Week 3 NFL Power Rankings: Eagles Drop in NFC Hierarchy

The Eagles are now 1-1 after a 24-20 loss to the Falcons in Atlanta and will play the Lions at home and the Packers on the road in a five-day span starting Sunday. 

Plenty of movement in the NFC power rankings after Week 2: 

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1. Rams (2-0) Last week: 1

In a rematch of last year's NFC Championship Game, the Rams cruised to a 27-9 win at home over the Saints as Drew Brees went down. The Rams are now 2-0 with a road win in a tough place to play in Carolina and a win over the team that was their biggest competition in the NFC. 

2. Cowboys (2-0) Last week: 4

I know the Cowboys have played the Giants and Redskins to start the season, but they can only play the teams on their schedule. And they took care of business against both. They outscored two inferior opponents by a combined 28 points. They face the putrid Dolphins at home in Week 3. They should be 3-0 for the first time since 2008. 

3. Packers (2-0) Last week: 7

Green Bay has started off their season with two quality wins against NFC North opponents. They might be for real. They toppled the Bears in Chicago in the opener and took down the Vikings in Green Bay in Week 2. After building a 21-0 lead over the Vikings in the first half, they didn't score again, but their defense held up just enough for a 21-16 win. After the Broncos this week, they'll face the Eagles and Cowboys in back-to-back weeks, so we'll learn even more about the Packers soon enough. 

4. Seahawks (2-0) Last week: 5

I'm not completely sold on the Seahawks just yet after they sneaked out close victories over the Bengals and Steelers, but I was impressed with their offensive output in Week 2 against a Steelers team that might spiral quickly now without Ben Roethlisberger. 

5. Eagles (1-1) Last week: 3

It was a tough loss to the Falcons on Sunday night, but it was a four-point loss in a game that they probably win if Nelson Agholor catches an easy pass for a long touchdown. They'll host the Lions this week and then are on the road four days later in Green Bay. 

6. Vikings (1-1) Last week: 6

After a Week 1 win at home against the Falcons, the Vikings lost a tough game on the road to what looks like a good Green Bay team. The Vikings scored the last 16 points of the game, but it wasn't enough. This NFC North is looking like a stout division so far. 

7. Saints (1-1) Last week: 2

New Orleans takes the biggest drop of the week and not just because they lost a road game to the Rams 27-9. The injury to Drew Brees' thumb means he'll be out for around 6-8 weeks. The Saints have six games before a nicely timed Week 9 bye, but play at the Seahawks, vs. the Cowboys and at the Bears during that stretch. 

8. Bears (1-1) Last week: 8

The good news: The Bears won a game on a 53-yard field goal. The bad news: It took a 53-yard field goal to take down a Broncos team I don't think is very good. 

9. Falcons (1-1) Last week: 10 

That was a big win at home against the Eagles for a Falcons team that couldn't afford to start the season with an 0-2 record. The Falcons now take a long dip into the AFC South with consecutive games against the Colts, Titans and Texans. 

10. 49ers (2-0) Last week: 11

In two games, the Niners have scored an NFC-high 72 points, which is also third in the NFL behind the Ravens and Patriots. With a game against the Roethlisberger-less Steelers before a Week 4 bye, the 49ers could have a 3-0 record for the first time since 1998. 

11. Lions (1-0-1) Last week: 13

I don't know what to make of the Lions. They blew a game in Week 1 and let the Cardinals come back to tie them. And then in Week 2, they beat a playoff contender in the Chargers. I still don't think they're very good, but they could change my mind Sunday in Philly. 

12. Buccaneers (1-1) Last week: 16 

Jameis Winston didn't throw an interception and the Bucs were able to get a 20-16 win over the Panthers in Carolina. They're not a good team, but maybe Tampa Bay won't be a complete disaster in 2019. 

13. Panthers (0-2) Last week: 9

Run roh. Cam Newton is hurt and the Panthers are off to an 0-2 start. They're already in the basement of the NFC South and three of their next four games before their Week 7 bye are on the road. 

14. Cardinals (0-1-1) Last week: 15

A comeback tie in Week 1 and then a six-point loss to what is probably a playoff-bound Ravens team. Not a bad start at all for the new regime in Arizona. 

15. Redskins (0-2) Last week: 12

Washington actually scored first against the Cowboys, but then lost 31-21. And their best player still won't show up and doesn't want to be there anymore. 

16. Giants (0-2) Last week: 14

The Giants aren't very good, but at least they finally benched Eli Manning. It'll be exciting to see what rookie Daniel Jones is able to do with the same offense.

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