Friday, September 25, 2020

Washington Football Team 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 Washington Football Team rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 27.4 (27th)
  • Best ranking: 25th (ESPN)
  • Worst ranking: 31st (The Athletic)

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

The Athletic -- Rank: 31

What we learned: They should be throwing to Terry McLaurin at least 15 times per game. The offense really has nothing else. Dwayne Haskins is erratic. The offensive line has holes. And the other pass-catching options are average at best. McLaurin has shown since his rookie season that he has the skill set to be a number one featured receiver. He can separate. He can make tough catches. And he can make plays with the ball in his hands. McLaurin had seven catches for 125 yards on 10 targets in Washington's loss to the Cardinals. They need to feed him more. It's their only chance.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 28

They came back to reality against Arizona after their Week 1 upset of the Eagles. The defense had a rough showing.

USA Today -- Rank: 27

Seems like owner Dan Snyder is OK despite being quarantined. Maybe for everyone's sake, he should consider extended (permanent?) isolation period.

ESPN -- Rank: 25

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: RB Antonio Gibson

Outside of Terry McLaurin, no one is really a strong fantasy play right now; but the one to watch remains Gibson. The rookie has rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in two games; as the season progresses, he'll get more carries because this offense lacks playmakers -- and he has the potential to become one. He has shown flashes and has come close to breaking long runs; eventually, he will break one or two. The confusing part is that the former college wideout has only caught three passes. That should improve. -- John Keim

NFL.com -- Rank: 26

The ferocious Washington pass rush was one of the biggest stories to come out of Week 1. But getting after Carson Wentz (to the tune of eight sacks) proved to be a far easier task than containing Kyler Murray, who ran for two scores and threw for another in a 30-15 Cardinals victory. The bigger concern for Washington in this game came on offense, however. The Dwayne Haskins attack was stuck in neutral as Arizona built a 20-0 lead by halftime. (Arizona hadn't shut out a team in the first half since 2017.) The lone bright spot was second-year wideout Terry McLaurin, who finished with 125 receiving yards at a gaudy 17.9 yards per catch. Get that man some help.

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New York Giants 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 Giants rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 29.6 (31st)
  • Best ranking: 28th (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 31st (Multiple)

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

The Athletic -- Rank: 28

What we learned: Their kicker's name lends itself to some outstanding announcing puns. With three seconds left in the first half, the Giants set up for a 57-yard field goal. "Graham Gano, Ga-no good!" said CBS' Ian Eagle. It was one of the few highlights from their loss to the Bears. The Giants lost Saquon Barkley to a season-ending ACL injury. Daniel Jones had a pair of turnovers. And yet, thanks in large part to a couple terrific plays by cornerback James Bradberry, the Giants had a chance to steal a win at the end. They had two shots to score from inside the Chicago 15 but came up empty and fell to 0-2.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 29

Saquon Barkley is done of the year, which means they have little in terms of a running game. That means Daniel Jones will have to do even more. Can he carry this team?

USA Today -- Rank: 31

Despite disheartening loss of RB Saquon Barkley, New York continued to show quite a bit of fight and nearly left Chicago with a victory.

ESPN -- Rank: 29

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: RB Dion Lewis

Get on that waiver wire and grab Lewis. ASAP. Even if the Giants do sign Devonta Freeman, Lewis is going to play a substantial role. Imagine a plus version of James White in New England with a slightly bigger workload. The Giants trust Lewis in pass protection, and he catches the ball well out of the backfield. They aren't afraid to run Lewis on some early downs, either. He is the best bet to be the Giants' top running back with Saquon Barkley out for the season. -- Jordan Raanan

NFL.com -- Rank: 31

Losing Saquon Barkley to a season-ending ACL tear is nothing short of an organizational disaster. The former Penn State star might be the most talented running back to come into the league since Adrian Peterson; losing him in Week 2 is a season-crusher. Playing with a talent-deficient defense, the Giants already had an uphill fight ahead of them this season. The idea was that a promising Barkley-led offense could act as a concealer for some of the team's warts. But without Barkley? The losses are likely to keep coming.

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Seattle Seahawks 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 Seattle Seahawks rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 4.0 (4th)
  • Best ranking: 3rd (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 6th (CBS Sports)

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

The Athletic -- Rank: 3

What we learned: They look like legit Super Bowl contenders. What we're seeing is a quarterback in Russell Wilson at the peak of his powers and a coaching staff that is allowing him to be the best version of himself. The defense is flawed, but it's reasonable to expect this group to improve as the season goes on, given the new personnel. Wilson shredded the Patriots' secondary in the Seahawks' 35-30 win. Great stat from the NBC broadcast: The Patriots allowed four touchdown passes to wide receivers last season. That's as many as Wilson had Sunday night. Wilson averaged 10.3 YPA -- the best mark for any quarterback against the Patriots since the start of the 2019 season. One sidenote: The football hipsters might need to retire #LetRussCook and come up with a new catch phrase now that it went mainstream. With all due respect to Cris Collinsworth, hearing him mention it over and over again Sunday night felt like your dad quoting a line from your favorite rapper. I look forward to the internet helping me out here.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 6

Russell Wilson is cooking for sure. He has nine touchdown passes in two games. It's nice to see him throwing it as much as he has.

USA Today -- Rank: 3

Looks like they might just wind up with league's offensive (QB Russell Wilson) and defensive (S Jamal Adams) players of the year ... though it must be noted a defense ranked dead last has much to fix.

ESPN -- Rank: 3

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: RB Chris Carson

The surprise isn't that Carson has put up strong fantasy numbers. It's that he has done so more as a receiver than a runner. Over the previous two seasons, he ranked 36th among NFL running backs with 69 targets, an average of 2.4 per game. He has nine targets through two games (tied for eighth) as the Seahawks have started showing more of a willingness to throw to their running backs. Carson has made his chances count, catching all nine of those throws for 81 yards and three touchdowns. He has yet to score a rushing TD, but his PPR value has grown. -- Brady Henderson

NFL.com -- Rank: 5

We should just let the Patriots and Seahawks play every week. That's it. That's the whole league. Seattle finished on the winning end of an SNF insta-classic, and it was a huge goal-line stop of Cam Newton in the final seconds that salvaged an otherwise difficult day for the defense. Luckily, the Seahawks have their own superstar quarterback in Russell Wilson, and it's clear to us that the 31-year-old is playing at the highest level of his career right now. Wilson threw five touchdown passes, using impeccable touch and his patented rainbow arc to pick on everyone in the New England secondary -- Stephon Gilmore included. Speaking of Gilmore, DK Metcalf's performance against the reigning Defensive Player of the Year puts the rest of the league on notice. A star is born.

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Los Angeles Chargers 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 Los Angeles Chargers rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 17.4 (17th)
  • Best ranking: 15th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 21st (Multiple)

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

The Athletic -- Rank: 21

What we learned: It's time to roll with Justin Herbert. Anthony Lynn said he's going back to Tyrod Taylor when Taylor's healthy, and that's a mistake. Taylor experienced complications from a pregame injection and was sidelined Sunday, forcing Herbert into action against the Chiefs. The only case for Taylor would be that the Chargers want to make the playoffs, and he gives them their best chance. The only problem? Herbert very well might be better than Taylor right now. He went 22-for-33 for 311 yards against Kansas City. Herbert took his lumps. His accuracy was off at times, and he threw a bad interception. But he did not look overwhelmed and made a couple of "wow" throws, including one on third down that lofted over Tyrann Mathieu into Keenan Allen's hands. Herbert is the future, and he offers upside for 2020 that doesn't exist with Taylor. Sticking with Taylor because that was the plan is pure madness. Lynn has new information. Use it, and go all-in to help Herbert.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 15

It looks like Tyrod Taylor is back in at quarterback after missing last week, but they have to feel good about the way rookie Justin Herbert played. He is the future.

USA Today -- Rank: 15

As part of his unexpected but impressive debut Sunday, rookie Justin Herbert became first Bolts QB to score a rushing TD since 2011.

ESPN -- Rank: 18

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: RB Austin Ekeler

Ekeler was targeted just once against Cincinnati a week ago. Coach Anthony Lynn realized Ekeler needed to be more involved against the Chiefs, and he was electric. Ekeler had four catches for 55 yards and ran the ball 16 times for 93 yards. He got the extra yard where none was expected. The undrafted and little-known 5-foot-10 back out of Western Colorado figures to be important down the road. He should, as he signed a four-year $24.5 million contract extension in March. -- Shelley Smith

NFL.com -- Rank: 18

That's why you always stay ready, kids. Justin Herbert didn't know he was making his NFL debut until right before kickoff on Sunday, which made the resulting performance against the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs all the more impressive. Herbert kept his poise and made a number of quality throws, giving the offense a spark it didn't have under Tyrod Taylor in Week 1. Taylor spent part of his Sunday in a hospital dealing with chest pains, but head coach Anthony Lynn said the veteran will remain the starter if healthy. To which we ask ... why? Herbert is the future of the franchise, and he's now proved he can learn on the job while keeping the Chargers competitive. Tyrod Taylor is a good man, but he's not the right man for these Chargers at QB1.

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Tennessee Titans 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 Tennessee Titans rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 8.6 (8th)
  • Best ranking: 7th (NFL.com)
  • Worst ranking: 11th (The Athletic)

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

The Athletic -- Rank: 11

What we learned: The 2019 version of Ryan Tannehill is still alive. The Titans' offense looked choppy in Week 1 against the Broncos, but Tannehill was on fire against the Jaguars, completing 18 of 24 attempts for 239 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. His most impressive throw came late in the third quarter when Tannehill stood in the pocket, took a big hit and delivered a perfectly-placed ball to Adam Humphries for an 18-yard touchdown. The Titans ranked second in offensive efficiency in Week 2. They're the lone undefeated team in the AFC South.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 9

They are 2-0, but they really haven't played great football. Ryan Tannehill had another good day in the victory over the Jaguars, but the defense had issues.

USA Today -- Rank: 8

They're in sole possession of first place in AFC South ... yet Tennessee is also extremely fortunate it's not currently an 0-2 football team.

ESPN -- Rank: 8

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: TE Jonnu Smith

Smith is correctly not considered one of the top fantasy tight ends, but he has racked up three touchdowns in two games, as half of Ryan Tannehill's scoring passes have gone to Smith. Tannehill seems to look for Smith a lot in the red zone, which is where all three TD connections happened. It's clear that their offseason throwing sessions are paying off. So far Smith has been targeted 12 times by Tannehill and has eight receptions. Those catches plus his three touchdowns represent impressive production from 12 targets. -- Turron Davenport

NFL.com -- Rank: 7

The Titans continue to be the best red-zone offense in football with Ryan Tannehill at the controls. The quarterback has started the season 8-for-10 with six touchdowns and a 130.4 passer rating inside the enemy 20-yard line. Tannehill was stellar pretty much everywhere on the field against the Jaguars, averaging a whopping 10.0 yards per attempt (up from 5.8 in Week 1 in Denver) and matching a career high with four touchdown passes. His most impressive throw came late in the third quarter, when he absorbed a big shot from Jaguars pass rusher Josh Allen and dropped a perfectly placed 18-yard touchdown pass into the hands of Adam Humphries. Tannehill is a tougher dude than he gets credit for being.

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Carolina Panthers 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 Carolina Panthers rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 29.2 (30th)
  • Best ranking: 27th (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 31st (CBS Sports)

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

The Athletic -- Rank: 27

What we learned: They'll need to get used to life without Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey could miss the next month or so with a high ankle sprain. The Panthers' offense has not been bad through two games. The negative plays hurt them against Tampa. The Panthers had four turnovers, including a pair of interceptions and a fumble by Teddy Bridgewater. But when they stayed out of their own way, they moved the ball with 427 yards and 24 first downs. Now they'll try to remain competent with McCaffrey.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 31

They have defensive issues that will show up on a weekly basis. The offense needs to do more than it did in the first half against Tampa Bay, but that will be tough without Christian McCaffrey.

USA Today -- Rank: 30

Hard to reckon how rebuilding team recovers from extended loss of RB Christian McCaffrey, who generated nearly 44% of the 2019 offense.

ESPN -- Rank: 30

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: WR Robby Anderson

No player has benefited more from Joe Brady's fast-paced offense than Anderson, who leads the team in receptions with 15 and is second in targets with 18. He has topped 100 yards receiving in both games -- 109 on nine targets in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay and 114 yards and a touchdown in the opening loss to the Raiders. He has developed a solid chemistry with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. With the Panthers seemingly destined to play from behind, Anderson will continue to flourish and become more consistent, something that has kept him from being a top receiver in the past. -- David Newton

NFL.com -- Rank: 28

The Panthers are 0-2 and Christian McCaffrey is expected to miss four to six weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain in Sunday's loss to the Bucs. The All-Pro back told reporters on Monday that he hopes he can accelerate that timetable, but in the here and now, Teddy Bridgewater will be asked to carry Carolina in Week 3 against the Chargers. Bridgewater has never been that kind of quarterback, and it's fair to wonder if a Panthers team without McCaffrey is one that will sink quickly into irrelevance.

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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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