Power Rankings: Colts remain on top

Updated: December 20, 2005, 12:38 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.

After 13 straight wins, one loss isn't going to knock the Colts out of the top spot, as they remain the unanimous choice atop ESPN.com's Power Rankings. The next three teams (Seahawks, Broncos and Bengals) also remain unchanged.

The hot team this week is the Patriots, who jump from No. 9 to No. 5, giving the AFC four of the top five teams in the rankings.

Meanwhile, we have a new team at the bottom of the rankings. After 13 straight weeks in the basement, the Texans jump up one spot to No. 31 after beating the Cardinals. The 49ers, losers of seven straight games, grab the final spot. The two teams could get a chance to fight it out for the distinction of finishing No. 32 (and for the right to draft Reggie Bush) when they meet in Week 17.

On to the rankings. Also, you can rank the teams yourself with SportsNation's NFL Power Rankings.


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