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NFL power rankings: Buccaneers, Rams pace NFC

The Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers lead the NFC portion of our NFL power rankings, and they’ll meet in Week 3.

16. Atlanta Falcons (0-2)

The Falcons can’t stop anybody, and they make up for it by not scoring enough points.

15. Detroit Lions (0-2)

Detroit is giving it an honest effort and the some, but the Lions simply don’t have enough skill to compete with good teams.

14. New York Giants (0-2)

After a Week 1 loss to the Denver Broncos, the Giants gave away a game in Washington with dumb penalties and horrid coaching.

13. Philadelphia Eagles (1-1)

The Eagles have more talent than some of us believed, but they’re still very limited offensively and the defense took a huge hit with Brandon Graham’s Achilles tear.

12. Minnesota Vikings (0-2)

The Vikings could easily be 2-0, but they’re the Vikings, and so they’ve found ways to lose both of their games.


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11. Chicago Bears (1-1)

Andy Dalton or Justin Fields this week? Nobody, including the Bears it seems, really knows.

10. Washington Football Team (1-1)

Washington can win some games and move up the NFL power rankings if the defense gets back to playing top-tier football. Otherwise, it’ll be a long week against the Buffalo Bills.

9. New Orleans Saints (1-1)

The Saints got good Jameis Winston and bad Jameis Winston the first two weeks. Which version shows up against the New England Patriots on Sunday?

8. Carolina Panthers (2-0)

With the Houston Texans and third-round rookie quarterback Davis Mills on deck, the Panthers are looking to go 3-0.

7. Dallas Cowboys (1-1)

Dallas escaped Los Angeles — and a de facto home game — with a win on Greg Zuerlein’s field goal at the buzzer. A huge victory for the Cowboys.

6. Arizona Cardinals (2-0)

Kyler Murray played a wild game on Sunday, but made one big play after another — albeit with two interceptions — in a win over the Minnesota Vikings. Now, the Jacksonville Jaguars.

5. Green Bay Packers (1-1)

The Packers avoided a total disaster by beating the Lions on Monday night. Now they go out west to tangle with the 49ers.

4. San Francisco 49ers (2-0)

Speaking of San Francisco, it finished off a two-game road trip by defeating the Eagles in an ugly 17-11 battle.


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3. Seattle Seahawks (1-1)

The Seahawks have to be sick about losing a 24-9 lead in the third quarter. Still, Russell Wilson and the offense look great, and the defense has enough pieces to be solid.

2. Los Angeles Rams (2-0)

Two games, two wins for Matthew Stafford and the Rams. Los Angeles now welcomes in the Buccaneers for a late-afternoon showdown.

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0)

Tom Brady has thrown nine touchdowns in two games. Seriously.

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