NFL Power Rankings 2019: Week 3: Dallas Cowboys Continue To Rise

Kansas City Chiefs

2019 Record: 2-0, Previous Week’s Rank: 1

Kansas City walked into Oakland and took care of business. I still have questions about the defense, but Patrick Mahomes is just out of this world. The passing game was the highlight this week.

New England Patriots

2019 Record: 2-0, Previous Week’s Rank: 2

The Patriots took care of business down in Miami, which was close in the first half, and then the second half explosion took place. The big story is that Antonio Brown is already on the board with a touchdown in his Pats debut.

Los Angeles Rams

2019 Record: 2-0, Previous Week’s Rank: 3

The Rams were gifted an easier matchup than predicted as Drew Brees left early. They still handled business on both sides of the ball. One note is Cooper Kupp looks back in form after an ACL injury last year.

Dallas Cowboys

2019 Record: 2-0, Previous Week’s Rank: 6

After a calm week feeding Ezekiel Elliot, they unleashed him for his normal workload. Dak Prescott and company threw the ball well, and the defense did enough to limit the Redskins. They have an easy Miami matchup at home next week.

Baltimore Ravens

2019 Record: 2-0, Previous Week’s Rank: 8

This was a closer game than anticipated, and could have gone a few ways. Lamar Jackson had another terrific game, but the defense was a little leaky at times through the air. There is a real test next week against Kansas City.

Green Bay Packers

2019 Record: 2-0, Previous Week’s Rank: 10

Two division victories is a great start for the Packers. The heavy run offense is off to a decent start, and Aaron Jones finally got going. Also, through two games the Packers defense looks to be fit for a playoff push.

Seattle Seahawks

2019 Record: 2-0, Previous Week’s Rank: 13

After a narrow home win against Cincinnati, Seattle came into Pittsburgh and picked up a win. Chris Carson’s two fumbles are a concern for his workload, but the receiving core looked great with Russell Wilson.

2019 Record: 1-1, Previous Week’s Rank: 4

Eyes will be on the Drew Brees injury news over the next few days as the Saints would take a huge loss if he misses significant time. They weathered the storm, but overall the Brees injury wasn’t overcome in Los Angeles.

Minnesota Vikings

2019 Record: 1-1, Previous Week’s Rank: 5

Down early, Minnesota failed to show they could comfortably get back into things. With an offense that wants to run the ball heavy, that is going to be a concern in these types of games. Once again, Dalvin Cook went off and was the offense for most of the game.

Philadelphia Eagles

2019 Record: 1-1, Previous Week’s Rank: 7

We have to give credit to Philadelphia for the fight they put up, and I won’t be knocking them too far down with a loss. The injury tent was piled high, but the Eagles second half gave them a shot to win.

Houston Texans

2019 Record: 1-1, Previous Week’s Rank: 9

I was hoping for a convincing win, but Houston struggled quite a bit. Their defense shut down a Jags offense, but that isn’t a surprise. The Jags defense limited Houston, and had a two point try to win but came up just short. Houston was close to an 0-2 start.

Chicago Bears

2019 Record: 1-1, Previous Week’s Rank: 11

The offense once again struggled to move the ball, but David Montgomery got going within the offense. It was the defense to continue to give them a chance to win, and with a little luck the Bears were able to pull one out on the road.

Los Angeles Chargers

2019 Record: 1-1, Previous Week’s Rank: 12

The Chargers continue to battle despite a lot of missing names on both sides of the ball. This was a winnable game for the Chargers, but they fell just short on the road.

Buffalo Bills

2019 Record: 2-0, Previous Week’s Rank: 20

The Bills are rolling in hot, and this offense of misfits is actually moving the ball. The defense is still the strong suit of this team, and as expected they held a Giants offense in check.

Cleveland Browns

2019 Record: 0-1, Previous Week’s Rank: 15

Game still to be played on MNF.

Atlanta Falcons

2019 Record: 1-1, Previous Week’s Rank: 16

This was almost a disaster loss as the Falcons had a close game with the Eagles on Sunday Night Football. The offense did get going and beat up a questionable secondary, but the defense gave up some big plays of their own.

Indianapolis Colts

2019 Record: 1-1, Previous Week’s Rank: 19

The Colts coming off of a tough overtime loss rebounded with a road win against the Titans. The defense played great, and T.Y. Hilton made the big play when needed. There will likely be a lot of close games for the Colts.

San Francisco 49ers

2019 Record: 2-0, Previous Week’s Rank: 21

The 49ers creep up a bit from last week, but they have still played two bottom five teams to start the year. They are good wins on the road where they went 0-8 last season. Despite the injuries, the run game looks great early.

Detroit Lions

2019 Record: 1-0-1, Previous Week’s Rank: 22

This Lions team could have a variety of records, but they came away with a close home win against the Chargers. Even with the Chargers injuries, this was an impressive close win for the Lions.

Pittsburgh Steelers

2019 Record: 0-2, Previous Week’s Rank: 17

While this week was closer, it still had the same outcome as last. We also have to keep an eye on the injuries to most of the offensive players. Mason Rudolph at least came in and gave them a chance. The defense also struggled to stop them as well.

Tennessee Titans

2019 Record: 1-1, Previous Week’s Rank: 14

The Titans inconsistency continues into this year. After a big road win against Cleveland, Tennessee failed to move the ball against the Colts. While the defense gave them a chance, it was the offense that let them down.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2019 Record: 1-1, Previous Week’s Rank: 30

The defense played better than expected, and actually has not been as bad as advertised through two games. Chris Godwin continues to shine in the passing game, but OJ Howard has been a ghost. Jameis Winston still has not shown consistency, and Ronald Jones took a step back in touches this week too.

2019 Record: 0-2, Previous Week’s Rank: 18

This was not the start Carolina needed, and they have some questions on the defensive side again. They also have questions on Cam Newton’s ability to run this offense. Christian McCaffrey was quite quiet in the Week 2 loss as well.

Oakland Raiders

2019 Record: 1-1, Previous Week’s Rank: 23

It was back to reality for the Oakland Raiders, as they suffered their first loss of the season. Kansas City lit the defense up, which was to be expected. However, Derek Carr’s Week 1 performance did not carry over.

Denver Broncos

2019 Record: 0-2, Previous Week’s Rank: 24

The Broncos defense held a hapless Bears offense, and lost on a last second field goal after going ahead on a two-point conversion. This Broncos offense is still moving the ball in little chunks, but Royce Freeman was a bright spot among Emmanuel Sanders.

New York Jets

2019 Record: 0-1, Previous Week’s Rank: 25

Game still to be played on MNF.

Arizona Cardinals

2019 Record: 0-1-1, Previous Week’s Rank: 26

This was an encouraging game for Arizona as they contained a strong Baltimore offense all they could, and had chances to force this one late. Kyler Murray threw the ball well, but kicking field goals inside the five yard line will not get it done in this league.

Jacksonville Jaguars

2019 Record: 0-2, Previous Week’s Rank: 27

After Nick Foles went down, it was hard to expect any sort of offense. They had a chance to win on the road, but overall Jacksonville relied upon their defense with very little offense to show.

Washington Redskins

2019 Record: 0-2, Previous Week’s Rank: 28

It was hard to expect much this week from Washington. The offense was still able to put up a few points, but overall the defense failed to contain a very good Dallas offense.

Cincinnati Bengals

2019 Record: 0-2, Previous Week’s Rank: 29

This defense gave up big numbers to an average 49ers offense, and also failed to get anything going on offense. The rushing attack is also still falling behind this season.

New York Giants

2019 Record: 0-2, Previous Week’s Rank: 31

The time for Daniel Jones could not be clearer. Eli Manning struggled, while Saquon Barkley was the bright spot in a bad offense yet again. The defense also struggled to contain Josh Allen.

Miami Dolphins

2019 Record: 0-12, Previous Week’s Rank: 32

Another 40 point loss.

  
Jason Guilbault has been writing and podcasting in the fantasy sports world for over five years. You can find his work at Daily Fantasy Cafe. He is an avid Tottenham fan, and follows the Boston sports teams. When he isn’t diving into stats, he is enjoying the outdoors or down at the local brewery.

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