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
- Who’s highest on the Bengals? Eli Hershkovich (No. 10)
- Who’s lowest on the Bengals? Mo Nuwwarah (No. 16)
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)
- Who’s lowest on the Jaguars? Nate Weitzer (No. 23)
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.
Week 3 Spread: Panthers
- Who’s highest on the Panthers? Stephen Andress and Mo Nuwwarah (No. 22)
- Who’s lowest on the Panthers? Eli Hershkovich, Nate Weitzer and Matt Burke (No. 26)