NFL POWER RANKINGS: Where all 32 teams stand going into Week 3

After two weeks of play the NFL season is starting to take shape. While there is still much to be decided, some trends are becoming visible to football fans, and Week 3 will serve as a testing ground for theories on the new year.

Have the Falcons really shaken off the most unimaginable loss in football history to remain a force in the NFC? Are the Seahawks as shaky as they look after years of dominance? Is Gronk still Gronk after catching his 69th career touchdown?

Below we take a look at all 32 teams and where they stack up heading into Week 3.

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32. Cincinnati Bengals

Record: 0-2

Last week: Lost to Texans, 13-9

This week: at Green Bay Packers

One thing to know: Two weeks into the NFL season the Bengals are yet to score a touchdown, have already fired their offensive coordinator, and some players reportedly want to replace Andy Dalton with Colin Kaepernick. 

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
31. New York Jets

Record: 0-2

Last week: Lost to the Raiders 45-20

This week: vs. Miami Dolphins

One thing to know: While the Jets still would probably prefer to lose out the entire year to secure the first overall pick in the 2018 draft, there are a few players on the field who look like they really want to win a football game. Josh McCown made some nice throws against the Raiders, and Jermaine Kearse is a good pick up for anyone looking for wide receiver depth in fantasy.

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
30. San Francisco 49ers

Record: 0-2

Last week: Lost to the Seahawks, 12-9

This week: vs. Los Angeles Rams

One thing to know: Brian Hoyer didn't complete a pass beyond eight yards past the line of scrimmage in Week 2. The 49ers may soon find themselves scouting college quarterbacks for the 2018 draft.

(Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
29. Indianapolis Colts

Record: 0-2

Last week: Lost to the Cardinals 16-13

This week: vs. Cleveland Browns

One thing to know: The Colts are so bad that the Browns are now road favorites in Indianapolis, the first time Cleveland has been favored to win outside their home town since 2012. Indy is off to their fourth straight 0-2 start, but in that time they've never gone down 0-3. With Andrew Luck still on the sidelines, it will be up to Jacoby Brissett to secure the win.

 (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
28. Cleveland Browns

Record: 0-2

Last week: Lost to the Ravens, 24-10

This week: at Indianapolis Colts

One thing to know: In August, Joe Thomas — who celebrated his 10,000th consecutive snap with the Browns — named all 18 quarterbacks he's blocked for while on the Browns. With rookie DeShone Kizer starting for the Browns now, the number is up to 19.

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
27. Chicago Bears

Record: 0-2

Last week: Lost to the Buccaneers 29-7

This week: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

One thing to know: After two losses to start the season, Bears fans have to be wondering when it will be time to start rookie Mitch Trubisky at quarterback. If Mike Glennon gets off to another slow start against the Steelers, could we potentially get our first glimpse at the future of the franchise?

 (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
26. Buffalo Bills

Record: 0-2

Last week: Lost to the Panthers, 9-3

This week: vs. Denver Broncos

One thing to know: If the Bills could not muster more than a field goal against the Panthers, things might get very ugly against the Broncos in Week 3.

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
25. New Orleans Saints

Record: 0-2

Last week: Lost to the Patriots 36-20

This week: at Carolina Panthers

One thing to know: The Saints have started the past two seasons 0-3, and look like they might make it three straight on Sunday. The Panthers have won four of their last five contests against the Saints, so it will be up to Sean Payton and Drew Brees to dial up some magic and buck the trend.

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
24. Jacksonville Jaguars

Record: 1-1

Last week: Lost to the Titans, 37-16

This week: vs. Baltimore Ravens (London)

One thing to know: Prior to two late, garbage-time touchdowns, the Jaguars offensive possessions went: field goal, punt, punt, fumble, interception, interception, punt, punt, punt. Perhaps the run-based offense still needs some work.

(Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
23. New York Giants

Record: 0-2

Last week: Lost to the Lions 24-10

This week: at Philadelphia Eagles

One thing to know: While Odell Beckham Jr. was back in the lineup on Monday against the Lions, the Giants offense still sputtered to a measly 10 points. Head coach Ben McAdoo had some harsh words for Eli Manning after the game — we'll see if they hurt or help the quarterback against a division rival.

(Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
22. Houston Texans

Record: 1-1

Last week: Beat the Bengals, 13-9

This week: at New England Patriots

One thing to know: The Texans offense didn't fair much better under the helmsmanship of Deshaun Watson in Week 2, but his 49-yard scramble for their lone touchdown showed one area he has a clear advantage over Tom Savage.

(Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
21. Los Angeles Rams

Record: 1-1

Last week: Lost to the Redskins 27-20

This week: at San Francisco 49ers

One thing to know: This week's "Thursday Night Football" game will feature Brian Hoyer and Jared Goff as the starting quarterbacks. This won't dispel the poor reputation for Thursday night games.

(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
20. Arizona Cardinals

Record: 1-1

Last week: Beat the Colts, 16-13

This week: vs. Dallas Cowboys

One thing to know: The Cardinals escaped with a win in Week 2, but Bruce Arians hasn't been shy about calling out Carson Palmer, saying he has to be much better going forward. Palmer has two touchdowns, four interceptions, and a 65 passer rating this season.

(Photo by Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
19. Los Angeles Chargers

Record: 0-2

Last week: Lost to the Dolphins 19-17

This week: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

One thing to know: Despite what their 0-2 record might have you think, the Chargers are just two converted kicks away from being 2-0 and driving a completely different conversation around the team. A win against the newfound world-beating Kansas City Chiefs would give Chargers fans a lot of hope that this season isn't over yet.

(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
18. Washington Redskins

Record: 1-1

Last week: Beat the Rams, 27-20

This week: vs. Oakland Raiders

One thing to know: Fantasy owners may be frustrated with Washington's running back committee of Rob Kelley, Chris Thompson, and Samaje Perine. After finding success with all three backs in Week 2, Washington may continue to deploy the three-man attack.

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
17. Miami Dolphins

Record: 1-0

Last week: Beat the Chargers 19-17

This week: at New York Jets

One thing to know: Jay Cutler is undefeated against the Jets in his career and undefeated as a Miami Dolphin.

(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
16. Carolina Panthers

Record: 1-1

Last week: Beat the Bills, 9-3

This week: vs. New Orleans Saints

One thing to know: After struggling against Buffalo, a visit from the Saints, the NFL's second-worst pass defense, may be a welcome opportunity for Cam Newton, who has looked rusty to start the season.

(Photo by Jim Dedmon/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
15. Tennessee Titans

Record: 1-1

Last week: Beat the Jaguars 37-16

This week: vs. Seattle Seahawks

One thing to know: The Titans got off to a slow start against the Jaguars, heading to halftime with just a 6-3 lead. While the Seahawks have not been the juggernaut we've seen in years past, their defense is stifling enough that the Titans will want to hit the ground running if they're to defend their home turf on Sunday.

(Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
14. Philadelphia Eagles

Record: 1-1

Last week: Lost to the Chiefs, 27-20

This week: vs. New York Giants

One thing to know: Eagles defensive end Chris Long announced on Tuesday that he will donate his first six game checks to fund scholarships in his hometown of Charlottesville.

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
13. Minnesota Vikings

Record: 1-1

Last week: Lost to the Steelers 26-9

This week: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

One thing to know: Sam Bradford is injured and questionable to start on Sunday. Head coach Mike Zimmer has been vague about the details, saying Bradford could start this week, but also might not take the field for over a month. 

(Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
12. Baltimore Ravens

Record: 2-0

Last week: Beat the Browns, 24-10

This week: at Jacksonville Jaguars (London)

One thing to know: After losing Pro Bowl guard Marshall Yonda, the Ravens now have a league-high 15 players on the IR.

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
11. Seattle Seahawks

Record: 1-1

Last week: Beat the 49ers 12-9

This week: at Tennessee Titans

One thing to know: While the poor offensive play of the Bengals and Giants have gotten more attention, the Seahawks have managed just 21 points and one touchdown in their first two games of the season. If they are to remain considered a team-to-beat in the NFC, Russell Wilson and company will have to show a bit of something soon.

(Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Record: 1-0

Last week: Beat the Bears, 29-7

This week: at Minnesota Vikings

One thing to know: The Bucs' hype train figures to get rolling after an impressive, dominant win over the Bears. We'll see if it can continue against a tougher opponent in Minnesota on less rest.

(Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
9. Detroit Lions

Record: 2-0

Last week: Beat the Giants 24-10

This week: vs. Atlanta Falcons

One thing to know: It's easy to be skeptical of the 2-0 Lions, but against the Giants on Monday night Matthew Stafford and his squad looked like they could hang with most teams in the league. A solid performance against the Falcons would go a long way to make that case.

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8. Dallas Cowboys

Record: 1-1

Last week: Lost to the Broncos, 42-17 

This week: at Arizona Cardinals

One thing to know: Ezekiel Elliott didn't win many people over when he quit on a play and decided not to chase down a Broncos defender after an interception. Some, like Sports Illustrated's Peter King, believe Elliott should be disciplined for the play.

(Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
7. Green Bay Packers

Record: 1-1

Last week: Lost to the Falcons 34-23

This week: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

One thing to know: The Packers woes in Atlanta continued last week as their effort to comeback fell short on Sunday night. This week they have the chance to beat up on the Bengals at Lambeau field, but with a plethora of injuries plaguing the team, this game might be tougher than expected.

(Photo by Todd Kirkland/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
6. Pittsburgh Steelers

Record: 2-0

Last week: Beat the Vikings, 26-9

This week: at Chicago Bears

One thing to know: The Steelers are 2-0 despite up-and-down play from big offensive players like Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, and Martavis Bryant. When they all click at once, the team may look very scary if the defense can keep up the performance.

(Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
5. Denver Broncos

Record: 2-0

Last week: Beat the Cowboys 42-17

This week: at Buffalo Bills

One thing to know: After two weeks, Trevor Siemian sits with Matthew Stafford atop the league with six touchdown passes thrown. If his play stays as good as it has been to start the season, the Broncos have the potential to go a long way this year.

(Photo by Kyle Emery/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
4. New England Patriots

Record: 1-1

Last week: Beat the Saints, 36-20

This week: vs. Houston Texans

One thing to know: While the Patriots got back on track after a disappointing Week 1, the injuries are racking up on offense. Rob Gronkowski, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola, and Phillip Dorsett are all banged up.

(Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

3. Atlanta Falcons

Record: 2-0

Last week: Beat the Packers 34-23

This week: at Detroit Lions

One thing to know: The last time the Lions played the Falcons was in 2014 when the teams met in London and Detroit came back from a 21-0 halftime deficit to win 22-21. Matt Ryan seems to have a short memory when it comes to heartbreaking losses, but if the Falcons start to pour it on against the Lions, don't be surprised.

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

2. Oakland Raiders

Record: 2-0

Last week: Beat the Jets, 45-20

This week: at Washington Redskins

One thing to know: As Marshawn Lynch's sideline dance indicated in Week 2, the party may just be beginning in Oakland.

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
1. Kansas City Chiefs

Record: 2-0

Last week: Beat the Eagles 27-20

This week: at Los Angeles Chargers

One thing to know: The Chiefs have beaten the Chargers in six straight meetings since 2014. If they can do it again on Sunday, Kansas City will be 3-0 for the first time since they started 9-0 in 2013.

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