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Monday, December 7, 2009
Power rankings revisited: Week 13

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

The Colts made a strong case for the top spot in ESPN's NFL Power Rankings, due for release Tuesday.

One of our panelists foolishly ranked them third a week ago.

I won't mention any names, but the chart doesn't lie. It shows how each panelist voted last week, with my votes listed in the first column, followed by votes from John Clayton, Paul Kuharsky and Jeff Chadiha.

Red lettering identifies teams that lost in Week 13, including No. 3 Minnesota and No. 6 New England.

How far should those teams fall? Should the Colts retake the top spot after handling the previously hot Titans? Or should the Saints' comeback victory over an inferior opponent be enough to keep them No. 1?

I obviously need your input after daring to rank the Vikings among the top two last week.

Fire away.

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

The reckoning: Five games featured lower-ranked teams defeating higher-ranked teams: Still to play: (11) Baltimore at (13) Green Bay on "Monday Night Football."

Fraud alert: The Giants deserved our skepticism in past weeks. The 49ers, Steelers and Texans qualify this week.

Rising in defeat: The Redskins gave another superior team all it could handle. Well done under the circumstances.

Northbound in a hurry: The Cardinals must command respect after defeating the Vikings so decisively. Let's also remove Oakland from the "utterly horrible" category.

Look out below: The Steelers and Texans have each lost four in a row -- same as the Rams.

My early favorite for the No. 1 spot: Indianapolis. Underestimate the Colts at your peril.