Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers are giving me visions of my old NFL 2k5 days, the Houston Texans are the league's top escape artists, and the Cleveland Browns can't find the end zone with the help of GPS. It's just your standard exciting start to a NFL season. One team that isn't enjoying September 2013 is Jacksonville; and it looks like it's only going to get worse for the Jags.
2013 Week 3 NFL power rankings
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2): A Jacksonville offense that is averaging under six points a game now has to face the Seahawks in Seattle. That's just cruel.
31. Cleveland Browns (0-2): Mark September 15 as the first day of the season when the 2014 NFL Draft was mentioned by Cleveland football fans. That would be funny if it wasn't so depressing.
30. Carolina Panthers (0-2): I want to believe that the Panthers are better than their record. They have to show it, though.
29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-2): Know how they say that good teams find ways to win games? Well, bad teams find ways to lose. The Bucs have twice proven that to be true.
28. New York Jets (1-1): Mother Nature tried to help the Jets earn a second ugly win in a row. They couldn't take advantage.
27. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-2): Many predicted that the Steelers could be in for a down year. Pittsburgh is even worse than I originally thought.
26. Minnesota Vikings (0-2): Adrian Peterson or no Adrian Peterson, it doesn't matter if Minnesota can't count on its defense. The Vikes aren't putting 30 points on the scoreboard every week.
25. Washington Redskins (0-2): It took under eight quarters of the season for there to be serious questions about the 'Skins starting Robert Griffin III too early. Next week is, in theory, RG3's third preseason game, so he should be in season form by then.
24. Oakland Raiders (1-1): Quarterback Terrelle Pryor has the Raiders playing better than many predicted. Nevertheless, beating Jacksonville is only worth so much of a bump in NFL power rankings.
23. New York Giants (0-2): Plagued by giveaways and a defense that loses steam after halftime, Big Blue is 0-2. New York's playoff hopes could disappear before October if the Giants lose at Carolina.
22. San Diego Chargers (1-1): Philip Rivers has seven touchdowns after two games. Have we all gone five years back in time?
21. Tennessee Titans (1-1): I believed before the game that Tennessee was capable of pulling off the upset at Houston, and things looked good for the Titans with under five minutes to go. You have to be able to close out a game, even when facing a good team on the road.
20. Detroit Lions (1-1): Two weeks, and three injuries (that we know about) to Reggie Bush. Don't be shocked if he is listed on the Detroit injury report every week between now and the end of the season.
19. Arizona Cardinals (1-1): Larry Fitzgerald dealing with a nagging hamstring injury is a bit of a concern. With that said, the Cards would be 2-0 had they managed to hold onto the lead in St. Louis in Week 1.
18. Buffalo Bills (1-1): A slow start on offense nearly cost the Bills for the second consecutive week. The win is nice, of course, but Buffalo has to find a way to score before halfway through the second quarters of games.
17. Philadelphia Eagles (1-1): How is that Chip Kelly honeymoon going, Philly fans? Questions about Kelly's offense aside, the defense of the Eagles is giving up an average of over 360 yards in the air per game.