Week 3 NFL Power Rankings: 49ers at #1

Week 3 NFL Power Rankings: 49ers at #1

1-49ers: Brock Purdy is now 9-1 in 10 career starts, with the lone blemish being when he was injured on the first series in the NFC Championship Game at Philadelphia. He has an 18/4 career touchdown-to-interception ratio with three rushing TDs.

2-Chiefs: The defense looks great. The offense will round into form soon. Andy Reid’s team has the Bears at home this week before back-to-back road assignments at the Jets and Vikings.

3-Cowboys: Micah Parsons has seven tackles, four tackles for loss, three sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. In 35 career regular-season games, Parsons has already recorded 29.5 sacks, 19 stuffs, seven forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

4-Eagles: We haven’t seen their A-Game yet, but they’re still 2-0 and will have extra rest ahead of a road game at Tampa Bay on Monday Night Football.

5-Dolphins: Miami is undefeated, Tua Tagovailoa is healthy and playing well and it hasn’t even played at home yet.

6-Ravens: Baltimore is already dealing with a rash of injuries, but it’s alone at the top of the AFC North with a road win over the Bengals already in its pocket.

7-Bills: QB Josh Allen bounced back from a dreadful Week 1 performance and played great in a 38-10 home win over Las Vegas.

8-Bengals: Nothing has gone right yet. The good news? Cincinnati started 0-2 last year and was still one play away from a return trip to the Super Bowl. The (really) bad news? Joe Burrow tweaked the calf injury he sustained in training camp and is ‘questionable’ for Monday’s home game vs. the Rams.

9-Lions: Two of Detroit’s top defensive players, LB James Houston and DB CJ Gardner-Johnson, sustained injuries in Sunday’s overtime loss to Seattle at home. Houston should be back in November, but Gardner-Johnson might be done for the year with a torn pectoral muscle. Unbeaten Atlanta will visit Ford Field in Week 3.

10-Chargers: In two losses by five combined points, the Bolts’ defense allowed leads to get away late in the fourth quarter. They desperately need a win Sunday at Minnesota before hosting Las Vegas. Then L.A. gets two weeks to prepare for a MNF showdown at home vs. Dallas, but then it goes to Arrowhead Stadium on a short week to face the Chiefs.

11-Seahawks: After losing its opener at home to the Rams, Seattle allowed a 10-point lead to get away in the last 3:08 of regulation at Detroit. However, Geno Smith and Co. found a way to get a huge win over the Lions in OT.

12-Jaguars: The 1-1 Jags host Houston in Week 3 before back-to-back games in London against Atlanta and Buffalo.

13-Packers: After a dominant road win over the Bears, Green Bay allowed a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter to get away at Atlanta.

14-Falcons: The good news is the defense is vastly improved and Atlanta is 2-0 for the first time since 2017. The bad news is that Arthur Smith still inexplicably refuses to get his best and most dynamic weapon (by far!), TE Kyle Pitts, involved in the offense.

15-Saints: The defense has been outstanding in leading this team to a 2-0 start, and Alvin Kamara will be back soon.

16-Browns: The season-ending injury to Nick Chubb is a crushing blow. Deshaun Watson’s struggles are still a major issue, and last night’s loss at Pittsburgh is all on him.

17-Patriots: QB Mac Jones hasn’t been great, but he’s looked a lot better than last year’s offensive debacle that was mostly on Bill Belichick for his refusal to bring in a real OC. The Patriots are 0-2 and both losses came at home, but they’ll win a bunch of game if they keep playing how they did in narrow defeats to the ‘Fins and Eagles.

18-Steelers: After getting thumped at home by the 49ers in the opener, T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith both scored defensive touchdowns to spark the Steelers to a comeback win over Cleveland on MNF.

19-Titans: Ryan Tannehill bounced back from a miserable Week 1 performance to lead Tennessee to an overtime win over the Chargers.

20-Vikings: A three-point loss at home to Tampa Bay and an overtime loss at Philadelphia has Minnesota in desperation mode at home vs. the Chargers in Week 3.

21-Jets: Breece Hall needs way more than four touches. Zach Wilson’s four interceptions in two games are obviously cause for concern.

22-Buccaneers: Baker Mayfield has been outstanding to date, completing 69.1 percent of his throws for 490 yards and three TDs without an interception. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are still elite WRs, combining for 22 receptions for 346 yards and two TDs. The schedule is about to get more challenging with this five-game stretch looming: vs. Philadelphia, at New Orleans, vs. Detroit, vs. Atlanta and at Buffalo.

23-Rams: What a revelation Puka Nacua has been. The rookie WR out of BYU has 25 catches for 266 yards. His odds to win NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors have gone from 150/1 to +700 in the span of two weeks. L.A. might catch a monster break if Burrow can’t play on MNF.

24-Colts: Anthony Richardson has looked outstanding so far. He had already scored two rushing TDs before leaving Sunday’s win at Houston with a concussion. The good news is that Gardner Minshew played well in his absence.

25-Commanders: Sam Howell now owns a 3-0 career record as an NFL starting QB. After a shaky performance in a fortunate comeback win at home over Arizona in the opener, Howell was much better in rallying Washington to a comeback win at Denver.

26-Raiders: Las Vegas might be without its two best WRs for Sunday’s home game vs. Pittsburgh, as both Jakobi Meyers and Davante Adams are in concussion protocol and listed as ‘questionable.’

27-Giants: After losing 40-0 at home to Dallas, New York found itself down 28-7 at Arizona with less than four minutes left in the third quarter. But Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley keyed a furious comeback win, although the G-Men will have to play without Barkley for the next several weeks.

28-Cardinals: Arizona is in full-on tank mode, but it could easily be 2-0 right now. RB James Conner is still a beast, and there’s still talent at WR with Hollywood Brown, Rondale Moore and (TE) Zach Ertz. QB Josh Dobbs can make plays, too, so this team can’t be penciled in as an automatic win.

29-Broncos: Denver blew a 21-3 lead at home to Washington one week after losing at home to Las Vegas when it had a six-point lead in the fourth quarter. The Broncos have two losses by three combined points with back-to-back road games on deck.

30-Panthers: Carolina fans just need to be patient. There are going to be growing pains, but the future is bright with rookie QB Bryce Young.

31-Bears: With back-to-back double-digit defeats at home vs. Green Bay and at Tampa Bay, a trip to Arrowhead to face Kansas City in Week 3 isn’t ideal.

32-Texans: Like Chicago, Houston’s season has started with double-digit losses at Baltimore (25-9) and vs. Indianapolis (31-20).