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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Power Rankings: Saints hold No. 1

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Our latest edition of the power rankings is out and the undefeated Saints remain in their lofty spot at No. 1, even though their last two victories haven’t been exactly pretty.

What really jumped out me was the stat my colleague Mike Sando pointed out. The Saints have outscored the Buccaneers and Panthers combined by 51 points.

The voters kept the Falcons at No. 18, which I think is fitting. Atlanta played a heck of a game against the Saints and they did it without a bunch of key starters.

The Panthers dropped two spots to No. 22 and they could be approaching the mid-20s if they can’t get a victory against Minnesota on Sunday night in the matchup between Matt Moore and Brett Favre.

The Bucs dropped another spot to 31. There’s a bright side here. They’re battling the Rams (No. 32) for the first overall pick in next year’s draft and Tampa Bay is looking quite capable of earning that spot.