(Ranking, team, record, last week's ranking)
1. Packers (3-0) (2): Aaron Rodgers slices and dices the Bears’ defense, winning for the sixth time in his last eight tries against his NFC North foes.
2. Saints (2-1) (3): Drew Brees brings the Aints back not once, but twice in the fourth quarter in yet another sizzling offensive effort.
3. Patriots (2-1) (1): Yes, Tom Brady is human. After winning back-to-back AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors, Brady throws four picks in an unusually sloppy effort against resurgent Buffalo.
4. Lions (3-0) (8): Lions look legitimately good after latest win, a dramatic comeback from a 20-0 halftime deficit in Minnesota.
5. Ravens (2-1) (6): Ravens take out their frustrations after Week 2 loss to Titans by smashing the Rams on the road. Rookie Torrey Smith with three TDs in the first quarter!
6. Bills (3-0) (13): Yet another dramatic second-half comeback for Ryan Fitzpatrick, as he tops Brady in a wild one. Great to see Bills football mean something again.
7. Jets (2-1) (4): Jets’ defense gets waxed by Darren McFadden’s 171 rushing yards and two TDs. Next up: Ravens and then Pats on the road. Lucky for a split here.
8. Cowboys (2-1) (12): After that Week 1 collapse against the Jets, Tony Romo has been Captain Comeback in his last two. Terrific effort against Redskins despite playing with bruised ribs.
9. Steelers (2-1) (10): Stillers off to a shaky start. Barely getting past a Peyton Manning-less Colts team the latest evidence.
10. Raiders (2-1) (14): Liking the way Jason Campbell is handling himself these days. Relatively mistake-free and poised. Helps when McFadden is running so well.
11. Giants (2-1) (19): A season-changing win over the Iggles? We’ll see, but that road win was massive for the bruised psyche of a bruised team.
12. Texans (2-1) (15): Gary Kubiak failed to get to 3-0 for the first time, but this Texans team looks pretty legit. In position to win at New Orleans, but couldn’t close the deal.
13. Buccaneers (2-1) 16): Josh Freeman finally solves the Falcons’ hex, beating Atlanta at home and snapping Tampa’s five-game losing streak to the Dirty Birds. Freeman even did a little Dirty Bird dance to celebrate the moment.
14. Falcons (1-2) (5): Only 29 rushing yards for Michael Turner. Key stat in loss to Bucs.
15. Eagles (1-2) (7): The “Dream Team” has hopes of winning the Super Bowl. The cold early-season reality: They’re in last place in the NFC East.
16. Redskins (2-1) (17): Back to earth for Redskins, although that defense looks much-improve in the early going.
17. Chargers (2-1) (11): Philip Rivers barely gets by against a woeful Chiefs team that had given up a combined 89 points the previous two weeks.
18. Bears (1-2) (9): Those seven-step drops are turning Jay Cutler into a sitting duck.
19. Titans (2-1) (27): Devastating loss of Kenny Britt to season-ending knee surgery, but Matt Hasselbeck perseveres in home win over Denver.
20. 49ers (2-1) (22): Nothing pretty except the end result: Jim Harbaugh’s first career road win as a head coach.
21. Cardinals (1-2) (18): Awful road loss to previously winless Seattle. Cardinals look to bounce back on Sunday against Giants.
22. Broncos (1-2) (21): Not the kind of effort from Kyle Orton that will keep the Tim Tebow backers quiet. Two more picks in a desultory loss in Tennessee.
23. Panthers (1-2) (25): Cam Newton’s late TD to Greg Olsen seals his first NFL victory.
24. Browns (2-1) (28): Colt McCoy drives the Browns 80 yards for a TD in the final minutes to beat Miami at home.
25. Jaguars (1-2) (20): Blaine Gabbert’s first start was hardly memorable: a 16-10 loss to Cam Newton in monsoonal rains in Carolina.
26. Seahawks (1-2) (31): Seahawks win ugly, but at least they win, beating Cardinals at home.
27. Bengals (1-2) (24): Worst home crowd (43,363) in 30 years. It’ll only get worse.
28. Vikings (0-3) (30): Vikes outscored by a whopping 67-6 in the second half and OT. Not what they had in mind with Donovan McNabb’s offense.
29. Colts (0-3) (29): Time for Kerry Collins to take a seat?
30. Dolphins (0-3) (26): The Tony Sparano watch is on.
31. Rams (0-3) (23): After Rams get steamrolled by Ravens, things don’t get any easier. Next four games: Redskins, Packers, Cowboys, Saints.
32. Chiefs (0-3) (32): On the bright side, the Chiefs scored more points (17) against the Chargers than they had in their previous two games combined (10). Unfortunately, the Chiefs go down once more, this time to the Chargers.