NFL Power Rankings Odds and Predictions Week 3: Are Raiders For Real?

Payton Matthews | Updated Sep 23, 2020

There are 11 teams at 2-0 entering Week 3 and 11 with winless records. More often than not, clubs that start 2-0 make the playoffs, while teams that begin with back-to-back losses rarely do.

Here’s an updated NFL Power Rankings off the Week 2 results.

NFL Week 3 Power Rankings

1. Baltimore (2-0): Sports Interaction oddsmakers now agree with me as the Ravens have dominated in their two wins and have become the +450 favourites to win Super Bowl 55. They were my preseason pick to do so and absolutely nothing has changed.

2. Kansas City (2-0): Even the best of teams will lose a game or two and play badly at times. The Chiefs should have lost Sunday at the Chargers but escaped in overtime to set up a mammoth early-season clash in Baltimore next Monday night.

3. Seattle (2-0): Russell Wilson appears on a mission to win his first NFL MVP Award and leads the NFL by far with nine touchdown passes. However, the loss of pass-rusher Bruce Irvin to a season-ending injury will hurt.

4. Green Bay (2-0): While Wilson is the MVP favourite right now, Aaron Rodgers is close behind to win the award a third time. Green Bay is just the fourth team in league history to total at least 80 points and 1,000 yards of offence in its first two games of a season.

5. Buffalo (2-0): QB Josh Allen is growing before our eyes, setting a career high in passing yards in back-to-back games. The Bills really haven’t played anyone yet but do this Sunday vs. the unbeaten Rams.

6. Pittsburgh (2-0): We mentioned this statistic in our Week 3 preview of the Texans and Steelers, but it’s worth noting again: British Columbia’s Chase Claypool, a Steelers rookie receiver, had an 84-yard TD reception this past Sunday. It was the longest TD play ever by a Canadian-born player in the NFL and the longest by any player this season.

7. LA Rams (2-0): Too bad the Rams aren’t in the NFC East as they already own impressive wins over that division’s Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles.

8. Las Vegas (2-0): The Raiders won their Sin City debut on Monday night by upsetting the Saints. QB Derek Carr has been outstanding thus far, completing 73.5 percent of his passes for a rating of 114.9.

9. New Orleans (1-1): New Orleans perhaps wins Monday’s game if All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas had been healthy. Drew Brees did show some concerning signs of his advanced age, though.

10. New England (1-1): Bill Belichick signing Cam Newton is looking brilliant. Newton came up a yard short of an upset of the Seahawks on Sunday night, though.

11. Arizona (2-0): I’m not quite buying the Cardinals as legitimate Super Bowl contenders yet, but second-year QB Kyler Murray is going to win an MVP or two.

12. Tennessee (2-0): Reigning NFL rushing champion Derrick Henry has yet to rush for a score and his team is 2-0? The Titans are only a few points from being 0-2.

13. Tampa Bay (1-1): Tom Brady threw another pick on Sunday but at least it wasn’t his fourth straight with a pick-six. Rob Gronkowski has been invisible thus far.

14. Dallas (1-1): The Cowboys had one of the most unlikely comebacks in league history in Week 2. Their offence is spectacular, but the injury-ravaged defence is a problem.

15. San Francisco (1-1): The Niners are dealing with an almost unprecedented number of injuries and have lost their best defensive player, 2019 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Nick Bosa, for the year. QB Jimmy Garoppolo could miss a game or two.

16. Indianapolis (1-1): The Colts currently are allowing the fewest yards per game in the NFL at 208. QB Philip Rivers should reach 60,000 career passing yards and 400 career TD passes this week.

17. Chicago (2-0): No question the Bears are the most questionable unbeaten team as they have beaten two lousy clubs, Detroit and the New York Giants, by a combined eight points and perhaps should have lost both.

18. Cleveland (1-1): The Browns have the league’s best 1-2 punch at running back in Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. They need to keep pounding the rock and keep QB Baker Mayfield out of trouble as Mayfield still makes awful decision at times with his throws.

19. Los Angeles Chargers (1-1): Rookie QB Justin Herbert was a surprise starter in Week 2 and played very well in a near upset of the Chiefs. Yet coach Anthony Lynn says journeyman Tyrod Taylor remains his starter if healthy. HUH?

20. Jacksonville (1-1): Doug Marrone has somewhat taken his name off the coaching hot seat as the Jags could easily be 2-0 and have found a potential star in undrafted rookie running back James Robinson.

21. Philadelphia (0-2): Could the Eagles actually bench struggling franchise QB Carson Wentz for second-round rookie Jalen Hurts if the team loses again this week vs. Cincinnati? Don’t rule it out.

22. Minnesota (0-2): Coach Mike Zimmer got a contract extension at the start of training camp, but no potential Super Bowl contender has looked worse so far and Zimmer is suddenly on the hot seat. What is going on with Kirk Cousins?

23. Houston (0-2): We should get a better idea of what Houston is this week when the Texans visit Pittsburgh, which is actually a small downgrade in opponent after opening vs. the Chiefs and Ravens.

24. Atlanta (0-2): The Falcons are incredibly fun to watch because they can score with anyone but also can’t stop the opposing offence. Perhaps the coaching staff should teach the players onside kick rules this week after choking away a sure loss in Dallas on Sunday.

25. Washington (1-1): Bad news for Washington as its top offensive lineman, guard Brandon Scherff, has landed on injured reserve with a sprained right MCL. He will miss 3-5 weeks.

26. Miami (0-2): Don’t be surprised if the Fins turn the team over to rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa for Week 4 on extra rest if Miami loses Thursday night at Jacksonville.

27. Cincinnati (0-2): There are plenty of positive signs here, especially rookie No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow under centre. Unfortunately, he doesn’t play defence, and that’s the problem on this team.

28. Denver (0-2): The Broncos also have been decimated by injuries this season and in Week 2 lost top wideout Courtland Sutton for the season and QB Drew Lock for anywhere from 2-6 weeks. It’s already time to start looking toward 2021.

29. Detroit (0-2): Are you aware the Lions have lost four straight games while holding a double-digit lead dating to late last year? They have dropped 11 in a row overall. Why does Coach Matt Patricia still have a job?

30. Carolina (0-2): Superstar running back Christian McCaffrey is likely to miss a month with an injury. This was always going to be a rebuilding year regardless.

31. NY Giants (0-2): Big Blue’s best player, running back Saquon Barkley, is done for 2020. So are the Giants.

32. NY Jets (0-2): This team is a complete mess and Coach Adam Gase might not make it to October.

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