NFL power rankings, Week 3: Dolphins rise, Colts fall

Sep 18, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10), right, reacts after his fourth quarter touchdown catch against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 18, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10), right, reacts after his fourth quarter touchdown catch against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports /

The Week 3 NFL power rankings are here, and the Indianapolis Colts are in a hideous slide, while the Miami Dolphins showed their mettle.

. 0-2. Previous: . Atlanta Falcons. 32. team. 44

The Falcons have remained true to themselves. Crazy games, crushing losses.

team. 10. . 0-1-1. Previous: . Houston Texans. 31

The Texans are playing hard, they just don’t have enough talent to beat many teams.

30. team. 36. . 1-1. Previous: . Seattle Seahawks

Remember the wild win against the Broncos on Monday night in Week 1? Savor that feeling.

Chicago Bears. 29. team. 57. . 1-1. Previous:

The Bears aren’t going to crack 20 points more than a few times this year.

team. 30. . 1-1. Previous: . New York Jets. 28

Take the win, get on the plane, and celebrate. Insanity.

27. team. 87. . 0-2. Previous: . Carolina Panthers

Baker Mayfield has been awful for seven of the season’s first eight quarters. Not good.

team. 53. . 1-1. Previous: . Cleveland Browns. 26

That’s one of the most ridiculous losses in recent memory.

team. 46. . 0-1-1. Previous: . Indianapolis Colts. 25

What the hell is wrong with the Colts? Hideous football.

. 1-1. Previous: . New England Patriots. 24. team. 47

Mac Jones wasn’t great, but the Patriots’ defense stepped up and stopped the Steelers.

52. . 1-1. Previous: . Jacksonville Jaguars. 23. team

The Jaguars hammered the Colts. Perhaps they can compete in the weak AFC South?

. 1-1. Previous: . Washington Commanders. 22. team. 58

Carson Wentz is the biggest rollercoaster on Earth. Belongs in an amusement park.

55. . 1-1. Previous: . Pittsburgh Steelers. 21. team

The Steelers need to score, but they don’t have a quarterback or an offensive line.

28. . 0-2. Previous: . Las Vegas Raiders. 20. team

The Raiders might not recover from that loss to Arizona. Just a comical train wreck.

Previous: . Tennessee Titans. 19. team. 35. . 0-2

Between the injuries and the talent gap, the Titans had no shot against the Bills.

50. . 1-1. Previous: . Detroit Lions. 18. team

The Lions can score. If the defense improves behind rookie phenom Aidan Hutchinson, look out.

123. . 1-1. Previous: . Dallas Cowboys. 17. team

Cooper Rush beating Joe Burrow and the Bengals? Nope. All about the defense.

2-0. Previous: . New York Giants. 16. team. 31.

New York isn’t overwhelming with talent, but the Giants are playing hard and executing enough.

team. 32. . 1-1. Previous: . Arizona Cardinals. 15

If the Cardinals have a productive season, they’ll look back at the second half in Las Vegas as the turning point.

45. . 1-1. Previous: . Denver Broncos. 14. team

The Broncos are 1-1, but Nathaniel Hackett is deeply concerning. Russell Wilson hasn’t been great, either.

1-1. Previous: . New Orleans Saints. 13. team. 15.

Jameis Winston can’t throw three interceptions. The offense can’t have five turnovers. Ugly.

. 0-2. Previous: . Cincinnati Bengals. 12. team. 56

Joe Burrow has started the year being sacked 13 times in losses to Mitchell Trubisky and Cooper Rush. Yikes.

60. . 1-0. Previous: . Minnesota Vikings. 11. team

Not going to knock the Vikings for losing in Philadelphia, but that was an ugly showing.

1-1. Previous: . San Francisco 49ers. 10. team. 42.

A key win over the Seahawks, but it’s muted with the injury to Trey Lance.

Baltimore Ravens. 9. team. 26. . 1-1. Previous:

Perhaps the worst loss of the John Harbaugh era. A 21-point, fourth-quarter lead … gone.

59. . 2-0. Previous: . Miami Dolphins. 8. team

If there’s ever a springboard for Tua Tagovailoa, this was it. What a performance.

Previous: . Los Angeles Chargers. 7. team. 13. . 1-1

The Chargers could have blown out the Chiefs early. But they didn’t, proceeded to lose, and now Justin Herbert is hurt.

51. . 1-1. Previous: . Los Angeles Rams. 6. team

The Rams need to figure it out. Hammered by the Bills, and barely beating the Falcons.

Green Bay Packers. 5. team. 49. . 1-1. Previous:

Easy win, and the Packers are back on track. Now, off to play the Buccaneers.

2-0. Previous: . Philadelphia Eagles. 4. team. 54.

Dominant showing. The Eagles, and Jalen Hurts, are clearly a threat in the NFC.

Previous: . Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 3. team. 48. . 2-0

The defense has given up six points save for garbage time. The offense, however, is a concern.

2. team. 124. . 2-0. Previous: . Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs didn’t play great on Thursday, but they made all the plays the Chargers didn’t. Defense looks good.

. 2-0. Previous: . Buffalo Bills. 1. team. 16

Buffalo is the best team in football. Just a machine.