2009 NFL Power Rankings: Week 8

Updated: October 27, 2009, 2:57 PM ET
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Our voters were split on who reigns supreme atop the Week 8 edition of ESPN.com's 2009 NFL Power Rankings.

The Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints, two of the three remaining unbeaten teams, caused a rift in our four-member panel of experts. Two consider the Colts, who did nothing in a 42-6 rout of the St. Louis Rams on Sunday to cause doubt about their Week 7 ranking atop the poll, the league's best team and the Saints the runners-up. Two other voters were impressed by the Saints' escape from the host Miami Dolphins, rallying from a 21-point deficit to score a 46-34 victory. In their eyes, the Saints are No. 1, the Colts No. 2.

To maintain a Nos. 1-32 hierarchy below, the Colts remain No. 1, the Saints No. 2. NFC West blogger Mike Sando, who tabulates our voting and votes in the poll, reveals more details here.

The No. 3 Denver Broncos, also 6-0 and the only other remaining unbeaten team, return to action Sunday after a bye to challenge the host Baltimore Ravens. The No. 14 Ravens, also coming off a bye, are looking to stem a three-game losing streak.

Another intriguing Week 8 game involves the No. 4 Minnesota Vikings, who visit the No. 13 Green Bay Packers in Brett Favre's first game at Lambeau Field since he cut ties with the Packers.

The New England Patriots round out the top five.

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Editor's note: LW indicates each team's ranking in the Week 7 edition of the Power Rankings.

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