Week 3 of the 2021 NFL season is now a memory. Nonetheless, our NFL Power Rankings are adjusted based on the performances of last week and those before them so let’s take a look.
Remember you can go over our nifty tool explanation with our Week 1 post and remember to check back every Tuesday for the latest analysis of the adjustment in the positions.
Let’s see which teams made it into our Top 10 this week!
1. Buffalo Bills (2-1 SU, 2-1 ATS) Next: vs. Texans – The Bills moved up to the top spot this week after delivering a 43-21 beatdown of the Washington Football team. Josh Allen silenced his critics by rekindling the form of 2020 that saw him elevate into the rarified air as one of the best signal-callers in the business.
When the dust settled Allen had thrown for 358 yards with four passing touchdowns and a rushing TD as well. Six of Allen’s targets ended with double-digit receiving yards and the ground game chewed up 122 yards.
Check out the NFL odds against Houston next week compared to the OddsTrader Power Line. Can you find the Betting Edge?
2. Tampa Bay Bucs (2-1 SU, 1-2 ATS) Next: at Patriots – Tom Brady and the Bucs proved they were mortal when they traveled to LA, undefeated, and exited with the first blemish on their record this season. Perhaps Tom Terrific’s mind was on this week’s game against his old team from New England.
There is certainly acrimony in the air if you listen to Brady’s father putting the Patriots on blast for letting his son walk to the sun-splashed beaches of Tampa. The Bucs are laying 6.5 to what appears to be a Patriots team that can’t get their offensive motor started.
Does that line seem low? The OddsTrader Power Line seems to think so just like the image below suggests.
3. New Orleans (2-1 SU, 2-1 ATS) Next: at Giants – Who is this new guy with the name Winston on the back of his jersey? It can’t be the same Jameis Winston that threw early and often to anyone and everyone just to see if someone with the same uniform would catch the ball.
Well, the guy who beat the Patriots on the road last week had these game-manageresque stats: 13-of-21 for 128 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions. The Saints looked good last week in getting a win in Foxboro and are expected to roll over the Giants this week.
4. Green Bay Packers (2-1 SU, 2-1 ATS) Next: vs. Steelers – If you missed the Packers’ Sunday night showdown with the 49ers then you missed a dandy.
Green Bay watched veteran kicker, Mason Crosby, seal the win with a 51-yard field goal and Green Bay walked away with a huge 30-28 win over an NFC powerhouse in their own sandbox. The Pack is back and rules the North with what appears to be little competition from their divisional rivals.
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5. Los Angeles Rams (3-0 SU, 2-1 ATS) Next: vs. Cardinals – The Rams knocked off the biggest kid on the block last week and are only one of three undefeated teams remaining. One of the others will be making a house call this week when the Cardinals fly in from the desert for an NFC West exchange of unpleasantries.
6. Baltimore Ravens (2-1 SU, 1-2 ATS) Next: at Broncos – The Ravens have kicker Justin Tucker and his foot full of dynamite to thank for their 2-1 record as they could have easily lost in Motown to the Lions last week.
If you missed it, Tucker blasted a record-setting 66-yard field goal to ice a 19-17 victory with no time remaining on the clock. And while that win was far from convincing against a lesser light like Detroit, we can’t forget about the Ravens’ impressive victory over the Chiefs the week before, thus the No. 6 ranking this week.
7. Kansas City Chiefs (1-2 SU, 0-3 ATS) Next: at Eagles – The Chiefs are one of the few teams that could be sitting with a 1-2 record after three weeks and still be No. 7 in our power rankings.
Yes, the Chiefs lost to the upstart Chargers last week after dropping a heartbreaker to the Ravens the week before, and it seems like even Patrick Mahomes is out of sorts, tossing two picks last week.
Fortunately for Chiefs’ fans, they have what should be a walkover next week in Philly. However, the OddsTrader Power Line tends to disagree with the oddsmakers who share this opinion. Who do you agree with?
8. San Francisco 49ers (2-1 SU, 1-2 ATS) Next: vs. Seahawks – Sweet Jimmy G gave the game away last week when he tossed a backward pass that was ruled as a fumble and recovered by an opportunistic Packers’ defense.
Garoppolo will try to atone for his sin with a win over the Seahawks this Sunday but there is no doubt he can feel Trey Lance breathing down his back.
9. Indianapolis Colts (0-3 SU, 1-2 ATS) Next: vs. Dolphins – It isn’t often we see a winless team in the Top 10 but here we are. There’s an algorithm with a fondness for the Colts because Indianapolis lost to the Titans last week and failed to cover as 4.5 point road dogs.
Nevertheless, this squad has had a tough early schedule and could straighten out next week when the Fish come to town.
10. Arizona Cardinals (3-0 SU, 2-1 ATS) Next: at Rams – The Cardinals are one of three undefeated teams but they will get a stern test this week when they travel to LA to meet the Rams.
If they are to have any chance then they have to shake off their tendency to make lackadaisical errors. This is the marquee matchup of the day so don’t miss it!
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