NFL Power Rankings: Nos. 20-16
W, 38-20 @ Cardinals
Quarterback Kyle Allen sure looked dominant coming in for relief of an injured Cam Netwon, tossing four touchdowns and making the Panthers offense look like it did way back in 2015.
Yes, it was against the lowly Cardinals. But it was a road contest. And considering Carolina’s offensive struggles so far this season, head coach Ron Rivera will take it.
L, 27-24 @ Colts
It’s hard to understand the Falcons right now. And if it weren’t for a dropped pass by Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor the previous week, one could easily be looking at 0-3 for head coach Dan Quinn and Co.
Quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones were dominant, yes. But to waste efforts like those is going to put Quinn’s job in jeopardy, if it’s not at that point already.
W, 27-24 @ Eagles
Hey, another undefeated team!
The Lions’ road victory over the Eagles was pretty substantial. It might not be enough just yet to move them into the upper echelon of NFL power rankings, but the league took notice. Gutsy wins like this on the road should help Detroit’s confidence a lot.
L, 20-13 vs. Rams
So much for the Browns being a possible Super Bowl contender after one of the most-hyped offseasons in recent memory.
OK, so it’s still early. But Cleveland is committing the kind of mistakes you won’t see Super Bowl-caliber teams make. And rookie head coach Freddie Kitchens was responsible for a number of them in Week 3’s Sunday Night Football loss against the Rams.
L, 27-24 vs. Lions
Yes, the Eagles are still ahead of the Lions in our NFL power rankings despite a worse record and the Week 3 loss.
It’s a simple reason, to be honest: Philadelphia has the talent and coaching staff to win big this season. But it hasn’t come together much at all these first three weeks, making the Eagles look like a proverbial “stuck in second gear” squad.
Sounds like a line from a song.