So, this is one of those articles where we discuss a little more than Tennessee Titans football. Now that week three is in the books, let’s see where we (Titan Sized) rank each NFL team based on their performance this week. I know what you’re thinking. The Titans are going to be ranked last, right? Actually, they’re not that bad, but not far from the bottom. Let’s take a look and see where we ranked each team in week three.
1. Cincinnati Bengals (3-0); beat Tennessee Titans 33-7
I believe we faced the best team in the AFC, and one of the best in the NFL this past Sunday. Andy Dalton is polishing his offense into one of the league’s elite squads. I firmly believe if the Bengals’ defense had not given up in end, where they gave up two 15 yard penalties in our only scoring drive, it would have been a shutout. The Bengals offense is full of weapons that is going to be a challenge for every AFC team to stop this season.
This game turned out to be a “classic” of these two’s intense rivalry. Once again, the Eagles win in dramatic fashion after trailing in the game. What makes it interesting, is the Eagles set an unknown NFL record this past Sunday. They’re now the first team in NFL history to start the season 3-0 after trailing by 10 or more points in all three games. The Eagles’ rookie wide receiver Jordan Matthews showed up the veteran, the Redskins’ DeSean Jackson, who he replaced at Philly. It was one of the most thrilling games to watch this past Sunday.
3. Arizona Cardinals (3-0); beat San Francisco 49ers 23-14
The Arizona Cardinals are secretly doing their thing out west. Staton finished the game 18 for 33, passing for 244 yards, and threw two touchdowns in-route to beating the 49ers. With the win, the Cardinals improve to a 3-0 start to the season and are one game ahead of the defending Super Bowl champions. So, let’s drink a Natty Lite and salute the Arizona Cardinals, you impressed us this weekend.
4. San Diego Chargers (2-1); beat Buffalo Bills 22-10
Yes, the San Diego Chargers impressed me this past weekend. More notably, Phillip Rivers impressed me. Rivers finished an impressive 18 for 25, passed for 256 yards (averaging 10.2 yards per pass), and threw two touchdowns. Yes, Phillip Rivers, you impressed the hell out of me. Not only did Rivers perform well, but the Chargers held an overly hyped EJ Manuel offense to under 300 yards. The Chargers maybe for real this year. We say that every year.
5. New York Giants (1-2); beat Houston Texans 30-17
So why the Giants? The Giants won their first regular season game since December 29, 2013, and this is looking to be a different Giants’ team compared to last season. I was impressed that Eli Manning decided to go back to being the Eli Manning we had grown accustom to seeing play. Manning did not throw an interception. That stat alone is impressive, and rightfully lands the Giants in the top 5 of our power rankings. Overlook that 1-2 record. I believe the Giants proved last Sunday they could be a contending team this season.
The Pittsburgh Steelers looked damn good this past weekend in their win over Carolina. What impressed me the most was how well Big Ben controlled the game. Roethlisberger finished 22 for 30, passing for 196 yards, and threw two touchdowns. But, it was the run game that showed domination for the Steelers’ offense. Two of the Steelers’ running backs hit the century mark, and this was a first occurrence for the Steelers since 1986. Le’Von Bell ran 21 times for 147 yards, making his longest run 81 yards. LeGarrette Blount ran for 118 yards, averaging 11.8 yards per carry, and his longest run was for 50 yards. Blount picked up one rushing touchdown.
7. Seattle Seahawks (2-1); beat Denver Broncos 26-20/OT
It was a game that could have turned the Seahawks’ season to a horrible start considering they’re the defending champions. It was a rematch with the team that gave them that glory. But, the results were drastically different and much more entertaining. The game had to be decided in overtime. I remembered watching the end of this game, getting up from the TV for a split second, comeback and it was over. The NFL’s version of overtime is just foreplay with your mind to trick you into thinking your going to see more football.
8. Denver Broncos (2-1); loss to Seattle Seahawks 26-20/OT
It was a loss, but you still impressed me compared to the previous matchup with the Seahawks.
9. Kansas City Chiefs (1-2); beat Miami Dolphins 34-15
Kansas City won a huge game against Miami and brings them one game behind the Broncos and Chargers in the AFC West. I’m not sure if this a good or bad sign for the Chiefs. They’re still suffering some heavy injuries, but let’s be happy for all the addicts out there at Arrowhead.
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10. Atlanta Falcons (2-1); beat Tampa Bay Buccaneers 56-14
The Falcons got back on the radar and nearly made the city of Tampa Bay forget they had a football team.
The rest of the list
11. New England Patriots (2-1); beat Oakland Raiders 16-9
12. Detroit Lions (2-1); beat Green Bay Packers 19-7
13. Baltimore Ravens (2-1); beat Cleveland Browns 23-21
14. Indianapolis Colts (1-2), beat Jacksonville Jaguars 44-17
15. New Orleans Saints (1-2); beat Minnesota Vikings 20-9
16. Chicago Bears (2-1); beat New York Jets 27-19
17. Washington Redskins (1-2); loss to Philadelphia Eagles 37-34
18. Cleveland Browns (1-2); loss to Baltimore Ravens 1-2
19. New York Jets (1-2); loss to Chicago Bears 27-19
20. St. Louis Rams (1-2); loss to Dallas Cowboys 34-31
21. Dallas Cowboys (2-1); beat St. Louis Rams 34-31
22. Buffalo Bills (2-1); loss to San Diego Chargers 22-10
23. Green Bay Packers (1-2); loss to Green Bay Packers 19-7
24. Houston Texans (2-1); loss to New York Giants 30-17
25. San Francisco 49ers (1-2); loss to Arizona Cardinals 23-14
26. Carolina Panthers (2-1); loss to Pittsburgh Steelers 37-19
27. Miami Dolphins (1-2); loss to Kansas City Chiefs 34-15
28. Oakland Raiders (0-3); loss to New England Patriots 19-6
29. Tennessee Titans (1-2); loss to Cincinnati Bengals 33-7
30. Minnesota Vikings (1-2); loss to New Orleans Saints 20-9
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-3); loss to Indianapolis Colts 44-17
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-3); loss to Atlanta Falcons 56-14
(Note: Dallas received a ranking below St. Louis due to the fact they allowed nearly 500 yards from a predominate 2nd string offense. It was not an impressive enough win to give the Cowboys the bump over the Rams, sorry.)