Power Rankings: Bears still No. 1

Updated: October 17, 2006, 1:00 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 and Michael Smith; Scouts Inc. insiders Jeremy Green and Keith Kidd; and ESPN.com NFL editors Peter Lawrence-Riddell and Joe Wojciechowski.

The Bears lost one first-place vote but maintained a strong hold on the No. 1 spot. Interestingly, the team that picked up that vote is the Chargers, not the No. 2 Colts. With LaDainian Tomlinson and Philip Rivers on offense and Shawne Merriman and company on defense, the Chargers look like the AFC's most complete team.

The Seahawks jumped back into the top 5 after beating the Rams, while the Eagles dropped out, falling from No. 4 to No. 9.

The big mover this week is the Saints, who finally persuaded our panel to put them in the top 10. The Saints moved six spots all the way from No. 13 to No. 7. Moving in the other direction are the Falcons, who fell to No. 16 after losing at home to the Giants.

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

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