Week 3 GLS Rankings

The Patriots move into the No. 2 spot.

1. Green Bay Packers (2-0, 1st last week): Tough week despite the win. They trailed by more than a touchdown for the first time since 2009 and lost Nick Collins for the season. Barely hanging on to the top spot as they head to Soldier Field.

2. New England Patriots (2-0, 3rd last week): They’ll miss Aaron Hernandez, but you know someone else will emerge. Someone else always emerges in New England.

3. New Orleans Saints (1-1, 4th last week): I’m quite concerned about their inability to get takeaways on defense, but as long as Drew Brees keeps torching everyone he faces they’ll be Super Bowl contenders.

4. Detroit Lions (2-0, 9th last week): Everyone’s talking about the offense, but the D had six takeaways against Kansas City.

5. Philadelphia Eagles (1-1, 2nd last week): They outplayed the reigning NFC regular-season champs on the road without their star quarterback for a good chunk of the night. They can survive the Giants and 49ers without Michael Vick.

6. New York Jets (2-0, 10th last week): It’s easy to get excited over a 32-3 victory, but Luke McCown and the Jags were a disaster and Mark Sanchez still had his issues. Now they’re without Nick Mangold for a treacherous three-game road trip through Oakland, Baltimore and New England.

7. Houston Texans (2-0, 7th last week): Rarely if ever do you see a defense transition so seamlessly from 4-3 to 3-4, especially when the Houston D struggled so mightily last season. Wade Phillips for god.

8. San Diego Chargers (1-1, 5th last week): Outplayed in every phase by the Pats, but if there’s one place in the league where that’s somewhat passable, it’s Foxboro.

9. Baltimore Ravens (1-1, 6th last week): The Ravens always seem to do this. You want to get excited about them after a big victory and then they lay an egg against an inferior opponent. If they can’t break from that pattern, they’ll once again fail to win the AFC North.

10. Atlanta Falcons (1-1, 11th last week): I expected a lot more from Matt Ryan in what could have been a statement game against the Eagles.

11. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1, 12th last week): Since I’m clearly in the mood to find flaws in everyone, I’d like to point out that the Steelers still failed to force a turnover against a terrible Seattle offense. Just saying…

12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1, 13th last week): They can’t keep relying on Josh Freeman to produce comeback victories. Sooner or later, this team will have to start playing more complete games if they want to compete with the Saints and Falcons.

13. Buffalo Bills (2-0, 14th last week): A monster first half against Kansas City. A monster second half against Oakland. If they can bring it together in Week 3, they could pull off an upset of epic proportions against the Patriots.

14. Washington Redskins (2-0, 16th last week): Now this looks like a Mike Shanahan-led team. They truly added by subtracting Donovan McNabb and Albert Haynesworth in the offseason, and come out of Week 2 with the league’s top third-down defense. Things get interesting Monday night in Dallas.

15. Chicago Bears (1-1, 8th last week): How is Jay Cutler still alive? Seriously? And now Gabe Carimi is out. And Mike Martz would rather die than hand the ball off more than a dozen times a game. And now they face the feisty, blitz-happy Packers.

16. Dallas Cowboys (1-1, 18th last week): Just as the secondary begins to get healthier, the offense is an injury mess. Tony Romo could miss time, Miles Austin will miss time and Felix Jones isn’t 100 percent.

17. Tennessee Titans (1-1, 21st last week): Um, Matt Hasselbeck is on pace to pass for nearly 5,000 yards.

18. Oakland Raiders (1-1, 17th last week): The emergence of Denarius Moore could change everything on offense and make Darren McFadden the favorite to lead the league in rushing.

19. New York Giants (1-1, 23rd last week): Leading the league in injuries faked. Also, it’s disconcerting that Michael Boley appears to be more accurate than Eli Manning.

20. St. Louis Rams (0-2, 15th last week): Josh McDaniels is letting Sam Bradford loose. I’m excited to see what happens when he faces an angry Ravens defense in Week 3.

21. Miami Dolphins (0-2, 19th last week): It’s such a cop-out to blame the coaches, but in Miami, it’s almost all on the coaches. Tony Sparano isn’t getting close to enough out of a good roster.

22. San Francisco 49ers (1-1, 27th last week): Still no running game. They might have beaten the Cowboys had Frank Gore been even remotely effective.

23. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1, 20th last week): The season is savable in a weak division, but to do so they’ll have to focus even more on Maurice Jones-Drew as both a back and a receiver.

24. Arizona Cardinals (1-1, 26th last week): Fell a point short of going 2-0 in Washington. Kevin Kolb is making Beanie Wells better. But they’re going to be handcuffed all year by a bad defense.

25. Denver Broncos (1-1, 28th last week): The front seven stepped up against Cedric Benson and a solid Cincinnati offensive line, and that was probably the difference. Pretty good considering the absence of Elvis Dumervil.

26. Minnesota Vikings (0-2, 25th last week): Bad closers. They’ve outscored their opponents 34-7 in two first halves. and they’ve been outscored 41-3 in two second halves.

27. Carolina Panthers (0-2, 29th last week): They’re giving up an average of 7.7 yards per play, which is an astronomical number. The defense is going to make things very tough on Cam Newton.

28. Cincinnati Bengals (1-1, 31st last week): Quietly, Andy Dalton is the league’s eighth-highest-rated quarterback. With San Francisco, Buffalo, Jacksonville and Indy next on the schedule, there’s suddenly some hope in Cincy.

29. Cleveland Browns (1-1, 32nd last week): Hard to tell how much weight to give that win in Indy. And I’m starting to think about Peyton Hillis and the Madden cover curse.

30. Seattle Seahawks (0-2, 30th last week): They should be a strong candidate in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes. The problem is that even the inept Seahawks are bound to win some games in the NFC West.

31. Indianapolis Colts (0-2, 24th last week): If you’re Bill Polian you have to ask yourself, ‘Would Brett Favre make us that much better?’

32. Kansas City Chiefs (0-2, 22nd last week): A team that has no confidence, no good players and very little hope might get hammered for the fifth straight time in Week 3 with San Diego waiting at home.