1. Denver Broncos – The Broncos stomped a team for the third straight week despite the continued absence of Von Miller.
2. Seattle Seahawks – Fantasy football owners who complained about Russell Wilson the past couple of weeks had to be pleased with Sunday’s performance.
3. Baltimore Ravens – I still can’t believe how many people wrote off the Super Bowl champs after two weeks. This has the look of a team that could be really dangerous in the second half of the season.
4. San Francisco 49ers – Last week seemed like an aberration, but then the 49ers were embarrassed at home by the Colts. Maybe the Aldon Smith situation was a distraction, but the 49ers can’t afford those type of losses if they want to win the division and avoid playing in Seattle in the playoffs.
5. Green Bay Packers – The Packers should have steamrolled the Bengals, but turnovers cost them dearly. Even Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers exchanged words on the sidelines.
6. New England Patriots – The Patriots looked much better in Week 3 as their young receivers, who were open a lot last week, actually caught the ball against the Bucs.
7. New Orleans Saints – Think the return of Sean Payton might matter? The Saints are 3-0 and two games up in the NFC South.
8. Houston Texans – The Texans haven’t looked great yet this year, especially on the defensive side of the ball. They should feel fortunate to be 2-1.
9. Chicago Bears – Da Bears looked sharp against the Steelers. I know Pittsburgh is awful, but that just seemed like the type of game Jay Cutler would lose in past seasons.
10. Atlanta Falcons – A very tough loss to swallow for the Falcons, who have the look to me of that team that ends up somehow missing the playoffs despite being one of the top teams in their conference.
11. Cincinnati Bengals – The Bengals finally beat a good team, but they had no business winning that game. Either way, it was a huge win to keep pace with the Ravens.
12. Dallas Cowboys – Tony Romo looked plenty healthy against the Rams, but it is the defense that continues to impress me. The Cowboys look like the clear favorite in the NFC East.
13. Miami Dolphins – Are the Dolphins for real? They are pretty balanced on both sides of the ball and seem intent on finally giving New England a run for their money in the AFC East.
14. Kansas City Chiefs – It was nice to see the Philly faithful give Andy Reid a standing ovation after all he did for that organization, and it was great to see his new team give him a Gatorade shower after the big win.
15. Indianapolis Colts – As surprising as it was to see Cleveland win in Minnesota, no result had the shock value of the Colts 27-7 beatdown of the 49ers in Candlestick. Where did that defense come from?
16. Detroit Lions – A year ago, the Lions would have lost that game to the Redskins. With the Vikings in crisis mode and the Packers giving away Sunday’s game, the Lions look like a contender in the NFC North.
17. Philadelphia Eagles – The Eagles offense has slipped each of the past two weeks, and we already know the defense is going to be an issue. Can Chip Kelly get them rolling again?
18. Tennessee Titans – The Titans seem intent on making it a three-horse race in the AFC South. I’m not sure they have the firepower to hang around for another 14 weeks, but they seem like a gritty bunch.
19. St. Louis Rams – Through three weeks, I’ve been really disappointed in the Rams defense. I thought they were going to be scrappy team that forced a lot of turnovers. Instead, it appears they’ve taken a step back from last season.
20. New York Giants – The Giants should probably be farther down the rankings, but I’m cutting them some slack since we’ve seen similar performances from them before. That said, I’m not nearly as confident in this group being able to bounce back like I have been in the past.
21. San Diego Chargers – A really tough loss for San Diego, who almost did the impossible by winning two straight weeks in the Eastern time zone. Philip Rivers looks like a different quarterback in 2013.
22. Minnesota Vikings – There is no excuse for surrendering 31 points at home to the Browns, who started a third-string quarterback and were without Trent Richardson. The Vikings look like a great candidate to go from playoff bound in 2012 to last place in 2013.
23. Washington Redskins – Well, the Redskins played better and they have a trip to Oakland on the horizon, so at least there is reason for optimism.
24. Carolina Panthers – The Panthers finally came away with a win, and they made sure it was an impressive one at that. Talk about dominanting your opponent.
25. Tampa Bay Bucccaneers – Josh Freeman can complain all he wants about his relationship with head coach Greg Schiano, but there’s only one person to blame when it comes to the teams offensive ineptness.
26. Pittsburgh Steelers – Pittsburgh fans are in panic mode, and they certainly have good reason. The Steelers are struggling in all three phases of the game and looked much closer to a 4-12 season than one that ends with a postseason berth.
27. New York Jets – The Jets could easily be 3-0, but could just as easily be 0-3. Still, at 2-1, Rex Ryan’s job suddenly appears safe for the moment, but the schedule won’t be this easy all season long.
28. Arizona Cardinals – The Cardinals hope they can get Larry Fitzgerald back to 100 percent sooner rather than later.
29. Cleveland Browns – The Browns trade away Trent Richardson (which was a great deal for them, by the way), play their third-string quarterback and put up 31 points in Minnesota to beat a desperate Vikings team. The NFL is a crazy league.
30. Buffalo Bills – Injuries are really starting to mount for the Bills, and the schedule doesn’t get any easier with Baltimore coming to town in Week 4.
31. Oakland Raiders – The Raiders were no match for Denver, but who is?
32. Jacksonville Jaguars – The Jaguars finally got Maurice Jones-Drew into the end zone, but this is clearly the NFL’s worst team through three weeks. Tim Tebow, anyone?