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Monday, September 27, 2010
Power Rankings revisited: Week 3

By Mike Sando

The Green Bay Packers haven't held the top spot in ESPN.com's NFL Power Rankings since the 10th and 11th weeks of the 2002 season.

They started 8-1 that season.

The top spot appears within the Packers' grasp heading into their "Monday Night Football" game against the Chicago Bears (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET). The No. 1 team last week, New Orleans, lost for the first time this season, falling in overtime to the 10th-ranked Atlanta Falcons. The third-ranked Houston Texans also lost.

The Packers, ranked second last week, can get to 3-0 for the first time since 2007 by beating the Bears.

The chart shows how ESPN.com's four voters -- me, John Clayton, Paul Kuharsky and James Walker -- ranked teams last week. Red lettering reveals which teams lost in Week 2. These are not new rankings. Those come out Tuesday.

Would you leave the Saints in the top spot even if the Packers won impressively? And how far should the St. Louis Rams rise after pretty much dominating the Washington Redskins?

The reckoning: Four games featured lower-ranked teams beating higher-ranked teams: Still to play: "Monday Night Football" featuring the Bears and Packers.

My early favorite for the No. 1 spot: Green Bay, but let's see how that game plays out at Soldier Field.