CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 18: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers calls a play against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
SB Nation's NFL power rankings move onto Week 3 where the Packers remain the No. 1 team in the league, while the Eagles are barely holding onto a top 10 spot and the Redskins, Lions and Bills are surging up the board.
SB Nation's 2011 NFL power rankings returns for Week 3 and there's only a little bit of movement at the top as the Ravens drop their first game of the season and the Eagles drop with a Week 2 loss to the Falcons. The Packers remain at the top as they improve to 2-0 while the Patriots are right on their heels with another impressive victory over the Chargers.
Here's how things look entering Week 3:
1. Green Bay Packers (2-0, LW: 1): They're sticking here until they prove they don't deserve it. Through two weeks, they're the best.
3. New York Jets (2-0, LW: 5): They're off to a 2-0 start, which is important considering what's coming up: at Raiders, at Ravens and at Patriots. Three straight road games.
4. New Orleans Saints (1-1, LW: 6): Three more touchdowns for Drew Brees. This guy is so average.
5. Baltimore Ravens (1-1, LW: 2): I bumped them up last week after stomping the Steelers and then they lose to the Titans. They'll be in it come January either way.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1, LW: 7): Now that's Steeler football. I said earlier this season that they'll be competitive this season as long as that defense is still among the elite. Last week showed that they are.
7. Houston Texans (2-0, LW: 11): They needed that 2-0 start because three of their next four games are against the Saints, Steelers and Ravens. The sorting out of the AFC South continues.
8. Atlanta Falcons (1-1, LW: 10): After a big loss to the Bears in Week 1, they needed to show up against the Eagles. And they did.
10. Detroit Lions (2-0, LW: 12): I'm a Chiefs fan so I saw their devastating offense up close and personal. Holy cow, this could actually be the year.
11. Buffalo Bills (2-0, LW: 21): Well, well, well. I just about wrote them off as a fluke and then they went on an awesome-to-watch comeback and beat the Raiders. Chan Gailey will make this team fun to watch all year long.
12. Chicago Bears (1-1, LW: 9): I'm still impressed with that Week 1 victory over the Falcons. Losing to the Saints isn't a big deal but I'm still not sure which way this team is headed.
13. Washington Redskins (2-0, LW: 22): OK, Redskins. That's two in a row. If Tony Romo misses Week 3, they catch a huge break for Dallas week.
14. Dallas Cowboys (1-1, LW: 13): They get bumped down a notch despite winning because I needed some room for the Redskins to move up. The best way to move ahead of the Redskins? Beat them in Week 3.
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1, LW: 14): They've lost to the Lions and beat the Vikings. A good barometer for this team comes next week against the Falcons.
16. San Diego Chargers (1-1, LW: 8): The Chargers always start slow but they have a huge opportunity to make an early dent in the division, starting with the lowly Chiefs next week.
17. New York Giants (1-1, LW: 18): Two weeks in and I'm still not sure what to make of this team. Things won't get any easier in the NFC East.
18. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1, LW: 16): I don't think this is a great team but, in the AFC South this year, they have a shot.
19. Tennessee Titans (1-1, LW: 20): Next two games against the Broncos and Browns. A 3-1 start would be huge for them.
20. San Francisco 49ers (1-1, LW: 19): Ouch. Overtime losses are never easy but I'm starting to think this is the team in the NFC West.
21. Arizona Cardinals (1-1, LW: 17): I thought they would be better but they have three consecutive winnable games coming up.
22. St. Louis Rams (0-2, LW: 15): This was my NFC West team before the season started but now...?
23. Oakland Raiders (1-1, LW: 24): The Raiders need to take advantage of the Chargers historically slow starts. They're the only other team in the AFC West that looks like they can challenge San Diego.
24. Cleveland Browns (1-1, LW: 28): Dolphins, Titans, Raiders, Seahawks, 49ers? I see those as five straight games they can win. They'll need to with the Ravens and Steelers in the AFC North.
25. Cincinnati Bengals (1-1, LW: 27): I thought they could be a surprise team in 2011 but when saying that I expected a victory over the Broncos last week.
26. Miami Dolphins (0-2, LW: 26): It's getting ugly in South Florida. At least they don't have to play at home again until the third week of October.
27. Carolina Panthers (0-2, LW: 30): I really want the Panthers to start turning Cam Newton's performances into victories. That would be a great story.
28. Denver Broncos (1-1, LW: 32): The Broncos move out of the cellar with a victory over the Bengals.
29. Seattle Seahawks (0-2, LW: 23): They're blowing a great opportunity to return to the playoffs.
31. Indianapolis Colts (0-2, LW: 29): I'll repeat what I said last week: Without QB Peyton Manning, this is not a good team. Like, really not good.
32. Kansas City Chiefs (0-2, LW: 25): I had the Chiefs ranked 25th last week because I thought there's no way they're as bad as a 41-7 loss to the Bills. I was wrong -- they're even worse.