Week 3 power rankings: Steelers hold top spot

1. Steelers — Dominating defense and one more home game til Big Ben comes back.

2. Saints — Very tough short week schedule and still almost pulled it out.

3. Packers — My preseason Super Bowl pick are still primed to do damage.

4. Ravens — Still working out the kinks on offense.

5. ColtsPeyton Manning gets you to 10 wins a season, alone. I’ll just stick with that from last week.

6. Titans — Smashmouth football, baby.

7. Texans — Dallas was due for a win. Cushing a week away; losing Duane Brown is huge, however.

8. Patriots — This is their formula — score 35-plus and hope to hold you to 30. Scary that holds against the Bills, too.

9. Bengals — Won’t always be pretty, but they’re getting back to 2009 template.

10. Bears — I’m still not a true believer but a dream start and a massive statement win, gladly taking a game the Packers gave away.

11. Falcons — If they can defend the deep ball they will be scary.

12. Eagles — This guy McNabb is coming back to town this week. Maybe you’ve heard of him?

13. JetsMark Sanchez has been Sanchize the last two weeks.

14. CowboysWade Phillips can exhale … for a second.

15. Dolphins — Wanna see a little more balance between run/pass.

16. Chiefs — In the AFC West, who knows. Still can’t see them being there in the end, but what a start and the new Arrowhead roars.

17. Vikings — The offensive line woes and lack of chemistry, along with lack of vertical game, will haunt them.

18. Chargers — Wonder how much sense that roster exempt suspension on Marcus McNeill makes now? About as much as his ill-conceived holdout. Awful special teams play, too.

19. BroncosJosh McDaniels’ odd fourth-down decision could hang over his head for a long time.

20. Seahawks — They get it done at home. Two huge wins there already.

21. 49ers — Total embarrassment two of first three weeks … Yet I still think they win that division.

22. GiantsTom Coughlin’s job security could become a growing topic in NYC.

23. Buccaneers — Big boy teams are gonna give them problems.

24. Raiders — Missed field goals plagued them Sunday. Find a way to shoot themselves in the foot.

25. RamsSam Bradford will be out-performing that contract by year 3. Get him a WR and a tackle or two and watch the greatest show on turf return.

26. Redskins — Very lucky not to be 0-3. They used to call for Jim Zorn’s head for this kind of stuff.

27. Cardinals — If they look this bad against bad teams …

28. Panthers — Gonna be very steep learning curve for the rookie QB.

29. Jaguars — Defense has been a joke. Jack Del Rio another coach firmly on the hot seat.

30. Lions — Looking at likely at least two more weeks without Matthew Stafford.

31. BrownsPeyton Hillis has been a revelation … But look at the next 6 opponents. Yikes.

32. Bills — I give them total credit for battling very hard in two division losses.

— Jason La Canfora

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