Splash’s power rankings through Week 3

While most power rankings will fluctuate wildly, these should stay reasonably similar on a week-to-week basis.

Number 32: Miami Dolphins (ELO: 1284, +0)

The Dolphins are the worst team in the NFL.

Number 31: Denver Broncos (ELO: 1300, -3)

The Broncos are back near the bottom after a fairly poor showing against the Packers.

Number 30: Arizona Cardinals (ELO: 1304, +0)

Kyler Murray and Co. laid an egg of a performance against the Panthers. It was very bad.

Number 29: New York Giants (ELO: 1311, +2)

Daniel Jones was really good. What price did the Giants pay for the work of the football gods to turn Jones into a clutch quarterback? Saquon Barkley’s next couple of months.

Number 28: Cincinnati Bengals (ELO: 1330, +1)

The Bengals’ opponents are 8-1. A late Andy Dalton interception sealed an 0-3 start for the Bengals.

Number 27: Washington Redskins (ELO: 1360, -1)

Case Keenum is not the answer at quarterback. Is it time for Haskins yet?

Number 26: Oakland Raiders (ELO: 1363, +1)

Even though Darren Waller caught approximately 100 footballs on Sunday, the Raiders are still not very good.

Number 25: New York Jets (ELO: 1385, +0)

The Jets have nine offensive points in three weeks. The defense has scored 14. That is not a recipe for success.

Number 24: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (ELO: 1399, -2)

The Buccaneers have no idea how to find a competent kicker.

Number 23: Pittsburgh Steelers (ELO: 1422, -2)

Mason Rudolph was not good by any stretch of the imagination, but he could have been worse.

Number 22: Atlanta Falcons (ELO: 1442, -6)

The loss was not bad. But losing Keanu Neal (again) is catastrophic.

Number 21: Carolina Panthers (ELO: 1446, +2)

Kyle Allen looks like a solid quarterback. The Panthers have the potential to move up in the coming weeks.

Number 20: Tennessee Titans (ELO: 1464, -6)

The Titans were thoroughly clobbered by the Jaguars. Marcus Mariota oozed ineptitude.

Number 19: Jacksonville Jaguars (ELO: 1469, +5)

The Jacksonville Minshews defeated the Titans, ending their slide. If Minshew continues to be a halfway decent quarterback, the Jaguars will have an outside shot at a wild card spot. 

Number 18: San Francisco 49ers (ELO: 1487, +2)

The 49ers are 3-0 for the first time this century. Due to the nature of the power rankings being relatively structured, the 49ers will have to continue to win to move into the top half.

Number 17: Indianapolis Colts (ELO: 1489, +1)

The Colts are probably too low, but they are still suffering from the loss of Andrew Luck (at least in terms of Splash-ELO points). They have three good wins and an open division to attack.

Number 16: Buffalo Bills (ELO: 1492, +3)

Similar to the 49ers, the Bills are slowly rising, but a lengthy winning streak would catapult them into the upper echelons of the power rankings.

Number 15: Detroit Lions (ELO: 1508, +2)

The Lions are punching above their weight right now, but they did knock off two teams that were originally in the top 10. If they keep winning, they will keep rising.

Number 14: Los Angeles Chargers (ELO: 1556, -2)

Derwin James must come back as soon as possible. The Chargers have not been bad defensively, but James is the best player on the Chargers, and he has been missed.

Number 13: Cleveland Browns (ELO: 1563, -2)

The Browns had a chance to tie the Rams late in regulation, but Baker Mayfield tossed his fifth pick of the season. The Browns face a tough schedule ahead, so they could slip.

Number 12: Philadelphia Eagles (ELO: 1572, -5)

What was that? The Eagles have now failed to engineer comebacks in back-to-back weeks. The Eagles face a short week and a trip to Lambeau. They could fall even more.

Number 11: Minnesota Vikings (ELO: 1581, +2)

It was the Raiders, but the Vikings looked great. Dalvin Cook might be a top-three running back in the NFL at the moment. 

Number 10: Green Bay Packers (ELO: 1586, +5)

The defense has been phenomenal. They are forcing takeaways and pressures at an incredible rate. A win over the Eagles would likely propel the Packers into the top quarter.

Number 9: Houston Texans (ELO: 1596, +1)

The Texans are in a weird state at 2-1. Their loss was fluky, but their win over the Jaguars was also fluky. Regardless, they took care of business in Los Angeles.

Number 8: Seattle Seahawks (ELO: 1604, -2)

The Seahawks (besides Russell Wilson) looked flat. The defense was porous. The special teams unit was terrible. Seattle needs to figure it out.

Number 7: New Orleans Saints (ELO: 1608, +2)

If Teddy Bridgewater can keep up this level of play, the Saints will be in a position to jump back into the top three when Drew Brees returns. 

Number 6: Chicago Bears (ELO: 1627, +2)

The Bears got the good version of Mitch Trubisky on Monday Night Football. The Bears’ defense also looked in tune to its elite 2018 incarnation.

Number 5: Baltimore Ravens (ELO: 1638, +0)

No change here. The Ravens lost, but a loss to the third-best team in the NFL is nothing to scoff at. The Ravens are a clear step below the top four, but they have plenty of resources to stay in fifth place.

Number 4: Los Angeles Rams (ELO: 1668, +0)

The Rams were underwhelming against the Browns. The offense looked slow, but the defense was able to capitalize on an atrocious offensive line in Cleveland. Cooper Kupp is the engine of the team.

Number 3: Kansas City Chiefs (ELO: 1671, +0)

Kansas City has a serious problem. They have been fairly poor outside the second quarter. The Chiefs have scored 57 of their 101 points in the second quarter. As soon as the Chiefs play 60 minutes of quality football, they will jump the Cowboys.

Number 2: Dallas Cowboys (ELO: 1690, +0)

The Cowboys had a cold start against the Dolphins, but they turned it around and pummeled Miami. Amari Cooper looked good, and Tony Pollard had a great day.

Number 1: New England Patriots (ELO: 1785, +0)

Nothing new at the top. The Patriots are still the best team in the NFL. The Patriots slip a little bit in terms of Splash-ELO due to the departure of Antonio Brown, but they are still a hefty amount over the Cowboys.


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