Contrankings: Peyton Manning leads Denver Broncos to top in Week 3

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Updated: September 25, 2013

Quarterback Peyton Manning cemented his MVP frontrunner status as the Denver Broncos rocketed to the top of the Week 3 Contrankings.

You’ve been sitting on the edge of your seat all weak. You’ve been white-knuckling that mug of coffee as you burn the midnight oil. To be honest, you thought this moment would never come.

Yet it has. Welcome to Water Cooler Sports Contrankings for Week 3 of the NFL regular season. It’s your contrarian’s look into the wacky world of professional football.

Mary, Mary, quite contrary . . .

Contrankings Week 3

Rank
(Previous)
Team Comments
1
(1)
Denver Broncos Peyton Manning continues to look like the quarterback every team dreams of having. Will anyone be able to put up a fight?
2
(2)
New Orleans Saints They get better with every passing week. This isn't Steve Spagnuolo's defense anymore.
3
(3)
Seattle Seahawks This team is on course to win at least seven games at home.
4
(7)
Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback Alex Smith is proving to be a good fit. Is this the only team that can stand in Denver's way?
5
(8)
Cincinnati Bengals The blueprint for beating the Packers is clear: force turnovers.
6
(9)
Miami Dolphins The Fins continue to look like a legitimate dark horse in the AFC.
7
(14)
Indianapolis Colts Handing Colin Kaepernick his first home loss at Candlestick Park is no mean feat.
8
(10)
New England Patriots Tom Brady is still getting the job done throwing to nobodies.
9
(4)
San Francisco 49ers After their second horrible loss in a row, the Niners are officially on watch.
10
(5)
Green Bay Packers It's too early to hit the panic button, but things are starting to look worrisome in Green Bay.
11
(12)
Chicago Bears How can a team that looks so unimpressive still be undefeated? Oh, and when was the last time we said the Bears offense was better than the defense?
12
(13)
Dallas Cowboys Dallas defeats St. Louis and . . . I'm yawning already.
13
(11)
Atlanta Falcons Going into this season, I thought the Dirty Birds would be the second best team in the league. Boy, was I wrong.
14
(17)
Baltimore Ravens Now that's how a defending Super Bowl champion is supposed to look.
15
(6)
Houston Texans Looks like this squad can't handle real competition.
16
(18)
Tennessee Titans What can I say? A win is a win.
17
(15)
San Diego Chargers Somehow they dominated the Titans for the whole game and still found a way to lose.
18
(28)
Carolina Panthers They shut out the Giants 38-0. Say what you want about the 2013 Panthers, that's impressive.
19
(16)
Philadelphia Eagles So the Chip Kelly offense is a dud. This is my shocked face.
20
(21)
Detroit Lions Looking good, Leos! Now do it again against the Bears.
21
(19)
St. Louis Rams Letting the Cowboys do you like that should be punishable as a sex crime.
22
(20)
Arizona Cardinals They entered the Superdome 1-1. They left 1-2.
23
(22)
New York Giants The downward slide just got steeper.
24
(23)
Washington Redskins They put up a valiant effort every week, but that doesn't change the fact they're 0-3.
25
(24)
Pittsburgh Steelers They look old and washed up. It might be a cliché, but sometimes clichés are true.
26
(27)
New York Jets Plenty of other teams in the league wish they were 2-1 too.
27
(26)
Buffalo Bills So close, but no cigar.
28
(31)
Cleveland Browns Are Brian Hoyer and Josh Gordon really the answer?
29
(29)
Oakland Raiders Terrelle Pryor looked good for a minute there. Too bad there are 60 minutes in a game.
30
(30)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Trust me, there's no light at the bottom of this pit.
31
(25)
Minnesota Vikings At what point does this joke stop being funny?
32
(32)
Jacksonville Jaguars Congratulations on scoring a touchdown.

About the author(s)

Water Cooler Sports contributing writer Sanya Marshall is a transplanted native of New Orleans now living in Georgia after Hurricane Katrina forced her family to relocate. A passionate and outspoken New Orleans Saints fan by birthright, she can be reached for questions or comments at .

842 comments
Raji Owns Warford
Raji Owns Warford

I've been slowly throwing away work I haven't done, so they won't find it after I leave.

Nardolicious
Nardolicious

Hey Silent, if you're interested in doing some writing, we need more articles about the Packers.  I'm serious when I say that too.

G & G
G & G moderator

Hey John Jelikshfvbfa, today is the surgery?

G & G
G & G moderator

Rumor trade:

Carson Palmer to the Bucs (According to Chris Mortensen)

BTW this rankings sucks!!

Lionskillpack
Lionskillpack

Rankings for worst team in the Universe :Packers 1

Doesn't matter after that

Nardolicious
Nardolicious

Topped ranked rankings for WCS:

1.  MIB

2.  Silent

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10.  Saintschicka

Nardolicious
Nardolicious

Many North fans despise the Saints from the Bountygate scandal.  1.  When the Saints played the Vikings in the NFCCG it was evident they were trying to kill Favre, and 2.  A couple years ago when the Saints played the Bears they throat-stomped Cutler and a dude completely speared E. Bennett in the chest and knocked him out several games.  I realize it's touchy and hard to prove, but that's why regardless.

G & G
G & G moderator

 I have somebody who can help you with this kind of job... Aaron Hernandez

S1L3NT_horror
S1L3NT_horror

 Hmmmm, I'll think about it, but I'm not a great writer, I think. I'm better at short comments. Which is why I'd like to start with rankings or something. But I'm not afraid to try. Eventually.... Lol

Lionskillpack
Lionskillpack

 Cutler's head removed from his ass and it's John Jellyfish

MIBearFan
MIBearFan moderator

  

Next Thursday.

thenichels
thenichels

 Then Mortensen is a bigger idiot than I thought (or the Cardinals are dumber than I thought).

BeerLion
BeerLion

If you're not first you're last

Lionskillpack
Lionskillpack

 Ranking of the rankings ranking

1. Nardo

2. Nardo the Tardo

3.

MIBearFan
MIBearFan moderator

 

  G & G, LoW, and Tearloch are all sleepers.

NightStalkerThief
NightStalkerThief

 All that sounds like regular play to me. All defensive coaches support that type of hard playing, they weren't even trying to injure favre, point out one play to me on which they did. Even favre admitted that he didn't think so. All the shit y'all are complaining about is something that plenty of other teams do, but because we had a whole scandal about it all of a sudden "we're the worst" and we didn't deserve to win the superbowl. we didn't cheat like the patriots did or use that sticky shit like the chargers, we just played hard and if playing hard means you don't deserve to be in and win the SB then y'all need some help. Get a grip

thenichels
thenichels

 While you're more than entitled to your reasoning to hate the Saints, it doesn't help me figure out why Chicka has her hate-on for the Bears.

Childerz...
Childerz...

 The 2009 NFCCG is not hard to prove that they were out to just injure players.. They went after AP multiple times too 

G & G
G & G moderator

  Ah ok

G & G
G & G moderator

  Could be both

G & G
G & G moderator

  They are the Bucs!!

MIBearFan
MIBearFan moderator

 

Hell, son. That doesn't even make sense!

Nardolicious
Nardolicious

  I don't know the guy at #2 and neither do you.

Childerz...
Childerz...

 Wrong wrong and wrong.... Favre is about gamsmenship and he's a iron man he won't admit anything thats how he's always been. 

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He also said that Strahan's record breaking sack on him was an "actual" sack. 

thenichels
thenichels

  Pffftttt....I was an asshole long before that.

thenichels
thenichels

   True.  Never underestimate idiocy in groups.

Raji Owns Warford
Raji Owns Warford

   

I also meant from the Cardinals pov.

They have Ryan Lindley and Drew Stanton behind Palmer

Lionskillpack
Lionskillpack

  And your team shouldn't have a trophy and you know it

S1L3NT_horror
S1L3NT_horror

 Ahahah, good for you. I'll keep my trophy.


What year is it now?

Lionskillpack
Lionskillpack

  2010 proving Lions were the true Super bowl champs in 2010

NightStalkerThief
NightStalkerThief

   Point out every single play to me then in which they did. 

NightStalkerThief
NightStalkerThief

  oh please, if favre had raved and bitched about getting hit so much and basically milked the bounty thing after it came out y'all would have been all over that, so don't use his gamemanship as an excuse. If a football player thinks something is wrong with a hit or playing they're quick to call it out. Like I said our guys were playing hard just like any others. niner players had so many dirty plays years before but they don't get the publicity that we do because no one gives a shit unless it's a scandal. So unless you're willing to take into account the many teams that have cheated over the years, tried to cheat or just plays dirty (injuring players left and right) then don't come to me with that biased bs about us not deserving to be in or win the SB because of hard play.