The biggest upset of the season thus far, Arizona beating New England, definitely had an effect on Week 3 NFL power rankings. The teams thought to be the worst in the league one week ago are still at the bottom of the list, while the 49ers have proven that they are true title contenders. San Fran is no fluke.
2012 Week 3 NFL power rankings
32. Kansas City Chiefs (0-2): Two weeks in, and some are wondering if Romeo Crennel is indeed the right man for the job. As somebody who has followed Cleveland sports since birth, I understand such concerns.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2): An offense with a shaky line and a now injured Blaine Gabbert at QB is struggling. I, for one, am shocked.
30. Tennessee Titans (0-2): Jake Locker was once again Tennessee's leading rusher on Sunday. At this rate, I'll be surprised if he makes it to Week 10 before going on IR.
28. Oakland Raiders (0-2): Winless in two road games, Oakland now gets to host the Steelers. Yuck.
27. Minnesota Vikings (1-1): The Vikes I expected to see at the start of the season showed up in Indy. This team is not good enough to survive committing silly penalties.
26. Miami Dolphins (1-1): Reggie Bush is a legitimate fantasy football hero. Don't bother checking your calendars, guys. I can assure you that it is, in fact, 2012.
25. Indianapolis Colts (1-1): And some people were actually worried about Andrew Luck. They may not flirt with a .500 record, but the Colts aren't nearly as bad as advertised.
24. New Orleans Saints (0-2): Shocked to see New Orleans this low in NFL power rankings? They've had no defense in two games. With that said, hosting KC could be just the fix the Saints need.
23. Buffalo Bills (1-1): Props to the Bills for bouncing back and all, but scoring 35 points on the Chiefs doesn't excite me all that much. Don't be at all surprised if they lose at Cleveland.
22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1): Tampa Bay was outscored 25-7 in under 12 minutes of football in the fourth quarter on Sunday. The Giants have an explosive offense, sure, but that's an ugly stat.
21. Seattle Seahawks (1-1): Is Seattle really that good, or were the Cowboys just that bad? Seattle can prove themselves during a Monday night showdown at Green Bay.
20. Washington Redskins (1-1): I don't believe Washington will remain this low in power rankings for very long. RG3 is the real deal, but the team's defense is a serious concern.
19. Carolina Panthers (1-1): Cam Newton will have a chance to torch an awful Big Blue secondary on Thursday night. Giants fans should be worried.
18. St. Louis Rams (1-1): Said it last week, and I'll say it again here. The Rams aren't going to be an easy out for any team in 2012.
17. Dallas Cowboys (1-1): Glad you enjoyed that win against the Giants in the season opener, Dallas fans. Your beloved 'Boys couldn't be bothered against Seattle.
16. New York Jets (1-1): That's the Gang Green offense we know and...snicker at. It took only two games for the "more Tebow!" cries to emerge.
15. Chicago Bears (1-1): Critics can say whatever they want about Jay Cutler, but nobody should ignore that Chicago's o-line may (again) be the worst in pro football.
14. Cincinnati Bengals (1-1): Won against Cleveland as expected, but the Bengals again appear like a team that's only going to defeat lesser opponents. I've yet to see any proof that they can hang with the Steelers and Ravens in the division race.
13. Detroit Lions (1-1): Losing at San Francisco isn't a reason for the Lions to plummet in NFL power rankings. I expect them to take care of business at Tennessee.
12. New York Giants (1-1): Eli Manning was heroic at home, but the New York secondary could be the worst in the league. It's also worth noting that the pass rush of the Giants has largely been MIA.
11. Denver Broncos (1-1): Denver did well to rally back from one terrible half of football. I wouldn't count on Peyton Manning throwing three picks in under ten passes again this season.
10 New England Patriots (1-1): On the wrong side of the upset of the week, New England now have to face the Ravens in Baltimore. Regardless of the result of that game, a sexy Super Bowl pick will be 1-2 this time next week.
9. Baltimore Ravens (1-1): Lost in Philly in a weird game. Ray Rice needs more than an average of four carries per quarter.
8. Arizona Cardinals (2-0): This may not last, but Arizona deserves to be ranked in the top ten of NFL power rankings after Week 2. The Cards have to stop trying to give games away in fourth quarters, though.
7. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1): Big Ben was an absolute boss against a Jets defense that was without its most important player. Pittsburgh will again be very tough to beat at home this year.
6. San Diego Chargers (2-0): The Chargers are undefeated in September. This is new.
5. Philadelphia Eagles (2-0): Philly will eventually stop giving the ball away four times a game...right?
4. Green Bay Packers (1-1): Looks like Aaron Rodgers and company will be just fine. Clay Matthews is an early POTY candidate.
3. Houston Texans (2-0): Houston is very good, and they currently have the best pass defense in the league. I still want to see how they play against teams other than Miami and Jacksonville, though.
2. Atlanta Falcons (2-0): The Georgia Dome continues to be a fortress for Matty Ice. The Atlanta defense won Monday's game in the first quarter.
1. San Francisco 49ers (2-0): Don't think anybody would argue that the Niners are kings of all NFL power rankings. Wins over Green Bay and Detroit have earned them this spot.
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