NFL Power Rankings Week 3: Eagles Fly Up Board

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Darius Slay (2), Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and the Eagles make a move up our NFL Power Rankings ahead of Week 3 (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

With the second week of the 2022 season complete, here’s a look at the updated NFL power rankings heading into Week 3. Below, we list the league’s 32 teams in order of their chances to win the Super Bowl in February.

The most attractive odds from DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, and PointsBet are listed beside each team.

Power Rankings Ahead of NFL Week 3

1. Buffalo Bills (+450 FanDuel)

(Previous week No. 1)

For the second straight week, the betting odds for the unanimous choice among US sportsbooks to win Super Bowl 57 shortened after another lopsided victory over a quality foe — first a 31-10 win over the defending champion Rams and then a 41-7 rout of last year’s AFC top seed Tennessee. The Bills held the Titans to 187 yards of total offense, the lowest total for any team in a game this year. Buffalo, which led the league in defense last year, is allowing 57 fewer yards per game this season.

2. Tampa Bay Bucs (+750 DraftKings, PointsBet)

(Previous No. 2)

Tampa Bay isn’t the second-best team in the league, but has the second-best chance to win the Super Bowl, thanks to an easier route to the game through the weaker NFC. In fact, the Bucs are in a bit of turmoil, with members of the receiving corps either suspended for this week (Mike Evans) or ailing (Chris Godwin and Julio Jones questionable). QB Tom Brady was visibly miffed in the second half last week in a 20-10 win at New Orleans that included only one offensive TD. But their defense has been outstanding, with a league-best 10 sacks.

3. Kansas City Chiefs (+700 FanDuel)

(Previous No. 3)

Kansas City’s number shortened from +800 last week, despite being on the verge of losing for the third straight season at home to the LA Chargers. Then came a 99-yard INT return by Chiefs DB Jaylen Watson that broke a 17-17 tie. QB Patrick Mahomes and his offense, meanwhile, had only 15 first downs, a considerable drop compared with their 33 in Week 1 at Arizona. But in the big picture, Denver and Las Vegas have gotten off to slow starts that help make the Chiefs the current odds-on choice to win AFC West honors.

4. Philadelphia Eagles (+1300 FanDuel)

(Previously No. 9)

The Eagles’ 24-7 victory over Minnesota on Monday vaulted them up the charts even though they didn’t hit 200 yards rushing, which they did in six of their previous 12 games. Third-year QB Jalen Hurts had a career game vs. the Vikings, excelling on the ground and through the air. The defense also rebounded with gusto from giving up 35 points to Detroit a week earlier with three INTs off Kirk Cousins. The Eagles have their fingers and toes crossed Hurts doesn’t take too many more hard hits. They saw what happened to San Fran’s Trey Lance.

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5. LA Chargers (+1600 BetMGM)

(Previously No. 4)

If not for the rib cartilage fracture to QB Justin Herbert (he’s listed as day-to-day), the Chargers would have been listed above KC, despite having lost to the Chiefs at Arrowhead 27-24 last Thursday. With games upcoming against Jacksonville and Houston, LA might even be inclined to keep him out of harm’s way to some degree. And that defense was outstanding. KC isn’t often held to 17 points on offense. Also, thanks to LA’s third-place schedule, it gets to avoid Tampa Bay and Buffalo. KC faces them both over the next three weeks.

6. San Francisco (+2000 DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM)

(Previously No. 10)

With the season-ending injury to second-year QB Trey Lance, the 49ers have gone back to veteran Jimmy Garoppolo, who led the team to the Super Bowl three seasons ago and within a whisker of the Super Bowl last season. But it’s important down the road for them to get healthy, especially TE George Kittle (questionable, groin). And first-team RB Elijah Mitchell (IR, knee) is expected to miss at least two months.

7. LA Rams (+1600 BetMGM)

(Previously No. 5)

In the wake of the Rams’ lopsided season-opening loss to Buffalo, they then sweated out a 31-27 win over Atlanta as a 10.5-point favorite. With less than 10 minutes to play, that edge was 31-10. Sheesh! And as good as QB Matt Stafford and WR Cooper Kupp have been, their running game, led by Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson, is averaging only 3.3 yards a carry (excluding that 26-yard loss on an intentional safety last week) and needs to improve. How about letting Aaron Donald play on the offensive line.

8. Minnesota Vikings (+2500 DraftKings, BetMGM)

(Previously No. 7)

The Vikings and QB Kirk Cousins were harangued after their loss in Philadelphia on Monday night, but the game wasn’t as big a rout as many have said. The dropped pass by Minnesota TE Irv Smith while open down the left sideline just before halftime could well have been a big momentum swing. And maybe the next time Vikings standout RB Dalvin Cook will be given more than six carries, which was his career low. After all, he had 90 yards on 20 carries in a Week 1 win over Green Bay.

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9. Green Bay Packers (+1300 FanDuel, PointsBet)

(Previously No. 13)

Green Bay rebounded from its 23-7 beatdown at Minnesota in Week 1 and got back ORT Elgton Jenkins (OLT David Bakhtiari is still questionable) in last week’s win over Chicago, but QB Aaron Rodgers still was sacked three times to go with four vs. Vikings. But instead of the Packers fretting about their lack of big-play receiver talent, they leaned on the running game, with 38 running plays for 203 yards. Both numbers were more than in any game last season. But the defense needs work, having yielded 181 run yards to the Bears last week.

10. Miami Dolphins (+2500 DraftKings, FanDuel)

(Previously No. 12)

Miami and rookie coach Mike McDaniel are one of six 2-0 teams entering Week 3, winning their games in distinctively different fashion — riding their defense in a season-opening 20-7 home win over New England and then rallying from 35-14 down to win at Baltimore 42-38 in a game in which Tua Tagovailoa pitched six TD passes and surely gained mounds of confidence. And just wait till the team’s upgraded running game gets to star. But, gulp! Buffalo is up next.

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11. Baltimore Ravens (+1800 at all sites)

(Previously No. 8)

Baltimore was expecting a lot more of its pass defense this season with the return from injury of former All-Pro CBs Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters. And then came the second half of their loss to Miami in which Tagovailoa threw for 319 yards and four TDs. Anyway, it probably can’t get any worse. At least QB Lamar Jackson is playing at an MVP level. His norm of 9.0 yards a throw is second best in the league and he’s also excelling on the run, with a norm of 9.1 on 15 carries.

12. Cincinnati Bengals (+3500 DraftKings)

(Previously No. 6)

Well, all those vets added to the offensive line haven’t yet helped keep QB Joe Burrow clean during dreary losses to Pittsburgh and Dallas. Burrow, who went down more than anyone else last year, leads the league this year, too, with 13 sacks. Cincinnati will need to step up the line play this week on the road vs. the NY Jets. That will also help star RB Joe Mixon improve his average of 3.0 a run on 46 carries. The last team to follow up a Super Bowl appearance and go 0-2 were the 2015 Seahawks, who wound up with a wild-card berth.

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13. Denver Broncos (+2500 DraftKings, PointsBet)

(Previously No. 15)

For the second straight week, the Broncos were held to 16 points and again had trouble operating near the enemy goal line. In Week 1 at Seattle, Denver twice fumbled away the ball inside the Seahawks’ 1. Last week they settled for FGs at the Texans’ 2 and 6. Plus, QB Russell Wilson is coming off a 14-for-31 passing game for a 45.2 completion percentage against Houston, his worst in seven years. Good thing the defense is playing well, allowing only three field goals the past six quarters.

14. Arizona Cardinals (+5000 DraftKings, FanDuel, Bet MGM)

(Previously No. 20)

The Cardinals rallied from a 20-0 deficit to overcome the host LV Raiders in overtime last week, essentially saving their season as many analysts have said. QB Kyler Murray was widely heralded for leading the comeback, but overall he’s averaging only 5.7 yards a pass play and puffed those stats in garbage time in Week 1 against KC. Conversely, Arizona’s defense is yielding 7.7 a pass play. Now comes a game against a Rams team that dumped Arizona 34-11 in last year’s wild-card round.

15. Dallas Cowboys (+4500 FanDuel)

(Previously No. 23)

The Cowboys, who are expecting starting QB Dak Prescott (thumb surgery) back in three to five weeks, got a surprise 20-17 victory over Cincinnati behind backup Cooper Rush as a 7-point underdog. Dallas, though, isn’t quite the same creating turnovers as in 2021, with only one INT compared with a league-best 26 last season. But upcoming games against NYG’s Daniel Jones and Washington’s Carson Wentz, the number should rise.

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16. Las Vegas Raiders (+6600 Bet MGM)

(Previously No. 17)

The Raiders are the highest-ranked team that’s 0-2, but had a solid Week 1 in a close-call loss to the LA Chargers and deserved better in their OT loss to the Cardinals since they were on the verge of goal field range before that deciding fumble. One stat that jumps out is star WR Davante Adams catching only two of seven targets for 14 yards in Vegas. It’s his fewest catches and yards the past five seasons.

No. 17 New York Giants (+7000 DraftKings)

Previously No. 26)

The Giants are the highest-priced 2-0 team in the league and now will be favored in their next two games, both at home, against the short-handed Cowboys and the forlorn Chicago Bears. A key is the Giants aren’t beating themselves, with QB Daniel Jones having just one INT in two games and with Saquon Barkley leading the league in rushing with 236 yards. Without an injured Jones late last season, the Giants had fewer than 200 yards of offense their final three games.

No. 18 New Orleans Saints (+4000 at all sites)

(Previously No. 18)

The Saints had better hope QB Jameis Winston doesn’t revert to his days with the Bucs when he set a league record for pick-sixes. And speaking of “sixes,” that’s how many times he was sacked last week by Tampa Bay. New Orleans’ offense surely will benefit from the return of RB Alvan Kamara (ribs), but his status for this week hasn’t been determined as of late Tuesday. But at least the defense had Bucs QB Tom Brady and his guys shut out into the second half and allowed a total of 13 offensive points.

No. 19 Cleveland Browns (+6600 BetMGM)

OK, sure the Browns blew a 13-point lead over the NY Jets in the final 90 seconds of last week’s 31-30 loss — the biggest edge ever blown that late in a regulation loss in league history. But as Cleveland RB Nick Chubb said afterward, had he not scored a rub-it-in TD inside the last 2 minutes, the Browns could have kneeled out the remaining time and they would be 2-0 in a division that seemingly doesn’t have a big-time heavyweight.

No. 20 Detroit Lions (+10000 DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM)

(Previously No. 25)

The Lions, who didn’t win their first game last season until December, pounded Washington last week and perhaps just as impressively gave Philadelphia a scare in a 38-35 loss in Week 1. Now they get to make a statement in Week 3 against a Vikings team on short rest coming off a deflating MNF loss in Philly. Coach Dan Campbell has his guys playing with zest.

No. 21 Jacksonville Jaguars (+10000 DraftKings, BetMGM)

(Previously No. 31)

The Jaguars, behind new coach Doug Pederson and QB Trevor Lawrence, at 1-1 are the only team in the AFC South with a victory, which helps them jump in the rankings. And if they can win one of their next two games in the toughest stretch of the season — at the LA Chargers and at Philly — they could be a threat to win the division. They’ve also had a startling turnaround with turnovers. Last year, they were worst in the league with a minus-20 differential. This year they are first at plus-five.

No. 22 Indianapolis Colts (+5000 DraftKings)

(Previously No. 11)

The Colts, 0-1-1, are following a pattern of slow starts, giving them a cumulative 3-14-1 record in Weeks 1-2 the past nine seasons. In Week 3 in that stretch, Indy is 6-2. Last week’s 24-0 loss was incredibly bad, however, with QB Matt Ryan throwing three INTs and RB Jonathan Taylor doing little. But the AFC South, as mentioned previously, is the weakest in the league. This could be a year a losing team wins division honors.

No. 23 Washington Commanders (+10000 BetMGM)

(Previously No. 19)

The Commanders, 1-1, face their first true test of the season when they play host to the Eagles, the former team of their QB, Carson Wentz. And just like his days with in Philly, he has been sacked a lot (six), throws INTs (three) and when he’s hot pitch some TD passes (seven).

No. 24 New England Patriots (+6600 BetMGM)

(Previously No. 22)

The Patriots have been ineffective on offense, with only three TDs. And one of them came last week after starting from the Pittsburgh 10. Plus, it’s pretty clear the division title is out of reach with Buffalo on top. Their fourth-ranked defense might well carry the club, but it has forced only two turnovers. That’s got to improve.

No. 25 Pittsburgh Steelers (+10000 BetMGM)

(Previously No. 24)

QB Mitch Trubisky’s time in the huddle could be near an end (get ready Kenny Pickett) if the Steelers don’t show improvement on short rest Thursday against Cleveland. Pittsburgh has the league’s 30th-ranked offense in yards per game despite having had the benefit of playing an extra quarter in its Week 1 OT win over Cincinnati. T.J. Watt, the league sack leader last season, is on IR. That’s not going to help.

No. 26 Tennessee Titans (+7000 PointsBet)

(Previously No.14)

What was worse, blowing a 13-point second-half lead at home to the NY Giants and losing 21-20, or their 41-7 defeat in Buffalo on Monday night? The Titans secondary has caught a lot of grief this week for letting the Bills’ Stefon Diggs run wild, but speaking of running, standout RB Derrick Henry has been held to 2.9 yards a carry his past five games, which involved 111 rushes. Not looking good. But in the AFC South, one impressive victory could put Tennessee in the top 15.

No. 27 Houston Texans (+410 FanDuel)

(Previously No. 28)

Houston is 0-1-1, but has been somewhat impressive doing so — with the exception of that fourth-quarter collapse vs. Indy in Week 1, blowing a 20-3 lead in a tie. Then it held Denver’s Wilson to his worst day in seven years (based on completion percentage). But still, it’s hard to make headway in the standings averaging 3.4 yards a carry, matching last year’s NFL-worst mark, and a second-year QB operating behind a pedestrian line.

No. 28 Carolina Panthers (+30000 BetMGM)

(Previously No. 21)

The Panthers have lost both of their games by a combined five points to extend their losing streak to nine games dating to midseason 2021. Not helping is that new QB Baker Mayfield, unwanted by the Browns, has completed only 53.6 percent of his throws, tied for third worst in the league. Carolina has a chance to change its fortunes in a three-game homestand beginning Sunday (Saints, Cardinals, 49ers), but the Panthers are listed as an underdog for each game.

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No. 29 Atlanta Falcons (+55000 FanDuel)

(Previously No. 30)

Atlanta is the longest shot on the board, yet is 2-0 ATS this season, so Falcons fans have been high-fiving. Particularly impressive was their second-half charge from a 31-10 deficit in LA vs. the Rams to close to 31-27 in the final moments as a 10.5-point underdog. QB Marcus Mariota is playing ordinary at best, but at least rookie WR Drake London has been productive, with team highs with 13 catches, eight for first downs.

30. Seattle Seahawks (+41000 FanDuel)

(Previously No. 27)

The Seahawks’ adrenaline rush in Week 1 after hanging on to beat ex-Seattle QB Russell Wilson and Denver wore off quickly in their 27-7 loss last week in San Francisco when the Seahawks were held without an offensive score and the running game generated only 36 yards (2.6 a carry). As has been their problem the past two years, their foes dominate possession. In 2021, the enemy had a league-high 247 more offensive snaps. Already this year, the Seahawks are at a 38-play deficit. That’s how you wear out a defense.

31. NY Jets (+220 FanDuel)

(Previously No. 31)

Hope is bubbling for the J-E-T-S and their fans after that record-setting comeback in Cleveland. Paying a visit to the Meadowlands on Sunday will be the winless Bengals, who were upset there last season 34-31, despite being an 11.5-point favorite. It tied for the third biggest upset victory by anyone last season. This time Cincinnati is listed as a 4.5-point choice at most books. That’s at least partially a sign NYJ is making progress under second-year coach Robert Saleh. But more likely it’s because the Bengals have been playing terribly.

32. Chicago Bears (+20000 at all sites)

(Previously No. 29)

It doesn’t look like the Bears have a lot of faith in second-year QB Justin Fields and the passing game. In their 27-10 loss to Green Bay, in which they played from behind virtually the entire game, they threw only five times in the second half and 11 total for the game. It also didn’t help that this season they are missing most of their top-shelf receivers.

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