NFL Power Rankings: Injuries, Off-Field Issues Hurt 49ers Standing

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Sep 22, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) fumbles the ball in front of Detroit Lions middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch (55) and outside linebacker Ashlee Palmer (58) in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. The Lions won 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


32. Jacksonville Jaguars

Record: 0-3

Previous Ranking: 31

Jacksonville is offering a ticket special that involves free beer. Jacksonville still can’t sell tickets. Oh boy…

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Record: 0-3

Previous Ranking: 29

Out: Josh Freeman. In: Mike Glennon. Tampa officially all-in on the “Tank Train.”

30. Cleveland Browns

Record: 1-2

Previous Ranking:

Of course they won this week. Of course they did. Someone needs to remind the Browns they are on the “Tank Train.”

29. Oakland Raiders

Record: 1-2

Previous Ranking: 30

Oakland managed to not lose as badly to the Broncos as the New York Giants did. Progress.

28. Washington

Record: 0-3

Previous Ranking: 23

In retrospect, this 0-3 start shouldn’t be surprising. Remember: Robert Griffin is just over nine months removed from tearing his ACL. Washington will be a dangerous second half team.

27. Pittsburgh Steelers

Record: 0-3

Previous Ranking: 28

Pittsburgh is old and poorly coached – especially on offense. That’s not a good combination.

26. Minnesota Vikings

Record: 0-3

Previous Ranking: 22

Vikings fans were chanting for Matt Cassel last week. That’s how bad things are going for them right now.

25. Buffalo Bills

Record: 1-2

Previous Ranking: 28

You could make a pretty solid argument the Bills could be 3-0 right now. Blew too many chances against New England and New York.

24. New York Jets

Record: 2-1

Previous Ranking: 27

The Jets may be one of the worst 2-1 teams in NFL history. At Tennessee, at Atlanta, home for the Patriots, at Cincinnati, and home to New Orleans are five of the next six games for the Jets. Expect this to be the peak for the Jets for the immediate future.

23. Philadelphia Eagles

Record: 1-2

Previous Ranking: 18

Three games in 11 days would be a tough haul for any team. Add in trying to learn a completely new style of football and that makes it more difficult. Expect more consistency from the Eagles moving forward.

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