Week 3 of the NFL season has shined the spotlight on a few early favorites. Two undefeated teams remain, and it’s not who anybody expected them to be. Three weeks in, where does everybody stand in the NFL hierarchy?
32. Houston Texans (0-2-1) Prev: 30
Houston was driving for the win late, but Roquan Smith came up clutch, intercepting Davis Mills. The Texans should be 0-3 right now, but a tie with the Colts in Week 1 saved them. Mills currently ranks 30th in QBR, something the Texans will need him to fix if they want to avoid a bottom-five finish.
Team MVP: Jalen Pitre (8 tackles, sack, 2 INTs)
Next: vs Chargers
31. Carolina Panthers (1-2) Prev: 32
Carolina is in the win column after beating the Saints. No thanks to their quarterback, who completed less than 50% of his passes. To this point, the Baker Mayfield experiment has not worked like the Panthers hoped it would, as Mayfield is near the bottom of almost every stat category for quarterbacks.
Team MVP: Christian McCaffrey (108 yds)
Next: vs Cardinals
30. Las Vegas Raiders (0-3) Prev: 18
Somehow, the Raiders are the only 0-3 team in the NFL. It doesn’t make much sense, considering the Raiders added to a team that made the playoffs last year. Josh McDaniels has already had a lengthy private meeting with owner Mark Davis. It would seem he is already on the hot seat.
Team MVP: Mack Hollins (8 rec, 158 yds, TD)
Next: vs Broncos
29. Washington Commanders (1-2)
Washington is now fully experiencing Carson Wentz. One week he looks like a great quarterback, and the next, he’s barely reaching 200 yards. Granted, nine sacks given up doesn’t help matters. Washington currently sits last in the NFC East, the only team in the division without multiple wins.
Team MVP: Jamin Davis (6 tackles, 2 sacks)
Next: at Cowboys
28. Seattle Seahawks (1-2) Prev: 28
Despite another inspired performance from Geno Smith, the Seahawks fell short at home. While he’s not the long-term answer, Smith has been a pleasant surprise for Seattle since he beat out Drew Lock for the starting job. The only blemish in this game was the game-sealing interception he threw at the end.
Team MVP: Tariq Woolen (4 tackles, INT)
Next: at Lions
27. Atlanta Falcons (1-2) Prev: 31
Atlanta got their first win of the Marcus Mariota era in Seattle. Kyle Pitts finally got involved, posting five receptions for 87 yards. The dirty birds will look to build some momentum at home next week.
Team MVP: Cordarrelle Patterson (141 yds, TD)
Next Week: vs Browns
26. New York Jets (1-2) Prev: 25
Last week, the Jets said they were taking receipts from their doubters. As it turns out, they may not have that many to give out, as they took a loss to the Bengals. The players appear to be frustrated as well, as defensive lineman Quinnen Williams got into it with his position coach.
Team MVP: Tyler Conklin (8 rec, 84 yds)
Next: at Steelers
25. New England Patriots (1-2) Prev: 15
Everything that could have gone wrong went wrong for the Patriots. Mac Jones didn’t play his best game, throwing three interceptions. On top of that, he suffered a severe high ankle sprain after throwing his last one. Depending on how much time Jones misses, the Patriots could be staring down not just a last-place finish in the AFC East but a bottom-ten overall finish.
Team MVP: Devante Parker (5 rec, 156 yds)
Next: at Packers
24. Detroit Lions (1-2) Prev: 22
Detroit was playing well until the last two drives of the game. In the second to last one, the Vikings took the lead, and on the final drive, Jared Goff threw the game-sealing interception. The Lions improved from last year, but they need to grow out of late collapses like this one to take the next step.
Team MVP: Jamaal Williams (87 yds, 2 TDs)
Next: vs Seahawks
23. Indianapolis Colts (1-1-1) Prev: 26
The Colts, fresh off of a shutout loss last week, rebounded by knocking off the Chiefs. The Colts’ stingy defense barely let Kansas City accumulate 300 yards, forced two turnovers, and snuffed out a fake punt. Indy now needs to remain consistent.
Team MVP: Rodney McLeod (5 tackles, INT)
Next: vs Titans
22. Chicago Bears (2-1) Prev: 27
The Bears are back over .500 after beating the Texans. Justin Fields continues to put up concerning stats, barely reaching 100 yards and throwing two interceptions. They’ve been running with great success, although that doesn’t do much if they fall behind.
Team MVP: Roquan Smith (16 tackles, INT)
Next: at Giants
21. New York Giants (2-1) Prev: 20
And just like that, the G-Men fell right back down to Earth. New York is no longer undefeated after a loss to the Cowboys. The Giants were in it the whole time, but a late interception from Daniel Jones did the Giants in. New York still looks like a decent football team, and a win next week could salvage their momentum.
Team MVP: Saquon Barkley (81 yds, TD, 4 rec, 45 yds)
Next: vs Bears
20. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2) Prev: 16
Pittsburgh couldn’t get it done against the Browns in Cleveland. The offense remains anemic, and one has to wonder if the Steelers will switch to Kenny Pickett, their first-round pick, at quarterback. Mike Tomlin has indicated that Mitch Trubisky remains their guy for the foreseeable future.
Team MVP: Alex Highsmith (8 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 QB hits)
Next: vs Jets
19. Denver Broncos (2-1) Prev: 21
Denver continues to win ugly, as they were victorious in the Sunday Night Snoozefest against the 49ers. The offense can barely move the ball, yet they continue to find ways to win. If they can play this bad and still win, how talented is this Broncos team?
Team MVP: Josey Jewell (9 tackles, sack, 2 TFLs, 2 QB hits)
Next: at Raiders
18. Tennessee Titans (1-2) Prev: 24
The Titans were winners this week, knocking off the Raiders. Derrick Henry looks like he could be back to normal, running with decent success and even catching a few passes. The Titans’ offense is mainly centered around him, so Tennessee will need him at his best.
Team MVP: Derrick Henry (85 yds, TD, 5 rec, 58 yds)
Next: at Colts
17. New Orleans Saints (1-2) Prev: 13
New Orleans fell to their winless division rivals, the Panthers. The Jameis Winston experiment has not worked out to this point, as he added two more interceptions this week. The Saints don’t have too many backup options, so they likely will stick with Winston this season.
Team MVP: Chris Olave (9 rec, 147 yds)
Next: vs Vikings
16. Cleveland Browns (2-1) Prev: 19
Cleveland continues to ground and pound with success, defeating the Steelers. Nick Chubb has led the way, looking unstoppable so far. Amari Cooper looks to be getting in gear, as he went over 100 yards with a touchdown. Having a viable passing option will only open up their running game more.
Team MVP: Nick Chubb (113 rush yds, TD)
Next: at Falcons
15. Arizona Cardinals (1-2) Prev: 11
Arizona dropped a divisional game to the Rams this week. Kyler Murray was very much contained in the pocket this week, with only two rush attempts compared to 58 passes. Arizona has had a rough start to the season, but the schedule should get easier soon.
Team MVP: Marquise Brown (14 rec, 140 yds)
Next: at Panthers
14. Los Angeles Chargers (1-2) Prev: 9
The Bolts tumble out of the top ten after getting crushed by the Jaguars. Justin Herbert fought a nasty rib injury, but even their franchise QB couldn’t save the Chargers. This team is too talented to miss the playoffs, so the Chargers need to figure it out soon.
Team MVP: Joshua Palmer (6 rec, 99 yds)
Next: at Texans
13. San Francisco 49ers (1-2) Prev: 8
Sunday night may have been a game where having Trey Lance would’ve been beneficial. Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t play well at all, throwing a pick and even stepping out through the back of the endzone for a safety. The Niners will need much better quarterback play next week.
Team MVP: Nick Bosa (2 tackles, sack, 4 QB hits)
Next: vs Rams
12. Cincinnati Bengals (1-2) Prev: 14
Cincy finally won, although they needed a game against the Jets to make it happen. Joe Burrow played well, not turning it over once. He was also only sacked twice, which shows if the offensive line plays well, the Bengals are still very talented.
Team MVP: Trey Hendrickson (4 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 4 QB hits)
Next: vs Dolphins
11. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-1) Prev: 23
Who could have seen this coming? The AFC South-leading Jaguars dominated the Chargers. Trevor Lawrence has finally arrived, free of the shackles of Urban Meyer. The former number one pick is leading a surprisingly explosive offense.
Team MVP: James Robinson (100 yds, TD)
Next: at Eagles
10. Dallas Cowboys (2-1) Prev: 17
The Cooper Rush-led Cowboys remain a threat in the NFC. Mainly due to Rush’s ability to manage a game coupled with a nasty pass rush. Dallas could still very well take the NFC East, but there is another team in their division that looks like an early favorite.
Team MVP: CeeDee Lamb (8 rec, 87 yds, TD)
Next: vs Commanders
9. Minnesota Vikings (2-1) Prev: 12
1 p.m. Kirk Cousins continues to be the best Kirk Cousins. Captain Kirk led the Vikes down the field for a late game-winning touchdown. The Vikings are uber-talented on offense, even with a banged-up Dalvin Cook. Just don’t put them on national television.
Team MVP: Josh Metellus (11 tackles, INT)
Next: at Saints
8. Baltimore Ravens (2-1) Prev: 10
Lamar Jackson is going to win his second MVP if he stays healthy. Jackson put the Ravens on his back and carried them to a win against the Patriots. Baltimore really should’ve paid him when they had the chance. Now the price continues to rise.
Team MVP: Lamar Jackson (18/29, 218 yds, 4 TDs, INT, 107 rush yds, TD)
Next: vs Bills
7. Green Bay Packers (2-1) Prev: 7
Aaron Rodgers finally beat Tom Brady’s Bucs. On top of that, he finally had one of his rookies step up. Romeo Doubs was the number one receiver that Rodgers needed, pacing the team in receptions and targets. Paired with Green Bay’s running back duo, the Pack could be back.
Team MVP: Romeo Doubs (8 rec, 73 yds, TD)
Next: vs Patriots
6. Kansas City Chiefs (2-1) Prev: 3
The Chiefs blew up on themselves against the Colts. Patrick Mahomes argued with offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy, and Chris Jones got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to lead to the go-ahead touchdown. The Chiefs should know better than that, especially their star players.
Team MVP: Nick Bolton (9 tackles, 2 sacks)
Next: at Buccaneers
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1) Prev: 3
The Bucs couldn’t get it done against the Packers. Tom Brady was down to his fourth and fifth wide receivers, including one they signed off the streets a few days before the game. They almost came back, but almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.
Team MVP: Russell Gage (12 rec, 87 yds, TD)
Next: vs Chiefs
4. Los Angeles Rams (2-1) Prev: 4
The Rams took down the Cardinals in a crucial division game. LA contained Kyler Murray in the pocket and took down the Cardinals from there. Los Angeles gets another division game next week, which is all too important in the NFC West.
Team MVP: Aaron Donald (6 tackles, sack)
Next: at 49ers
3. Buffalo Bills (2-1) Prev: 1
Buffalo couldn’t take down the Dolphins at home, despite outgaining Miami by a large margin. The biggest problem lies within Josh Allen’s three fumbles. Allen needs to move past the carelessness once and for all, as it is the biggest thing holding the Bills back.
Team MVP: Greg Rosseau (3 tackles, 1.5 sacks)
Next: at Ravens
2. Philadelphia Eagles (3-0) Prev: 6
Philly is the lone remaining unbeaten in the NFC. The Eagles dominated the Commanders, led by their former second overall pick Carson Wentz. Jalen Hurts is giving Lamar Jackson a run for his money for MVP, but he still has a ways to go before he catches up. Hurts’ development is lovely for the Eagles to see.
Team MVP: Devonta Smith (8 rec, 169 yds, TD)
Next: vs Jaguars
1. Miami Dolphins (3-0) Prev: 5
There was a bit of controversy about whether Tua Tagovailoa suffered a concussion, but he returned to the game nonetheless. Once he was back in, Tua led the Dolphins past the Bills. It’s hard to argue with results, and Miami looks like one of the best teams in the league right now.
Team MVP: Melvin Ingram (3 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 QB hits)