This week's edition of The Times' NFL power rankings features some radical shifts, a new No. 1, and an item of interest for those who watched Monday night's game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks.
The biggest riser week was the Chicago Bears, who defeated the St. Louis Rams, 23-6. As Lance Pugmire writes of the Bears, they "unleashed hounds on defense to get six sacks... kept Rams to 160 yards and six points. RB Michael Bush sturdy sub for Matt Forte." The Bears jumped from No. 18 to No. 9.
The biggest fall this week goes to the Washington Redskins. Remember how great RG3 was in Week 1? Well, the Redskins are 1-2 after Week 3, and as Pugmire writes, the Redskins have "protection issues after QB Robert Griffin III got sacked six times. Can’t lose him, he rushed for 85, threw for 221." The Redskins dropped from No. 14 to No. 25.
This week, we have a new No. 1: The Atlanta Falcons. As Pugmire writes, "Keeping Chargers touchdown-less with four turnovers on cross-country trip following Monday night win a breakthrough of needed character" for the Falcons. They are one of only three undefeated teams remaining in the NFL.