Patriots, Packers, Cardinals Top Scout NFL Power Rankings

Some big shake ups in Scout's Week 3 Power Rankings in the NFL. New England, Green Bay and Arizona sit atop while the usual suspects at the bottom all won. Preseason Super Bowl contenders like Seattle, Philadelphia, Indianapolis and Baltimore all at 0-2. What's going on?

No. 1 New England Patriots (2-0)

In statement game number two the Patriots went on the road and beat the Bills 40-32. Quarterback Tom Brady threw the ball 59 times for 466 yards and four touchdowns against a very good Buffalo defense. New England is an amazing 27-3 versus the AFC East in the last 30 games. I feel for the Jaguars in week three.

Last week’s ranking: 1

Week three vs Jacksonville

 

No. 2 Green Bay Packers (2-0)

In an NFC Championship Game rematch, Green Bay surged late to beat Seattle 27-17. Russell Wilson threw a fourth quarter interception. Aaron Rogers led the Packers on an 80-yard touchdown drive to take the lead for good against the Seahawks. It was a huge win for Green Bay considering the way they lost to Seattle back in late January.

Last week’s ranking: 2

Week three vs Kansas City (Monday)

 

No. 3 Arizona Cardinals (2-0)

All you need to know about this franchise is that they are 15-2 in Carson Palmer’s last 17 starts. That’s just incredible. He threw four touchdown passes in their big win in Chicago. The motto in Arizona is simple – keep Palmer healthy at all costs. Others pitched in as well like wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and his three scores and David Johnson and his 108-yard kick return for score to start the game.

Last week’s ranking: 4

Week three vs San Francisco

 

No. 4 Cincinnati Bengals(2-0)

The Bengals beat the Chargers 24-19 behind quarterback Andy Dalton and his three touchdown passes. Dalton hit A.J. Green, Tyler Eifert and Marvin Jones on scoring throws and finished with 214 yards. It was Gionavi Bernard who got the run game cooking with 123 yards. Jeremy Hill had two fumbles and finished with 39 yards.

Last week’s ranking: 7

Week three at Baltimore

 

No. 5 Denver Broncos (2-0)

The Broncos came from behind in the fourth quarter to beat a good Kansas City team 31-24. It should have never happened but the Broncos made key plays when they had to. The biggest was at the end of the fourth quarter. Cornerback Bradley Roby returned Jamaal Charles' second fumble 21 yards for a touchdown with 27 seconds left for the game’s winning score. Peyton Manning had an up and down game. He kind of looked like his old self when Denver went hurry up and played out of the shotgun. One would expect to see more of this until the Broncos at least find their run game.

Last week’s ranking: 5

Week three at Detroit

 

No. 6 Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1)

The Steelers routed the 49ers 43-18. It was the strong Pittsburgh battery of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown that led the way. Big Ben passed for 369 yards and three scores. Brown hauled in nine passes for 193 yards and scored twice. Meanwhile, running back DeAngelo Williams rushed for a trio of touchdowns in the win.

Last week’s ranking: 9

Week three at St. Louis

 

No. 7 Kansas City Chiefs (1-1)

What coulda, woulda, shoulda… the Chiefs will be kicking themselves about this one and how they lost to the Broncos in a game that they should have won. In the end, it was Denver on top 31-24. Jamaal Charles had a big night but two costly fumbles. He finished with 125 yards on the ground but it was his fumble with 27 remaining that put the Broncos on top for good. Alex Smith made some throwing mistakes as well and finished with a pair of interceptions. A cleaner game and Kansas City is 2-0.

Last week’s ranking: 13

Week three at Green Bay (Monday)

 

No. 8 Dallas Cowboys (2-0)

Dallas won a big one on the road against the Eagles, beating Philadelphia 20-10. This is a huge win for the Cowboys, especially considering it looks like they have lost starting quarterback Tony Romo for at least eight games. This is coming off last week’s win against the Giants where they lost star wide receiver Dez Bryant with the foot injury. Brandon Weeden came in for Dallas and did what he needed to do, finishing with 7/7 for 73 yards and a touchdown. The Cowboys have to figure out a way to survive until their two stars are back.

Last week’s ranking: 6

Week three vs Atlanta

 

No. 9 New York Jets (2-0)

The Jets upset the Colts on Monday Night Football, beating Indy 20-7. New York played aggressively, forcing turnovers and stifling what was supposed to be the game’s best offense. The Jets forced five turnovers, including three Andrew Luck interceptions. Darrelle Revis recovered a fumble in the end zone to stop a scoring threat. Offensively, Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 244 yards and two touchdown passes. Is the bigger story that the Jets are 2-0 or the Colts 0-2?

Last week’s ranking: 22

Week three vs Philadelphia

 

No. 10 Buffalo Bills (1-1)

People got too caught up after this team beat Indy in week one. Then the brash Bills took it on the chin against the champs in their backyard. Now everyone is down on Buffalo. It’s just two games. This team is still going to be tough to handle, especially on defense. Well, that is until they play New England.

Last week’s ranking: 12

Week three at Miami

 

No. 11 Carolina Panthers (2-0)

Carolina beat Houston 24-17. Panthers quarterback Cam Netwon had a big game, passing for 195 yards and two touchdown passes. He also rushed for 76 yards and a score. Tight end Greg Olsen bounced back with a big game to lead the Carolina receivers, finishing with six receptions. The Panthers played without star linebacker Luke Kuechly.

Last week’s ranking: 17

Week three vs New Orleans

 

No. 12 Atlanta Falcons (2-0)

One the road, the Falcons came from behind to beat the Giants 24-20. For Atlanta, it was once again the Matt Ryan to Julio Jones show. Ryan targeted the former Alabama star 15 times, connecting 13 times. Jones finished with 135 receiving yards while Ryan posted 363 yards through the air and one score. Devonta Freeman scored the game winner on the ground from two yards out with 1:14 remaining.

Last week’s ranking: 20

Week three at Dallas

 

No. 13 San Diego Chargers (1-1)

San Diego lost to Cincinnati 24-19. Chargers quarterback was 21/27 for 241 yards. During the game he broke two records that included Dan Fouts all-time touchdown pass mark. Rivers now has 255. He also hit 22 straight completions going back to week one versus the Lions. Rookie running back Melvin Gordon got on track, rushing for 88 yards on 16 carries.

Last week’s ranking: 15

Week three at Minnesota

 

No. 14 Seattle Seahawks (0-2)

Hard to believe that the reigning NFC Champions are 0-2 after two tough road losses to St. Louis and now Green Bay in week two. This time around against the Packers it was Seattle who couldn’t hold the fourth quarter lead. Russell Wilson was the offensive catalyst, throwing for 206 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also had a crucial interception in the fourth quarter. Wilson led the team in rushing with 78 yards. Marshawn Lynch struggled to get going once again, finishing with only 41 yards rushing.

Last week’s ranking: 3

Week three vs Chicago

 

No. 15 Minnesota Vikings (1-1)

The Vikings beat division rival Detroit by 10, 26-16. Future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson got back on track, rushing the ball 29 times for 134 yards. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was an efficient 14/18 for 153 yards and one touchdown. Kyle Rudolph caught the TD pass from Bridgewater. The Vikings defense played well, especially against the run, allowing only 18 yards to Detroit running backs.

Last week’s ranking: 21

Week three vs San Diego

 

No. 16 St. Louis Rams (1-1)

How do you beat Seattle one week and lose to Washington the next? That’s what happened to the Rams, as they lost on the road to the Redskins 24-10. Quarterback Nick Foles finished with only 150 yards rushing. Tavon Austin led all St. Louis rushers with 40 yards on four carries. The fearsome Rams defensive front didn’t force any Kirk Cousins turnovers and only sacked him twice.

Last week’s ranking: 11

Week three vs Pittsburgh

 

No. 17 Miami Dolphins (1-1)

The Dolphins lost to the Jaguars 23-20. Jacksonville kicker Jason Meyer kicked a 28 yards field goal with 40 seconds remaining for the win. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill finished 30/44 for 359 yards and two touchdowns. The Dolphins had two 100 yard receivers in Jarvis Landry and Rishard Matthews. One big issue for Miami in this one was their lack of run game. They only generated 42 yards on the ground and Tannehill had 17 of those.

Last week’s ranking 16

Week three vs Miami

 

 No. 18 Indianapolis Colts (0-2)

What is going on with the Colts? They are now winless in two games after falling in their home opener on Monday Night Football to the Jets 20-6. The offense was supposed to be the talk of the league. Instead, they struggled for the second consecutive week. Andrew Luck threw three interceptions, the Colts also had two fumbles and Adam Vinatieri missed his first field goal inside 30 yards in eight years. This offense has been bad but also remember they faced two excellent defenses over the first two weeks.

Last week’s ranking: 8

Week three at Tennessee

No. 19 Baltimore Ravens (0-2)

Baltimore lost to Oakland 37-33, as the Raiders scored the winning touchdown with just 26 seconds left. Quarterback Joe Flacco threw for 384 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Steve Smith had a big game for the Ravens, catching 10 passes for 150 yards. The Ravens defense, missing Terrell Suggs, gave up 448 yards to Derek Carr and the Raiders.

Last week’s ranking: 10

Week three at Cincinnati

 

No. 20 San Francisco 49ers (1-1)

In a short week, San Francisco had to travel across the country to take on Pittsburgh. The 49ers were beaten badly by the Steelers 43-18. Colin Kaepernick threw for 335 yards and rushed for 51. He also threw two touchdown passes. In this one, Carlos Hyde was held in check to 43 rushing yards, though the game got out of hand early. 11 different players caught passes. Torrey Smith led the way with six receptions for 120 yards and a score.

Last week’s ranking: 19

Week three at Arizona

 

No. 21 Philadelphia Eagles (0-1)

All you need to know is this, through two games, expensive free agent running backs DeMarco Murray and Ryan Matthews have a combined 25 rushing attempts for 15 yards. That’s 0.6 yards per carry. On top of that Sam Bradford has thrown four interceptions. Against Dallas, Philly scored 10 points. A note to the Eagles, Ravens and Seahawks – only 12% of teams have started 0-2 and made the playoffs.

Last week’s ranking: 14

Week three at New York Jets

 

No. 22 Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1)

Jacksonville beat Miami on a late field goal 23-20. Jason Meyers hit a 40 yarder with 28 seconds left to put the Jaguars out in front for good. Jacksonville struck some balance offensively. Quarterback Blake Bortles passes for 273 yards and two scores while running back T.J. Yeldon rushed for 70 yards. Wide receiver Allen Robinson caught six passes for 155 yards and two scores. 

Last week's ranking: 29

Week three at New England

 

No. 23 New York Giants (0-2)

The Giants lost a fourth quarter lead once again, losing to the Falcons 24-20. This time Devonta Freeman scored from two yards out with 74 seconds remaining. New York can look back at their 0-2 start knowing that they could have very well been 2-0. Eli Manning passed for 292 yards and two scores. Odell Beckham got cooking, catching seven passes for 146 yards and a long catch and run for a score. The Giants were one of four in red zone opportunities.

Last week’s ranking: 24

Week three vs Washington

 

No. 24 Detroit Lions (0-2)

Detroit lost to Minnesota 26-16. Quarterback Matthew Stafford finished 32/53 for 286 yards and two touchdown passes including one to Calvin Johnson. He finished with 10 receptions and was targeted 17 times. Take out Stafford’s rushing stats and the Lions only had 18 yards on the ground. Former first round pick Eric Ebron caught a touchdown pass for the second consecutive game.

Last week’s ranking: 18

Week three vs Denver

 

No. 25 Cleveland Browns (1-1)

For the second consecutive week it was the battle of former Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks, as Johnny Manziel and the Browns hosted Marcus Mariota and the Titans. In the end, Cleveland won 28-14. Manziel threw two touchdown passes for the speedy Travis Benjamin. Benjamin also returned a punt 78 yards for a TD in the first half as the Browns (1-1) built a 21-0 lead and hung on for just their third home-opening win since 1999. Manziel finished 8/15 for 172 yards. The Browns sacked Mariota seven times.

Last week’s ranking: 28

Week three vs Oakland

 

No. 26 Washington Redskins (1-1)

The Redskins upset the Rams 24-10. Quarterback Kirk Cousins avoided the turnover bug, finishing with 203 passing yards and one touchdown. The Washington hero was rookie running back Matt Jones. He rushed for 123 yards and a pair of scores for the Redskins. It was a good defensive effort for Washington. They only allowed 213 yards of total offense by the Rams.

Last week’s ranking: 30

Week three at New York Giants

 No. 27 Tennessee Titans (1-1)

The Browns doubled up the Titans 28-14 in Cleveland on Sunday. This was a much different outcome than Marcus Mariota perfect passer rating debut against Tampa in week one. The Browns sacks Mariota seven times. He finished 21/37 for 257 yards and two scores. He didn’t throw any interceptions but did lose two fumbles. One of his scoring throws went to rookie wide receiver Dorial-Green-Beckham.

Last week’s ranking: 26

Week three at Indianapolis

 

 

No. 28 Oakland Raiders (1-1)

What a Sunday for Oakland, as the Raiders came from behind in dramatic fashion to beat Baltimore 37-33. Quarterback Derek Carr passed for a career high of 351 yards and three scores. The last one was the big one, as Carr hit Seth Roberts for the winning score with 12 seconds remaining. Amari Cooper had seven catches for 109 yards and Michael Crabtree had nine for 111 yards.

Last week’s ranking:31

Week three at Cleveland

 

No. 29 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1)

Maybe the Bucs should play all their games on the road because they certainly can’t win at home. In week two, they travelled to the Big East and beat New Orleans 26-19. Rookie quarterback Jameis Winston and the offense played much better the second go around. Winston finished with a rushing score and passed for 207 yards and a touchdown through the air. The Tampa Bay defense also showed big improvement from last week’s debacle against the Titans. They sacks Drew Brees four times and got him off his spot more often than usual. Jacquies Smith had three sacks for the Bucs.

Last week’s ranking: 32

Week three at Houston

 

No. 30 Houston Texans (0-2)

Houston lost to Carolina 24-17. Ryan Mallet got the start at quarterback, finishing 27/58 for 244 yards with one touchdown and one interception. There wasn’t much of a run game to support their new signal caller. Chris Polk led the Texans rushers with 38 yards on 14 carries. At the end of the day, Houston didn’t have an answer for Cam Netwon, who accounted for all of Carolin’s touchdowns. J.J. Watt did register a sack and tackle for a loss.

Last week’s ranking: 25

Week three vs Tampa Bay

 

No. 31 New Orleans Saints (1-1)

The Bucs beat the Saints 26-19. This marked the ninth consecutive home loss by New Orleans, which seems unreal considering it was a hard place for a visiting team to win at. Drew Brees finished 24/38 for 255 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He was harassed often by the Tampa defense and couldn’t really settle into a rhythm. Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson combined for 101 rushing yards. The Saints defense did sack rookie QB Jameis Winston three times but they could force Winston into any big mistakes.

Last week’s ranking: 23

Week three at Carolina

 

No. 32 Chicago Bears (0-2)

The Bears lost at home to the Cardinals 48-23. It’s shaping up to be a long season in the Windy City. The Bears gate out of the gate slow, allowing Arizona to return the opening kickoff for a touchdown and played catch up for the remainder. Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler injured his hamstring, finishing with a touchdown throw to Josh Bellamy. Jimmy Clausen passed for 121 yards in his place.

Last week’s ranking: 27

Week three at Seattle

 


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