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NFL power rankings

Mark Maske assesses the league’s top teams after Week 3.

1. Packers (3-0) They won at Chicago in a rematch of the NFC title game but suddenly their top NFC North challenger is the Lions, not the Bears.

2. Saints (2-1) They’ve won two straight since their near-miss defeat on opening night in Green Bay, and they made the Houston defense resemble last season’s version.

3. Ravens (2-1) Perhaps that dud of a performance in Week 2 was just an aberration.

4. Lions (3-0) The comeback win in Minnesota seems to show that they are absolutely for real.

5. Steelers (2-1) They have regrouped since their lopsided defeat to the Ravens to open the season, although Sunday night’s performance in Indianapolis wasn’t exactly overwhelming.

6. Bills (3-0)Some still question whether they’re legitimate contenders. But coming from three touchdowns behind to beat the Patriots, and intercepting Tom Brady four times along the way, erases a lot of doubts.

7. Jets (2-1)The defense couldn’t stop the running game in Oakland, and the Jets’ offense couldn’t keep pace. They need to work some things out by Sunday night, when they face a rugged game in Baltimore.

8. Patriots (2-1)The vulnerability of the defense means that when Brady isn’t close to perfect, the Patriots are probably going to be in trouble.

9. Chargers (2-1)Beating the Chiefs by three points isn’t all that impressive but at least the Chargers are finding ways to win this season.

10. Texans (2-1) It was a step backward for the defense but a seven-point loss in New Orleans can be forgiven.

On the cusp: Buccaneers, Cowboys, Giants, Titans, Raiders

Week 2 rankings