Power Rankings: Broncos jump up to No. 2

Updated: October 21, 2005, 3:39 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.

There was a lot of moving around in our top 10. Obviously, the Colts remain on top after another impressive defensive performance, but after that, the next eight teams in our top 10 are in different spots. The Broncos jumped from No. 8 all the way to No. 2 after beating the Redskins to improve to 4-1. The Steelers moved up to No. 3 with an impressive Monday night win. But if Ben Roethlisberger ends up being out for a considerable amount of time, Pittsburgh's hold on a top spot could be in trouble.

After falling out of the top 5 for the first time since the 2003 season, the Patriots jumped back up to No. 4.

At the other end of the rankings, the Texans kept a strong hold on the last spot, remaining the NFL's only winless team.

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


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