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Monday, December 20, 2010
Power Rankings revisited: Week 15

By Mike Sando

A weekly review of how teams performed in relation to last week’s Power Rankings (with new rankings scheduled for Tuesday):

ESPN.com's Power Rankings panelists seek each week to bring order and meaning to an unpredictable NFL world.

We'll attempt to do the same after the league veered past unpredictable into the bizarre during a wild Week 15 featuring:
The top two teams from last week, New England and Atlanta, won in less-than-impressive fashion against teams with quarterback issues. The third and fourth teams -- Pittsburgh and New Orleans -- both lost. Four of the five lowest-ranked teams from last week won.

The chart shows how we voted last week, with red lettering identifying teams that lost in Week 15.

The reckoning: Eight games featured lower-ranked teams beating higher-ranked teams. Let's take a closer look at them ... Still to play: Chicago and Minnesota on "Monday Night Football" (ESPN, 8:20 p.m. ET).

My early favorite for the No. 1 spot: New England.