ESPN NFL Power Rankings – Week 3

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Sep 14, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos head coach John Fox (left) high fives defensive end DeMarcus Ware (right) during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

3. Philadelphia Eagles 

Monday night’s performance shows what a threat Philly can be, considering Nick Foles missed some wide-open receivers, the club fared quite poorly in the first half — and the Eagles still won. I honestly thought the game was over when Philadelphia cornerback Bradley Fletcher let a would-be interception slip right through his hands in the end zone, giving Indy a chance to go up 20-6 in the third quarter.

2. Cincinnati Bengals

Message delivered. I thought I might have had the Bengals a bit high last week, placing them within the top five — and then they went out and destroyed the Falcons. Impressive win, to say the least. 

Consider this just a whisper, but after watching his performance in the preseason and in Week 2, is it possible that Cincinnati rookie Jeremy Hill is more effective running the football than second-year pro Giovani Bernard?

1. Denver Broncos 

Raise your hand if you live in Denver and expected Sunday’s matchup to become a one-score game in its final moments, with the ailing Chiefs threatening. Anyone? No? 

Nice pass deflection by Broncos defender Terrance Knighton on that fourth-down stop at the end; it must have felt good, if for no other reason than because the play stood. Hey, some wins ain’t pretty, but they’ll all count when this club is 13-3.

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