Power ranking the 7 undefeated NFL teams

We’re three weeks into the NFL season, and more than two thirds of all teams have already been beaten. Only seven teams are left with an undefeated record. Which one is the best? Here is my ranking of every 3-0 team.
  1. Carolina Panthers
Are the Panthers really this good? Here’s a hint: their first three games were against the Jaguars, Texans, and Saints. Those teams are a combined 2-7. The Panthers aren’t going to be bad, and they should contend for their division, but they’re a definite step below the other undefeated teams.
  1. Atlanta Falcons
Don’t look now, but the NFC South isn’t so bad this year. The Falcons are one of two undefeated teams from the NFC South, and no other division in football can count more than one. The Falcons are the class of the NFC South thanks to a coaching change that has revitalized star QB Matt Ryan, who was always being held back by his poor teams. He’s on the loose now, mounting thrilling comebacks in New York and Dallas. The Falcons are the third-ranked offense in football, and their schedule is only going to get easier. Some will argue that the Falcons are more like the Panthers than they are like the rest of the teams on this list, but I'm on Atlanta’s bandwagon.
  1. Cincinnati Bengals
Believe the hype: the Bengals are great this year. They’re ranked second in total offense, just ahead of the aforementioned Falcons. Things were a little close for comfort against the Chargers, but San Diego has a good team. The Bengals should win the AFC North, and with Big Ben missing from the Steelers, they should do so with ease.
  1. Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals are 3-0 right now, but with their schedule, who wouldn’t be? They’ve only played the Saints, Bears, and 49ers. Those teams are a combined 1-8. Still, the Cardinals have impressed with the way in which they’ve finished off their victims. They put up 47 points on San Francisco, and they lead the league in interceptions. That kind of offense is going to come in handy down the road.
  1. Denver Broncos
A couple of the Broncos’ games have been a little too close for comfort, which is why they’re only third on my list. But of all the teams here, the Broncos may have the most exciting future. They’re headed into a cakewalk portion of the schedule and seem to have just cracked the code on offense, their only weak point this year, by beginning to utilize the shotgun and pistol formations more often. Watch out for this team.
  1. New England Patriots
The Patriots look incredible on offense, which was expected. Nothing I’ve seen has assuaged my fears about the weakened secondary, but who needs a secondary when you’re averaging nearly 40 points a game? The Patriots look formidable enough to defend their crown as world champs.
  1. Green Bay Packers
The Packers are at the top primarily because they have one marquee win (over the Seahawks at Lambeau) that nobody else can top. The Patriots’ win over the Steelers was impressive, but could they have pulled that off if Le’Veon Bell hadn’t been suspended? Besides, the Steelers are not as good of a team as the Seahawks are (don’t believe Seattle’s 1-2 record). The teams on this list have all proven they can beat three teams, but the Packers have proven that they can beat any team. Follow @joemess17 on Twitter
Joe Mason
Joe is a co-founder of Rukkus, a web & mobile marketplace for sports tickets. As a former Division I pitcher, he has a deep love for sports and a passion for writing.

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