NFL power rankings: Falcons best in NFC South?

1. Patriots (3-0)

They blew out the Texans with a third-string rookie QB, Jacoby Brissett. Now they will be heavily favored to beat the Bills at home to go 4-0 without suspended QB Tom Brady.

2. Broncos (3-0)

After the defense carried them in the first two games, first-year starting QB Trevor Siemian rallied them to victory at Cincinnati. He was 11 of 12 with two TDs in the fourth quarter.

3. Eagles (3-0)

It was one thing when rookie QB Carson Wentz beat the Browns and Bears. There are more believers after he did it to the Steelers.

4. Chiefs (2-1)

Their offense still has issues but how about that defense? Eight forced turnovers against the Jets, including two return TDs.

5. Ravens (3-0)

Sure, they’ve really only played one good offensive team but that D is looking vintage Ravens. Now if only they can get the offense going against an opponent other than the Browns.

6. Vikings (3-0)

QB Sam Bradford can be a game manager with the defense playing like this. But it’s going to be tough to keep winning with anemic running game missing Adrian Peterson.

7. Packers (2-1)

QB Aaron Rodgers (4 TDs vs. Lions) and coach Mike McCarthy quieted critics who wondered about the passing game. The pass defense looked bad again, though.

8. Seahawks (2-1)

The offense finally came to life against the 49ers. But QB Russell Wilson, already playing on a bum ankle, sprained an MCL.

9. Raiders (2-1)

The D finally showed up in Tennessee after giving up more yards in first two games than any team since at least 1940.

10. Cowboys (2-1)

They beat the Bears with Rookie QB Dak Prescott playing efficiently and rookie RB Ezeikel Elliott punishing with power.

11. Bengals (1-2)

The good news is they got their running game going against the Broncos. The bad news is they let Siemian carve them up and QB Andy Dalton couldn’t match him.

12. Steelers (2-1)

How does that offense not even score a TD at Eagles?

13. Texans (2-1)

It was going to be tough to win at New England but the all-systems failure raises red flags.

14. Falcons (2-1)

With the offense humming, the Falcons just need the defense to round into a respectable unit. Right now they can’t rush the passer, tackle or cover.

15. Panthers (1-2)

The Vikings shut down QB Cam Newton. His protection wasn’t good but he didn’t help matters by holding the ball too long.

16. Giants (2-1)

They had 118 penalty yards in a loss at Washington, including a roughing the passer cal on third down that kept alive the game-winning drive.

17. Bills (1-2)

The offense is showing signs of rounding into its league-leading form of 2015. Don’t count them out.

18. Cardinals (1-2)

The Bills ran through the defense, the special teams gave up a TD on a botched snap and QB Carson Palmer threw picks on the last four possessions.

19. Rams (2-1)

After failing to score a TD in their first two games, the Rams scored four TDs (one defensive) to beat the Bucs.

20. Dolphins (1-2)

To beat the Browns they needed three missed field goals and a blown coverage in OT. They’ll take it.

21. Washington (1-2)

To beat the Giants Washington needed 128 yards in penalties, including a roughing the passer call that kept their final drive alive. They’ll take it.

22. Jets (1-2)

A week after he carved up the Bulls QB Ryan Fitzpatrick tossed six interceptions. Considering that, it’s a good sign that their D kept them in the game

23. Colts (1-2)

QB Andrew Luck’s tossed a game-winning TD pass to T.Y. Hilton in the final two minutes.

24. Lions (1-2)

QB Matthew Stafford went for 385 yards and two TDs at Lambeau but they had no chance with the D unable to stop Packers duo Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson.

25. 49ers (1-2)

They had just five first downs through three quarters during a loss at Seattle.

26. Buccaneers (1-2)

Their porous D is just what the Rams needed to score points. QB Jameis Winson’s 405 yards and three TDs were offset by a pick that set up a score and lost fumble for a TD.

27. Titans (1-2)

They felt they got jobbed on two plays on their final drive against the Raiders: an offensive pass interference penalty on Andre Johnson and a no-call on contact against WR Harry Douglas.

28. Chargers (1-2)

The offense is struggling without injured weapons Kennan Allen and Danny Woodhead.

29. Saints (0-3)

They may set records for defensive futility.

30. Jaguars (0-3)

Coach Gus Bradley has to worry about his job security but the next coach will inherit QB Blake Bortles, who doesn’t seem to have developed much in Year 3.

31. Bears (0-3)

After injury forced QB Jay Cutler to leave the game in Week 2 main RB Jeremy Langford left the loss to the Cowboys.

32. Browns (0-3)

They missed three field goals and lost in OT because of course.

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Michael Cunningham
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Michael Cunningham has covered the Hawks and other beats for the AJC since 2010.