Atlanta Falcons No. 1 in our Quality Stats Power Rankings

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Sep 26, 2012



After a brief one-week stay, the Houston Texans have been supplanted from the top spot in our Quality Stats Power Rankings by the high-flying Atlanta Falcons. 

Atlanta did enough damage in their 27-3 shellacking of the previously undefeated Chargers to make the leap over the 3-0 Texans. 

There were upsets aplenty in Week 3, and we've seen some major shifting as a result. Three teams were able to climb at least ten spots in the rankings, while four of this weekend's losers slipped ten or more slots down.

You can see the Cold, Hard Football Facts Quality Stats Rankings in their entirety by clicking here.

Here's a list of all 32 teams and how they stack up in our Quality Stats Power Rankings after three weeks of the NFL season.

1. Atlanta Falcons (3-0) - Atlanta's utter dominance of the Quality Stats is key to their undefeated start. The Falcons rank in the top 10 of all but one Quality Stat, and are tops in four of them—including the all-important Passer Rating Differential.

2. Houston Texans (3-0) - The Texans are No. 2 in our Offensive Hog Index, and No. 3 in Defensive Hog Index. This team is powerful in every aspect of the game, but they've been absolutely dominant in the trenches. 

3. Arizona Cardinals (3-0) - The Cards come in at No. 1 in Bendability, thanks to a stout D which has allowed just 40 points in three games. Don't overlook the efficiency of this offense, though. Arizona ranks No. 3 in Scoreability, too.

4. Baltimore Ravens (2-1) - Behind the brilliant arm of Joe Flacco, the Ravens offense is No. 4 in Real Passing Yards Per Attempt. They're not wasting yards, either. Baltimore has scored 98 points in three games, the second-highest total in the NFL.

5. New York Giants (2-1) - Speaking of Real Passing Yards Per Attempt, New York is a spot ahead of Baltimore at No. 3 in this Quality Stat, and they've outscored opponents 64-14 in their last five quarters of football.

6. Green Bay Packers (1-2) - Aaron Rodgers and the offense have some explaining to do, but questions about this defense should be put to rest. Green Bay ranks No. 1 in Defensive Real Passing Yards Per Attempt while logging 12 sacks and four interceptions in three games. 

7. Minnesota Vikings (2-1) - Fresh off a shocking 24-13 win over the 49ers, Christian Ponder and the Vikings suddenly sit with Chicago atop the NFC North. Minnesota ranks No. 3 in the NFL in Real Quarterback Rating, a huge improvement from finishing No. 23 in 2011. 

8. Buffalo Bills (2-1) - Bills' running backs have been running wild behind the best offensive line in the league, according to the Offensive Hog Index. Now, if those ball-carriers could just stay healthy.

9a. Seattle Seahawks (2-1) - Nobody in their right mind will fault you for saying Seattle shouldn't be 2-1, but the impact of their defense is undeniable. The Hawks are No. 3 in Bendability, and No. 3 in The Relativity Index .

9b. Dallas Cowboys (2-1) - The Cowboys responded to an embarrassing 27-7 loss to Seattle by shutting down the Buccaneers 16-10 on Sunday. Dallas is No. 2 in Defensive Real Passing Yards Per Attempt

11. Chicago Bears (2-1) - Powered by a strong defensive line which ranks No. 1 in CHFF's Defensive Hog Index, the Bears manhandled St. Louis 23-6 and piled up six of their league-leading 14 sacks. 

12. New England Patriots (1-2) - The Pats haven't lost two games in September since Tom Brady won his first Super Bowl in 2001. Trips to Buffalo and Seattle in the next three weeks won't make life much easier.

13. New York Jets (2-1) - The Jets are hanging out with Buffalo atop the AFC East, but the loss of Darrelle Revis for the season is a sizable blow to a defense already burdened with one of the least effective pass rushes in the NFL. New York's D has just three sacks in three games and ranks second-to-last in the Defensive Hog Index

14. Philadelphia Eagles (2-1) - Philly's defense has been stellar, but the team fell victim to a nasty habit of turning the ball over in their 27-6 loss to the undefeated Cardinals Sunday. The Eagles have 12 giveaways on the year, while no other team has more than eight.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2) - The Steelers are 0-2 on the road and have allowed 25 points per game in 2012. A year ago, they led the NFL with 14.2 points against per game.

16. San Francisco 49ers (2-1) - The road loss to the Vikings dropped the Niners 10 spots in the rankings, but they're still 2-1 and rank 7th in Passer Rating Differential

17. San Diego Chargers (2-1) - The Chargers fell even harder, going from No. 3 to No. 17 after losing to Atlanta 27-3 at home. Only Carolina (15 spots) suffered a bigger drop.

18. Washington Redskins (1-2) - Two losses in three weeks is a bummer, but RGIII and the offense are averaging a league-best 33 points per game. The defense, on the other hand, ranks dead last in Defensive Real Passing Yards Per Attempt.

19. St. Louis Rams (1-2) - The good: St. Louis is No. 5 in Passer Rating Differential. The bad: the offensive line can't seem to keep Sam Bradford upright. Only the Packers (16) have allowed more sacks than the Rams (12). 

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-2) - Tampa's been forced to watch an opponent line up in the victory formation for two straight weeks, but they've got three straight home games against teams with a combined two wins lined up on the schedule.

21a. Miami Dolphins (1-2) - The Dolphins aren't going anywhere unless they improve their 32nd ranked Offensive Passer Rating. Rookie Ryan Tannehill has four interceptions and a passer rating of 58.2 after three games. 

21b. Denver Broncos (1-2) - The Peyton Manning in Denver era quickly went south after a promising start. The competition has been stiff, though. The Broncos two losses (Atlanta and Houston) came from the top two teams on the list. 

23. Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) - The Bengals have allowed the second-most points in the NFL (102) over three games, but the dynamic duo of Andy Dalton and A.J. Green have them flying high at 2-1. Green is averaging over 100 receiving yards per game and Cincy is No. 2 in Offensive Passer Rating.

24. Detroit Lions (1-2) - Detroit found themselves on the losing end of a 44-41 overtime thriller in Tennessee. Ranking 29th in Passer Rating Differential is a big concern after the D was torched by Jake Locker for 378 passing yards and two TD's.  

25. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2) - The Jags were headed for 0-3 before a Blaine Gabbert 80-yard TD pass to Cecil Shorts shocked the Colts in Indy. Maurice Jones-Drew has been great, though, rushing for 177 yards and a score Sunday.

26. Carolina Panthers (1-2) - Carolina's 36-7 blowout loss to the defending champs dropped them from No. 11 to No. 26 in the rankings, and a Week 4 trip to Atlanta offers no reprieve. 

27. Indianapolis Colts (1-2) - Andrew Luck and the Colts have been moving the ball, but are just No. 28 in Scoreability. Indy put up 437 yards of offensive against Jacksonville, but scored only 17 points in the loss.

28. New Orleans Saints (0-3) - The Saints have been marching further down the rankings each week,  and rank dead last in The Relativity Index

29. Cleveland Browns (0-3) - Each of the Browns losses have come against teams who are now 2-1, and their next three games (at Ravens, at Giants and vs. Bengals) feature teams with the same record.

30. Oakland Raiders (1-2) - Oakland recovered from an embarrassing start to the season by upsetting the Steelers at home. They'll take the win, but allowing Ben Roethlisberger to carve up the secondary for 382 yards and four TD's is unacceptable. 

31. Tennessee Titans (1-2) - Detroit's own mental mistakes saved Tennessee from an 0-3 start, but sitting at No. 32 in Defensive Passer Rating is a major concern for a defense allowing 37.5 points per game.

32. Kansas City Chiefs (1-2) - Another previously winless team that needed overtime to taste victory, the Chiefs are dead last in Passer Rating Differential by a mile, and rank in the bottom quarter of the league in every Quality Stat not named Offensive Hog Index


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