Week 3: Brad Biggs' NFL power rankings

Broncos take over top spot before tangling with Seahawks in Super Bowl rematch.

Last week in parenthesis.

1. Broncos 2-0 (2): Time to see if they have closed the gap in rematch of 43-8 beating at hands of Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII.

2. Seahawks 1-1 (1): Even the league's best team won't be at that level every week as loss to Chargers proved.

3. Eagles 2-0 (4): Gritty fourth-quarter rally Monday highlighted what a bargain pickup Darren Sproles is for coach Chip Kelly.

4. Bengals 2-0 (6): Have won 10 consecutive regular-season games at home and five of next seven at Paul Brown Stadium.

5. Panthers 2-0 (11): Greg Hardy situation hovers over franchise but defense did a number on Lions without top pass rusher.

6. 49ers 1-1 (3): Instead of nitpicking about what Colin Kaepernick did or didn't say for penalty, team should be concerned about 17 other penalties in loss.

7. Patriots 1-1 (5): Lead the NFL with 263 penalty yards marked off against them. That is not a trait of a Bill Belichick-coached team.

8. Packers 1-1 (8): NFC North favorite plays each division foe in next three weeks starting Sunday with Lions.

9. Cardinals 2-0 (12): Looks who is all alone atop the NFC West. Can send real statement Sunday with a home victory over 49ers.

10. Chargers 1-1 (14): Not sure the passing game "exposed" Seahawks CB Richard Sherman but ground game could be exposed with Ryan Mathews out.

11. Bears 1-1 (16): Hope is resurgent victory at San Francisco, first since 1985, will be launching point to something much bigger.

12. Saints 0-2 (7): Few figured them to be winless here but defense that was strong point a year ago has been terrible.

13. Colts 0-2 (9): Tie game late in the fourth quarter and Andrew Luck hands off on first and second down to Trent Richardson. Stick with Luck.

14. Ravens 1-1 (20): Ravens finish three-game tour of AFC North at Cleveland kicking off stretch of five road games in seven weeks.

15. Jets 1-1 (18): Got out to big lead at Green Bay and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg taking blame for sideline timeout nullifying game-tying score.

16. Steelers 1-1 (10): Offense has much more balance than last year with RB Le'Veon Bell but nasty front seven awaits at Carolina.

17. Falcons 1-1 (13): Opponents averaging NFL-high 9.6 yards per pass attempt vs. defense that is sackless through two games.

18. Lions 1-1 (15): Momentum of season-opening victory was stopped quickly in loss at Carolina. Are they ready for division battles?

19. Bills 2-0 (23): Let's temper enthusiasm here. The last four times team started season 2-0 it failed to finish above .500.

20. Dolphins 1-1 (17): Questions mounting in South Florida for QB Ryan Tannehill, who is now 1-4 in his career vs. Buffalo.

21. Titans 1-1 (24): All that feel good from Week 1 victory at K.C.? Yeah, it's gone after run defense was trampled and a lousy Jake Locker outing.

22. Texans 2-0 (25): Hard to say where this team is at this point and don't know how much we'll learn following Week 3 visit to Giants.

23. Browns 1-1 (26): Rookie RB Terrance West off to a nice start in offense that is managing OK without playmaker Josh Gordon.

24. Vikings 1-1 (19): If there are many more games when offense scores only seven points, Teddy Bridgewater era will arrive soon.

25. Rams 1-1 (28): Austin Davis wins his first NFL start vs. Bucs but Shaun Hill will be back at controls when thigh injury heals.

26. Cowboys 1-1 (30): Credit where credit is due as defense swarmed Titans from the start on Sunday.

27. Redskins 1-1 (31): What was that Joe Theismann was saying about Kirk Cousins vs. RG3 before the start of the season?

28. Chiefs 0-2 (22): High ankle sprain for Jamaal Charles a big blow to an offense already trying to patch things together.

29. Bucs 0-2 (21): Not once in nine seasons with the Bears did Lovie Smith begin 0-2. Maybe not a surprise offense is misfiring.

30. Giants 0-2 (29): If Big Blue loses at home to the Texans on Sunday there will be loud calls for change.

31. Jaguars 0-2 (27): This is a team that was supposed to make a move up this season. Instead, the Jaguars are not competing.

32. Raiders 0-2 (32): Going to go class half full here. The franchise Al Davis created is tops in the NFL with only 44 yards in penalties. For real.


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