Power Rankings: Bears strengthen hold on top

Updated: October 10, 2006, 12:14 PM ET
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ESPN.com's Power Rankings
The rankings were determined by a poll of ESPN.com's NFL staff -- writers John Clayton, Len Pasquarelli, Michael Smith, Scouts Inc. insiders Jeremy Green and Keith Kidd, and ESPN.com NFL editors Peter Lawrence-Riddell and Joe Wojciechowski.

Two new teams hit their way into the top five with dominating defensive performances. The Broncos jumped five spots (No. 8 to No. 3), while the Chargers moved up four places (No. 9 to No. 5). Both teams are giving up less than 10 points a game through the first five weeks of the season. Denver fans probably will be happy to see the Broncos ahead of the Patriots, who they beat in Week 4 in Foxborough.

The Bears remained on top, picking up all seven first place votes this week after routing the Bills. Through five games, the Bears have outscored their opponents 156-36. The Colts, despite struggling at home against the Titans, held onto the No. 2 spot.

Anyway, on to the rankings. You can rank the teams yourself with SportsNation's NFL Power Rankings.

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