AFC West: 2013 NFL Week 3 Power Rankings

A weekly examination of the Chiefs’ Power Ranking:

Preseason: 22 | Last Week: 20 | Power Ranking since 2002

Unlike last week, the Kansas City Chiefs are right about where they should be in this week’s Power Rankings. They’re 13th, so they jumped seven spots from last week.

Not sure I understand the logic of dropping the Chiefs a spot from 19 to 20 after they routed the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road and then bumping them up seven spots after they won a coin-toss game at home against the Dallas Cowboys. But that’s another debate for another time.

For now, 13 is about where the Chiefs belong. The Chiefs are immediately behind No. 12 Miami. No argument there. The Dolphins already have two wins on the road, though one of those happened against the anemic Cleveland Browns, who may be no better than the Jaguars.

The Chiefs are immediately ahead of the Colts, who lost a home game to the Dolphins on Sunday, and the Cowboys. No arguments there, either.

The Chiefs are in Philadelphia on Thursday night to take on the No. 19 Eagles.

Power Rankings: No. 2 Denver Broncos

September, 17, 2013
A weekly examination of the Broncos’ Power Ranking:

Preseason: 3 | Last week: 3 | Power Ranking since 2002

They didn’t have a 100-yard rusher a receiver in this past weekend’s 41-23 victory over the Giants, and they ran exactly one offensive play that covered more than 25 yards in the game. Yet the Broncos still flexed more than enough of their all-around muscle to win by 18 points and move up a spot in the Power Rankings this week.

On the heels of becoming just the seventh team in the Super Bowl era to have scored at least 40 points in each of the first two games of the season, the Broncos moved from No. 3 to No. 2 this week, with only the Seattle Seahawks above them. The offense gets the kudos, but the Broncos also got a special-teams touchdown from Trindon Holliday against the Giants, and they intercepted Eli Manning four times without Champ Bailey or Von Miller anywhere in the defensive formation.

That's why when coach John Fox was asked about his level of happiness about the team’s start, he listed several things he wanted to improve (pass protection, run game, limiting penalties, etc.) before adding, “I’m not sure you can be better than 2-0 right now."
A weekly examination of the Chargers’ Power Ranking:

Preseason ranking: 23 | Last Week: 26 | Power Ranking since 2002

The San Diego Chargers were the big movers in Week 3. They moved up 10 spots.

Is this huge move warranted?

Perhaps, and perhaps not. The Chargers probably shouldn't have been ranked as low as No. 26 after losing to Houston. But the Eagles were the flavor of the moment in the NFL. So the Chargers’ 33-30 win in Philadelphia opened some eyes.

I’d probably rank the Chargers in the 16-18 range. They are not a great team, but they’ve played well in the first two weeks. They are competitive and will get better if they can stay healthy. Mike McCoy is doing a good job with what he has.

The arrow is definitely pointing up in San Diego.
A weekly examination of the Raiders’ Power Ranking:

Preseason: 29 | Last Week: 31 | Power Ranking since 2002

Put simply, the Raiders are eight yards away from being 2-0. Terrelle Pryor had Oakland at the Indianapolis 8-yard line in the closing moments of the Raiders’ heart-wrenching loss in the season opener before throwing a game-sealing interception.

So not even handling their business at home against woeful Jacksonville was enough to give the Raiders a bigger bump.

But that’s what happens when you score a touchdown on your opening drive and then have to settle for five field goal attempts, missing one, against the Jaguars. And when you lose your highest-paid player in $9.5 million strong safety Tyvon Branch to a broken leg for an indefinite amount of time. And the timing couldn't be worse, a week before traveling to No. 2-ranked Denver for "Monday Night Football."

Still, the Raiders are tied for the league lead in sacks with nine (five coming from the secondary) and have the NFL’s top-ranked rushing game. So they have that going for them ... which is nice. But not impressive enough. At least, not yet.