Here’s a look at the 2012 NFL Power Rankings Week 3:
After a disappointing loss in Week 1, the Packers made a statement by bouncing back with an impressive win over their division rivals–the Chicago Bears. While the offense is usually the main factor for Green Bay, it was actually the defense that stepped it up for the Packers–recording seven sacks and four interceptions on Jay Cutler.
Even if they did lose a controversial game to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Ravens are still one of the top teams in the AFC and will be tough to beat throughout the regular season. Joe Flacco struggled a bit compared to his Week 1 performance against the Cincinnati Bengals, but it was only one game–so there’s no need to criticize him just yet.
In a game where Julio Jones was held to just four catches for 14 yards, the Falcons pulled off an impressive win at home against the Denver Broncos and look like one of the top teams in the NFC. The defense deserves all of the credit in the world for shutting down Peyton Manning the way they did–forcing the future Hall of Famer to throw for three interceptions in the first quarter.
The argument can be made the Texans have yet to be truly tested after another impressive win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, but that will change in Week 3 against the Broncos. After seeing what the Falcons did, it should be interesting to see how Houston’s defense does against Manning.
The 49ers made another strong statement in Week 2 by beating another team from the NFC that went to the playoffs in 2012. There’s no question this is the best overall team in football and they should remain on top of this list with a favorable matchup against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3.
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