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Power rankings revisited: Week 15

Expect movement at the top of ESPN's NFL Power Rankings for Week 16.

Ballots aren't cast until after the Monday night game, but losses by the Saints and Vikings could lead to a shakeup among the top three. Brett Favre appears to be wearing down late in the season, a concern for Minnesota. It's tough to see the Vikings ranking higher than sixth. They have been in the top five since Week 3.

A week filled with upsets could not bring down Indianapolis.

The Colts, ranked no lower than fifth all season, could retake the top spot for the first time since Week 8. Their 35-31 comeback victory over the Jaguars marked the seventh time this season Indianapolis has won a game by four or fewer points.

And now, on to the power rankings revisited ...

The reckoning: Eight games featured lower-ranked teams defeating higher-ranked teams:

  • (11) Dallas 24, (1) New Orleans 17: The Cowboys have kept a relatively even keel this season. The approach is serving them well.

  • (29) Cleveland 41, (28) Kansas City 34: Chiefs might need to shore up that run defense.

  • (18) Atlanta 10, (16) New York Jets 7: Mark Sanchez turned in his fourth game of the season with at least three picks.

  • (17) Tennessee 27, (13) Miami 24: Vince Young's first career three-touchdown game came at the right time.

  • (27) Oakland 20, (10) Denver 19: Raiders prove quarterback changes can mean everything.

  • (19) Pittsburgh 37, (6) Green Bay 36: Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers combine for 886 yards passing.

  • (31) Tampa Bay 24, (24) Seattle 7: Seahawks completely unresponsive to all stimuli.

  • (22) Carolina 26, (3) Minnesota 7: Favre has more interceptions than touchdowns over his last three games.

Still to play: (14) New York Giants at (26) Washington on "Monday Night Football."

Fraudulent finishers: The Broncos have allowed at least seven fourth-quarter points in seven of their last eight games. They have allowed 9.3 fourth-quarter points per game in their last eight games, up from 1.2 per game over the first six games.

Road warriors: The Cardinals finished their 2009 road schedule with a 6-2 record. The rest of the NFC West has three total road victories.

Look out below: The Seahawks have a chance to drop into bottom five teams after losing decisively at home to the Bucs. They have lost their last two games by a combined 58-14 margin. This marked the 10th time Seattle has failed to exceed 20 points this season.

Don't look now, but: The Patriots have a two-game lead in the AFC East and a 7-0 home record. Two of their last three road defeats were by a single point.

My early favorite for the No. 1 spot: Indianapolis, again. It's tough to argue with 14-0.