NFL Power Poll – Rams and Jaguars Head Conferences
Chiefs and Vikings Hot Early Starts
Team of the Week – Jaguars
Upset of the Week – Bucs
Players of the Week
Offense – QB Ryan Fitzpatrick – Bucs, QB Patrick Mahomes – Chiefs
Defense – LB Khalil Mack – Bears
Rookie of Week
Offense – RB Phillip Lindsay – Broncos
Game of Week #3 – LA Chargers (1-1) at LA Rams (2-0)
Battle of Los Angeles with city bragging rights on the line
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NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 – 2-0 Rams
Rams’ defense coming off a shutout of the Cardinals.
#2 – 2-0 Jaguars
Jaguars’ offense behind QB Blake Bortles smoked Patriots with 31 points.
#3 – 2-0 Vikings
Vikings loading the cannon for a run at the title in a competitive NFC.
#4 – 2-0 Chiefs
Chiefs riding hot hand of second year QB Patrick Mahomes.
#5- 1-1 Eagles
Eagles looking to start QB Carson Wentz to return after their loss to the Jaguars.
#6 – 1-1 Patriots
Pats host the Dolphins looking to gain AFC East leadership.
#7 – 1-1 Falcons
Falcons jumped on the Panthers at home and host the Saints this week in another key South matchup.
#8 – 2-0 Bengals
Bengals jumped on the Ravens in their best performance in two years in their Thursday night matchup.
#9 – 1-0-1 Packers
The Packers allowed the Vikings back in a key game and finished with a disturbing tie.
#10 – 2-0 Broncos
Broncos travel to Baltimore in a tough AFC matchup.
#11 – 1-1 Chargers
Chargers face the Rams in the Los Angeles hometown matchup of two strong playoff contenders.
#12 – 1-1 Panthers
Panthers defense was exposed by the Falcons. Host the hot Bengals this week.
#13 – 2-0 Bucs
Bucs’ wacked the Eagles behind the hot hand of vet starting QB, Ryan Fitzpatrick.
#14 – 1-1 Ravens
Ravens were toasted by the Bengals. Host the Broncos in an important AFC matchup.
#15 – 1-1 Cowboys
The Cowboys beat the Giants with tough defense and few mistakes.
#16 – 2-0 Dolphins
Dolphins host the Raiders in a matchup that may test them to the fullest.
#17 – 1-1 Bears
The Bears may be the sleeper team of the year. Go to Arizona this week.
#18 – 1-1 49ers
The 49ers edged the struggling Lions. Travel to Kansas City in a tough matchup.
#19 – 1-1 Saints
Saints’ beat the luckless Browns. Face the Falcons on the road in vital NFC South contest.
#20 – 0-1-1 Steelers
Steelers’ are cracking at the seams. Wideout Antonio Brown unhappy along with runner Le’Veon Bell.
#21 – 0-2 Seahawks
Seahawks host the Cowboys in almost a must early season game for any playoff aspirations.
#22 – 1-1 Redskins
Redskins looked lousy vs the Colts. Host the Packers Sunday in a key NFC matchup.
#23 – 1-1 Titans
Titans beat the Texans in an important South opener. Go to Jacksonville for an early season acid test.
#24 – 1-1 Colts
Colts will perform well behind Andrew Luck. This defense gets tested in their road matchup in Philly.
#25 – 0-2 Texans
Texans host the struggling Giants in a vital early game for any postseason visions.
#26 – 1-1 Jets
Jets’ travel to Cleveland in a tough matchup with the desperate Browns.
#27 – 0-2 Giants
Giants have to find a way in Houston if they want to show any improvement this season.
#28 – 0-2 Lions
Lions host the Patriots Sunday night. Too many breakdowns in the early action that may continue this week.
#29 – 0-2 Raiders
Raiders travel to Miami in a critical matchup to avoid falling deep into the AFC West basement.
#30 – 0-2 Cardinals
Cardinals were bashed by the Rams. Host the improved Bears this Sunday in an effort to turn it around.
#31 – 0-1-1 Browns
Browns host the Jets Thursday night. They have at won since Christmas eve 2016.
#32 – 0-2 Bills
Bills travel to Minnesota and Green Bay the next two weeks. Looking ugly from here.
Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites