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Monday, November 2, 2009
Power rankings revisited: Week 8

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Rank Team Mike Sando John Clayton Paul Kuharsky Jeff Chadiha
1 IND 1 1 2 2
2 NO 2 2 1 1
3 DEN 3 3 4 3
4 MIN 4 4 3 4
5 NE 6 6 6 5
6 CIN 7 7 5 6
7 PIT 5 8 8 7
8 NYG 9 5 7 9
9 DAL 10 9 10 13
10 ARI 8 11 11 14
11 ATL 12 10 12 11
12 PHI 13 12 14 8
13 GB 15 13 13 10
14 BAL 11 14 15 12
15 NYJ 17 15 9 17
16 SD 14 16 19 16
17 HOU 18 20 18 15
18 CHI 16 17 21 19
19 MIA 19 19 17 20
20 SF 20 23 16 18
21 JAC 22 18 20 21
22 BUF 21 22 23 23
23 SEA 23 24 22 22
24 CAR 24 21 25 24
25 WAS 25 27 24 25
26 DET 26 29 26 27
27 OAK 27 25 31 26
28 KC 28 26 27 29
29 TEN 31 30 28 28
30 CLE 29 28 30 31
31 TB 30 31 29 32
32 STL 32 32 32 30


The top spot in ESPN.com's NFL power rankings for Week 8 could be yours for the taking, New Orleans Saints.

Voting will not commence until after the Falcons-Saints game Monday night, but I've pretty much made up my mind on New Orleans. If the Saints beat the Falcons, they'll overtake Indianapolis as the top-rated team on my ballot.

The Colts found a way to win against the 49ers on Sunday, but it wasn't pretty or convincing.

The chart shows power rankings votes from last week. Red lettering identifies teams that lost in Week 8.

The power rankings for Week 9, scheduled to appear here Tuesday, could very well validate Paul Kuharsky's choices in the top three spots one week ago. Kuharsky had the Saints, Colts and Vikings as his top three teams, respectively.

That sounds about right, provided the Saints win Monday night.

The Cardinals and Giants will almost surely drop from the top 10, replaced by the Eagles and Ravens. The Falcons have a chance to join them with an upset victory over the Saints.

And now, the power rankings revisited ...

The reckoning: Six games featured lower-ranked teams defeating higher-ranked teams: Still to play: (11) Atlanta at (2) New Orleans on "Monday Night Football."

Welcome to Loserville: The Broncos, Bills, Browns, Seahawks, Giants and Jaguars lost by a combined score of 199-64. The winning teams scored at least 30 points in nine of 12 games Sunday. The Giants and Seahawks allowed a combined 78.

Doing 120 in the southbound lane: Giants, Jets, Seahawks, Lions. The idle Bucs could fall into the 32nd spot, but how far should the Lions fall after losing to the Rams? They were 26th last week.

Northbound in a hurry: Philadelphia, Baltimore, Houston, Carolina.

My early favorite for the No. 1 spot: New Orleans, provided the Saints beat the Falcons.