Power Rankings: It's No. 1 Patriots vs. No. 3 Cowboys

Updated: October 30, 2007, 2:49 PM ET
By Mike Mcallister | ESPN.com

Rare are the NFL teams that win their first five games. Rarer still is when those undefeated teams actually play each other this late in the season.

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The rankings were determined by a poll of ESPN.com's NFL staff: writers John Clayton, Len Pasquarelli, Matt Mosley, Jeffri Chadiha and Mike Sando; Scouts Inc. Insiders Jeremy Green and Keith Kidd; and ESPN.com NFL senior editor Mike McAllister.

That's why the New England-Dallas matchup Sunday at Texas Stadium will be so massively overhyped. It will be just the fifth time in NFL history -- and just the third in the past 84 years -- that two teams with 5-0 records or better will meet. The last time it happened was three years ago when the 5-0 Patriots met the 5-0 Jets (with New England winning 13-7).

Certainly, the outcome of Sunday's game will shake up the top part of next week's rankings. Of course, Cowboys QB Tony Romo did his best to wreak havoc with this week's rankings by committing six turnovers in the near-loss at Buffalo on Monday night. But that merely adds more intrigue to Sunday's game. Have the Cowboys and Romo gotten their bad game out of the way, or did the Bills expose a flaw that the Patriots will exploit on their way to another lopsided victory this season?

Now throw in the Randy Moss factor. In six career games against Dallas, Moss has never lost. What's more, he seems to have made playing the Cowboys a personal vendetta. His totals in those six games: 29 catches, 675 yards and 10 touchdowns.

But with all the attention this game will get, there might be a bigger one on the horizon: On Nov. 4, New England will face Indianapolis at the RCA Dome. The Patriots could go into that game 8-0, and the Colts (who have a bye this Sunday) could be 7-0. Should that happen, it would be the biggest collision of undefeated teams in NFL history.

So how would you rank the teams after Week 5? Click here to case your vote.

BIGGEST RISE: Washington Redskins from 13th to 8th; Chicago Bears from 20th to 15th. BIGGEST DROP: Denver Broncos from 10th to 19th.

(Editor's note: LW indicates each team's ranking last week.)


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