The AFC West is heavily represented at the top of USA TODAY’s NFL power rankings for Week 3, with three of the top four teams coming from the Oakland Raiders’ division. Checking in at No. 3 is nothing to scoff at for Oakland after the publication had the Silver and Black as the No. 8 team heading into Week 1 citing defensive concerns that simply haven’t surfaced through two weeks. Ahead of the Raiders at No. 2 are the Atlanta Falcons, with the Kansas City Chiefs ruling the roost after beginning the season on fire. The Denver Broncos flesh out the top four after a balanced and dominant performance over the Dallas Cowboys. Should the Raiders’ defense continue to hold up, their offense should ensure
Alex Smith might be able to score against the NFL’s top defenses, but with wife Elizabeth, however, that was once out of the question. During a recent joint appearance on “In Depth with Graham Bensinger,” the couple recalled their first meeting at a West Coast hot spot, and how a mutual friend’s hopes of setting them up nearly crashed and burned. … It was, maybe not love at first sight,” Elizabeth said.
Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer Close University of Maryland graduate Lives in the Baltimore area with his wife and son Follow on Twitter What does a 2-0 start get the Baltimore Ravens? According to recent history, it means the Ravens have a 60 percent chance of making the playoffs. It also gets a team into the top 10 of the ESPN Power Rankings. Baltimore continued its ascent up the rankings, moving four spots to No. 10 this week. This is quite a jump for the Ravens, who were ranked No. 21 in the preseason (10 spots behind the now-winless New York Giants). The ranking is a reflection of the growing confidence in the Baltimore defense, which became the third team in the Super Bowl era to allow