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Bills running back Fred Jackson celebrates a touchdown against the New England Patriots in Week 3. ((David Duprey/Associated Press))

Once a week, CBCSports.ca’s Tony Care breaks down the balance of power in the National Football League.

1. GREEN BAY PACKERS [unchanged]
Overall record: 3-0
Streak: Won three
Tight end Jermichael Finley destroyed the Bears over the middle and should be a prime target for Aaron Rodgers in the ensuing weeks.
2. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS [up from 5]
Overall record: 2-1
Streak: Won two
We all know the offence can put up points with the best of them, but the defence, which harassed Texans QB Matt Schaub often, is beginning to have the look of the 2010 Super Bowl team.
3. DETROIT LIONS [up from 10]
Overall record: 3-0
Streak: Won three
Playing against a Vikings team it should beat, Detroit rallied from a 20-point first-half deficit - and some overconfidence - to remain undefeated. Those are the wins that propel a team into the playoffs. The Lions passed the first test.
4. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS [down from 2]
Overall record: 2-1
Streak: Lost one
Here’s the Patriots’ problem: No matter how good the offence is, it might not matter during close games because that porous secondary can’t stop anyone.
5. BUFFALO BILLS [up from 15]
Overall record: 3-0
Streak: Won three
The Bills are the highest scoring team in the NFL and the AFC East’s lone undefeated team. Of all the stunning things that occurred during Buffalo’s upset victory over the Pats, Fred Jackson’s performance shouldn’t be one of them. The 30-year-old veteran is finally being recognized as one of the best running backs in the league.
6. BALTIMORE RAVENS [up from 8]
Overall record: 2-1
Streak: Won one
It seems like the Ravens have been waiting for more than a decade to find a legitimate deep threat. Now with rookie receiver Torrey Smith, who scorched the Rams for 152 yards and three touchdowns, the Ravens may have their man.
7. N.Y. JETS [down from 3]
Overall record: 2-1
Streak: Lost one
The Jets blew a golden opportunity to stay ahead of the Patriots. How they do against Baltimore and New England – their next two opponents – on the road will go a long way in determining if this really is a Super Bowl-calibre team.
8. HOUSTON TEXANS [down from 4]
Overall record: 2-1
Streak: Lost one
I’m not ready to call this team “the same old Texans,” but letting a nine-point, fourth-quarter lead slip away doesn’t exactly send a confident message to a fragile fan base.
9. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS [unchanged]
Overall record: 2-1
Streak: Won one
I’d be worried, Norv Turner. Your team barely got through a tough game against a Kansas City club widely considered the worst in the NFL. And all-world TE Antonio Gates went to see a specialist for his ailing foot. Not good.
10. DALLAS COWBOYS [up from 14]
Overall record: 2-1
Streak: Won two
As much as you admire what Tony Romo was going through – bad ribs and lung, receivers running wrong routes, centre continually snapping the ball early – this victory belonged to the defence. Co-ordinator Rob Ryan’s aggressive style is really paying off.
11. N.Y. GIANTS [up from 20]
Overall record: 2-1
Streak: Won two
Eli Manning had quite an impressive day as he threw four TDs with a depleted receiving unit against an Eagles secondary which is suppose to be one of the NFL’s best.
12. PITTSBURGH STEELERS [down from 10]
Overall record: 2-1
Streak: Won two
I’ll take the Steelers more seriously when they actually beat somebody – Seattle and Indy don’t count. Sunday’s contest in Houston will be a good gauge.
13. OAKLAND RAIDERS [up from 18]
Overall record: 2-1
Streak: Won one
Opposing teams better start taking the Raiders seriously. Oakland ran roughshod over the Jets, and Darren McFadden, the NFL’s leading rusher, is proving to be quite the weapon in the backfield.
14. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS [up from 16]
Overall record: 2-1
Streak: Won two
The Bucs’ defence certainly showed its promise against the Falcons, sacking QB Matt Ryan four times and generating another four hits.
15. WASHINGTON REDSKINS [down from 13]
Overall record: 2-1
Streak: Lost one
The Redskins better figure out a way to score more touchdowns in the red zone or they won’t challenge for a playoff spot.
16. TENNESSEE TITANS [down from 17]
Overall record: 2-1
Streak: Won two
Any momentum from Tennessee’s promising start should be tempered with the news that receiver Kenny Britt is gone for the season.
17.CHICAGO BEARS [down from 12]
Overall record: 1-2
Streak: Lost two
Jay Cutler has already been sacked 14 times in three games. How many more hits can this guy take behind that brutal offensive line?
18. ATLANTA FALCONS [down from 6]
Overall record: 1-2
Streak: Lost one
Matt Ryan can’t bail out the Falcons every week. The running game has to be a major part of this offence.
19. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES [down from 7]
Overall record: 1-2
Streak: Lost two
You want to avoid the ground on every snap, Michael Vick? Try throwing to your receivers before they make their break instead of waiting for them to get open. Works for Tom Brady.
20. CLEVELAND BROWNS [up from 29]
Overall record: 2-1
Streak: Won two
I still think the Browns are a year or two away, but who am I to argue against a two-game winning streak?
21. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS [up from 22]
Overall record: 2-1
Streak: Won one
This is the worst 2-1 team on this list.
22. CAROLINA PANTHERS [up from 26]
Overall record: 1-2
Streak: Won one
Cam Newton earns his first victory as a pro and he didn’t have to throw for 400 yards to get it.
23. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS [down from 21]
Overall record: 1-2
Streak: Lost two
It’s difficult to evaluate rookie QB Blaine Gabbert as he played through a monsoon in Carolina, but I’m remain certain he’s going to have major struggles throughout his first year.
24. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS [up from 31]
Overall record: 1-2
Streak: Won one
It doesn’t matter which fringe QB he plays with, WR Sidney Rice always seems to produce.
25. ARIZONA CARDINALS [down from 19]
Overall record: 1-2
Streak: Lost two
Think the Cardinals were only a QB away from contending when they traded for Kevin Kolb? Think again.
26. DENVER BRONCOS [down from 24]
Overall record: 1-2
Streak: Lost one
Life is about to get even more miserable for the Broncos, who travel to Green Bay to take on the world champions.
27.CINCINNATI BENGALS [up from 28]
Overall record: 1-2
Streak: Lost two
RB Cedric Benson’s suspension only highlights what a mess this organization has been in for decades.
28. MIAMI DOLPHINS [down from 25]
Overall record: 0-3
Streak: Lost three
Here’s two predictions for you: Head coach Tony Sporano gets fired Monday when his Dolphins lose in San Diego the previous day? Owner Stephen Ross will hire Bill “The Chin” Cowher to run the operation once this miserable season is done, or maybe sooner.
29. MINNESOTA VIKINGS [down from 27]
Overall record: 0-3
Streak: Lost three
So the Vikings just made Adrian Peterson the highest paid running back prior to the season, yet he’s not getting enough carries. It’s those kinds of brilliant decisions that get head coaches fired, Leslie Frazier.
30. ST. LOUIS RAMS [down from 23]
Overall record: 0-3
Streak: Lost three
The Rams’ next four opponents: Washington, @Green Bay, @Dallas, New Orleans. Welcome back to the top end of the draft, boys.
31. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS [down from 30]
Overall record: 0-3
Streak: Lost three
I’ve got nothing but admiration for DE Dwight Freeney. He knows he’s part of a sinking ship but the veteran still played like a man possessed against the Steelers.
32. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS [unchanged]
Overall record: 0-3
Streak: Lost three
That ridiculous screen pass you threw for an INT on the final drive sealed your fate, Matt Cassel. There is no way you’re the starting quarterback at the start of the 2012 season. You can thank Randy Moss and Wes Welker for your big pay day, because there won’t be another one.