I’ve been on some of the best teams in football.
I’ve been on some of the worst teams in football.
Think about that before you look at my Week 3 power rankings. We have a good idea about who the top five to six teams are. Same goes for the bottom five to six. But the margin between those two groups and the rest of the league (a big blur) is growing thinner every season. These rankings reflect that reality.
Some quick ground rules for any newcomers: I use two factors to rank these teams: (A) how they looked through three weeks of play and (B) how they’re set up going forward.
Last week: 32 (same)
It’s tough enough to stay up for Sunday Night Football when you’re an old man like me.
I don’t need the Bears offense to help put me to sleep. This group just has no explosive ability with Jay Cutler or Brian Hoyer under center.
Alshon Jeffery’s injury turned this into a snoozefest. Kevin cheap jerseys China
White is still raw and can’t challenge a defensive coordinator. So, it was up to Hoyer and a below average running game.
Defensively, injuries are starting to take their toll. You saw what Ezekiel Elliott did without run stuffers such as Eddie Goldman and Danny Trevathan in the middle. Expect that to continue for my bottom of the barrel team.
Looking ahead:Matthew Stafford and all those weapons are up next. Against this Bears secondary, that’s almost unfair.
Last week: 31 (same)
Just have Terrelle Pryor suit up at every position next week. The guy did it all against Miami in this one.
Cody Kessler struggling? Pryor can help; he went 3 of 5 for 35 yards. Duke Johnson Jr. needs a breather? Pryor ran for 21 yards and a touchdown. Need a big play on the outside? Pryor racked up 144 yards on eight catches.
This Browns team isn’t good. It was missing Joe Haden, first round receiver Corey Coleman and the top two quarterbacks on the depth chart. But it is well coached, and you can tell the Dolphins weren’t ready for Hue Jackson’s latest wrinkle.
That keeps the Browns out of the basement again this week.
Looking ahead: Kirk Cousins has the tools to dismantle a banged up Browns secondary. Watch him do it all day in Week 4.
Last week: 28 ( 2)
Let me tell you how Week 4 will play out for the Jaguars.
They’ll start off slowly. They’ll cut into the deficit.
It’s been the story since Gus Bradley took over, and it happened again Sunday. Baltimore gained 283 total yards and still outgained ’em. That should never happen.
Looking ahead:Bradley was coaching for his career in Week 3. Could a loss to the Colts in Week 4 end his Jaguars tenure?
Last week: 20 ( 9)
I know what the Legion of Boom is capable of.
But even I didn’t think in this pass happy era of quarterback stat stuffing we’d see a signal caller put up a 119 yard performance through four quarters. Blaine Gabbert proved me wrong.
Same goes for this defense. Marshawn Lynch is sitting on his couch at home, not running through arm tackles in Seattle. This defense makes Beast Modes out of any ball carrier, though.
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