Week 3 Power Rankings


Sitting here listening to Eddie Vedder’s soundtrack for the Sean Penn movie Into the Wild.  What does that have to do with power-rankings? I don’t know.

  1. Indianapolis Colts
  2. New England Patriots
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers
  4. Dallas Cowboys
  5. Denver Broncos
  6. San Diego Chargers
  7. Chicago Bears
  8. Baltimore Ravens
  9. Cincinnati Bengals
  10. Seattle Seahawks
  11. Tennessee Titans
  12. Detroit Lions
  13. Green Bay Packers
  14. San Francisco 49ers
  15. Washington Redskins
  16. Houston Texans
  17. Carolina Panthers
  18. Arizona Cardinals
  19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  20. Minnesota Vikings
  21. Jacksonville Jaguars
  22. New Orleans Saints
  23. Cleveland Browns
  24. Philadelphia Eagles
  25. St. Louis Rams
  26. New York Jets
  27. New York Giants
  28. Miami Dolphins
  29. Kansas City Chiefs
  30. Oakland Raiders
  31. Buffalo Bills
  32. Atlanta Falcons

Stubbornly, I continue to rank Indianapolis first, even though everyone seems to agree that New England is the class of the league.  One question about the Pats though:  Have we put aside all our skepticism about Randy Moss’s ability to stay healthy and happy all year?  He’s still an injury-prone malcontent – two good games didn’t change that.  Plus, what if the NFL finds out more crap about Belichick?  That team could take a fast tumble.  The top seven were easy to concoct this week – just leap-frog the Steelers up to three, drop the Broncos a couple notches and go into benefit-of-the-doubt mode with the Bears.  After that it gets wacky.  Going on record, Baltimore should not be number 8, Cincinnati should not be 9 and Seattle should not be 10 – but dropping those 1-1 teams would mean promoting 2-0 clubs like Detroit, Green Bay and San Francisco into the top 10.  And I ain’t ready to do that yet.  Tennessee’s near-defeat of Indy convinces me that I must pay attention to them.  I dropped New Orleans way down because they’re New Orleans – it’s possible they put up one good fluky year and have returned to being inept.  Sorting through the bottom-feeders to decide who’s truly the worst is almost as tough as sorting the top.  Last week it was Cleveland, but they showed they’ve at least got life.  That leaves a lot of proud franchises like the Giants, Jets, Dolphins, Chiefs, Bills and Raiders jockeying for position – with the not-so-proud Falcons bringing up the rear.