The Eagles are still the team to beat in the NFC as they try to defend their Super Bowl title, but there’s clearly a target on their back.
We’ll have NFC power rankings each Thursday for the rest of the NFL season.
Here they are after Week 3:
1. Rams (3-0)
Jared Goff and the Rams are rolling through the season so far with wins over the Raiders, Cardinals and Chargers. Maybe not top competition, but it’s hard to argue with results. The Rams have a point-differential of plus-66, that’s 20 points better than the next closest NFL team. They’ve scored more points and given up the fewest among all the teams in the NFC.
2. Eagles (2-1)
Carson Wentz is back and it looks like Alshon Jeffery is close to returning too. The Birds survived without Wentz and that offense is going to start clicking in time for the tough part of their schedule. The loss wasn’t great, but the Bucs were white hot that day.
3. Saints (2-1)
That loss to the Bucs doesn’t look nearly as bad after Tampa beat the Eagles the following week. No, the Saints’ defense isn’t very good, but that offense can put up points on any team. Drew Brees still has it.
4. Panthers (2-1)
You’re going to see a theme at the top of these rankings. The NFC South is really good. All four teams have a chance to win the division. Cam Newton is off to a really good start. If they get MVP Cam this year, they’re a threat.
5. Buccaneers (2-1)
The Bucs are hard to figure out because of their quarterback situation. Ryan Fitzpatrick was Tom Brady in Weeks 1 and 2 and was Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 3. But no matter who’s at QB, it’s hard to ignore the Bucs’ wins have come over the Eagles and Saints. And their only loss was a three-pointer to the Steelers. We’ll find out over the next few weeks if they’re for real.
6. Packers (1-1-1)
This is hard this season because there have been some weird games. The Packers’ only win was a one-pointer over the Bears in the opener. But they have Aaron Rodgers and he’s Aaron Rodgers.
7. Vikings (1-1-1)
Minnesota might be good, but it tied the Packers and then got spanked by the Buffalo Bills at home. Yuck. And now they’re about to play the Rams and the Eagles on the road the next two weeks. They could be 1-3-1 after that.
8. Falcons (1-2)
Atlanta better get cooking because the NFC South isn’t going to wait for the Falcons. Tough first three games, though. Their two losses are to the Eagles and the Saints, both by one score. And they did beat Carolina. They have the Bengals, Steelers, Bucs and Giants before their bye week. They have a a chance to climb.
9. Bears (2-1)
After three weeks, the Bears are in first in the NFC North, just as we all expected. This will probably viewed as a slight on the Bears and, well, it is ... but i'm not buying them. Beating the Seahawks and Cardinals is fine, but I need to see more from Mitch Trubisky before they make it higher on this list.
10. Redskins (2-1)
A win over the terrible Cardinals and a win over the Packers sandwich a loss to the Colts. After seeing the Colts last week, maybe that loss isn’t so bad, but the final score was 21-9. I am confident that Washington is the second-best team in the NFC East.
11. Lions (1-2)
I see you, Detroit. Nice win over the Patriots and that offense is starting to roll.
12. Seahawks (1-2)
The Legion of Boom is now the Legion of Uh Oh. The Seahawks just aren’t very good. Earl Thomas is a great player, but this whole situation out there is strange. Their offense is Russell Wilson and as good as he is, that’s not enough.
13. Cowboys (1-2)
Remember when we were all arguing Dak vs. Wentz? There’s a clear winner in that. Prescott has looked like a below-average QB without a great offense around him. That’s a problem this season and in the future.
14. Giants (1-2)
I can’t believe a team that hired Pat Shurmur and decided a 50-year-old Eli Manning would work might not be any good.
15. 49ers (1-2)
The Niners were struggling with Jimmy Garoppolo. Without him, they don’t have a shot. At least that run last season was fun.
16. Cardinals (0-3)
Giving Sam Bradford a $20 million contract wasn’t a great idea, huh?