Week 3 Rankings

Trent Edwards became a franchise quarterback Sunday. On a third-and-six from the Jaguars 44, the Bills called for a max protection and a long double move by Lee Evans. Edwards' protection mostly held up, but Jaguars end Derrick Harvey got pressure from the right side. Edwards calmly stepped up in the pocket, avoided the hit, and delivered a gorgeous 37-yard strike that led Evans out of bounds. This was supposed to be an offense that couldn't make big plays.

On the next snap, Edwards showed his excellent touch with a teardrop 7-yard scoring toss to a leaping James Hardy. Two plays, 44 yards, and notice to the rest of the AFC that the Bills has a passing game.

The exciting part is that this offense has a lot of improving to do. Marshawn Lynch is one of the ten best backs in the NFL, but he hasn't got rolling just yet. Look for that to change with Oakland and St. Louis coming up, not to mention a 4-0 start for the year. Left tackle Jason Peters, who gave up a strip sack on Sunday, is still rounding into form. And there should be more big plays coming, as the Bills continue to expand their offense.

There are bigger fantasy stories out there at quarterback (The post-surgery Philip Rivers is better than pre-surgery), but Edwards' emergence has an impact. Lee Evans will be the guy we thought he was going to be last year. Marshawn Lynch can fulfill his top-five upside on an improving offense. Even fast Freddie Jackson is turning into Reggie Bush-lite. It sounds like heresy, but the Bills could wind up with the most effective quarterback in the AFC East.

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Week 3 Quarterbacks

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Tony Romoat GB -
2Jay Cutlervs. NO
3Peyton Manningvs. JAC -
4Donovan McNabbvs. PIT -
5Drew Breesat DENNo Colston hurt
6Ben Roethlisbergerat PHINot worried about shoulder
7Kurt Warnerat WAS -
8Eli Manningvs. CIN -
9Aaron Rodgersvs. DALMatchup proof?
10Philip Riversvs. NYJSurprise of the year
11J.T. O'Sullivanvs. DET JTO Fever
12Carson Palmerat NYGNightmare schedule continues
13Matt Hasselbeckvs. STL -
14Matt Schaubat TEN -
15Brett Favreat SD -
16Matt Casselvs. MIA -
17Derek Andersonat BAL -
18Jon Kitnaat SF -
19David Garrardat IND -
20Trent Edwardsvs. OAK -
21Jake Delhommeat MIN -
22Marc Bulgerat SEASeahawks have given up big plays
23Jason Campbellvs. ARZLet's see it again
24Kerry Collinsvs. HOU -
25Brian Grieseat CHI -
26Gus Frerottevs. CARThe savior?
27Chad Penningtonat NE -
28Kyle Ortonvs. TBCan't go deep
29Matt Ryanvs. KC -
30Joe Flaccovs. CLE -
31JaMarcus Russellat BUF -
32Damon Huardat ATLWon't start
33Tyler Thigpenat ATLBet he won't finish

Notes: We're going to change some things up this week with Goal Line Stand. Instead of the usual player notes Thursday under the rankings, I'm going to post matchup preview notes for each game on Friday. This schedule could last one week, it could last the season. I know this is changing up the routine from the last five years, but give it a chance and let me know what you think after Friday. We'll still post the updated Goal Line Rankings here on Friday evening.

Week 3 Running Backs

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Adrian Petersonvs. CARWatch practice reports
2Frank Gorevs. DET -
3Brian Westbrookvs. PIT -
4Marshawn Lynchvs. OAK -
5Marion Barberat GB -
6LaDainian Tomlinsonvs. NYJExpected to start
7Steven Jacksonat SEA -
8Joseph Addaivs. JAC -
9Clinton Portisvs. ARZ -
10Brandon Jacobsvs. CIN -
11Ryan Grantvs. DAL
12Willie Parkerat PHI -
13Michael Turnervs. KC -
14Darren McFaddenat BUFKeep eye on toe injury
15Matt Fortevs. TB
16Reggie Bushat DEN -
17Chris Johnsonvs. HOU -
18Maurice Jones-Drewat IND If they can't do it now.
19Earnest Grahamat CHI -
20Thomas Jonesat SD -
21Larry Johnsonat SDMatchup is right
22Jamal Lewisat BAL
23Julius Jonesvs. STL -
24LenDale Whitevs. HOU -
25Jonathan Stewartat MINTaking over
26Chris Perryat NYG -
27Kevin Smithat SF49ers have been soft
28Selvin Youngvs. NO -
29Willis McGaheevs. CLERBBC?
30Laurence Maroneyvs. MIAQuestionable(shoulder)
31Fred Taylorat IND
32Edgerrin Jamesat WAS -
33Steve Slatonat TEN -
34DeAngelo Williamsat MIN -
35Ronnie Brownat NE -
36Ray Ricevs. CLE -
37Pierre Thomasat DEN -
38Ricky Williamsat NE -
39Darren Sprolesvs. NYJ -
40Fred Jacksonvs. OAK -
41Michael Bushat BUF -
42Felix Jonesat GB -
43Andre Hallvs. NO -
44Ahmad Bradshawvs. CIN -
45Sammy Morrisvs. MIAMove up if Maroney is out
46Jerious Norwoodvs. KC -
47Chester Taylorvs. CAR -
48Warrick Dunnat CHI -
49Tim Hightowerat WAS -
50Brandon Jacksonvs. DAL -
51Chris Taylorat TEN -
52Leon Washingtonat SD -
53LaMont Jordanvs. MIAKeep eye on status
54LeRon McClainvs. CLE
55Ladell Bettsvs. ARZ -
56Kenny Watsonat NYG -
57Rashard Mendenhallat PHI -
58Jamaal Charlesat ATL -
59Kevin Jonesvs. TB -
60Rudi Johnsonat SF -

Week 3 Wide Receivers

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Brandon Marshallvs. NO -
2Terrell Owensat GB -
3Larry Fitzgeraldat WAS -
4Reggie Waynevs. JAC -
5Steve Smithat MIN
6Randy Mossvs. MIA -
7Andre Johnsonat TEN -
8Plaxico Burressvs. CIN -
9Anquan Boldinat WAS -
10Calvin Johnsonat SF -
11Braylon Edwardsat BAL
12Santonio Holmesat PHI -
13Chad Ocho Cincoat NYG -
14Jerricho Cotcheryat SD -
15Greg Jenningsvs. DAL -
16T.J. Houshmandzadehat NYG -
17Wes Welkervs. MIA -
18Roy Williamsat SF -
19Torry Holtat SEALucky TD, but Seahawks CBs are struggling
20Dwayne Boweat ATL -
21Marvin Harrisonvs. JAC -
22Hines Wardat PHI -
23Santana Mossvs. ARZ -
24Lee Evansvs. OAK -
25DeSean Jacksonvs. PIT -
26Eddie Royalvs. NO
27Laveranues Colesat SD
28Donald Drivervs. DAL -
29Anthony Gonzalezvs. JACClark's return won't help
30Roddy Whitevs. KC -
31Chris Chambersvs. NYJ -
32Patrick Craytonat GB -
33Bryant Johnsonvs. DETMike Martz's revenge
34Isaac Brucevs. DET -
35Vincent Jacksonvs. NYJ -
36Antonio Bryantat CHI -
37David Pattenat DEN -
38Amani Toomervs. CIN -
39Matt Jonesat INDSeems locked in as starter
40Jerry Porterat IND -
41Bernard Berrianvs. CARProbable(foot)
42Justin Gagevs. HOUWatch status
43Antwaan Randle Elvs. ARZ -
44James Jonesvs. DAL
45Kevin Walterat TEN -
46Ronald Curryat BUF -
47Arnaz Battlevs. DET -
48Courtney Taylorvs. STL -
49D.J. Hackettat MIN -
50Mark Claytonvs. CLE -
51Brandon Lloydvs. TB -
52Derrick Masonvs. CLE -
53Muhsin Muhammadat MIN -
54Sidney Ricevs. CARQuestionable(knee)
55Koren Robinsonvs. STL -
56Hank Baskettvs. PIT -
57Greg Camarilloat NE -
58Ted Ginn Jr.at NE -
59Michael Claytonat CHI -

Week 3 Tight Ends
RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Jason Wittenat GB
2Antonio Gatesvs. NYJ -
3Kellen Winslowat BAL -
4Tony Gonzalezat ATL -
5Jeremy Shockeyat DEN -
6Tony Schefflervs. NO -
7Chris Cooleyvs. ARZ
8Todd Heapvs. CLE
9Vernon Davisvs. DET -
10John Carlsonvs. STL -
11Owen Danielsat TEN -
12Dallas Clarkvs. JACExpected to return
13L.J. Smithvs. PIT -
14Heath Millerat PHI -
15Greg Olsenvs. TB -
16Zach Millerat BUF -
17Randy McMichaelat SEA -
18Dante Rosarioat MIN
19Marcedes Lewisat IND -
20Alge Crumplervs. HOU -
21Donald Leevs. DAL -
22Desmond Clarkvs. TB -
23Anthony Fasanoat NE -
24Bo Scaifevs. HOU -
25David Martinat NE -
26Kevin Bossvs. CIN -

Week 3 Team Defense

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Patriots Def/Spec Teamvs. MIA -
2Bears Def/Spec Teamvs. TB -
3Titans Def/Spec Teamvs. HOU -
4Bills Def/Spec Teamvs. OAK -
5Buccaneers Def/Spec Teamat CHI -
6Giants Def/Spec Teamvs. CIN -
7Seahawks Def/Spec Teamvs. STL -
8Ravens Def/Spec Teamvs. CLE -
9Colts Def/Spec Teamvs. JAC -
10Steelers Def/Spec Teamat PHI -
11Vikings Def/Spec Teamvs. CAR -
12Browns Def/Spec Teamat BAL -
13Texans Def/Spec Teamat TEN -
14Panthers Def/Spec Teamat MIN -
15Cowboys Def/Spec Teamat GB -
16Eagles Def/Spec Teamvs. PIT -
17Packers Def/Spec Teamvs. DAL -
18Chargers Def/Spec Teamvs. NYJ -
19Chiefs Def/Spec Teamat ATL -
20Broncos Def/Spec Teamvs. NO -
21Fortyniners Def/Spec Teamvs. DET -
22Falcons Def/Spec Teamvs. KC -
23Cardinals Def/Spec Teamat WAS -
24Jaguars Def/Spec Teamat IND -
25Jets Def/Spec Teamat SD -
26Lions Def/Spec Teamat SF -
27Redskins Def/Spec Teamvs. ARZ -
28Bengals Def/Spec Teamat NYG -
29Raiders Def/Spec Teamat BUF -
30Dolphins Def/Spec Teamat NE -
31Saints Def/Spec Teamat DEN -
32Rams Def/Spec Teamat SEA -

Week 3 Kickers

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Nick Folkat GB -
2Stephen Gostkowskivs. MIA -
3Mason Crosbyvs. DAL -
4Josh Brownat SEA -
5Nate Kaedingvs. NYJ -
6Ryan Longwellvs. CAR -
7Rob Bironasvs. HOU -
8Josh Scobeeat IND -
9Robbie Gouldvs. TB -
10Joe Nedneyvs. DET -
11Martin Gramaticaat DEN -
12Shayne Grahamat NYG -
13Adam Vinatierivs. JAC -
14Matt Pratervs. NO -
15Sebastian Janikowskiat BUF -
16Jeff Reedat PHI -
17John Kasayat MIN -
18Olindo Marevs. STL -
19David Akersvs. PIT -
20Neil Rackersat WAS -
21Jason Hansonat SF -
22Phil Dawsonat BAL -
23John Carneyvs. CIN -
24Matt Bryantat CHI -
25Rian Lindellvs. OAK -
26Jason Elamvs. KCQuestionable(hip)
27Matt Stovervs. CLE -
28Jay Feelyat SD -
29Kris Brownat TEN -
30Shaun Suishamvs. ARZ -
31Dan Carpenterat NE -
32Nick Novakat ATL -
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