NFL Power Rankings: Chiefs hold onto top spot as Raiders stumble

A wild Week 3 is in the books and that means it's time to revisit our power rankings. Where does you team rank?


Upsets, comebacks, blowouts, and bad play. Week 3 had it all as the NFL regular season finally seems to be hitting its stride.

We are left with just two undefeated sides in the league after Oakland’s stunningly poor performance on Sunday Night Football, and while they top our rankings the big question is where the rest of the league shakes out…

  1. 1 Kansas City Chiefs (Previous: #1)

    The Chiefs comfortably handled their first AFC West game of the year, dominating the Chargers at the StubHub Center in an atmosphere that felt far more like Arrowhead than Qualcomm. (Toby Durant)

  2. 2 Atlanta Falcons (Previous: #4)

    Wow. What an ending. The Falcons may count themselves lucky to have beaten Detroit, but good teams win close games, even by the tightest of margins.

  3. 3 New England Patriots (Previous: #3)


    After a close win against the Texans, the Pats defense has some serious questions to answer. Surely even Tom Brady can't drag this team to the playoffs if this continues?

  4. 4 Green Bay Packers (Previous: #6)

    The Packers poor first half didn't stop them winning, as the defense stiffened and Aaron Rodgers worked his magic late on to bring them back. It wasn't without its issues though, as backup left tackle Kyle Murphy was a turnstile all afternoon, killing drives with poor blocks that allowed quick pressure on Rodgers' blindside. (Toby Durant)

  5. 5 Oakland Raiders (Previous: #2)

    Oakland's performance on Sunday night was a shocker, as Derek Carr threw a couple of very poor interceptions and the entire offense struggled as they managed just 128 yards, 21 minutes of possession and went 0-for-11 on third down.

    The Raiders need to bounce back, but a trip to Denver in Week 4 is far from a simple task. (Toby Durant)

  6. 6 Detroit Lions (Previous: #9)

    The Lions may have come up a foot short against the Falcons on Sunday, but the fact that they stayed with the NFC champs all afternoon is a great sign for their future. The defense was opportunistic in plucking three interceptions, two off tipped passes, and picked up some timely sacks as well while the offense looked good. Detroit look like they will once again be in the race for the NFC North crown this season. (Toby Durant)

  7. 7 Pittsburgh Steelers (Previous: #5)

    The Steelers unconvincing form reared up and bit them on Sunday as they fell to the Chicago Bears in overtime at Soldier Field on Sunday. Once again Le'Veon Bell struggled to get rolling on the ground, and only Antonio Brown played up to his talents. Defensively the Steelers struggled to stop the Bears running game. It's been a slow start to the season for Pittsburgh, but the form of the rest of the AFC North is encouraging for them. (Toby Durant)

  8. 8 Tennessee Titans (Previous: #15)


    Tennessee's offense rolled over the Seahawks on Sunday with a display of physical blocking and efficient passing. Only some magic from Russell Wilson stopped it being a blowout. With a win over Jacksonville under their belt, the Titans have the inside track in what looks like a season-long race for the AFC South. (Toby Durant)

  9. 9 Philadelphia Eagles (Previous: #10)

    A nail-biting game if I've ever seen one, the fourth Q was sure to raise the blood pressure of any Eagles fans watching. While the Eagles may have won, it was far from a perfect performance, with golden boy Carson Wentz limited to just 176 passing yards and Darren Sproles ruled out for the season with a broken arm and torn ACL. If this Eagles side is to make the most of their potential, they must remain more focused and alert even when the game seems over. (Anthony Wood)

  10. 10 Denver Broncos (Previous: #7)

    The Denver Broncos had a tough loss in Buffalo and Von Miller blames himself after receiving an unsportsmanlike conduct penatly towards the end of the game. If only it were that simple. Sure the penalty changed the momentum, and the BIlls scored against shortly after but Denver could not find a rhythm on offense. Trevor Siemian threw for over 250 yards but he also gave up two interceptions and had no touchdowns. It was nice to see veteran running back Jamaal Charles find the end zone for the first time in a Broncos uniform, but overall the team needed to do a better job in the red zone. (David Payne)

  11. 11 Dallas Cowboys (Previous: #12)


    A vastly improved performance from this Cowboys team on both sides of the ball. Their pass rushers grew more dominant as the game matured, and it's safe to say Ezekiel Elliott is back in form after rushing for 80 yards and a TD. All is looking promising down in Dallas. (Anthony Wood)

  12. 12 Minnesota Vikings (Previous: #14)

    Despite the absence of Sam Bradford, this offense stepped up in a big way. Taking apart this Tampa Bay defense is no mean feat, and yet this dangerous offense thrived scoring 34 points while the defense held this loaded Bucs offense to just 17. If the Vikings can use this as a platform from which to keep some form going, expect big things from Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, and Dalvin Cook over the coming weeks. (Anthony Wood)

  13. 13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Previous: #8)

    This was a week to forget if you are a Bucs fan. In an all-around ugly performance, the Bucs were handled 34-17 by a Case Keenum led Vikings team on the road this past week. With high hopes and a roster full of talent, Tampa Bay will only go as far as the arm of Jameis Winston will take them... and if he is turning the ball over like he did Sunday, don't expect them to go far at all.

  14. 14 Seattle Seahawks (Previous: #13)

    Seattle have found a runner in Chris Carson, but their offense needed some magic from Russell Wilson just to keep within sight of the Titans on Sunday. The way their defense got crushed in the second half is a worry as well. At 1-2 this is far from the Seahawks we are used to seeing. (Toby Durant)

  15. 15 Washington Redskins (Previous: #18)


    The Redskins completely dominated the Raiders on a national stage Sunday night. QB Kirk Cousins put on quite the performance, throwing for 365 yards and three touchdowns, while the Washington defense held Oakland to only 128 total yards. If they can continue to get this type of performance out of their defense, we should expect them to be in the mix for the top spot in the NFC East.

  16. 16 Jacksonville Jaguars (Previous: #21)

    Jacksonville's performance in Wembley was truly brilliant. They dominated the Ravens offense and made their defense look distinctly average. The defense has several playmakers at every level now and when playing with a lead Blake Bortles has shown he won't shoot the team in the foot. (Toby Durant)

  17. 17 Los Angeles Rams (Previous: #22)

    The Rams sure did impress in a very entertaining Thursday night game against the 49ers. Jared Goff looked like a franchise quarterback. Todd Gurley looked like a star. Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods were quite impressive as well. If the Rams can keep up their strong play, they may very well finish at the top of the NFC West. (Justin Boguslavsky)

  18. 18 Baltimore Ravens (Previous: #11)

    The Ravens came to London and looked entirely lost against the Jaguars. It was the organization's first trip across the pond and maybe they underestimated the difficulties of the journey, or maybe they took their opponent lightly, but either way it was the worst Ravens performance in a long time. Now the question is if it was a one-off or a preview of things to come. (Toby Durant)

  19. 19 Houston Texans (Previous: #23)

    The Texans almost pulled off an incredible feat in their near-upset of the Patriots. While they did lose 36-33, they looked like a quality team. Deshaun Watson was quite impressive and seems to have the makings of a future star. After a disappointing Week 1 loss to the Jaguars, the Texans look much improved and could be a team on the rise. (Justin Boguslavsky)

  20. 20 Carolina Panthers (Previous: #16)


    The Panthers suffered a surprising divisional loss at home to the New Orleans Saints in Week 3. The offensive line is a mess and Cam Newton had a poor outing, throwing three costly INTs. The good news for the Panthers is that they are still 2-1, but they must find a quick fix as they travel to New England this Sunday.

  21. 21 Buffalo Bills (Previous: #26)

    Buffalo put in another feisty performance and stunned Denver with a 26-16 win that was epitomised by turnovers and efficient passing by Tyrod Taylor. He hit on 77% of his passes against what is considered the best passing defense in the land. It moved Buffalo to 2-1 and in a tie for the AFC East lead. (Toby Durant)

  22. 22 Miami Dolphins (Previous: #17)


    Miami found out what a season on the Jay Cutler rollercoaster is like. After a strong performance against the Chargers last week the Dolphins were miserable in defeat to the New York Jets of all people on Sunday. It was a body blow to their playoff hopes as a tough schedule and no bye week will grind them down as the season goes on. (Toby Durant)

  23. 23 New Orleans Saints (Previous: #24)

    The Saints got on the board with a big win over the Panthers, picking off Cam Newton three times, sacking him four times, and forcing Derek Anderson into the game. The offense was impressive too. It was a good reminder of just what the Saints can do, now they just have to do it consistently. (Toby Durant)

  24. 24 Los Angeles Chargers (Previous: #19)

    The Chargers struggled once again, but it was not Younghoe Koo's fault this time, as the rookie kicker managed to make all of his kicks. The Chargers' offense could not get going against a tough Chiefs' defense, and their defense failed to contain the Chiefs' talented offense. The Chargers still look for their first win in their underwhelming inaugural season in the City of Angels. (Justin Boguslavsky)

  25. 25 Arizona Cardinals (Previous: #25)

    Larry Fitzgerald still has some brilliance left in him, but it's not enough to carry the Cardinals any more. At 1-2, and with the only win being an overtime W against the Colts, there has to be a serious discussion about blowing this team up and starting again. (Toby Durant)

  26. 26 New York Giants (Previous: #20)


    The Giants had to rely on some Odell Beckham magic to get points on the board in the fourth quarter on Sunday. While the finish was a heartbreaker for fans, the performance early in the game has to be far more worrying. Ben McAdoo's job is already in peril just 19 games into his tenure as head coach. (Toby Durant)

  27. 27 Chicago Bears (Previous: #27)

    The Bears surprised many with an overtime win against Pittsburgh, but after their steely performance against the Falcons in Week 1 it looks like Soldier Field will be a tough place for anyone to play in this season. They go to Green Bay on a short week with a defensive front that could really pressure Aaron Rodgers and cause another upset. (Toby Durant)

  28. 28 Cincinnati Bengals (Previous: #31)

    After gaining an early lead against the Packers, the Bengals were unable to hang on and lost 27-24 in overtime. Andy Dalton looked much better and A.J. Green finally looks like his usual self. Hopefully, the Bengals' struggles are now behind them and they will get their first win soon. (Justin Boguslavsky)

  29. 29 New York Jets (Previous: #32)

    The Jets did the impossible and pulled off an impressive 20-6 upset victory over the Dolphins. Josh McCown and Robby Anderson looked pretty solid on offense. The Jets' defense successfully contained Jay Cutler and a decent Dolphins' offense. After this victory, the Jets look less like a joke and are not the first team in line to land Sam Darnold at the moment. (Justin Boguslavsky)

  30. 30 Indianapolis Colts (Previous: #30)

    The Colts may have got their first win on the board, but a win over Cleveland is the least-meaningful win in the NFL. Jacoby Brissett's legs played a big part in getting points on the board, but the defense nearly crumbled in the face of a Cleveland comeback attempt. There is still a big gap between the Colts and good football. (Toby Durant)

  31. 31 San Francisco 49ers (Previous: #29)

    San Francisco were part of a thrilling shoot-out on Thursday night against the Rams, and while it showed that the offense can get rolling, it also raised a lot of questions about the defense. (Toby Durant)

  32. 32 Cleveland Browns (Previous: #28)

    The Browns entered Week 3 searching for their first victory of the season. They exit Week 3 still searching for that first win after a close loss to the Colts. DeShone Kizer struggled early, but got going eventually and almost led the Browns to a comeback victory. Unfortunately, Kizer's receivers were not of much help, as they struggled with dropped passes and penalty calls. (Justin Boguslavsky)

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Toby Durant

Deputy Editor at RealSport. A life-long gamer, I have been with RealSport since 2016 and spent time covering the world of Formula 1, NFL, and football for the site before expanding into esports.

 

I lead the site's coverage of motorsport titles with a particular focus on Formula 1. I also lead RealSport's Madden content while occasionally dipping my toe into Football Manager and esports coverage of Gfinity Series events.

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