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NFL Power Rankings, Week 3: Broncos retain No. 1 spot; Giants fall to No. 21

After beating the Giants, the Broncos maintain their spot atop the rankings

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After a heart-pounding Week 2 in the NFL, a shakeup in Week 3 NFL Power Rankings is inevitable. Big Blue View ranks each team after their first two games.

Maintaining their spot atop the rankings are the Denver Broncos, who continue to look unstoppable on offense and can make the defensive stops when need be.

1. Denver Broncos (2-0): Peyton takes another Manning Bowl title, as his Broncos look to be the class of the AFC. (Last week: 1)

2. Seattle Seahawks (2-0): Seattle not only topped its division rival; they dismantled them. (LW: 3)

3. New England Patriots (2-0: Tom Brady could use a running game, a veteran wide receiver and a tight end, but even without his main weapons his Pats remain unbeaten. (LW: 4)

4. San Francisco 49ers (1-1): Even though they failed to show up in Seattle, we know this team is capable of beating any team on any given Sunday. (LW: 3)

5. Green Bay Packers (1-1): If all else fails, leave it to Aaron Rodgers to win a game for you. (LW: 5)

6. New Orleans Saints (2-0): Sean Payton is back and Naw'lins is 2-0. Jimmy Graham is a mismatch for any defense. (LW: 10)

7. Chicago Bears (2-0): We're used to defense being the mantra in the Windy City, but under Marc Trestman the new-look Bears have major offensive power. (LW: 12)

8. Atlanta Falcons (1-1): Atlanta got off to a hot start in its home opener, but the Falcons will need Steven Jackson to sustain success throughout the season. (LW: 6)

9. Baltimore Ravens (1-1): Despite hosting the Browns and having their Super Bowl banner unveiled in front of the home crowd, the Ravens came out flat and had to rally in the second half. Yikes. (LW: 7)

10. Houston Texans (2-0): Week 1 Houston had to come back late and this week the Texans were forced into overtime at home. What's troubling the Texans? (LW: 13)

11. Kansas City Chiefs (2-0): The Chiefs surged in the rankings. Andy Reid is making all the right moves with his new chess pieces (LW: 18)

12. Indianapolis Colts (1-1): Watching Andrew Luck play football is just fun. This team is only going to get better. (LW: 11)

13. Detroit Lions (1-1): The Lions are the prototypical "yeah-but" team; "yeah" they have a ton of talent, "but" why can't they play consistently? (LW: 9)

14. Dallas Cowboys (1-1): It's tough to play in Arrowhead, and the 'Boys made it close toward the end. (LW: 8)

15. Cincinnati Bengals (1-1): It's always impressive to beat the Steelers, home or away. (LW: 17)

16. St. Louis Rams (1-1): The Rams' second-half effort was impressive, but they'll have to prove to they can hang a full four quarters with the heavy weights to be considered a true contender. (LW 14)

17: San Diego Chargers (1-1): Whatever Mike McCoy is doing in San Diego, it's working. Philip Rivers, the defense both look reinvigorated. Don't sleep on these Bolts! (LW: 22)

18: Philadelphia Eagles (1-1): Have you ever been so encouraged by a loss? Even this defense plays faster. (LW: 15)

19. Miami Dolphins (2-0): Though they're unbeaten, the Dolphins don't come off like a real contender. (LW: 24)

20: Buffalo Bills (1-1): E.J. Manuel outplayed his counterpart, Cam Newton. It's a positive sign for Buffalo fans. (LW: 20)

21: New York Giants (0-2): The G-Men have a lot of problems, and they were glaring as Peyton picked them apart in the second half. (LW: 16)

22: New York Jets (1-1): Even though the Patriots were not at full strength, Geno Smith and the D kept it closer than anticipated. (LW: 21)

23. Arizona Cardinals (1-1): It looks like the decision to add Carson Palmer has already paid off. (LW: 28)

24: Washington Redskins (0-2): There are talks about benching Robert Griffin III? Can you bench an entire defense first? (LW: 19)

25. Minnesota Vikings (0-2): Despite the win column being empty, the Vikings are competitive week in and week out. (LW: 23)

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-2): Something's rotten between Josh Freeman and Greg Schiano. It has to be straightened out if the Bucs are going to compete like we all expected them to. (LW: 25)

27. Tennessee Titans (1-1): The Titans made it too close for comfort in Houston. Maybe this is Jake Locker's year? (LW: 26)

28. Carolina Panthers (0-2): When is it appropriate for Cam Newton to press the panic button? (LW: 27)

29. Oakland Raiders (1-1): A Darren McFadden sighting in the Bay Area. He'll be crucial for the Black and Silver being competitive this season. (LW: 30)

30. Cleveland Browns (0-2): They were poised to upset the Ravens at M&T, but where was that energy in the second half? (LW: 29)

31. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-2): They looked better -- even on the road against a division rival. But this team has so many holes. (LW: 31)

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2): The Jaguars are making the strongest case to draft Teddy Bridgewater next spring. (LW: 32)

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