Power Rankings: New England opens on top

Updated: September 6, 2005, 3:50 PM ET

ESPN.com's Power Rankings
This week's rankings were determined by a poll of ESPN.com's NFL staff -- writers John Clayton, Len Pasquarelli, Michael Smith, NFL Insider Jeremy Green, Scouts Inc., and ESPN.com NFL editors Peter Lawrence-Riddell and James C. Black.

The start of the 2005 season is just around the corner (Raiders at Patriots, Thursday, 9 p.m. ET, ABC) and it's time for our preseason Power Rankings. Who are the teams to beat heading into 2005?

There was actually very little change in the top 10 since our offseason rankings (middle of May). All 10 teams stayed the same, with the Colts and Eagles (No. 2 and No. 3), and Chargers and Ravens (No. 7 and No. 8) flipping spots.

Anyway, on to the rankings, which will certainly look a lot different a week from now with 16 games in the books and even more different after 17 weeks of football. To view our offseason rankings, click here.


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