The Sometimes Late but Always Consistent NFL Power Poll: Week Three

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By Bryan Dietzler

Well, now that I have finally settled on a title for this thing I think this will be easier to find.

Week Two in the NFL was an exciting week as several teams we didn’t think would win won their games. We know that some people thought that Dallas would beat the Broncos but the Broncos stuck it to the Cowboys. And how about the Falcons and what they did to last week’s number one team the Green Bay Packers? They rise to the top of this week’s poll in convincing fashion.

There was a lot of movement in the poll for Week Three. Who moved where and why? Let’s find out as we dive into my sometimes late but always consistent Week Three NFL power poll.

  1. Atlanta Falcons-(LW 2) The Falcons had a big showing on Sunday night against the Packers. Can they keep it up and dominate the NFC?
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers-(LW3) It’s a little tough to see them in this number two spot, or at least be comfortable with them there. They are going to have to put together a long string of victories or at least defeat some top teams to remain near the top of this poll.
  3. Kansas City Chiefs-(LW 4) These guys just keep on winning. Could this be the best Chiefs team we have seen in a while?
  4. New England Patriots-(LW 5) New England earned a convincing win against a weaker team and looked like the Patriots of 2016. Can they keep it up?
  5. Green Bay Packers-(LW 1) The Packers slip a little bit this week but expect them to pick it back up and play better as the season goes on. There is too much talent on this team for them to consistently falter.
  6. Oakland Raiders-(LW 7) The Raiders head to 2-0 and keep pace with the Denver Broncos for the lead in their division. They haven’t been dominant, but they are stacking up the wins.
  7. Detroit Lions-(LW 11) The Lions are beating teams in convincing fashion. Is it finally their year?
  8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-(LW 9) The Bucs beat a bad Bears team. Can they hang with the likes of the Atlanta Falcons?
  9. Carolina Panthers-(LW 12) The Panthers are winning but not winning in resounding fashion. Their offense needs to get going, score some points and help match the efforts of their defense.
  10. Baltimore Ravens-(LW 14) With their defense as strong as usual, the Ravens have gotten off to a 2-0 start. They might be the best competition the Steelers have in their division right now.
  11. Denver Broncos-(LW 16) The Broncos jump up and could be even higher if the teams ahead of them weren’t so talented. Denver has shocked this writer with their two wins. Are they the real deal?
  12. Dallas Cowboys-(LW6) The Cowboys take a tumble after a horrible game against Denver. They can dominate if they can just come together on both sides of the ball.
  13. Philadelphia Eagles-(LW 8) There is a lot of talent on this team. They met one of the best teams in the NFL and lost, but the can get things moving in the right direction again.
  14. Seattle Seahawks-(LM 10) Seattle earned a win this week but still has issues to take care of on offense. Their offensive line is one of the worst in football, and if they don’t get better, they will be going nowhere in 2017.
  15. Arizona Cardinals-(LW 13) Yes, Arizona got a win, but they are a team in transition. They have talent but cannot seem to get it all together and dominate. Can they improve as the season goes on?
  16. Tennessee Titans-(LW 15) Once again, the talent ahead of them prevents Tennessee from moving up in this poll. They still have some work to do but have potential.
  17. Miami Dolphins-(LW 19) Can Miami win with Jay Cutler at the helm? The answer is yes, for now.
  18. Washington Redskins-(LW 19) The NFC East may be wide open. If the Redskins can continue to win they might be able to be the top dog in their division.
  19. New York Giants-(LW 17) The Giants boast a ton of talent everywhere except their offensive line. Can they take care of the problems there and start winning games?
  20. Houston Texans-(LW 24) Not a bad win against a bad team. Have they finally found their quarterback?
  21. Minnesota Vikings-(LW 20) Minnesota couldn’t get anything going against the Steelers. After a strong first week but a poor second week, which Vikings team will show up in Week Three?
  22. Jacksonville Jaguars-(LW 22) The Jaguars looked like the Jaguars we know in Week Two. How will their do against the Baltimore Ravens in London? Will they make a game of it?
  23. Buffalo Bills-(LW 23) The Bills offense played a very good Panther’s defense and was stymied. Can they pick it up against the Broncos Sunday? No, they can’t.
  24. Los Angeles Rams-(LW 26) The Rams lost last weekend but still move up a spot. This is a talented defensive team that should be able to win a few more games this season.
  25. Indianapolis Colts-(LW 25) The Colts are going to get Andrew Luck back soon. Can he help them finally get into the win column?
  26. Los Angeles Chargers-(LW 21) The Chargers are “almost” good enough to win but haven’t been able to close out games. This team is truly better than their 0-2 record indicates.
  27. Cleveland Browns-(LW 29) Odd to see the Brown’s move up a couple of spots, right? Well, that’s because the teams below them are less talented. If Cleveland could put it together, they could be a very decent team.
  28. New Orleans Saints-(LW 27) The Saints are better than this. They have to be better than this. Time for them to step it up, get it done and quit being underachievers.
  29. Chicago Bears-(LW 28) The Bears only slip one spot even though their loss was embarrassing. This team has a talented defense but not much on offense. They are still more talented than the teams below them.
  30. San Francisco 49ers-(LW 31) The 49ers get to move up a spot because the teams below them are easily the worst in the NFL. While San Francisco may not get a lot of wins in 2017 their future is bright.
  31. Cincinnati Bengals-(LW 30) If I could have the Bengals and the Jet’s be tied I would do that but I can’t. Maybe firing their offensive coordinator will help but this team may still be tough to watch. I think it’s safe to say that Marvin Lewis will be unemployed at the end of this season.
  32. New York Jets-(LW 32) Still the worst team in the league with no way to climb out of this poll’s basement yet. The Jets need a lot of help.

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The Sometimes Late but Always Consistent NFL Week Two Power Poll

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By Bryan Dietzler

The first week of the 2017 NFL season has come and gone and it was one of the most exciting that we have seen in a long time. There is a new leader at the top of the poll while there is plenty of shifting going on in the middle of it. The Jets remain at the bottom after a tough first game while some of the teams that I had originally thought would remain at the bottom surprised me.

So how did things shake out this week? Let’s find out as we take a look at my week two NFL Power Poll right here on NFLGridirongab. Comments are more than welcome.

  1. Green Bay Packers- (LW3) The Packers looked shaky at first but got things going strong as the game against the Seahawks went on. Their defense looked good which is scary for the rest of the NFC.
  2. Atlanta Falcons-(LW 2) The Falcons offense looked a little shaky on Sunday but their defense is better. Can the offense get hot especially with Green Bay coming up?
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers-(LW 4) It wasn’t pretty but the Steelers got a win. This team will need to play better against some of the top-tier competition they will face this season.
  4. Kansas City Chiefs-(LW7) The Chiefs jump up a bit thanks to their big win over the New England Patriots. It looks like they may have found an offense.
  5. New England Patriots-(LW 1) I don’t expect the Patriots to sit here for long but they have some things to be concerned about. But hey, it was just one game, right?
  6. Dallas Cowboys-(LW 5) The Cowboys look poised to make another strong attempt at earning a Super Bowl berth this season. Can they continue to find the same magic they had in 2016?
  7. Oakland Raiders-(LW 5) Yes, the Raiders won but they fall a little in this poll because of how talented the teams ahead of them are. The Raiders have talent; they just need to keep piling up the wins and prove their doubters wrong.
  8. Philadelphia Eagles-(LW 12) The Eagles talent showed strong against the Washington Redskins Sunday. If this team can keep it up they will be playoff bound.
  9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-(LW 9) They don’t move up or down because they had a bye week in week one because of Hurricane Irma.
  10. Seattle Seahawks- (LW 6) The Seahawks were too easily shut down by the Packers on Sunday. Was it good defense by the Packers or a poor Seattle offense?
  11. Detroit Lions-(LW 14) Matthew Stafford showed up big and looked like he was worthy of his big contract. Will the Lions make winning a consistent thing?
  12. Carolina Panthers-(LW 13) A win is a win. Maybe they are on their way to competing with the Atlanta Falcons for the division lead.
  13. Arizona Cardinals-(LW 10) The Cardinals drop a few spots because of their loss to the Lions. There is trouble on defense that’s easy to see. Their star running back, David Johnson will be out for 2-3 months making things difficult. Will the Cardinals survive?
  14. Baltimore Ravens-(LW 18) The Ravens looked good on Sunday against the Bengals as their defense pitched a shutout. Can they keep this up?
  15. Tennessee Titans-(LW 11) I know that the preseason isn’t an indicator of how things go in the regular season but you could tell they might be in for some trouble. Can they get on the right track?
  16. Denver Broncos-(LW 20) Despite their problems at quarterback, the Broncos managed to earn a win on Monday night. Can they keep it up and give the Raiders something to worry about?
  17. New York Giants-(LW 15) The Giants lost a key divisional matchup this Sunday and proved they have some work to do. It was thought they could make a run for the division title and they have the talent to do so but can they do it?
  18. Washington Redskins-(LW 16) The Redskins could end up being in a tight race with the Giants for the third spot in the NFC East. Dallas and the Eagles are talented teams and may be the top dogs in the division.
  19. Miami Dolphins-(LW 15) The Dolphins don’t move this week because they had the week off because of Hurricane Irma.
  20. Minnesota Vikings-(LW 25) The Vikings are big movers in this week’s poll. They played a very good game against the Saints Monday night and surprised some people. Bigger things are coming for these guys.
  21. Los Angeles Chargers-(LW 17) Well LA almost won but, instead, lost in dramatic fashion. They should be able to pick it up and get a win next week against the Miami Dolphins.
  22. Jacksonville Jaguars-(LW 27) The Jaguars jump up a bit thanks to a convincing win over the quarterback challenged Texans. Has this team finally figured it out?
  23. Buffalo Bills-(LW 26) A win against the New York Jets move this team up a couple of spots. Hopefully, for Buffalo, they can continue their winning ways but it’s going to be difficult.
  24. Houston Texans-(LW 21) it’s possible the Texans could fall further before the season is over. A new quarterback, DeShaun Watson, will make things interesting that’s for sure. Just how well can he do?
  25. Indianapolis Colts-(LW 22) The Colts slide a bit thanks to a week one loss. Without Andrew Luck this team struggles so hopefully he will be back soon and help them get on the right path.
  26. Los Angeles Rams-(LW 30) The Rams had a convincing win showing that they have a strong defense. Can the offense develop while the defense maintains its high level of play?
  27. New Orleans Saints-(LW 23) The Saints had a very poor game against the Vikings on Monday night. Minnesota shut Drew Brees down and made him look human.
  28. Chicago Bears-(LW 29) The Bears get to move up a spot because they played so well in Week One. They nearly beat last year’s Super Bowl runners up. This team has a ways to go but they are headed in the right direction.
  29. Cleveland Browns-(LW 28) The Browns didn’t look too bad against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Brighter days are ahead for 2016’s worst team.
  30. Cincinnati Bengals-(LW 24) Ouch! That was a tough loss on Sunday. If the Bengals don’t pick it up and get better, they may end up costing Marvin Lewis his job. But it’s still early so no time to panic yet.
  31. San Francisco 49ers-(LW 31) The 49ers should be going down in this poll but here you can only go one spot lower and that’s currently reserved for the Jets. San Francisco has a lot of work to do.
  32. New York Jets-(LW 32) The Jets are still basement dwellers in Week Two. Let’s see if we get any improvement out of them in this Sunday’s game.

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