NFL Radio Power 12, Week 3: Jets enter picture following win over Colts

Each week, SiriusXM NFL Radio’s hosts vote on the top six teams in both the NFC and AFC. This week’s voters include James Lofton, Bruce Murray, Alex Marvez, Bill Polian, Maurice Jones-Drew, Gil Brandt, The Opening Drive and other NFL Radio hosts.

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NFC

1. Green Bay Packers (2-0)

Week 3 opponent: vs. Kansas City Chiefs, Monday, 8:30 pm ET (XM channel 226, Sirius channel 81, Internet channel 811)

Two up and two down thus far for the Green and Gold. The 10-point margin of victory belies the fact that their victory over Seattle was much closer than it seemed (and that Russell Wilson, at times, seemed capable of bending time and space against a withered defensive effort from Green Bay.) The Packers face another stiff home test on Monday night against a Chiefs team that should be sitting at 2-0 versus 1-1 after their odd, last-minute collapse against Denver last week.

 

2. Arizona Cardinals (2-0)

Week 3 opponent: vs. San Francisco 49ers, Sunday 4:05 pm ET (XM channel 225, Sirius channel 93, Internet channel 800)

After two dominant victories to open the season, it’s still tough to say how good the Cardinals actually are. New Orleans appears, after a stunning home loss to the Buccaneers, to be pretty “meh” this season, and the Bears are still the Bears (just with Jimmy Clausen in lieu of Jay Cutler …) Zona’s next two weeks may not tell us too much yet, but so long as Carson Palmer is bombing secondaries and the Cards’ defense keeps wrapping up opposing offenses with the affection of a hungry boa constrictor, the wins should keep piling up.

 

3. Atlanta Falcons (2-0)

Week 3 opponent: at Dallas Cowboys, Sunday 1 pm ET (XM channel 228, Sirius channel 132, Internet channel 801)

Julio Jones is a bad, bad man. His highlight reel through two games is the stuff that a defensive coordinator’s nightmares are made of. Facing a very depleted Dallas team this week and owning an incredibly favorable schedule the rest of the way, Atlanta, barring injuries to Julio Jones or Matt Ryan, could very well have the NFC South locked up by Thanksgiving. Seriously. That’s how easy the Dirty Birds schedule is.

 

4. Dallas Cowboys (2-0)

Week 3 opponent: vs. Atlanta Falcons, Sunday 1 pm ET (XM channel 228, Sirius channel 84, Internet channel 808)

Rarely has a 2-0 record felt so hollow. With Dez Bryant and Tony Romo out for at least the next six games, Dallas faces the awful reality of figuring out how to score enough points to even stay competitive in the majority of its upcoming games. If the Cowboys are above .500 upon Romo and/or Dez’s return, Jason Garrett will have earned all of the cookies in the team’s break room.

 

5. Carolina Panthers (2-0)

Week 3 opponent: vs. New Orleans Saints, Sunday 1 pm ET (XM channel 227, Sirius channel 81, Internet channel 804)

After another week where Cam Newton was virtually the Panthers’ entire offense, Carolina sits at a 2-0 record that’s somehow even less promising than the team above them. That being said, the Panthers should be 4-0 when they visit Seattle in a few weeks. Carolina’s hopes for the playoffs and/or a divisional crown are resting on the four-week stretch beginning with the Seattle game and culminating in a home game against the Packers in Week 9.

 

6. Minnesota Vikings (1-1)

Week 3 opponent: vs. San Deigo Chargers, Sunday 1 pm ET (XM channel 230, Sirius channel 121, Internet channel 817)

A week after getting shellacked by the 49ers, Minnesota bounced back with an impressive home victory against divisional rival Detroit. With Adrian Peterson getting on track against the Lions, it will be interesting to see which Vikings squad shows up against San Diego this week. Will it be the listless crew from the Week 1 disaster, or the ready-to-rumble roughnecks in Week 2? Stay tuned.

 

NFC fantasy football spotlight: David Johnson (RB, Arizona) 

2015 stats: 42 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 2 receptions, 4 targets, 58 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 1 kickoff return TD

Lost in the Larry Fitzgerald touchdown avalanche that was Sunday’s Cardinals-Bears game was the fact that rookie David Johnson absolutely shredded would-be Chicago defenders. The Northern Iowa product has been positively electric in his first two games. He’s a must-own – and even more so if you’re in a league that counts special teams yardage, etc.

 

AFC

1. New England Patriots (2-0)

Week 3 opponent: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday 1 pm ET (XM channel 226, Sirius channel 83, Internet channel 818)

Super Bowl champs didn’t miss a beat while thrashing the Buffalo Bills on the road. New England hosts the suddenly feisty Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday before facing four would-be tough games (at Dallas, at Indy, Jets, Dolphins); but with the way New England is playing right now, who in that group looks formidable?

 

2. Cincinnati Bengals (2-0)

Week 3 opponent: at Baltimore Ravens, Sunday 1 pm ET (XM channel 82, Sirius channel 127, Internet channel 806)

Two weeks, two wins and Good Andy Dalton is showing up. However, Cincinnati faces a tough road game in Week 3 as they travel to Baltimore and face a desperate Ravens squad. The Ravens defensive line should provide a very stiff challenge for Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard, creating an opportunity for Good Andy Dalton to air it out to AJ Green and Tyler Eifert after the Raiders, of all teams, toasted Baltimore’s secondary.

 

3. Denver Broncos (2-0)

Week 3 opponent: at Detroit Lions, Sunday 8:30 pm ET (XM channel 225, Sirius channel 83, Internet channel 809)

To paraphrase Mark Twain, “Reports of Peyton Manning’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.” The Ageless Wonder picked apart a good Kansas City defense to the tune of 256 yards and three touchdowns. The Broncos nasty defense should have no trouble this week slowing down a Detroit offense that, while talented, can’t seem to get things going.

 

4. New York Jets (2-0)

Week 3 opponent: vs. Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday 1 pm ET (XM channel 232, Sirius channel 133, Internet channel 821)

A week after Rex Ryan’s crew blitzed Andrew Luck into the Bronze Age, the Jets stole a page from that book and did likewise against a very shaky Colts o-line that left Luck down on his luck (and on his back). Overlooked by most pundits in the preseason, New York finds itself 2-0 and with a very manageable schedule. Never discount how much a Ryan Fitzpatrick-led offense can muck things up, still, the Jets (and the winless Colts) have to be the surprise of the early season.

 

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1)

Week 3 opponent: at St. Louis Rams, Sunday, 1 pm ET (XM channel 233, Sirius channel 119, Internet channel 824)

Riding out the early season suspensions of Le’Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant at .500 was all that was asked of this Steelers squad for now. In Week 3 Le’Veon Bell returns, and this loaded offense just got even scarier. Pittsburgh’s Week 3 opponent, St. Louis, looked far less formidable last week in defeat to Washington than it did in its Week 1 victory over Seattle. How Pittsburgh performs against the Rams’ terrifying defensive line should be telling for both teams.

 

6. San Diego Chargers (1-1)

Week 3 opponent: at Minnesota Vikings, Sunday 1 pm ET (XM channel 230, Sirius channel 138, Internet channel 825)

Which 1-1 team do you like better: San Diego or Kansas City? San Diego appears to have the slightly more balanced and better offense, while the Chiefs have the better defense. The teams aren’t slated to face each other until Nov. 22nd and Dec. 13th, however; those two teams will be likely battling for one of the Wild Card slots. (Unless Denver somehow slides, in which case, “HELLO, Divisional Battle Royale!”)

 

AFC fantasy football spotlight:  Travis Benjamin (WR, Cleveland)

2015 stats: 6 receptions, 7 targets, 204 yards, 3 TD

Bargain shopping is the best shopping. And while most of the Cleveland Browns offense remains a superfund site, Travis Benjamin appears to be a steal. The spectacular special teams contributor seems to have forged a bond with Johnny Manziel, and it was on full display against the Tennessee Titans hapless secondary. If you’re shopping for a WR3/Flex, than Travis Benjamin is your guy.

 

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