Eight teams entered Week 3 with a perfect record and all but one escaped with a zero still in the loss column. The Houston Texans dropped to 2-1 with a 30-9 drubbing at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens, leaving seven teams with a 3-0 record through the first three weeks.
Historically, over 75 percent of teams that earn a 3-0 record to start the year end up in the postseason. Alternatively, fewer than 3 percent of 0-3 teams make the playoffs, which spells trouble for the NFL's six teams with winless records through three games.
Here are the divisional standings as of Monday morning.
AFC East Standings
Another year and another good Patriots team, but with just 59 points through three games it hasn't quite been the usual New England formula. Instead, it bears asking whether or not this team would even be 3-0 if it didn't face two rookie quarterbacks in Weeks 1 and 2, and a winless Buccaneers team in Week 3.
A Sunday Night Football matchup against the Atlanta Falcons should tell us plenty about the Patriots.
AFC North Standings
The only team in the AFC North that was unable to earn a victory in Week 3 was the Pittsburgh Steelers, who now sit alone in the division's cellar. Even the Trent Richardson-less Cleveland Browns were able to pull out a win against the Minnesota Vikings.
AFC South Standings
Prior to the season, the Houston Texans would've been one of the easier picks for a division winner, but they certainly didn't look the part in a bad loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Instead, the AFC South looks like it could be in for one of the better divisional races of the season, as the Colts looked like the real deal against the San Francisco 49ers and the Tennessee Titans are off to a winning start as well.
AFC West Standings
The AFC West is
the only one of only two divisions that still has two undefeated teams and both have looked the part. A look at the points against column tells all you need to know about the Kansas City Chiefs, and a look at the points for column does the same for the Denver Broncos.
NFC East Standings
"We're in the SEC of the NFL." - Washington Redskins GM Bruce Allen in preseason. Welp.
NFC North Standings
The Chicago Bears have a chance to take a two-game lead over the rest of the NFC North already, as they'll travel to face the Detroit Lions in Week 4. With a win, they'll be in the driver's seat. A loss would bunch up the standings for the whole division, and it'd be foolish to brush off the Green Bay Packers already.
NFC South Standings
Seven teams will enter Week 4 with an unbeaten record, but no more than six will have a chance to continue on their undefeated paths as the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints will meet on Monday Night Football. Two games behind the Saints in the standings are the Falcons, a team that entered the year as NFC Championship favorites and still might be, despite losses to the aforementioned Saints and Dolphins.
NFC West Standings
Like the Atlanta Falcons, a 1-2 start for the San Francisco 49ers probably isn't what the team had in mind. Particularly bad for the 49ers has been their offense that has managed to score just 10 points in the last two weeks.
The 49ers better work out their kinks quickly, as the Seahawks look to be hitting their stride. After leaning on the defense to get to a 2-0 record, it was 45 points from the Seattle offense that gave the team a Week 3 win, albeit against the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars.
A road trip to face the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts in Weeks 4 and 5 will test the Seahawks even more.