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Tuesday, October 25

Power Rankings: Colts, Steelers and then who?

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ESPN.com's Power Rankings

This week's rankings were determined by a poll of ESPN.com's NFL staff: writers John Clayton, Len Pasquarelli, Michael Smith, NFL Insider Jeremy Green, Scouts Inc., and ESPN.com NFL editors Peter Lawrence-Riddell and James C. Black.

The Colts and Steelers were pretty much the unanimous teams for the top two spots in the Power Rankings. But after that, things are pretty much a mess. The Falcons check in at No. 3, but they were hardly a solid choice for that spot, with members of our panel ranking them anywhere from No. 2 to No. 9. It's a similar story for the Broncos (who were ranked anywhere from No. 4 to No. 8) and Seahawks (No. 3 to No. 9), who round out our top 5.

So in other words, after the top two teams, it's pretty much throwing darts at a board.

At the bottom, the 49ers are making a serious run at the Texans. After getting drubbed by the Redskins, the 49ers picked up two last-place votes. As long as the Texans stay winless, chance are they'll hold onto the last spot. But a couple more losses like the one the 49ers had on Sunday and it might not matter what the Texans do.

2005 Power Rankings: Week 8

RK (LW) TEAM REC COMMENT

1 (1) Colts 7-0-0 Maybe the Colts won't want to pay him as much as it will take, but there's no way they'll just be able to replace Edgerrin James.

2 (8) Steelers 4-2-0 Steelers went back to basics. Pounding the ball on the ground with Willie Parker and a bruising Jerome Bettis for 221 yards.

3 (4) Falcons 5-2-0 It says more about the NFL right now that the Falcons are ranked No. 3 than it actually says about how good the Falcons are.

4 (2) Broncos 5-2-0 Tough loss to swallow. Broncos were riding a five-game winning streak that looked almost certain to go to six before stunning collapse against Giants.

5 (11) Seahawks 5-2-0 OK Seattle fans, you can stop pinching yourselves. The Seahawks really did win the type of wild finish they've normally blown.

6 (5) Buccaneers 5-1-0 It's an unrealistic fantasy, but you know Tim Rattay has already imagined throwing a game-winning TD against the 49ers this weekend.

7 (6) Eagles 4-2-0 Maybe they should have lost the game, but what the Eagles did to LaDainian Tomlinson (7 yds. on 17 carries) was pretty impressive.

8 (10) Jaguars 4-2-0 Take a look at the Jaguars schedule the rest of the way. They should win 10 games minimum.

9 (3) Bengals 5-2-0 Bengals are still a game up on the Steelers, but Sunday's loss had to be a big blow. To have all that build up and not produce -- it will be interesting to see how the Bengals bounce back.

10 (14) Giants 4-2-0 Peyton Manning's passer rating jumped to 90.7 his second season. Right now Eli's is 88.3. If Eli can duplicate Peyton's success in the win column (the Colts were 13-3 in his second season), they'll be building statues of him in NYC.

11 (12) Patriots 3-3-0 All eyes will obviously be on Tedy Bruschi and whether he's back in the lineup Sunday night against the Bills.

12 (9) Chargers 3-4-0 The Chargers are clearly the best 3-4 in the NFL. But they need to start winning some close games or they'll dig theselves a hole that's too big to get out of..

13 (13) Panthers 4-2-0 Jake Delhomme will be back behind center, but the team has to be happy knowing it can turn to Weinke if necessary.

14 (16) Redskins 4-2-0 We'll admit we were doubters, but anyone out there still think Mark Brunell doesn't have anything left?

15 (15) Chiefs 4-2-0 What a week! Victory in Miami; two division rivals blow games; and they now have two extra days to get ready for the Chargers and L.T.

16 (7) Cowboys 4-3-0 Second time this season the Cowboys have just flat out blown a game at the end. Bill Parcells isn't going to be any fun to be around this week.

17 (19) Rams 3-4-0 Pretty amazing -- Jamie Martin is 35, has been in the NFL for 11 years, and Sunday was his first win as a starter (and only his fourth start).

18 (17) Bills 3-4-0 Big letdown for the Bills who could have moved into first in the AFC East and built up some momentum heading into Week 8's big divisional game against the Patriots.

19 (18) Bears 3-3-0 Bears brought the pressure Sunday. Every time you looked up their was a Chicago defender in the Ravens backfield.

20 (23) Lions 3-3-0 Now that the Lions have a QB in Jeff Garcia, they need to find some WRs. Kevin Johnson has joined the group of ailing wideouts.

21 (30) Vikings 2-4-0 So Tice said some 'negative' things to get the Vikings going on Sunday. Did he really have anything positive to say before then?

22 (29) Raiders 2-4-0 LaMont Jordan became first Raiders back with three rushing TDs since Marcus Allen in 1985. Impressive company.

23 (28) Cardinals 2-4-0 It's not a good thing when your kicker is nearly doubling up the offensive players scoring (66-36).

24 (24) Titans 2-5-0 Billy Volek has put up gaudy numbers at times, but he's just 3-7 as a starter.

25 (20) Dolphins 2-4-0 It will be interesting to see if Ricky Williams can suceed being an 8-10 carry back (so far he hasn't). Williams was always at his best getting 25 carries a game and punishing opposing defenses.

26 (21) Ravens 2-4-0 Obviously teams are stacking the line to stop the run, but there has to be something physically wrong with Jamal Lewis, too.

27 (22) Jets 2-5-0 The Jets turned the ball over 16 times all last season. They've already turned it over 16 times this year in seven games.

28 (25) Browns 2-4-0 When you throw for 73 yards and three INTs, there are going to start being calls for your job. Pretty much no way around that.

29 (27) Saints 2-5-0 They might not have won anyway, but the Saints got robbed by the officials for the second straight week.

30 (26) Packers 1-5-0 With three of their top four WRs out of the lineup, don't be surprised if Driver gets about 15-20 looks a game.

31 (31) 49ers 1-5-0 The Texans have to stay No. 32, but the 49ers sure could make a pretty good case for the bottom spot.

32 (32) Texans 0-6-0 One easy way to limit the number of sacks you give up is to pass the ball only nine times.

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Can't argue much with their rankings. I am beginning to wonder though what that love affair with the Chargers is all about. They have all the markings of an average to bad team. They turn the ball over, have a defense that can't stop anybody and are one dimensional on offense.

Sure, San Diego has played teams tough, but after 7 games they have 4 in their loss column. Not sure how they can justify ranking them above the Cowboys, whom they lost to I might add.

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Can't argue much with their rankings. I am beginning to wonder though what that love affair with the Chargers is all about. They have all the markings of an average to bad team. They turn the ball over, have a defense that can't stop anybody and are one dimensional on offense.

Sure, San Diego has played teams tough, but after 7 games they have 4 in their loss column. Not sure how they can justify ranking them above the Cowboys, whom they lost to I might add.

The Chargers offense is NOT one-dimensional. You must have seen a Charger game in the past year haven't you? Brees has some fine targers in Gates and McCardell and the dude threw for almost 300 yard (299 to be exact) against a vaunted Eagles secondary on the road with no running game.

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Can't argue much with their rankings. I am beginning to wonder though what that love affair with the Chargers is all about. They have all the markings of an average to bad team. They turn the ball over, have a defense that can't stop anybody and are one dimensional on offense.

Sure, San Diego has played teams tough, but after 7 games they have 4 in their loss column. Not sure how they can justify ranking them above the Cowboys, whom they lost to I might add.

The Chargers have had maybe the toughest schedule of any team to this point.

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the Bucs make me laugh.

granted their 5-1 but they've lost to Jets and thier wins have come against Miami, Minnesota, Green Bay, Detroit and Buffalo...

Their wins have come against teams with a combined record of 11-20.

and they lost to the 2-5 Jets??

thrown in the fact that they've lost their starting quarterback, they look like a real solid #6 overall :jerk:

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The Falcons at number 3????? Did anyone actually watch that game last night? The Falcons have a good record, but they are not a very good team. Number 3 would be too high for the Skins at this point, but we would drub the Falcons if we played them, as would every team in the NFC East (the Eagles game in week 1 was a fluke). Who have the Falcons beaten this year? 4 of 5 wins came against Buffalo, Minnesota, New Orleans, and the Jets. Hardly an impressive resume.

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The Chargers offense is NOT one-dimensional. You must have seen a Charger game in the past year haven't you? Brees has some fine targers in Gates and McCardell and the dude threw for almost 300 yard (299 to be exact) against a vaunted Eagles secondary on the road with no running game.

They are 3-4. How can a team with a losing record be in the top 10. Someone is smoking some serious stuff!

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I know it's done via a poll, so there are no "corrections" for stuff like this, but it's odd that the only 4-2 team ranked lower than us is the Chiefs.

We're going to be in the top 10 of the polls if we beat the Giants on the road this week.

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