Thursday, October 28, 2021

The three NFL teams who earned the most first-place votes after Week 3

After Week 3, who were the top four teams in the NFL?

Los Angeles Rams

Number of first-place votes: 9

Points: 29.7

Why they’re No. 1: Rams thumped Buccaneers on Monday Night Football to run their record to 2-0 in the NFC. Quarterback Jared Goff completed 22 of 33 passes for 286 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Washington Redskins

Number of first-place votes: 7

Points: 20.5

Why they’re No. 2: Ranking about 2 points behind the Rams for first place in the NFC East, the Redskins visit Los Angeles on Monday Night Football this week. The game will be in primetime, so the Redskins will have all eyes on them — their first game after a two-week break.

New England Patriots

Number of first-place votes: 6

Points: 18.5

Why they’re No. 3: Patriots edged Chiefs by one point in matchup with top-10 ranked Kansas City. That win gave them a 2-0 start to the AFC East.

Oakland Raiders

Number of first-place votes: 2

Points: 13.5

Why they’re No. 4: The Raiders defense needed a boost in Week 3, so head coach Jon Gruden gave it to them with one of the wildest blitz packages ever seen in football. It paid off, as defensive coordinator Paul Guenther and his crew intercepted Russell Wilson twice in a 25-point win over Seattle.

Bengals

Number of first-place votes: 1

Points: 10

Why they’re No. 5: After an ugly loss in New Orleans, the Bengals show some resilience in beating the Panthers in overtime to improve to 2-0.

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