With all due respect to the 3-0 Eagles, there have been two dominant teams to this point in the NFL season.

The 49ers have scored 30 points in every game, and the defense is third in yards per play and fifth in points per drive allowed.

Miami’s defense has not been as stout, but their offense is a juggernaut that has averaged 2.2 more yards per play and 0.81 more points per drive than the next closest team.

Oh, yeah. They also just scored 70 points in an NFL game.

The 49ers and Dolphins have been the best teams so far this young season. Put them in whatever order you like.

NFL Power Rankings, 2023:

Power RankTeamChange
149ers0
2Dolphins+4
3Eagles0
4Chiefs0
5Bills0
6Cowboys-4
7Ravens0
8Lions+1
9Browns+5
10Seahawks+1
11Packers+2
12Saints-4
13Chargers+5
14Bengals+5
15Steelers+7
16Jaguars-6
17Falcons-5
18Rams-1
19Titans-3
20Bucs-5
21Patriots-1
22Colts+4
23Vikings+1
24Giants+1
25Texans+4
26Raiders+1
27Jets-6
28Commanders-5
29Cardinals+3
30Panthers0
31Broncos-3
32Bears-1

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NFL Team Rankings:

1. San Francisco 49ers

The Dolphins could also be in this spot without much argument from me, but the 49ers have done nothing to lose it. Christian McCaffrey has now played 14 regular season games with the 49ers. They have scored at least 30 points in 10 of those contests including seven of the eight started by Brock Purdy.

2. Miami Dolphins

I had been giving the 2022 NFL royalty the benefit of the doubt, but that cannot continue after Sunday. Sure it was the Broncos, but putting up 70 against any team is unbelievable. And they did it without Jaylen Waddle. It is also important to remember this defense will get Jalen Ramsey back at some point, and Jaelan Phillips has been dealing with his own injury issues. Their trip to Buffalo this week should be very interesting.

3. Philadelphia Eagles

They took care of the previously unbeaten Buccaneers on Monday night. The running game continued to cook with D’Andre Swift leading the charge, and A.J. Brown got going in the passing game. They have a great shot to be 6-0 when the Dolphins come to town in Week 7.

4. Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City swiftly dispatched the Bears, who had a blank space on the scoreboard into the fourth quarter. Despite the Week 1 stumble, we knew all too well the Chiefs would shake it off and cruise through the regular season in style. That’s probably enough Taylor Swift references. Anyway, the Chiefs are good and their defense is quietly dominating.

5. Buffalo Bills

Lost in the Dolphins’ dismantling of the Broncos was the Bills going on the road and crushing the previously 2-0 Commanders, who beat the Broncos last week. Buffalo has a chance to make a statement this week at home against the Dolphins.

6. Dallas Cowboys

The Cardinals have been frisky all season, so losing in Arizona is not as bad as it may have seemed before the season. Still, the defense was run all over. More concerningly, the offense needed to step up for the first time this season, and they could not do it. That offense scored 13 points on five trips to the red zone including four inside the 10-yard line. They are getting the benefit of the doubt after a dominant start, but Dallas needs to get the offense figured out before playing at the 49ers and at the Chargers in Weeks 5 and 6.

7. Baltimore Ravens

The loss to the Colts was odd. The weather was not ideal, but it is concerning the passing game could not get anything going against a defense that was shredded by C.J. Stroud the week before. They face a much tougher test this week in Cleveland, arguably the best defense in the league. The next two weeks will tell a lot about this team.

8. Detroit Lions

The Lions rode an impressive defensive performance to crockpot the previously unbeaten Falcons at home. It was against Desmond Ridder, but Detroit allowed just 2.8 yards per play and, more impressively, 2.2 yards per rush. They have a massive game in Green Bay on Thursday night. The winner of that contest will be in the early driver’s seat for the division.

9. Cleveland Browns

Deshaun Watson needed to get on track in a great matchup against the Titans secondary, and he did exactly that. Watson completed 27-of-33 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns. He also improved his off-target rate as the Browns got him more easy throws around the line of scrimmage. Cleveland’s defense has allowed the fewest yards per play so far this season and NEGATIVE-0.64 yards before contact per rush through three weeks. That level of defense can carry this team if Watson plays like he did in Week 3.

10. Seattle Seahawks

They won at home, which is what matters, but the defense gave up 361 yards and two touchdowns to Andy Dalton, who was leading a passing game that had done absolutely nothing through two weeks. Is that an indictment of Bryce Young or Seattle’s defense? Maybe both. The Seahawks were without several key members of the secondary, so we could see better from them moving forward.

11. Green Bay Packers

Jordan Love was shaky for most of the game against the Saints, but he turned it on in the fourth quarter, leading a comeback that was punctuated by two outstanding throws on the final touchdown drive. Touchdowns have masked some concerning per-throw numbers from Love, but the Packers are 2-1 without Christian Watson playing any snaps and Aaron Jones missing two games. They have a chance to take control of the division Thursday night against the Lions in Green Bay.

12. New Orleans Saints

The Saints were well on their way to winning in Green Bay before Derek Carr left with a shoulder injury. The offense bogged down, and the defense gave up 18 fourth-quarter points to lose the lead. Despite all of that, the Saints had a 46-yard field goal to take the lead late in the game against a good Packers team on the road. This is still a good team, and while Jameis Winston might make a few more mistakes than Carr, he should be able to keep the offense moving. An offense that gets back Alvin Kamara this week. Whoever is at quarterback, the Saints have to get better in the red zone. They rank 27th in TD conversion rate so far this season.

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13. Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers got a much-needed win against the Vikings, holding on late after a questionable fourth-down call from Brandon Staley that may have cost him his job if the Vikings went on to score a game-winning touchdown. They did not, however, and the Chargers finally came out on the right side of a close game. Their two losses have come by 2 points to the juggernaut Dolphins and 3 points in Tennessee. The defense is still an issue, and the Mike Williams injury will test the receiver depth, but this still looks like a solid team with a high-end quarterback.

14. Cincinnati Bengals

Breathe. The Bengals held on for a much-needed win against the Rams on Monday night. Joe Burrow still is not healthy and has averaged 5.3 yards per attempt over the last two weeks, but Ja’Marr Chase got on track with 12 catches for 141 yards on 15 targets. The Bengals have the Titans, Cardinals, and Seahawks over the next three weeks before what will be a welcome bye in Week 7.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers

As it turns out, not playing two of the best defenses in the league allowed the offense to look a little better. That said, Kenny Pickett did not tear the Raiders apart, and the running game managed just 3.4 yards per carry. The offense still has questions to answer, but they are 2-1 heading into a matchup with the Texans.

16. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Week 3 loss to the Texans was a wild game that included a missed field goal, a blocked field goal, two Jaguars turnovers, and a Texans kick return touchdown by the heaviest player in NFL history to ever return a kickoff for a touchdown – FB Andrew Beck. All of that said, the offense once again struggled and now sits 24th in points per drive and 28th in EPA per play. Jacksonville may still be the class of their division, but alarm bells are ringing.

17. Atlanta Falcons

The offense needed to turn it on in the second half last week against the Packers, and Desmond Ridder was able to lead a comeback. They needed the same against the Lions this week, and it just did not happen. This defense is much improved from last year, and the talent on this offense is good enough to score more than six points against the Lions. Is Ridder? That question remains open.

18. Los Angeles Rams

The offense took a step back, but the Rams hung tough with the Bengals in Cincinnati on Monday night. They have now played the 49ers and Bengals tough two weeks in a row after beating the Seahawks in Seattle in Week 1.

19. Tennessee Titans

The Titans have played three games. The offense and Ryan Tannehill have been a disaster in the two on the road, but they were able to move the ball against the Chargers at home. To be fair, the Browns might be the best defense in football, but the offense was always expected to be a concern. Those concerns will be even larger if Derrick Henry cannot get going. Henry is averaging just 3.2 yards per carry and 2.7 yards after contact per carry, which would be his lowest mark since his rookie year.

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Baker Mayfield and the Bucs got a little dose of reality on Monday night. The team managed just 4.0 yards per play, a yard less than the Eagles averaged on just running plays, and scored three points in the first three quarters. The good news is they could face the Saints without Derek Carr on Sunday.

21. New England Patriots

New England outlasted an inept Jets offense for their first win of the season. The offense only managed 13 points, but that was all they needed. They now face a tougher trip to play a Cowboys team coming off an embarrassing loss to the Cardinals. While they are 1-2, it has to be noted the Patriots played the Eagles and Dolphins – two of the top three teams in this list – close over the first two games.

22. Indianapolis Colts

Following a huge win in Baltimore with backup quarterback Gardner Minshew, the Colts are currently 2-1 and atop the AFC South. While the defense can be thrown on, they have been solid against the run through three weeks. The offense has room to grow, especially without the playmaking of Anthony Richardson at quarterback, but this is at least an interesting team. Their matchup this week against the Rams will be fascinating.


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23. Minnesota Vikings

Regression is a hell of a thing. Everything that went right for the Vikings last season has gone wrong this year. They have now lost three games by a total of 13 points. The running game got going against the Chargers, and the offense is still second in the league in yards per play. They have a great chance to get their first win in Carolina this week.

24. New York Giants

Outside of one half against the Cardinals, the Giants offense has been a disaster so far this season, sitting 30th in yards per play and 29th in points per drive. The Seahawks defense is not as stout as the Cowboys and 49ers. Still, the Giants and Daniel Jones have not shown enough to trust them in any matchup, especially if Saquon Barkley remains out, and the defense will likely struggle to slow down Seattle’s passing attack.

25. Houston Texans

C.J. Stroud has been outstanding through three weeks, and Houston dominated the Jaguars in Jacksonville for their first win. The defense still might not be good, but Stroud should only get better as the offensive line improves. At the very least, this should be a fun offense.

26. Las Vegas Raiders

Given what we know now, their one-point win over the Broncos in Week 1 is not that impressive, and they now face the possibility of playing the Chargers without Jimmy Garoppolo. Josh McDaniels also once again faces questions after deciding to kick a field goal down eight late in the game.

27. New York Jets

Zach Wilson is simply not it. Among 35 qualified quarterbacks since the start of last season, he is 34th in EPA per dropback, 34th in success rate, 34th in off-target rate, 31st in sack rate, and 34th in interception rate. Robert Saleh said what he had to when he claimed Wilson was not the reason the team lost against the Patriots, but Wilson is clearly holding this team back. There might not be any answers available, but the Jets owe it to a talented locker room to try something else.

28. Washington Commanders

Reality hit in a big way against the Bills. Sam Howell threw four interceptions, Antonio Gibson added a fumble to the mix, and the Commanders avoided the shutout with a meaningless field goal with 46 seconds left in the game. Things do not get easier with a trip to Philadelphia next up on the schedule.

29. Arizona Cardinals

After threatening wins against the Commanders and Giants, the Cardinals held on to beat the Cowboys in the biggest upset of the week. The defense has done enough through three weeks, and Drew Petzing has the offense playing shockingly well given the quarterback situation. If James Conner keeps rumbling, this offense could be fine, especially once Kyler Murray gets back.

30. Carolina Panthers

It has to be at least somewhat concerning the passing game finally started working when Andy Dalton replaced Bryce Young at quarterback. Of course, this is a long-term rebuilding project, and Young should get better moving forward. The defense has been a little bit disappointing through three games.

31. Denver Broncos

They are lucky the Bears exist because, in any other scenario, the Broncos would be at the bottom of this list after giving up 70 to the Dolphins. The offense has actually been fine (5.7 yards per play, 8th), but questions need to be asked when a defense that finished top 10 in several important metrics last season is suddenly one of the worst in the league.

32. Chicago Bears

They can’t score points. They can’t stop the other team from scoring points. Though he walked it back, Justin Fields publicly called out the coaching staff during the week, and then conveniently there was a report over the weekend the Bears are unsure about Fields long-term. Oh, yeah, and the defensive coordinator resigned under “mysterious circumstances” that reportedly involved human resources. But other than all that, things are great.

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