Week 3 NFL Power Rankings: Tucker Sets NFL Record

Justin Tucker after setting the NFL record for longest made field goal. (Photo by Tony Ding, AP)

Week Three of the NFL season has concluded, and it was yet another week full of headlines. We saw an NFL record get set in Detroit, there was another Sunday Night game that came down to the wire, and two NFC powerhouses collided. Here are the power rankings after an eventful Week Three.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-3) Prev: 32

For those curious, that’s 18 straight losses for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Urban Meyer finally decided to let James Robinson loose, as he was one of the few standout performers for the team last season. Trevor Lawrence is still turning the ball over at an alarming rate, adding two more interceptions this week. That is something he will need to fix if he wants to live up to his potential.

Team MVP: James Robinson (88 yds, TD, 6 rec, 46 yds)

Next: at Bengals

31. New York Jets (0-3) Prev: 31

Zach Wilson has officially been contaminated by the New York Jets. Two more interceptions in addition to last week’s four, and Wilson is already looking like the biggest bust of all the rookie quarterbacks. With the talent that he has, hopefully, Wilson can figure it out fast.

Team MVP: Quinnen Williams (4 tackles, 1.5 sacks)

Next: vs Titans

30. Houston Texans (1-2) Prev: 29

Davis Mills managed a very solid game, but the Texans leading rusher could only amass 21 yards, as their inability to run the football would prove to be their downfall. Houston has nowhere to go, as their roster is full of journeyman veterans and mid-round draft picks.

Team MVP: Brandin Cooks (9 rec, 112 yds)

Next: at Bills

29. Detroit Lions (0-3) Prev: 28

The Lions lost in typical Lions fashion on Sunday. Justin Tucker set a new NFL record with a 66-yard field goal, hitting it off the crossbar, and bouncing in. The Lions did not play a bad game by any means, but not scoring in the first half usually doesn’t help.

Team MVP: D’Andre Swift (47 yds, TD, 7 rec, 60 yds)

Next: at Bears

28. New York Giants (0-3) Prev: 27

The state of New York has yet to have a team win a football game, and they have two different teams. In the case of the Giants, this is the second week in a row the G-men have lost due to a last-minute field goal. After almost stealing the NFC East last year, the Giants seem like they may be left behind by the rest of the division this year.

Team MVP: Saquon Barkley (51 yds, TD, 6 rec, 43 yds)

Next: at Saints

27. Atlanta Falcons (1-2) Prev: 30

Atlanta got themselves in the win column for the first time this season against the Giants. Their defense, playing against a struggling Giants offense, was able to hold their opponents to 14, and Matt Ryan was able to lead a game-winning drive, leading to a Younghoe Koo field goal to win the game. The Falcons are still likely to be the punching bag for the NFC South.

Team MVP: Cordarrelle Patterson (20 yds, 6 rec, 82 yds)

Next: vs Washington

26. Chicago Bears (1-2) Prev: 26

Justin Fields’ debut was soiled by a horrendous game plan from head coach Matt Nagy. The rookie was sacked nine times in a game where it feels like he was set up to fail. When he wasn’t being sacked, Fields was only able to manage 68 passing yards and 12 rushing yards. Coach Nagy needs to plan better for his quarterback’s skill set.

Team MVP: Khalil Mack (2 sacks)

Next: vs Lions

25. Indianapoils Colts (0-3) Prev: 22

For a team that was supposed to be a quarterback away, the Colts are having a lot of struggles. If there was ever a play, to summarize the Colts’ start to the season, it was when Darius Leonard lined up to tackle Derrick Henry got and got ran over. The Colts were supposed to be contending with the Titans for the AFC South, but are currently getting left in the dust.

Team MVP: Kenny Moore II (7 tackles, INT)

Next: at Dolphins

24. Philadelphia Eagles (1-2) Prev: 19

Philly got steamrolled by Dallas on Monday night. It looked like they may be able to keep up after Fletcher Cox recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown, but after that, it was all Dallas. After another dud performance from Jalen Hurts, it seems like his performances may dictate where this team goes throughout the year.

Team MVP: Javon Hargrave (6 tackles, 2 sacks)

Next: vs Chiefs

23. Minnesota Vikings (1-2) Prev: 25

Minnesota were the underdogs coming into this week against Seattle, and after dropping their first two, they got into the win column with a big upset win over the Seahawks. Kirk Cousins has looked strong to start this season, and if the defense can get back to where Mike Zimmer expects them to be, the Vikings could get themselves back into Wild Card discussions.

Team MVP: Alexander Mattison (112 yds, 6 rec, 59 yds)

Next: vs Browns

22. Washington Football Team (1-2) Prev: 20

Washington gave up 43 points to a Bills offense that hadn’t been putting up the numbers that they had been last season, as they fell to 1-2. The young, promising defense that came to be last season has been ripped to shreds the last few weeks. Washington will look to rediscover their magic from last season.

Team MVP: Antonio Gibson (31 rush yds, rec, 73 yds, TD)

Next: at Falcons

21. New England Patriots (1-2) Prev: 16

The New England Patriots sure as heck don’t look like the New England Patriots. All the turnovers, penalties, and uncharacteristic mistakes have cost them two of their first three games this season. Now, with the return of Tom Brady lurking, the Pats must look at themselves rather than reminisce if they want to have a chance at beating Brady in his return to Foxborough.

Team MVP: Matt Judon (3 tackles, 2.5 sacks)

Next: vs Buccaneers

20. Miami Dolphins (1-2) Prev: 15

In their first game without Tua, the Dolphins came close to pulling off the upset but ultimately fell to the undefeated Raiders. Miami now sits at 1-2 and will be without their starting quarterback for at least the next two games. They may be able to steal a win in a very light matchup next week.

Team MVP: Elandon Roberts (5 tackles, INT, TD)

Next: vs Colts

19. Pittsburgh Steelers Prev: 6

The Pittsburgh Steelers fooled me in Week One after upsetting the Bills. I thought maybe something clicked in training camp or the preseason that would make this offense go, alongside their already established defense. I was wrong, as their dreadful offensive line will not allow them to go anywhere, both on the field and in terms of results. The ghost of Ben Roethlisberger will have to pull off some magic if Pittsburgh is going to be a playoff team.

Team MVP: Najee Harris (40 yds, 14 rec, 102 yds)

Next: vs Packers

18. Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) Prev: 23

Cincinnati looks like a team on the rise after their victory over their rival Pittsburgh Steelers. The Joe Burrow to Ja’marr Chase connection looks as strong as it did in college, as Chase hauled in a pair of touchdowns in the win. Cincy will look to ride this wave of momentum into the future, as they are currently tied for the division lead.

Team MVP: Logan Wilson (14 tackles, 2 INTs)

Next: vs Jaguars

17. Dallas Cowboys (2-1) Prev: 24

For a team that was supposed to be all about offense, the Cowboys sure look great on defense. They lead the NFL in turnovers and look like the favorite to come out of the NFC East early on. Dak and Zeke look back as well, which has Dallas firing on all cylinders.

Team MVP: Ezekiel Elliot (95 yds, 2 TDs, 3 rec, 21 yds)

Next: vs Panthers

16. Tennessee Titans (2-1) Prev: 13

The Titans aren’t falling because of a loss there are just a few teams that look to be better than them at the current moment. They beat the Colts, and it seems like Derrick Henry can catch the ball consistently now, something that he has been working on over the last few years. If he keeps that up, defenses beware.

Team MVP: Derrick Henry (113 yds, 3 rec, 31 yds)

Next: at Jets

15. Los Angeles Chargers (2-1) Prev: 18

In the upset of the week, the Chargers knocked off the defending AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs. Justin Herbert outdueled Patrick Mahomes, in a sentence that nobody expected to be said this week. With a great head coach at the helm in Brandon Staley, finally, the Chargers’ talent is reaching its potential.

Team MVP: Mike Williams (7 rec, 122 yds, 2 TDs)

Next: vs Raiders

14. Denver Broncos (3-0) Prev: 21

Teddy Bridgewater’s career revival is continuing in Denver, as Teddy and Denver’s defense has the Broncos sitting at 3-0 early on. How long Denver remains a powerhouse remains to be seen, as they play in a loaded division. Even while being undefeated, the Broncos are forced to share first place in the AFC West.

Team MVP: Alexander Johnson (5 tackles, 2 sacks)

Next: vs Ravens

13. San Francisco 49ers (2-1) Prev: 10

The Niners snatched defeat from the jaws of victory on Sunday night. They scored the go-ahead touchdown with just over 30 seconds left on the clock, which was just a bit too much time for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Out-of-division losses always hurt when you play in the NFC West, but when it’s a team like the Green Bay Packers, there’s no shame in it.

Team MVP: George Kittle (7 rec, 92 yds)

Next: vs Seahawks

12. Las Vegas Raiders (3-0) Prev: 14

The AFC West is trying to give the NFC West competition for the toughest division in the NFL. The last-place team is an offensive juggernaut, who went to the Super Bowl last year, and has TWO undefeated teams. Whether or not the Raiders and Broncos are for real remains to be seen, but for now, the Raiders will ride their undefeated streak for as long as they can.

Team MVP: Peyton Barber (111 yds, TD, 3 rec, 31 yds)

Next: at Chargers

11. Carolina Panthers (3-0) Prev: 17

While Carolina did get the win, the Panthers lost both Christian McCaffrey and Jaycee Horn to injuries. Carolina sits at 3-0 and is at the top of the NFC South for now. We’ll see how they fare without their best player and their top pick in the draft from this year.

Team MVP: DJ Moore (8 rec, 126 yds)

Next: at Cowboys

10. Green Bay Packers (2-1) Prev: 12

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers got the quality win that I was talking about last week over a very game San Francisco team. It’s not like they didn’t earn it, either, as they had to get a field goal with just over 30 seconds and no timeouts. All the talk about Rodgers quitting on the Packers can cease (for now), as Green Bay looks like the clear-cut favorite in the NFC North.

Team MVP: Davante Adams (12 rec, 132 yds, TD)

Next: vs Steelers

9. New Orleans Saints (2-1) Prev: 11

New Orleans thoroughly dominated the Patriots in Gillette and improved to 2-1 to keep pace with the Bucs for second in the division at the moment. This win was much more about their defense rather than Jameis and the offense, as they picked off Mac Jones three times. New Orleans is another god team, but are in a very tough division.

Team MVP: Malcolm Jenkins (7 tackles, INT, TD)

Next: vs Giants

8. Cleveland Browns (2-1) Prev: 9

Myles Garrett may be a shoo-in for defensive player of the year. 4.5 sacks tied the Browns franchise record, and Garrett accounted for half of the Browns’ NINE sacks. Cleveland also got Odell Beckham back, which can only be a plus for their offense. The Browns look strong early on.

Team MVP: Myles Garrett (7 tackles, 4.5 sacks)

Next: at Vikings

7. Baltimore Ravens (2-1) Prev: 8

Justin Tucker got the Detroit Lions again. A few years ago, he single-handedly beat the Lions with how many kicks he made. This time, all he did was simply break the NFL record for the longest field goal in history, at 66 yards. The Ravens now have miraculous victories in back-to-back weeks.

Team MVP: Justin Tucker (4/5 FGs, set NFL record for the longest made field goal at 66 yards)

Next: at Broncos

6. Seattle Seahawks (1-2) Prev: 5

As mentioned previously, out-of-division losses always hurt when you play in the NFC West. This one may hurt double, as the Seahawks probably should have won this game, but were outplayed by the Vikings. Now Seattle gets to play an in-division game, where if they lose, they will fall to 1-3.

Team MVP: DK Metcalf (6 rec, 107 yds, TD)

Next: at 49ers

5. Buffalo Bills (2-1) Prev: 7

Buffalo finally played like the juggernaut they were supposed to be in their domination of Washington. Josh Allen played an MVP-caliber game and the Bills now sit at 2-1, firmly at the top of the AFC East. The Bills are in the conversation for the best team in the AFC.

Team MVP: Josh Allen (32/43, 358 yds, 4 TDs)

Next: vs Texans

4. Kansas City Chiefs (1-2) Prev: 3

A last-place team is rarely in the top 4, but at the moment, Kansas City sits in last place in the AFC West. The defending AFC champs have looked somewhat beatable this year, which has not been the case since Patrick Mahomes took over in Kansas City. The Chiefs will likely rebound and do it quickly.

Team MVP: Travis Kelce (7 rec, 104 yds)

Next: at Eagles

3. Arizona Cardinals (3-0) Prev: 4

Arizona’s offense underperformed against Jacksonville, probably because Deandre Hopkins was banged up throughout the week, but the defense was able to make up for it. The Cards now sit at 3-0 in the toughest division in football and will need to continue their winning ways to keep pace with the rest of their division. It will not be easy next week, however.

Team MVP: Byron Murphy (4 tackles, 2 INTs, TD)

Next: at Rams

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1) Prev: 1

The Bucs came up short in the battle of NFC powerhouses with the Rams. It seems like their secondary may be their lone weakness, as Matt Stafford torched the vaunted Bucs’ defense. Nonetheless, the Bucs will look ahead to their upcoming game in Foxborough, which will likely be the most anticipated game of the regular season.

Team MVP: Tom Brady (41/55, 432 yds, TD, 14 yds, TD)

Next: at Patriots

1. Los Angeles Rams (3-0) Prev: 2

So far, so good for the Matthew Stafford era in LA. Stafford’s arm talent is on full display, and he even seems to have an electric connection with wide receiver Cooper Kupp. Add that with Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey on defense, and you’ve got a heck of a team shaping up in Los Angeles.

Team MVP: Matthew Stafford (27/38, 343 yds, 4 TDs)

Next: vs Cardinals