I finally think that my power rankings have started to stabilize now that I have seen 3 full weeks of football. These rankings show my views as of now, they do not show how I think the season will play out.
1. New England Patriots--The Patriots are clearly the best team in the NFL at this point. They have absolutely demolished every single team that they've played thus far and that offense looks like a top 3 offense. What the Pats really impressed me with is all the ways the Patriots use Randy Moss. They move him all over the place and put him in so many different ways. As for that Patriots defense, it could be the #1 defense in the NFL. When the Patriots get Richard Seymour and Rodney Harrison back, I don't know if there'll be a weak spot in that defense. The addition of Adalius Thomas has allowed Belichick to be much more aggressive defensively.
2. Indianapolis Colts--That defense is playing really well and the Colts are playing much more aggressively. They're using Bob Sanders and the line of scrimmage and they're playing much more physically, which is what the Colts defense lacked last year. The Colts mentality and approach to the game has changed and they're playing better football. The offense is still just as hard to defend as they always were; Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, Joseph Addai, and Anthony Gonzalez are all first round picks and that's why the Colts are so good offensively.
3. Pittsburg Steelers--The Steelers are playing Steeler football and the Steelers secondary has really improved from last year just as Ben Roethlisberger's play has improved from last year. Mike Tomlin has allowed Bruce Ariens and Dick LeBeau to open things up and the team has really improved from that. The way the Steelers just dominated a pretty good 49er team really amazed me. The offense moved the ball really well against a pretty good 49ers defense and that Steelers defense just shut down the 49ers offense completely and I have a feeling that the way the Steelers played on Sunday is the way they'll play the rest of the season.
4. Dallas Cowboys--Like I expected coming into the season, Tony Romo is playing very well and that Cowboys offensive line is stonewalling excellent defensive fronts like the Dolphins and the Bears. I thought that picking up Leonard Davis was a bad move, but Davis just manhandled Tommie Harris in that Bears game while Marion Barber is running like a bull. One the other side of the ball, that Cowboys defense is playing like a team and they're playing hard. Wade Phillips has changed the culture of that defense in Dallas and they're playing cohesively and they're able to attack like they weren't able to do last year.
5. Green Bay Packers--I was wrong about Brett Favre, he can still play as he showed against the Chargers. Mike McCarthy has done an excellent job rebuilding this team. McCarthy had an excellent gameplan against the Chargers by spreading them out. As for that Packer defense, its playing really well. Even though they allowed Phillip Rivers to have a good game, they shut down LaDanian Tomlinson. The Packers are playing like a team and Brett Favre has lead them to a 3-0 record.
6. Baltimore Ravens--The reason Kurt Warner had such a great game against the Ravens is because the Ravens had a gameplan set up for Matt Leinart. Warner found the holes in the Ravens defense that Leinart wasn't able to because of his experience, and it was something that the Ravens didn't plan for. What happened against the Ravens last week will not happen again. That Ravens offense still worries me a little bit, but the Raven offense is starting to come together and not give the ball away, which is what the Ravens need.
7. Tennessee Titans--Vince Young will be a stud in this league, he's a leader who has shown he can stand in the pocket and deliver a strike. The young Vince(pun intended) has really developed as a passer and the Titans still have an excellent rushing attack with Chris Brown and LenDale White. As for the Titans defense, Jeff Fischer has them playing really well and Haynesworth looks like a monster.
8. San Diego Chargers--The Chargers are a much better team that what their record shows. Phillip Rivers played pretty well against a very good Packers defense, but the Chargers have to get the ground game going. Also, that Chargers defense is playing awfully. The Patriots and Packers just spread them out and the Chargers didn't have a response. The Chargers brand new coaching staff is clearly adjusting to the players, but the gameplans that Norv Turner and Ted Cottrell developed were horrible, not to mention that the Chargers coaching staff has done a horrible job of making adjustments during games.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars--The Jaguars got back to who they were by running the football, running it some more, and running it even more. The Jaguars are also a team that is very physical and a team that can stop the run, which will pay huge dividends as the season progresses. The Jaguars also dominated time of possession and they wore down the Broncos speed based defense. If the Jags play like they did against the Broncos, they'll be a team to be reckoned with.
10. Chicago Bears--The Bears are a much better team now that Rex Grossman is sitting on the bench, but the Bears still aren't able to run the ball. Brian Griese isn't a great quarterback, but he won't be throwing the ball up for grabs like Rex Grossman does. On the defensive side of the ball, the Bears defense started to wear down by the end of the Cowboys game and the Bears were also troubled from injuries to Tommie Harris and Lance Briggs.
11. Houston Texans
12. Carolina Panthers
13. San Francisco 49ers
14. Washington Redskins
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
16. Detroit Lions