DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 18: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions celebrates with Jahvid Best #44 after scoring on an 18 yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford #9 during the first quarter of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Ford Field on September 18, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
With the Arizona Cardinals losing to the division foe Seattle Seahawks last Sunday, not only have they lost ground in the division standings, but also in the power rankings. They are currently tied with Seattle at 1-2 trailing the 2-1 San Francisco 49ers.
Instead of promoting an outside power rankings list, I decided to make my own and see what the community thinks. This will be a weekly feature from here on out, so if you don't agree with my rankings, deal with it, but feel free to criticize me in the comments section.
Without further adieu...
1. Green Bay Packers (3-0): The Super Bowl champions look sharp this year and there is no doubt that they'll be making a strong push in the playoffs once again.
2. New Orleans Saints (2-1): The Saints only loss has come to, you guessed it, the Packers. Other than that, they have beaten a good Texans team and they pummeled the Bears.
3. Baltimore Ravens (2-1): They beat down the Steelers already and most recently the Rams. They look to be the early divisional favorites.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1): They barely escape Indianapolis with a win, but a win is a win and the Steelers are still a really good team.
5. Buffalo Bills (3-0): Did the Bills really just beat the Patriots? Yes, yes they did. They currently are leading the AFC East division.
7. Detroit Lions (3-0): With comebacks on the road like the one the Lions had against the Vikings, teams can gain a lot of momentum and roll. That Matthew Stafford-Calvin Johnson connection is something special. I am officially a believer in this team.
8. New York Jets (2-1): They faced a lesser team in Oakland and lost the game, letting the Darren McFadden run all over them. Do you think Rex Ryan ever guessed they'd be behind the Bills in the standings at any point this season?
11. San Diego Chargers (2-1): The Chargers barely escaped with a win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Yes, the same Chiefs that were beat 48-3 just over a week ago. Still, it's almost ironic that they're off to a quick start for once.
12. Dallas Cowboys (2-1): I must say, I don't respect the Cowboys, but I have a new respect for Tony Romo as a straight up baller. What kind of guts does it take to play with a broken rib? Great win over the 'Skins, but a boring game.
14. Washington Redskins (2-1): Before the season started, I thought this team might be in on the 'Suck for Luck' race, but former Cardinal Tim Hightower along with Rex Grossman look to be turning things around in D.C.
15. Oakland Raiders (2-1): The Raiders beat the Jets, but they still have plenty of kinks to work out, especially at the wide receiver position. Darren McFadden is a stud and could lead them to a close divisional race with the Chargers if he stays healthy.
18. Philadelphia Eagles (1-2): Ah, Michael Vick. How is it that this guy got another $100 million contract? He should play this Sunday against the 49ers, but their offensive line is enough to make me say the Cardinals' line is good.
19. San Francisco 49ers (2-1): The San Francisco-Cincinnati game was probably the most ugly one of the weekend. Still, San Fran traveled out east and got a win on the road. Kudos to them.
20. Cleveland Browns (2-1): Colt McCoy is the best sophomore quarterback outside of Sam Bradford. Joe Thomas is locked up long term. The future is bright in Cleveland... That is, until their star player holds a press conference on ESPN announcing his move to the Dolphins.
21. Chicago Bears (1-2): Yes, they lost to the Green Bay Packers, but am I the only one that thinks these Bears don't make the playoffs this year? Their offensive line is also atrocious.
22. Carolina Panthers (1-2): The Panthers' first round pick, Cam Newton, is starting off on fire for his NFL career. When they get their players back healthy and have a couple more good drafts, the NFC South will basically be a coin toss. Good win against the Jaguars.
23. Arizona Cardinals (1-2): Finally, we have reached our own team. First it was our defense that looked inept, now it is the offense that had too many breakdowns. This team is a mess, but we can continue to hope for success when they play the Giants at home this week.
27. Seattle Seahawks (1-2): Ugh. Remind me again how the Cardinals lost to a team lead by Tarvaris Jackson?
28. Indianapolis Colts (0-3): Peyton Manning isn't walking through those doors anytime soon. Still, they put up a good fight against the Steelers on Monday Night Football and Dwight Freeney is still a monster.
29. St. Louis Rams (0-3): The Rams are 0-3, but they have had an extremely difficult schedule to start the season. A possible resurgence is in order considering the division they play in.
30. Kansas City Chiefs (0-3): They played the Chargers tough and given all of the injuries, I have to give them a round of applause. In other news: Is Todd Haley already on the hot seat?
31. Miami Dolphins (0-3): Rumors are surfacing that the Dolphins are trying to get Carson Palmer from the Bengals. Still, they play in a tough division and a quarterback just coming into a new system won't be enough to turn that mess around.