"Three & Out" is a weekly feature where we highlight three teams that dropped as well as three teams that moved on up in the ScouTurf team rankings formula based on their performance from their previous week.
We watch every NFL game from the previous weekend before making an assessment, and these are this week's big winners and losers:
Los Angeles Rams
Still undefeated after the first half of the season. Not only do the Rams have the look of a Super Bowl team, but having young Sean McVay captaining the ship has them looking like a potential dynasty moving forward. The front office has complimented McVay's aggressive on-field mentality by pulling the trigger on some win-now pieces to maximize their window of having a quarterback on a rookie contract. They may be bereft of a second (Marcus Peters) and third round pick courtesy of the Dante Fowler Jr. deal before the trade deadline, but both players should play a major role for the remainder of the season. Fowler may not have lived up to his top three pick status in Jacksonville, but he should be much better suited as a stand up outside linebacker in Wade Phillips' 3-4 system, which was really the only thing this team was missing. The Packers win was huge, but their next three games will be the real test as they face the Saints, Seahawks, and Chiefs. Speaking of the Seahawks...
I have to apologize to Seahawks fans. Looking at the roster before the season, I had the Seahawks pegged for a top ten pick and battling with Arizona for the NFC West cellar. Pete Carroll has yet again worked his magic and the Seahawks finally have their offensive line and run game humming along under Brian Schottenheimer. It's amazing what a team can do when they move on from Tom Cable. On defense, Bradley McDougald has been a revelation at safety and Frank Clark is playing like he's in a contract year. However, while they are flying high in our eyes right now, don't be surprised if they fall to the other side of this article in the next few weeks. Their next four opponents? Chargers, Rams, Packers, Panthers. Good luck!
The Cardinals were on the three down list last week, but the offense started to show some signs of life under new coordinator and Arians disciple Byron Leftwich, and that was a big boy fourth quarter comeback by Josh Rosen to lead the team down field for the late win. It wasn't perfect, but it was a step in the right direction and at the very least, it looks like Leftwich understands how to use David Johnson. I'm still not sold on Steve Wilks, but at least the Cardinals made a smart move as it pertains to the development of their young first round quarterback. Now all they need is to invest in offensive linemen.
Green Bay Packers
The Packers are here not so much because of their loss to an outstanding Rams team, but more because of their underwhelming 3-3-1 record (let's face it, they were a Kyle Fuller dropped interception from 3-4) and the fact they traded away Haha Clinton-Dix for a fourth round pick. While it's understandable to want to get some value for a player who is walking away in eight games, Clinton-Dix was the second-highest rated safety in the NFL per PFF and the Packers don't exactly have a guy in the wings who can adequately replace him. Does veteran cornerback Tramon Williams move to free safety and allow the impressive kids Josh Jackson and Jaire Alexander to get more reps? That's the move I would make. We'll see!
Brocktober has been cancelled. The Dolphins got off to a hot start but have started to show their warts lately, and they need Ryan Tannehill to get healthy as soon as possible. Injuries to the receiving core, especially to Albert Wilson, will really hamper the offense moving forward. Silver lining? They signed run plugger Sylvester Williams today and Laremy Tunsil is finally starting to live up to his first round selection with his play at left tackle. The Dolphins need to re-invest in the defensive tackle position in the upcoming draft, because they are entirely too reliant on getting pressure from the edge right now.
Hue is gone! We detailed last week that this was a move that needed to happen (Browns players were comparing him to Michael Scott), so why are they still on this list? While it was the right move for the future, I'm not sure promoting Gregg Williams to head coach and asking him to do double-duty with still calling plays is going to help in the immediate. I was surprised Todd Haley was fired simply because that means Baker Mayfield now has to learn his second playbook in the middle of a season under new coordinator Freddie Kitchens. Kitchens has a good reputation for helping quarterbacks, but with the likelihood that this will be a full housecleaning in the offseason (watch out for Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell), the Browns haven't exactly made life easy for their first overall pick.
Here are the ScouTurf roster rankings following Week Eight: