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Power play: Help sought on rankings

9/28/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

My power rankings ballot is due late Monday night for publication here Tuesday.

As always, I'd appreciate your input.

Which teams deserve to climb, and how high? Which teams should fall?

The chart shows how each panelist voted last week (me, John Clayton, Paul Kuharsky and Jeff Chadiha, left to right). Red text highlights losing teams in Week 3.

The Bengals definitely need to climb. I will not knock down the 49ers. The Cardinals probably deserve to fall even though they lost to a good team.

Tampa Bay might drop to 32nd on my ballot after an abysmal performance against the Giants. The Rams aren't very good, but they might be better than the Bucs have proven to be so far this season.

Denver has to stand as one of the surprise teams. I'm not sure how good the Broncos are, but they're 3-0.

I'll move up the Vikings even though they almost lost. Brett Favre's performance convinced me he'll bring more to the Vikings than I once expected. Green Bay, one of the teams whose chances I liked heading into the season, hasn't been all that impressive.

The Monday night game between the Cowboys and Panthers probably won't affect my thinking unless Carolina pulls an upset.