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NFL Power Rankings: They've earned it

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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) celebrates a touchdown with Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

JACKSONVILLE – Senior writer John Oehser's pre-Week 3 2018 NFL power rankings. And we all know how important these are:

Rank.Team (record) | Comment

1.Jacksonville Jaguars (2-0) | 3 | They've earned it

2.Kansas City Chiefs (2-0) | 8 | That offense, tho …

3.Los Angeles Rams (2-0) | 6 | A lot of flexing going on in L.A.

4.New England Patriots (1-1) | 2 | Don't think they won't be there in January

5.Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0) | 12 | They've earned it, too

6.Philadelphia Eagles (1-1) | 1 | This team needs its quarterback back

7.Minnesota Vikings (1-0-1) | 4 | Kicking themselves after Sunday         

8.Green Bay Packers (1-0-1) | 5 | Let one get away Sunday

9.Cincinnati Bengals (2-0) | 16 | Maybe time to take them seriously

10.Denver Broncos (2-0) | 11 | Gritty, gutty and unbeaten

11.Miami Dolphins (2-0) | 18 | Maybe time to take them seriously, too

12.Atlanta Falcons (1-1) | 13 | A much-needed Week 2 division victory Sunday

13.Carolina Panthers (1-1) | 9 | Missed early chance to take control of division

14.New Orleans Saints (1-1) | 17 | It's too early to call Sunday a season-saver, but …

15.Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1-1) | 10 |Need to get right in a hurry

16.Los Angeles Chargers (1-1) |19 | As comfortable as it should have been

17.Baltimore Ravens (1-1) | 7 | Missed early chance to take control of division

18.Dallas Cowboys (1-1) |20 | Time will tell what this offense really is

19.Indianapolis Colts (1-1) | 30 | Real signs of life on Sunday

20.San Francisco 49ers (1-1) | 22 | Big victory to avoid 0-2 start

21.Tennessee Titans (1-1) | 23 | No such thing as an ugly W in the division

22.Chicago Bears (1-1) | 27 | Have the look of a very improved team

23.New York Jets (1-1) | 14 | A back-to-earth Sunday for the Jets

24.Washington Redskins (1-1) | 15 | A back-to-earth Sunday for the 'Skins, too

25.Houston Texans (0-2) | 21 | Suddenly some concerns in H-Town

26.Detroit Lions (0-2) | 24 | A lot of concerns evident in Detroit

27.New York Giants (0-2) | 26 | Hanging tough, but still 0-2

28.Seattle Seahawks (0-2) | 25 | The glory days seem very over

29.Cleveland Browns (0-1-1) | 28 | A crusher Sunday – but these guys are improved

30.Arizona Cardinals (0-2) | 29| Oof

31.Oakland Raiders (0-2) | 31 | Showing good signs, but Sunday hurt

32.Buffalo Bills (0-2) | 32 | Appear to be settling into No. 32

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