After three weeks of football action, it’s time for the NFL power rankings in the 2021 season. We can already see a glimpse of teams who are early contenders for the Super Bowl.
NFL power rankings 2021
What a rollercoaster start! We already witnessed a lot of overtime thrillers, statement games, and upsets in just three weeks. Some Super Bowl favorites struggled while some underdog teams shined.
Here are the NFL power rankings in 2021 after Week 3…
The Raiders are one of the hottest teams in the league right now. In three weeks, they have gone to overtime twice and won all of them. It’s the first time in 19 years that they started the season 3-0.
Derek Carr: The only QB with 300+ passing yards in every game this season 🚀
And the Raiders are 3-0 👀 pic.twitter.com/ToJVpnydCF
— PFF (@PFF) September 26, 2021
Derek Carr has been on a tear this season and has amassed 1200+ passing yards and six touchdowns already—ranking first in the league in passing yards.
If their offense continues to click throughout the season, the Raiders are definitely one of the underrated Super Bowl contenders this year.
It’s no secret that the Niners have problems in the backfield and secondary due to injuries. Still, they are one of the well-coached and scrappiest teams in the league.
San Francisco is in the middle of the pack in terms of defense and offense. If they are pushing for Super Bowl contention, they should improve and could look into Trey Lance as their QB1. Still, they are a locked playoff team even with Jimmy Garoppolo leading.
After suffering their first loss against the Packers, the Niners fell into third place in the NFC West. They will look to bounce back in Week 4 against the Seahawks.
After a brutal Week 1 loss against the Saints, the Packers have found their way back on track with back-to-back wins against the Lions and 49ers. It seems like the drama is already behind them after these dubs.
— NFL (@NFL) September 27, 2021
As long as Rodgers is playing (and happy), Green Bay will always be in the Super Bowl contention. Expect them to carry the momentum next week against the Steelers.
Led by Josh Allen, the Bills are on a tear the past two games scoring 35 and 43 respectively. In the season, he already has 800+ passing yards with seven touchdowns.
Today is Josh Allen's 5th career game with 4 Pass TD and 300 Pass yards, breaking a tie with Jim Kelly for most in Bills history. pic.twitter.com/qSgnbbs8GG
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 26, 2021
What makes them special is their offensive line. They have an amazing offensive line which gives Allen a lot of room to operate. In the Week 3 win against Washington, the Bills O-line did not allow Allen to be sacked even once in this game. And throughout the season, they have only allowed four sacks.
Defensively, they are great as well as they are ranked fourth in net yards with 253 yards per game.
As you can see, they are balanced offensively and defensively. Buffalo will look to continue their stellar performances against the Texans.
It has been a rollercoaster start for the Ravens. An OT thriller against the Raiders; a one-point win against the Chiefs; and now, a game-winning 66-yard field goal against the Lions. Every game they played was exhilarating until the very end.
Don’t let this fall under the radar:
Lamar Jackson converted a 4th-AND-19 to set up Tucker’s kick.
A week after beating the Chiefs on 4th down.
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) September 26, 2021
Baltimore’s rushing offense is the best in the league—ranking first in rushing with 185 yards per game. Lamar Jackson showed us his full arsenal offensively. Undoubtedly, he’s the best rushing quarterback in the league right now. He had his statement game against the Chiefs where he led the Ravens with 16 carries for 107 yards and two touchdowns.
Next week, the Ravens will face a gritty Broncos team.
This is definitely a slow start for the Chiefs as they are now down 1-2. They find themselves at the bottom of the AFC West after suffering a home loss to the Chargers.
A little adversity never hurts #ChiefsKingdom We will be back soon!💪🏽💪🏽
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) September 26, 2021
Defensively, they could do better. For the first three weeks, they have allowed 25 or more points—the first time since 2008. Another problem is the turnovers. The Chiefs have six through three games and are ranked 27th in the takeaway/turnover department.
However, there’s no need to panic as they are still one of the best NFL teams led by Patrick Mahomes. Kansas City just has to take care of the ball and exert more effort on the defensive end.
In their last 3 games, they just lost within striking distance—no more than 6 points. Surely, they will figure it out next week vs the Eagles.
The Browns are a well-balanced team offensively and defensively. Even though they lost a close one to the Chiefs in Week 1, they bounced back with back-to-back wins in Weeks 2 and 3.
Odell is BACK pic.twitter.com/MIfEjEX2Yn
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) September 26, 2021
Offensively, they are second in the league in rushing with 175 yards per game. This is just as expected as the duo of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt are virtually unstoppable. Meanwhile, Odell Beckham Jr. has finally returned after suffering a season-ending ACL injury last year. He looked amazing in his return as he led Cleveland in receiving with 77 yards.
Defensively, they are looking great as well. Led by Myles Garrett, Cleveland has been doing great in the pass rush department as they are ranked second in sacks per game with 4.0.
Should the Browns continue playing like this, they should be in the Super Bowl conversation throughout the season. They will face the Vikings in Week 4.
Led by Kyler Murray, the Cards have one of the best offenses in the league. They are ranked third in net yards per game with 432. Murray is showing signs as a legit MVP candidate—ranking third in passing yards with 1000+ this season and seven touchdowns.
UNREAL FROM KYLER MURRAY
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 19, 2021
Arizona has a plethora of offensive options in the receiver corps with DeAndre Hopkins, Rondale Moore, and Christian Kirk. Meanwhile, Chase Edmonds and James Conner have been sharing touches in the backfield. This is what makes them deadly in offense—no one knows who Murray will throw the ball to.
If they continue this offensive barrage, consider them in Super Bowl contention. It’ll be a tough match next week vs the Rams.
Even though the Bucs lost in a close game with the Rams, they are still the favorites to win the Super Bowl. Tom Brady has been putting on a clinic in his first three games of the season—being second in the league in passing yards and orchestrating 10 touchdowns.
Offense hasn’t been a problem for Tampa Bay. However, they need to address their secondary as they have been allowing 338 passing yards per game—the second-worst in the league.
Brady will look to bounce back next week against his former team, the Patriots.
The Rams are one of the top Super Bowl contenders this year and sit top of our NFL power rankings in 2021. The connection of Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp has been exceptional in the first three games of the season. Kupp started the season hot and now has five receiving touchdowns. These two are the big reason why Los Angeles is third in total points this season.
W over the SB Champs ✅
Are the Rams the best team in the NFL? 🤔💭 pic.twitter.com/yFECigKQjf
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) September 27, 2021
Defensively, Jalen Ramsey and Darious Williams have been leading the secondary for Los Angeles. Their ability to lock up the opposing team’s receivers proved to be invaluable. Neither one has allowed a single touchdown pass over 20 yards in the last two seasons. Crazy.
The Rams are scheduled for a shoot-out against the Cardinals in Week 4.
Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks for more NFL power rankings in the 2021 NFL season.