Week 3 NFL Power Rankings: 3 Notable Risers, Fallers

Written By Eli Hershkovich on September 20, 2022
NFL Power Rankings

In this weekly feature, we’ll highlight a trio of teams trending up or downward in our NFL power rankings. For reference, these Week 3 power rankings aren’t predicated around futures markets, despite the possibility there might be value available. Instead, they’re evaluating a team’s outlook on a week-by-week basis. The ranks are a composite of eight staff members — in the order of which team they would have favored on a neutral field this week.

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No. 12 Cincinnati Bengals ()

After representing the No. 7 team in our Week 2 power rankings, the 0-2 Bengals dipped five spots after their Week 2 loss at the Cowboys. Cincinnati’s offensive line is the core issue — similar to 2021 — tallying the eighth lowest Pass Block Win Rate. But the difference between the two are the offseason additions of right tackle La’el Collins, right guard Alex Kappa, and center Ted Karras.

Anticipate that the Bengals’ pass-blocking group will showcase their continuity eventually, and their offense (ninth lowest EPA per play) should turn things around in the process. Up next? A revenge spot at the Jets.

Week 3 Spread: Bengals

No. 20 Jacksonville Jaguars ()

Trevor Lawrence & Co. bounced back from their season-opening loss at the Commanders in a big way, shutting out Matt Ryan and the Colts on Sunday. As a result, Jaguars made the biggest leap of any team in our Week 3 power rankings, rising 10 spots.

Jacksonville’s passing attack is off to a prolific start, and its defensive front has also been stout against the run. But the Jaguars’ biggest liability lies in the secondary, and they’ll be up against a Chargers‘ passing attack that owns a top-10 Dropback EPA over their first two games. However, the status of signal caller Justin Herbert (ribs) and wideout Keenan Allen (hamstring) remain unknown.

Week 3 Spread: Jaguars

  • Who’s highest on the Jaguars? Mo Nuwwarah (No. 17)

No. 25 Carolina Panthers ()

Just like the aforementioned Bengals, the 0-2 Panthers fell five spots, following consecutive one-possession losses. Even though they outgained both of their opponents in Yards Per Play (YPP), they also lost the turnover battle in each matchup.

Unfortunately, Carolina will next square off against an angry Saints bunch, which wasn’t on the good side of official Shawn Hochuli in their home loss to the Buccaneers.

Week 3 Spread: Panthers

  • Who’s lowest on the Panthers? Eli Hershkovich, Nate Weitzer and Matt Burke (No. 26)

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Eli Hershkovich is a lead sports betting writer with TheLines and Catena Media, formerly with Audacy and The Action Network. His goal is to provide you with data and information to lead you to winning bets. Eli is an avid college basketball gambler — among many other sports — and still hasn't forgiven Virginia for ruining his 2018-2019 Texas Tech futures.

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