Friday, September 25, 2020

Minnesota Vikings Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Minnesota Vikings rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 21.8 (22nd)
  • Best ranking: 19th (ESPN)
  • Worst ranking: 25th (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Vikings in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 22

What we learned: Their offense is a complete mess right now. Going up against a Colts defense that has mediocre talent, Kirk Cousins went 11-for-26 for 113 yards and three interceptions (granted, one was a Hail Mary right before halftime). Cousins hitched while backed up in his own end zone and took a safety. He targeted Adam Thielen in double coverage and was picked. The Vikings kicked a field goal on their first possession and then went scoreless on their next eight. That was the worst offensive performance by any team through the first two weeks, based on EPA per snap. Many expected the Vikings' offense to take a step back, given the Diggs trade, but that was ugly.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 25

Their start has been a disaster so far and it hasn't been pretty for Kirk Cousins. They are in a big hole with a tough game against the Titans this week.

USA Today -- Rank: 23

Simply put, they're horrendous at just about every level ... and now lose LB Anthony Barr (torn pec). You were warned, Harrison Smith.

ESPN -- Rank: 19

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: RB Alexander Mattison

The Vikings' offense doesn't look great right now, and poor time of possession has hindered the number of chances this unit has had. However, backup running back Mattison is going to be an important asset for Minnesota, particularly in the passing game, if and when the Vikings are able to turn things around. Mattison caught four passes in the season opener, and he is a nice outlet for Kirk Cousins in the short-to-intermediate game. If the Vikings can get Dalvin Cook going, that means more opportunities down the line for Mattison as an RB2. -- Courtney Cronin

NFL.com -- Rank: 20

Everything is going wrong for the Vikings to start the season. A week ago, Aaron Rodgers embarrassed the defense. On Sunday, it was the offense's turn to wear the dunce cap. Kirk Cousins appears to have no connection with pass-catchers not named Adam, and Dalvin Cook is getting buried by early deficits and blown-up game scripts. Cousins threw three interceptions (a first during his time in purple), and the offense finished with a measly 175 total yards. Minnesota's offense is clearly trying to find itself at the same time a defense loaded with new faces is attempting to get off the ground. It's a wicked combination that equals 0-2.

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Las Vegas Raiders Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Las Vegas Raiders rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 13.4 (14th)
  • Best ranking: 10th (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 15th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Raiders in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 15

What we learned: Their offense works. The social media clips on Twitter circulated early Monday night as Derek Carr failed to pull the trigger on downfield opportunities. And to be fair, that criticism is warranted. But Carr continues to have an excellent grasp of Jon Gruden's offense. The Raiders finished ninth in offensive efficiency last season and are third in EPA per snap through two games. The Saints had no answer for Darren Waller, who finished with 12 catches for 103 yards, and the Raiders scored on six of their final seven possessions. The defense has a long way to go, but the Raiders are 2-0 and are going to be a competitive team all season.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 10

Jon Gruden has this team at 2-0 and playing good offensive football. They dominated the Saints Monday night.

USA Today -- Rank: 14

QB Derek Carr is playing highly efficient football, sledgehammer RB Josh Jacobs also contributing heavily to Vegas' average time of possession of 34 minutes. Appears betting on (Silver and) Black is a smart proposition.

ESPN -- Rank: 13

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: RB Jalen Richard

Under the radar, for a guy whose primary role is to catch passes out of the backfield and had 60 receptions in 2018? Well, yeah. You see, with running back Josh Jacobs adding the pass-catching game to his repertoire, teams might forget about Richard -- and that's where he could be awakened by Jon Gruden and Derek Carr. Especially if and when teams start putting spies on Jacobs in the flat. Reintroducing Richard, then. -- Paul Gutierrez

NFL.com -- Rank: 15

What a night for the Raiders, who opened their new stadium in Vegas with an all-around effort against the Saints to move to 2-0 on the season. Derek Carr threw three touchdown passes and found a warm security blanket in tight end Darren Waller, who hauled in 12 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. The Raiders' offense scored on six of their final seven possessions, and the defense settled down after a bumpy start to limit a Saints attack missing star wideout Michael Thomas. Finally, let's give some love to Daniel Carlson, who capped a great bounce-back week for kickers across the league with a 54-yard field goal to ice the game. The Death Star is open for business.

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Buffalo Bills Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Buffalo Bills rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 6.8 (6th)
  • Best ranking: 5th (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 11th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Bills in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 6

What we learned: Their wide receivers are going to be tough to match up with in man coverage. Stefon Diggs was a monster against the Dolphins, catching eight balls for 153 yards. Through two weeks, his 239 receiving yards are tied for tops in the league. Diggs' competitiveness has popped off the screen. He's making catches in traffic. He's out-fighting opposing defensive backs. And he's playing with a fearless mentality. John Brown had a 46-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to put the game away. Cole Beasley caught five passes for 70 yards. And rookie Gabriel Davis had an outstanding diving grab on a clutch 6-yard touchdown. Brian Daboll has been an aggressive play-caller, and Josh Allen leads the league with 729 passing yards. Bills-Rams should be a fun matchup in Week 3.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 5

The defense gave up some big plays, but they were without two top linebackers. But Josh Allen has to love having Stefon Diggs to throw the football to this season.

USA Today -- Rank: 11

Third-year QB Josh Allen followed the first 300-yard passing game of his career with the first 400-yard effort. Big test upcoming vs. Jalen Ramsey and Rams, who have allowed one TD pass so far.

ESPN -- Rank: 6

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: WR Cole Beasley

He is a known commodity in the NFL, but Beasley was somewhat of an afterthought entering the season. However, he has seen at least six targets in each of his first two games, turning them into 128 yards on nine catches. Beasley's involvement in the passing game shouldn't be a surprise, considering he is picking up where he left off in 2019 -- when he saw at least six targets in 11 of the 15 games he played. He might not have many explosive outings, but he is clearly a factor in a surprisingly fertile Buffalo passing attack (league-leading 359.5 yards per game) and worth rostering in PPR leagues. -- Marcel Louis-Jacques

NFL.com -- Rank: 6

The Bills are 2-0 after wins over the Jets and Dolphins, and Josh Allen -- so far, at least -- is making all his believers look smart. Here's a fun stat from our NFL Research team: Allen is the second quarterback since 1948 to throw for 700 yards and complete 70 percent of passes with zero interceptions in the first two weeks of a season. The other guy? Patrick Mahomes. Allen's game has been undoubtedly lifted by the arrival of Stefon Diggs. The wideout has been worth his weight in gold, delivering a 16/239/1 line through two games. A Week 3 showdown with the 2-0 Rams will serve as a great litmus test.

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Indianapolis Colts Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Indianapolis Colts rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 16.6 (16th)
  • Best ranking: 16th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 18th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Colts in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 16

What we learned: Frank Reich is still trying to figure out how to win with Philip Rivers. Check out the game script from their win over the Vikings. Reich was much more run-heavy than he was in Week 1. Rivers was up and down against the Vikings. He threw an interception in the red zone but also had a long touchdown pass dropped by T.Y. Hilton. The Colts are clearly a team that is trying to find an identity. The defense played well against Minnesota, so Reich leaned on Jonathan Taylor and didn't ask Rivers to do too much. It'll be interesting to see which blueprint Reich leans on in the weeks ahead.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 17

They bounced back in impressive fashion from their upset loss to the Jaguars by dominating the Vikings. The defense looked like the unit I expected to see.

USA Today -- Rank: 18

They continue to deal with their own rash of injuries but should soon get healthy against the Jets, whom QB Philip Rivers has beaten four times in five regular-season matchups.

ESPN -- Rank: 16

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: TE Mo Alie-Cox

Alie-Cox had a career game, catching five passes for 111 yards in Sunday's win over Minnesota. The Colts will likely continue to lean on him while Jack Doyle (ankle/knee) and Trey Burton are out. What made Alie-Cox's performance even more impressive was that the former college basketball player overcame a dropped pass that was intercepted in the red zone on the Colts' opening drive. -- Mike Wells

NFL.com -- Rank: 16

How good was the Colts' defense on Sunday? Late in the third quarter, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was sitting on a passer rating of 0.0. Seriously. By the end of the game, Minnesota had managed just 175 yards of offense in an easy home win for Indy. Quite a difference from last week, when the Colts couldn't even get Gardner Minshew to throw a damn incomplete pass. Jonathan Taylor and Mo Alie-Cox had breakout games for the offense, and Philip Rivers led with a steady hand. The biggest negative? Parris Campbell was carted off the field with a knee injury, the latest setback in a star-crossed career.

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Kansas City Chiefs Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Kansas City Chiefs rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 1.4 (1st)
  • Best ranking: 1st (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 2nd (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Chiefs in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 1

What we learned: Patrick Mahomes can still save them with his legs. Kansas City's offense struggled for much of the afternoon, punting on five of its first six possessions against the Chargers. But Mahomes ran for four key first downs to give the offense a boost. With the Chiefs facing a third-and-20 late in the fourth quarter, Mahomes picked up 21 yards on a scramble to help set up the game-tying field goal. According to TruMedia, only Kyler Murray (Week 1) has produced a higher single-game EPA on scrambles than Mahomes did Sunday. It wasn't a typical Kansas City win where the offense looked unstoppable, but the Chiefs improved to 2-0.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 1

It wasn't pretty against the Chargers, but they found a way. The offense isn't close to clicking yet. That will come.

USA Today -- Rank: 2

Purists may hate to see a defending champ dropped in a power poll when they have yet to lose ... even if they're benefiting from a bailout of a listless performance courtesy of stellar K Harrison Butk(ick)er. But Kansas City can correct any perceived slight by beating Baltimore on Monday night.

ESPN -- Rank: 1

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: TE Travis Kelce

The Chiefs don't have anyone appropriate for this category, given they have a well-known QB, an experienced group of receivers and a rookie running back who has received a lot of hype. But Kelce, with two touchdowns in two games, is on pace to exceed his career best in scoring. His highest tally is 10 TDs in 2018. -- Adam Teicher

NFL.com -- Rank: 2

Sunday's win over the Chargers was a reminder this is a complete team, not just a bunch of satellites in the orbit of the great and powerful Patrick Mahomes. It was the defense and special teams that closed out L.A. Steve Spagnuolo's unit forced a three-and-out to start overtime, setting up Harrison Butker's 58-yard field goal to win it. Ravens All-Pro Justin Tucker still has my vote for best kicker in the universe, but that final sequence of Butker drilling 50-plus-yard field goal after field goal officially puts Tucker on notice (even if the last kick was the only one that actually counted).

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Houston Texans Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Houston Texans rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 20.6 (20th)
  • Best ranking: 19th (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 22nd (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Texans in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 19

What we learned: They need to find a way to stay afloat. The schedule-makers did them no favors. The Texans opened at Kansas City before facing the Ravens in Week 2. Now they travel to Pittsburgh. The schedule after their Week 8 bye is much more forgiving. I have plenty of doubts about this Texans team with new play-callers on each side of the ball and no DeAndre Hopkins. They looked completely out-manned in their 33-16 loss to Baltimore. But the AFC South is unlikely to have a team run away with the division. If the Texans can figure some things out and go into their bye at 3-4, they'll have time to make a playoff run in the second half of the season. Having said that, it's tough to find much to be encouraged about with the Texans through two weeks.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 21

At 0-2, they are staring another tough game in the face this week when they play the Steelers on the road. The worst part is they haven't looked good in either game.

USA Today -- Rank: 22

If you thought Houston's O-line had been tightened ... welp. QB Deshaun Watson suffered a career-high 13 hits Sunday. That can't happen.

ESPN -- Rank: 20

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: TE Jordan Akins

After catching a Week 1 touchdown at Kansas City, Akins led Houston pass-catchers with seven receptions against the Ravens and was second to only Brandin Cooks in targets. Tight end Darren Fells, who scored the Texans' lone touchdown in Week 2, also will be involved in the offense, especially in the red zone. But Akins is showing the potential to emerge as Houston's No. 1 tight end as the season goes on. -- Sarah Barshop

NFL.com -- Rank: 21

Lopsided losses to the Chiefs and Ravens tell us the Texans are not even in the conversation of AFC contenders right now. Houston was barely competitive against Baltimore, pounded in every aspect of the game in a 33-16 defeat. Here's one problem of many: Deshaun Watson looks like a star QB adrift without DeAndre Hopkins. Will Fuller, the fifth-year wide receiver expected to step into the No. 1 role vacated by Hopkins, finished without a catch (or a target!) against the Ravens. Is that on Fuller? Bill O'Brien? In reality, it's probably a combination of both. Up next for Houston is a trip to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers, the third of the unholy terrors in the AFC. The schedule-makers owe the Texans a huge solid in 2021.

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New Orleans Saints Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the New Orleans Saints rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 8.2 (7th)
  • Best ranking: 5th (ESPN)
  • Worst ranking: 11th (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Saints in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 10

What we learned: It's time to sound the alarms on their offense. Playing without Michael Thomas, Drew Brees and company could not keep pace with the Raiders. Brees was intercepted before halftime, leading to a Raiders field goal. In the fourth, a Raiders fumble set New Orleans up at its own 40, needing a touchdown to tie the game. But the Saints came up empty and had to punt. Through two games, Brees' average pass has traveled just 5 yards -- an NFL low. Perhaps most concerning is what looks like a decline in accuracy. Brees ranks third-to-last in completion percentage above expectation through two weeks. And with Thomas sidelined, the struggles could get even worse. New Orleans hosts Green Bay on Sunday night in Week 3.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 11

They hardly looked like a Super Bowl contender against the Raiders. The defense was shredded and the offense didn't look the same without Michael Thomas.

USA Today -- Rank: 6

New Orleans still hasn't enjoyed a 2-0 start since 2013. Thanks for that nugget, new "Monday Night Football" guys. What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, fellas.

ESPN -- Rank: 5

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: WR Tre'Quan Smith

The third-year pro has been inconsistent so far -- but part of that was because of a Week 2 ankle injury last year that nagged him for the rest of the season. He has flashed potential with two 100-yard games and two five-TD campaigns. And he showed Monday night that he'll get more opportunities while Michael Thomas is sidelined. -- Mike Triplett

NFL.com -- Rank: 9

"The last two weeks have been average at best." That's how Sean Payton summed up an inauspicious start to a Saints season high on expectations and -- thus far -- so-so on results. On Monday night, Payton's defense was torn up by Raiders tight end Darren Waller, and his team piled up 100-plus penalty yards for the second straight week in a 34-24 loss. Playing without Michael Thomas (ankle), the offense didn't have the firepower to keep up with the Raiders. That is not a sentence we expected to type two weeks ago. Expect most of the focus this week to remain on Drew Brees, who uncharacteristically struggled with accuracy and has now delivered two pedestrian performances to begin his 20th season.

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New York Jets Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the New York Jets rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 32.0 (32nd)
  • Best ranking: 32nd (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 32nd (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Jets in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 32

What we learned: It can get keep getting worse. The defense gave up an 80-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage and later allowed a 55-yard run on third-and-31. Adam Gase's offense ranks 31st in EPA per snap. Early in the game, he ran the ball on third-and-3 from the Jets' 48, and after Frank Gore got stopped, Gase punted. Later, he kicked a field goal from the 49ers' 7 down 24-3 late in the third quarter. Each week brings new disappointment, and it feels like Gase is in his fifth season as Jets head coach even though it's somehow only year two.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 32

This is going to be a long season for this group. There isn't enough talent. How long does Adam Gase get to turn it around?

USA Today -- Rank: 32

Despite facing San Francisco's JV squad much of Sunday, New York showed scant fight in performance that should leave NYJ fans disheartened.

ESPN -- Rank: 32

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: RB La'Mical Perine

This is way under the radar, but the rookie running back is expected by team insiders to grow into a prominent role. Don't be surprised if it happens soon. With Le'Veon Bell (hamstring) on IR for two more games, it's Frank Gore and Perine -- and we all know Gore isn't the future. Perine has the explosiveness the Jets desperately need, and he should start to get more carries. -- Rich Cimini

NFL.com -- Rank: 32

Another embarrassing effort by the Jets, this time failing to be competitive at home against a 49ers team ravaged by injuries. Raheem Mostert went 80 yards untouched on the first play from scrimmage. Later -- after both Mostert and Jimmy Garoppolo exited with injuries -- the 49ers picked up 55 yards on a halfback toss on third-and-31. You get the picture. Sam Darnold is helpless playing with a ragtag collection of receivers who would struggle for playing time in the XFL. Adam Gase is lucky no fans are allowed in the Meadowlands this season.

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Cincinnati Bengals Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Cincinnati Bengals rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 28.0 (28th)
  • Best ranking: 26th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 31st (ESPN)

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Bengals in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 30

What we learned: The Joe Burrow to A.J. Green connection needs work. To be fair, this might be mostly about the 32-year-old Green, although it's premature to draw conclusions after two games. What we do know is that Burrow went 3-for-13 for 29 yards when targeting Green in Week 2. Over the last three seasons, there have been 175 instances of a quarterback targeting a player at least 13 times in a game. None produced fewer yards than Green did in Week 2. The Bengals have been entertaining and competitive through two games, but they still have a flawed roster. The offensive line isn't good enough, and the defense has issues. But in terms of what might be fixable, increased efficiency between Burrow and Green is probably near the top of the list.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 26

They lost to the Browns, but they have to be thrilled with what they have in Joe Burrow. He is going to be a star.

USA Today -- Rank: 26

And maybe there should be a hue and cry to bench Joe Burrow given the "protection" he's getting ... otherwise, rook is off to a stellar individual start.

ESPN -- Rank: 31

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: TE Drew Sample

C.J. Uzomah was turning into a surprisingly viable fantasy target before he suffered a season-ending Achilles injury. Look for Sample to take Uzomah's spot and take advantage of a more varied passing attack with rookie quarterback Joe Burrow. Last year, the Bengals didn't have a player rank in the top 25 in average points per week in standard or PPR leagues. Uzomah was in the top 15 and averaging 11.4 points in PPR scoring through the first two weeks. -- Ben Baby

NFL.com -- Rank: 27

The good on Thursday night was Joe Burrow, who didn't blink in his prime-time debut and kept the Bengals in the game by continuing to march the offense for four quarters. Burrow didn't throw an interception across an astounding 61 attempts -- that's unheard of for a rookie making his second career start. Things are less promising on the other side of the ball, where an offseason of investment has not panned out to this point. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt devoured a Cincinnati run defense playing without Geno Atkins and Mike Daniels. The pass rush wasn't much better: Baker Mayfield was pressured on just three attempts, per Next Gen Stats.

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San Francisco 49ers Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the San Francisco 49ers rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 11.4 (12th)
  • Best ranking: 8th (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 15th (ESPN)

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the 49ers in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 8

What we learned: Their depth will be tested even more than last year. One of the most impressive aspects of their 2019 run was that the 49ers got to the Super Bowl despite having some of the league's worst injury luck. One reason to be bullish about the 49ers before the 2020 season was that it felt like there was a chance they might be healthier. But things are not trending in that direction. On Sunday, the 49ers lost Nick Bosa for the season, and Jimmy Garoppolo is week-to-week with a knee injury. Both Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman suffered knee injuries. The team was already playing without George Kittle, Richard Sherman and Dee Ford. If there's a silver lining, it's that the 49ers get the Giants, Eagles and Dolphins the next three weeks. They still have a smart coaching staff and a talented roster to stay competitive.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 16

The injuries are crippling this team, which might make it tough to repeat as division champs. They dominated the Jets, but that wasn't the story of the day with players like Nick Bosa going down.

USA Today -- Rank: 10

Last year's NFC champs are suddenly decimated -- DE Nick Bosa's knee injury most crippling -- and sure could use some steady vets ... like, say, DL DeForest Buckner and/or WR Emmanuel Sanders. Oops.

ESPN -- Rank: 9

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: RB Jerick McKinnon

McKinnon was a deep sleeper before the season, as he was returning following two years away because of a knee injury. Now? He could be in line for a whole lot more work. With fellow backs Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman battling knee injuries, McKinnon is the healthiest back on the team, which could result in the big numbers the Niners expected when they signed McKinnon in 2018. That doesn't mean McKinnon will carry the freight, but he has the big-play potential and pass-catching acumen to be a key part of the offense for at least the next few weeks. -- Nick Wagoner

NFL.com -- Rank: 14

An all-time Pyrrhic victory for the 49ers. Nick Bosa. Solomon Thomas. Jimmy Garoppolo. Raheem Mostert. Key players essential to the team's chances of a Super Bowl return, all knocked out of Sunday's victory over the Jets before halftime. Crushingly, Bosa and Thomas were both diagnosed with torn ACLs. Garoppolo (high ankle sprain) and Mostert (sprained MCL) have unclear timetables. This on a team already without George Kittle, Deebo Samuel and others. Playing in a loaded NFC West, it's hard to see how the 49ers can stay afloat with this level of attrition. If they do, Kyle Shanahan can start clearing room for his Coach of the Year award right now.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 12.8 (13th)
  • Best ranking: 12th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 15th (ESPN)

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Bucs in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 12

What we learned: Tom Brady looked more comfortable. In Week 1, Brady was 1-for-4 for 2 yards when targeting Mike Evans. In Sunday's win against the Panthers, Brady was was 7-for-10 for 104 yards when targeting Evans. Brady's final numbers (23-for-35 for 217 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) are deceiving. Tampa let the Panthers stay in the game because of a bevy of dropped passes. The Athletic's Greg Auman noted that just three of Brady's 12 incompletions were uncatchable. Bruce Arians estimated that the Buccaneers dropped 125 yards and three touchdowns worth of passes. Tampa still had some painful moments. Ronald Jones botched a handoff, and Brady threw a pick. But overall, the offense looked much better in Week 2.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 13

It still wasn't pretty last week, but you can see signs that the offense is coming around. The defense is what will decide how far this team goes and it did some good things against Carolina.

USA Today -- Rank: 12

They're not firing on all cylinders yet defensively, either, 2019 sack champion Shaquil Barrett still trying to get on the board.

ESPN -- Rank: 15

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: The Bucs' defense

Through two weeks, Tampa Bay is tied for the eighth-most fantasy points on defense, which included a five-sack, four-takeaway performance against the Panthers in Week 2. The Bucs' opponent this week, the Broncos, have allowed the eighth-most points to opposing defenses. Tampa Bay's two following opponents are the Chargers, who are among the stingiest in points allowed to opposing defenses (so there might be better options elsewhere), and the Bears, who are tied for giving up the 11th most. -- Jenna Laine

NFL.com -- Rank: 12

The Bucs' offense is not executing at a high level two weeks into the Tom Brady era, but it did enough on Sunday to secure a 31-17 win over the Panthers. On Monday, Bruce Arians said his veteran QB could have had a 400-yard passing day if not for the shortcomings of his receivers, who, by the coach's count, had seven drops costing 125 yards. "Don't drop the damn ball or you won't get another one. It's easy. He ain't gonna throw it to you." Arians is right: Brady made several throws that should have been layups, including a perfectly placed fourth-quarter dart to LeSean McCoy that was dropped in the end zone. Gotta clean that up.

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Chicago Bears Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Chicago Bears rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 18.0 (18th)
  • Best ranking: 17th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 19th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the Bears in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 17

What we learned: Their defensive stars have to carry them. It was a choppy performance that could have ended in disaster, but the Bears escaped with a win over the Giants to improve to 2-0. Robert Quinn had a sack/fumble in the first. Akiem Hicks had a big third-down sack in the second half. And Eddie Jackson's pass breakup ended the Giants' final rally. Again, it was far from a perfect performance, but this defense has a chance to be really good. The Bears will need more from Khalil Mack to keep Matt Ryan and the Falcons' offense in check in Week 3.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 18

Mitch Trubisky is 2-0. Think about that. Now give him credit. He's done some good things to get them going to start the season.

USA Today -- Rank: 19

WR Allen Robinson seems like a solid dude, but why is a guy who has caught eight of 18 targets for 107 yards making such a hubbub about his contract?

ESPN -- Rank: 17

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: WR Darnell Mooney

In Week 2, Mooney finished with three receptions on three targets for 36 yards and a touchdown. He played 39 snaps against the Giants, more than veteran wideouts Javon Wims (29), Anthony Miller (26) and Ted Ginn Jr. (healthy inactive). The Bears are clearly high on Mooney, a rookie fifth-round pick out of Tulane who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds at the NFL combine. Don't be surprised to see Mooney play a substantial role every week, especially since Miller, who is supposed to be Chicago's No. 2 wideout after Allen Robinson II, is still struggling in the consistency department. -- Jeff Dickerson

NFL.com -- Rank: 19

The Bears are never going to be world-beaters with Mitchell Trubisky under center, but so far, it's been good enough for 2-0. Trubisky threw two quick touchdown passes against the Giants, and when the offense stalled out in the second half, the defense took it home with a game-saving red-zone stand to secure the win. Chicago needs Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn to lead the way on defense, and they did that on Sunday: Mack had a sack and fumble recovery, and Quinn added a sack and forced fumble in his Bears debut. Chicago needs to force turnovers and shorten fields for the offense to win games.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Pittsburgh Steelers rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 5.8 (5th)
  • Best ranking: 4th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 11th (ESPN)

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The Athletic -- Rank: 5

What we learned: They can win ugly. The Steelers had a botched handoff on their first offensive play against the Broncos. Ben Roethlisberger threw a bad interception in the second half, and the Broncos dropped another potential pick. Benny Snell added a fumble. And while the defense looked dominant at times, the Broncos were 15 yards away from taking a lead with Jeff Driskel with under two minutes left. Games like this tend to happen over the course of a 16-game season, so there's no reason for the Steelers to panic. But they will need to be a lot better than they were in Week 2 to compete with the elite teams in the AFC.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 4

They didn't quite dominate the way I expected against the Broncos - especially with a backup quarterback playing for Denver. They have to play better against the good teams.

USA Today -- Rank: 5

Keep an eye on rookie WR Chase Claypool, whose 84-yard TD reception Sunday is 2020's longest play to date and the longest by a Canadian-born player.

ESPN -- Rank: 11

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: WR Diontae Johnson

It's hard to call Johnson under the radar when he was a trendy sleeper pick before the season. He is inconsistent and has started games slowly; but he has eight receptions on 13 targets, and he led the Steelers with 92 receiving yards against the Broncos. If Johnson becomes a bona fide WR1 in fantasy, keep an eye on Chase Claypool to develop into the next under-the-radar asset. Claypool has been targeted five times and has five catches -- including an 84-yard touchdown against the Broncos. -- Brooke Pryor

NFL.com -- Rank: 4

The Steelers represent a pick-your-poison situation for opposing defenses right now. Second-round pick Chase Claypool had an 84-yard touchdown against the Broncos and has been an instant difference-maker through two weeks. Diontae Johnson is on his way to a big season, and JuJu Smith-Schuster has his mojo back after a 2019 that fizzled behind injuries and poor QB play. Which takes us to Ben Roethlisberger, who missed most of last season but somehow managed to return as exactly the same player he was before his right elbow imploded. No acclimation period necessary for Large Benjamin. The Steelers are scary.

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Arizona Cardinals Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Arizona Cardinals rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 10.6 (11th)
  • Best ranking: 7th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 14th (The Athletic)

The Athletic -- Rank: 14

What we learned: Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins already have great chemistry. Murray found Hopkins on a back-shoulder throw on third down in the third quarter. It was precisely the type of play that requires timing and reps, and for the quarterback and wide receiver to be on the same page. They executed it brilliantly. Murray was 8-for-9 for 68 yards and a touchdown when targeting Hopkins. Through two games, Murray is 22-for-25 for 219 yards when targeting Hopkins, and the Cardinals are 2-0.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 7

Kyler Murray is in the MVP conversation and his offense will be tough to stop for any defense. The defense is also much improved over a year ago.

USA Today -- Rank: 7

This is Arizona's fifth 2-0 start since 2008, each of the previous ones (with the exception of 2012) resulting in trips to the playoffs.

ESPN -- Rank: 12

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: WR Andy Isabella

The second-year wideout won't get a ton of looks this season because of the cache of talent ahead of him on the depth chart. But when he makes a play in 2020, it'll probably be a big-splash one -- like the 54-yard catch he had Sunday against Washington. Isabella averaged 21 yards per catch as a rookie in 2019, but of his 11 career catches, three have gone for 50 yards or longer. -- Josh Weinfuss

NFL.com -- Rank: 13

Kyler Murray is running the ball in a way he never did during his rookie season, and it has made him one of the most dangerous players in football. A week after befuddling the Niners with his legs, he did the same to the Washington Football Team in an easy 30-15 win. Murray scored on two impressive scrambles on Sunday and is currently averaging 45 more rushing yards per game this season than he did during his Offensive Rookie of the Year campaign in 2019. Meanwhile, the QB's connection with his new No. 1 receiver remains strong: DeAndre Hopkins led Arizona in targets (nine), receptions (eight) and receiving yards (68) for the second straight game.

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Detroit Lions Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Detroit Lions rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 27.0 (26th)
  • Best ranking: 24th (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 29th (NFL.com)

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The Athletic -- Rank: 24

What we learned: Their defense continues to be a complete disaster. Detroit finished 27th and 28th in defensive efficiency in Matt Patricia's first two seasons. The Lions went out and added a bunch of Patriots (Jamie Collins, Danny Shelton, Duron Harmon) in the offseason. Surprise: The defense still stinks. The Packers went up and down the field on them for 488 yards and 26 first downs. The Lions allowed six plays of 20-plus yards, including a 75-yard Aaron Jones touchdown run to start the second half. Per The Athletic's Chris Burke, Sunday marked the fourth consecutive time the Lions lost a game in which they had a double-digit lead. That's an NFL record. Through two games, the Lions' defense ranks 30th in EPA per snap.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 27

They've had a ton of injuries, which They've had a ton of injuries, which showed up in the loss to the Packers. But how long does Matt Patricia have to turn it around?

USA Today -- Rank: 28

They simply can't close, now the first team in league history to lose four consecutive games in which they'd held a double-digit lead.

ESPN -- Rank: 27

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: RB Adrian Peterson

It feels really strange putting a future first-ballot Hall of Famer in this category, but Peterson -- acquired two weeks ago -- leads the team in rushing yards and is averaging 6.4 yards per carry. He is going to get work every week -- although it'll often be in the form of a committee with Kerryon Johnson and D'Andre Swift -- and he still appears have the burst to break off the occasional big run, like he did Sunday with a 25-yard run to the outside. Is he an RB1? No. Is he intriguing as a flex play or an RB play in deeper leagues? Absolutely. -- Michael Rothstein

NFL.com -- Rank: 29

The Lions have no idea how to close out games and it's going to get people fired. Detroit, which held a 14-3 advantage early in the second quarter against the Packers on Sunday, dropped its fourth straight game where it had a double-digit lead, a first in NFL history, according to Elias. The Lions now have blown seven double-digit leads in losses since the start of last season. Obviously, this is a poor reflection on head coach Matt Patricia, and the talk around his job security will continue to amplify with the Lions now riding an 11-game losing streak dating back to 2019. In fairness to Patricia, he continues to deal with injuries that are keeping some of his best players off the field on both sides of the ball. Still, the lack of urgency and discipline is hard not to trace back to the man in charge.

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Dallas Cowboys Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Dallas Cowboys rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 13.6 (15th)
  • Best ranking: 11th (NFL.com)
  • Worst ranking: 16th (USA Today)

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The Athletic -- Rank: 13

What we learned: Mike McCarthy did the right thing going for two when he did. There are probably 700 different angles we could cover from the Cowboys' win over the Falcons, but let's focus on one that's generated a lot of discussion this week. The Cowboys were down 39-24 with the offense driving in the fourth quarter. Trailing by 15, they knew they needed two touchdowns, one extra point and one two-point conversion to tie the game. So the question is: When you score the first touchdown, do you kick the extra point to cut the lead to eight, or do you go for two? The answer is the latter. Why? Because it gives you more information about what you need the rest of the game. If you make the two-point conversion, you're down by seven. You know you need one possession to tie the game. If you don't make the two-point conversion, you're down by nine and can make decisions based on the fact that you need two possessions to win the game. Kicking the extra point after the first touchdown gives you no new information. It puts you down eight. Then if you miss the two-point conversion after the second touchdown, it's later in the game, and you don't get the benefit of making decisions knowing you still need an extra score. Mike McCarthy explained it well after the game.

"I think it's the wrong call to take the extra point," McCarthy said, via The Athletic's Jon Machota. "The decision to go for two there is simple mathematics where you'd rather know if it's a two-score game at the earliest time instead of taking all the way it down to the end and playing for two points at the end. I can't tell you how many conversations I've been involved in about this particular situation. To go for two there is just to make it clear with a little over four minutes left if we were going to be in a one-score game or a two-score game was the thinking."

The Cowboys' two-point conversion failed, so they were down nine and knew they had to go fast on their next possession to score a touchdown and then attempt an onside kick. Had they kicked the extra point to go down eight, maybe they would've approached the second possession as if they needed just one score. Then if they missed the two-point conversion, they might not have had enough time for the onside kick, ensuing drive and game-winning field goal. McCarthy absolutely made the right call.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 14

Dak Prescott was sensational in rallying the Cowboys past the Falcons. Now comes a tough one on the road at Seattle, where he has to prove he can do the same type of thing away from home.

USA Today -- Rank: 16

How good was QB Dak Prescott in Sunday's epic comeback, when he became the first player to ever pass for 400 yards while also rushing for three TDs? Suffice it to say even Skip Bayless was impressed.

ESPN -- Rank: 14

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: TE Dalton Schultz

Schultz caught nine passes for 88 yards and a touchdown against the Falcons. He had 14 career receptions entering the game. Dak Prescott wasn't afraid to look his way, even in key situations, including on his 10-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Schultz will benefit from the attention Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, CeeDee Lamb and Ezekiel Elliott receive, but he should not be viewed as another Jason Witten. If Schultz can be steady -- he had a fumble versus the Falcons after two drops against the Rams -- he can be an asset, but more as an outlet option than a main target. -- Todd Archer

NFL.com -- Rank: 11

Down 39-30 with 2:57 to play and no timeouts, the Cowboys pulled off the unthinkable on Sunday, going TD-onside recovery-FG to obliterate the souls of the Falcons. It's the type of game you win one out of 1,000 times -- Dallas' probability of victory was as low as 2 percent in the fourth quarter, per Next Gen Stats, and a finish like that has a way of covering up all the blemishes that led up to those final two minutes. To put it another way: The Cowboys should be proud of their accomplishment against the Falcons, but they'll need to be a much better, much cleaner team if we're to take them seriously as contenders in the NFC.

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