG) (+1)

The Bills are now the kings of New York after defeating both of their instate rivals in back-to-back weeks. Devin Singletary is starting to look like he will be a great NFL running back, and had 57 yards and a touchdown on six carries. The Bills could also reach a surprising 3-0 record with the Bengals up next at home next week.

22. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-2; Lost 28-26 vs SEA) (-2)

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had to leave the game early with a season-ending injury and was replaced by backup Mason Rudolph. Rudolph did better than expected, throwing for 112 yards and two touchdowns, but the team never stood a chance without their franchise quarterback in the game.

23. Carolina Panthers (0-2; Lost 20-14 vs TB) (-7)

Cam Newton’s rough start to the season continued into Week 2 as the quarterback looked awful in the Panthers Thursday night loss to Tampa Bay. Christian McCaffrey could not get much going on the ground and the Panthers offense still looks it has a lot of things to figure out two weeks into the year.

24. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2; Lost 13-12 vs HOU) (-3)

Gardner Minshew was a last-minute two-point conversion away from winning his first career NFL start. The quarterback threw for 213 yards and a touchdown, and added another 56 yards on the ground. The defense looked great as well, keeping the Texans great offense in check for the entire game. Jacksonville has dug themselves into a 0-2 hole, but at least they look better than their record.

25. Washington (0-2; Lost 31-21 vs DAL) (-2)

Washington fell to 0-2 after dropping another game in the division this week. Terry McLaurin was the leading receiver once again, though. The rookie caught five passes for 62 yards and a score as the rebuild continues.

26. Oakland Raiders (1-1; Lost 28-10 vs KC) (-)

The Raiders put the NFL on upset alert when they took an early 10-0 lead on their division rival Kansas City Chiefs. They could not keep the Kansas City offense quiet for long, though, and quickly watched the lead evaporate. Quarterback Derek Carr had a rough day with two interceptions, but rookie running back Josh Jacobs had a great day with 99 yards on 12 carries.

27. New York Jets (0-2; Lost 23-3 vs CLE) (-3)

A banged up, lifeless, Jets team could not get going against the Cleveland Browns on Monday night. New York’s injuries may have already killed what was a season where they could have taken the next step, and that is a tough break for a young roster with potential.

28. Denver Broncos (0-2; Lost 16-14 vs CHI) (-2)

Denver should have knocked off the Chicago Bears in their home opener, but a late rally was spoiled by a game-winning drive by Chicago. Joe Flacco has looked awful through two weeks and the offense does not look like it knows what it’s doing. It could be along year at Mile High.

29. Cincinnati Bengals (0-2; Lost 41-17 vs SF) (-1)

It looked like the Bengals might be better than expected when they took for Seattle Seahawks the distance last week, but the 49ers made them look more like their preseason projections. John Ross added another 112 yards to his impressive total so far this season, though, and the development of him and Tyler Boyd—122 yards on the day—give the Bengals something to look forward to.

30. Arizona Cardinals (0-1-1; Lost 23-17 vs BAL) (+1)

The Cardinals offense looked a lot better in Week 2. Rookie Kyler Murray seemed a little more settled into his job and both Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk eclipsed the 100-yard mark. While they still lost, they did a lot better than the Ravens’ competition last week and made sure to distance themselves from the garbage fire currently going down in South Florida.

31. New York Giants (0-2; Lost 28-14 vs BUF) (-1)

Once again, a big 100-yard day from Saquon Barkley was not enough to save New York from a loss. Eli Manning threw two interceptions and a decimated Giants receiving corps was lifeless. The tank continues in New York.

32. Miami Dolphins (0-2; Lost 43-0 vs NE) (-)

A lifeless Dolphins team ran into a Patriots team with 16-0 potential. These results were expected.