NFL Rankings: Week 3

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You simply cannot give an opponent that many breaks and expect to win the game. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

11. Kansas City Chiefs (1-1; L 31-24 vs DEN) – Turning the ball over 5 times is a surefire way to lose games that you shouldn’t be losing.  Last week: 9

12. Carolina Panthers (2-0; W 24-17 vs HOU) – The Panthers are winning the games they should be winning.  That’s a sound recipe for making the playoffs.  Last week: 18

13. New York Jets (2-0; W 20-7 vs IND) – They’ve won more games without Geno than I thought they would with him.  Last week: 19

14. Indianapolis Colts (0-2; L 7-20 vs NYJ) – If the Colts don’t fix that offensive line, it won’t matter if they have…well, Andrew Luck at quarterback.  Last week: 7

15. Minnesota Vikings (1-1; W 26-16 vs DET) – That’s a much better showing from the Vikes.  It remains to be seen exactly what kind of team this is going to be.  Last week: 20

It’s not often that a team can make the Chargers offense seem bland and inept, but the Bengals sure did. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

16. San Diego Chargers (1-1; L 19-24 vs CIN) – It’s surprising, but the Chargers had no answer for the Bengals defense.  If this team wants to make a playoff run, they need consistency on offense.  Last week: 12

17. Baltimore Ravens (0-2; L 33-37 vs OAK) – The lack of Suggs is being felt.  But what’s being felt even more is the lack of any weapons besides Steve Smith.  Last week: 13

18. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1; W 23-20 vs MIA) – The Jags needed to show something, and they did it.  Last week: 26

19. Oakland Raiders (1-1; W 37-33 vs BAL) – Getting a win over the Ravens is a complete 180 from last week.  Last week: 27

20. Philadelphia Eagles (0-2; L 10-20 vs DAL) – Chip Kelly claimed this team as his own in the offseason, so he’ll be claiming these losses during the season.  Last week: 14