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BRIAN BILLICK'S Brian Billick is an acclaimed NFL game analyst for FOX Sports and a Super Bowl-winning coach.

Week 3 Power Rankings


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Posted September 27, 2011 11:25 AM EDT
The champs keep rolling, the Pats are slipping and the Vikings are reaching new lows. I've got a line of who's hot and who's not going into Week 4. Enjoy. Watch Billick break down Week 3 Power Rankings

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Buffalo Bills

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Philadelphia Eagles

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

3-0 - 1/1
A road win in the oldest rivalry in the NFL is always substantial. Jermichael Finley is lethal in the red zone, as if Aaron Rodgers needs yet another weapon to beat you. Unless Rodgers turns the ball over and puts the opposing offense on a short field, I Expand Description
A road win in the oldest rivalry in the NFL is always substantial. Jermichael Finley is lethal in the red zone, as if Aaron Rodgers needs yet another weapon to beat you. Unless Rodgers turns the ball over and puts the opposing offense on a short field, I am not sure anyone can beat the Packers.Collapse Description
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2

2-1 1 2/7
Speaking of tight ends, Jimmy Graham finally played up to his potential on Sunday. The Saints are not overpowering people with the running game, but its presence is being felt . . . shades of 2009.
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3

2-1 7 2/10
Rookie WR Torrey Smith proved there is more to this offense than just Ray Rice and Anquan Boldin. With a healthy Lee Evans, the Ravens offense will add even more speed on the outside, something they have never had. New defensive coordinator Chuck PaganoExpand Description
Rookie WR Torrey Smith proved there is more to this offense than just Ray Rice and Anquan Boldin. With a healthy Lee Evans, the Ravens offense will add even more speed on the outside, something they have never had. New defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano looks to be putting his stamp on this defense.Collapse Description
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4

2-1 2 2/9
The Steelers of old would have put this one away early. I’d like to see them stay committed to the run even when its not particularly effective from a statistical standpoint. Troy Polamalu is without question one of the best players of all time.
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5

2-1 - 2/22
The loss of Antonio Gates was detrimental for the Chargers, as they never looked to be in sync against the Chiefs. Any win in September is big for the Chargers. RB Ryan Mathews is beginning to look like he was worth trading up for in 2010.
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6

3-0 5 4/15
Overcoming a 20-point deficit, on the road, in a place where you have not won in 13 years? I would say that qualifies as a tipping point for this team. This is the first time I have seen coach JIm Schwartz acknowledge his team might be pretty good.
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7

2-1 5 2/7
It’s official. We should start worrying about the Patriots' defense. Down by 21 points, everyone knew the Bills and Ryan Fitzpatrick would have to pass on virtually every down. Belichick is known for taking away what you do best, so that makes me wonderExpand Description
It’s official. We should start worrying about the Patriots' defense. Down by 21 points, everyone knew the Bills and Ryan Fitzpatrick would have to pass on virtually every down. Belichick is known for taking away what you do best, so that makes me wonder if he has the players to do it on defense.Collapse Description
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8

3-0 8 6/30
Bravo!
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9

2-1 - 5/13
Going into the Superdome and hanging with the Saints in a shootout is tough. As they say, the Texans didn't lose, they just ran out of time. This is by far the best team in the AFC South.
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10

2-1 6 4/17
Rex Ryan's defense rarely gives up 100 yards rushing, and that is what makes Oakland's 234 yards on the ground even more impressive. The difference between the Raiders and Ravens (the Jets' next opponent) is that Baltimore can also pass. The Jets are inExpand Description
Rex Ryan's defense rarely gives up 100 yards rushing, and that is what makes Oakland's 234 yards on the ground even more impressive. The difference between the Raiders and Ravens (the Jets' next opponent) is that Baltimore can also pass. The Jets are in jeopardy of losing two in a row and falling out of the top 10. Collapse Description
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11

2-1 2 8/30
Showed resiliency and toughness in a sloppy showing by both teams. LeGarrette Blount gives this team a physical toughness they can build on. I was impressed with 36-year-old CB Ronde Barber; he isn’t showing any signs of slowing down with age.
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12

2-1 2 9/21
Tony Romo's performance may have been one of the more courageous things I have seen. Not only that, he had to tell each receiver where to line up before every play. This team will only get better as the year goes on.
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13

2-1 2 10/28
This defense flies around the field and plays inspired football, and the return of DB LaRon Landry only makes them better. On offense, they move the ball down the field with ease, but need to convert in the red zone.
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14

1-2 7 5/14
The Falcons are struggling to get in rhythm offensively, and Matt Ryan playing from his butt is a huge part of it. The best thing they do is the no-huddle, and that may be tough with the crowd in Seattle. Either way, the offensive line has to find a wayExpand Description
The Falcons are struggling to get in rhythm offensively, and Matt Ryan playing from his butt is a huge part of it. The best thing they do is the no-huddle, and that may be tough with the crowd in Seattle. Either way, the offensive line has to find a way to keep Ryan clean.Collapse Description
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15

2-1 2 5/19
There is no overstating what a win over the Eagles can do for the mindset of the Giants. A trip to Arizona and a road win could be a launching point for this team's confidence.
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16

1-2 8 6/23
Eli Manning matched a career-high four TD passes and snapped a seven-game INT streak. Was it Manning or was it the Philly defense? Cullen Jenkins, Trent Cole and Jason Babin are providing consistent pressure, but the young linebackers continue to strugglExpand Description
Eli Manning matched a career-high four TD passes and snapped a seven-game INT streak. Was it Manning or was it the Philly defense? Cullen Jenkins, Trent Cole and Jason Babin are providing consistent pressure, but the young linebackers continue to struggle.Collapse Description
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17

2-1 3 10/22
If the Raiders can run for 234 yards on the Jets, who can't they run on? However, I don't remember the last time a team won a game despite never converting a single third down. New England comes visiting this week and the Raiders are going to have to keeExpand Description
If the Raiders can run for 234 yards on the Jets, who can't they run on? However, I don't remember the last time a team won a game despite never converting a single third down. New England comes visiting this week and the Raiders are going to have to keep up, not sure they can do it with just their running game. Collapse Description
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18

1-2 6 7/22
This was a 17-10 game at the half, yet Matt Forte still only had nine carries on the day. It is not all Jay Cutler's fault, but going 1-5 against the Packers will make Chicagoans anxious.
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19

2-1 - 13/31
Everyone is focusing on the surprise 3-0 teams, but the Titans have been just as surprising. Even without Chris Johnson posting a 100-yard game, the Titans are still effective. The loss of Kenny Britt will hurt their big play-making ability.
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20

2-1 1 2/21
The 49ers have yet to have a 300-plus yard game. Even so, it looks as if they are poised to win the NFC West. I like the idea of keeping the team in Youngstown, Ohio rather than having to travel all the way back east to face the Eagles next week.
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21

2-1 1 18/31
Colt McCoy's last 14 plays were impressive and can get the Browns' fans excited, but don’t forget the 44 plays leading up to it were scary. The team had 280 yards on the day, with 80 of them on the last drive. Still, the Browns are growing and maturing. Expand Description
Colt McCoy's last 14 plays were impressive and can get the Browns' fans excited, but don’t forget the 44 plays leading up to it were scary. The team had 280 yards on the day, with 80 of them on the last drive. Still, the Browns are growing and maturing. Collapse Description
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22

1-2 4 14/30
Kevin Kolb continues to grow into the starter's role, but it was obvious that this team felt the absence of Beanie Wells. The defense had their best outing, albeit against a pretty awful Seattle offense.
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23

1-2 1 20/32
The poor weather actually played to the advantage of the Jaguars on Sunday, but the Panthers were able to manage the game and get Cam Newton's first win. If they can get RBs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart going, they will play spoiler to a coupleExpand Description
The poor weather actually played to the advantage of the Jaguars on Sunday, but the Panthers were able to manage the game and get Cam Newton's first win. If they can get RBs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart going, they will play spoiler to a couple teams at the end of the year.Collapse Description
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24

1-2 1 10/31
They were able to hold the 49ers to 226 yards of total offense, but everyone does that. Growing pains with rookie QB Andy Dalton are expected, but you can't go 1-for-10 on third down and expect to win.
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25

1-2 5 15/31
The Seahawks had a season-best 261 yards of offense against the Cardinals. See 49ers comments.
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26

1-2 1 8/30
John Fox wants to develop a team that plays good defense and runs the ball well. If you are going to play this way, both parts have to work in tandem and right now when the defense plays well, they can't run and when they can run, the defense struggles.
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27

0-3 - 24/31
Injuries and a brutal schedule have shown that the Rams just don't yet have the talent to compete. Giving up better than 500+ yards to the Ravens at home is a concern.
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28

0-3 2 20/32
The Dolphins are one game into the meat of a three-game road stand -- next they are @ San Diego then @ the Jets. Tough to see them getting out of this one.
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29

0-3 - 13/32
You have to admire the fight of the Colts, particularly after getting behind early against the Steelers. They actually ran the ball pretty well and stopped the run on defense. That’s what this team has to do without Manning.
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30

0-3 2 22/32
How big must the halftime lead be before the Vikings don’t give it away? It’s been 17, 10 and now 20. That is the sign of a team that has zero confidence and very little heart.
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31

1-2 - 26/31
Jacksonville continues to battle and I like how they continue to grind out yards on the ground. At this point, it's all about the development of Blaine Gabbert. Hopefully Jack Del Rio will be there to benefit from it in the future.
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32

0-3 - 17/32
Last year's schedule made us believe that the Chiefs were a team on the rise. Well, we were wrong.
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