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09-20-2005, 12:38 PM
And the Colts are number one. Hope this isnt a jinx, because it usually is.


<TABLE cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=3 border=0><TBODY><TR vAlign=top><TD colSpan=3>Power Rankings: New No. 1

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</TD></TR><TR vAlign=top><TD width=540><!---------------------INLINE TABLE (BEGIN)---------------------><TABLE cellSpacing=5 cellPadding=5 width=200 align=right border=0><TBODY><TR><TD><TABLE id=inlinetable cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=3 width=200 align=right border=0><TBODY><TR><TH style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000">ESPN.com's Power Rankings</TH><TR style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ececec" vAlign=top><TD width=184>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. </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><!---------------------INLINE TABLE (END)--------------------->Just two weeks into the season and we have a new No. 1 in the rankings. With an improved defense that has allowed only 10 points in two games, the Colts took over the top spot from the Patriots (who dropped to No. 4). The Steelers and Eagles check in at No. 2 and No. 3, both moving up with impressive wins.

Three new teams entered the top 10 this week, led by the Bengals, who jumped from No. 12 to No. 7. Joining the Bengals are the Panthers (No. 8 from No. 14) and the Buccaneers (No. 10 from No. 19).

The Vikings are the biggest losers, dropping from No. 13 all the way to No. 27. The Vikings have dropped 23 spots in just two weeks. On to the rankings. To view last week's rankings, click here (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/powerranking?season=2005&week=2).

<TABLE class=tablehead cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=3 width="100%"><TBODY><TR class=stathead><TD colSpan=5>2005 Power Rankings: Week 3</TD></TR><TR class=colhead><TD> </TD><TD width="10%">RK (LW)</TD><TD>TEAM</TD><TD>REC</TD><TD>COMMENT</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/ind.gif</TD><TD>1 (2)</TD><TD>Colts (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=ind)</TD><TD width=50>2-0-0</TD><TD>It has to be a huge boost to the Colts to know they can win a game when Peyton Manning throws for only 122 yards.</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/pit.gif</TD><TD>2 (3)</TD><TD>Steelers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=pit)</TD><TD width=50>2-0-0</TD><TD>So, Ben Roethlisberger is going to struggle in his second year, huh? Well, a 153.6 passer rating after two games sure doesn't look like a struggle.</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/phi.gif</TD><TD>3 (5)</TD><TD>Eagles (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=phi)</TD><TD width=50>1-1-0</TD><TD>One big game and everything is all smiles and high-fives again between McNabb and Owens in Philly.</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/nwe.gif</TD><TD>4 (1)</TD><TD>Patriots (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=nwe)</TD><TD width=50>1-1-0</TD><TD>Just a sloppy game from the Patriots. Lots of penalties, poor special teams play, etc. -- not what you'd expect from the defending champs.</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/kan.gif</TD><TD>5 (6)</TD><TD>Chiefs (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=kan)</TD><TD width=50>2-0-0</TD><TD>Two weeks into the season, they've failed to reach the 30-point mark ... and yet they're undefeated.</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/atl.gif</TD><TD>6 (4)</TD><TD>Falcons (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=atl)</TD><TD width=50>1-1-0</TD><TD>Matt Schaub might have potential, but it goes without saying that the Falcons need Michael Vick healthy and in the lineup.</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/cin.gif</TD><TD>7 (12)</TD><TD>Bengals (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=cin)</TD><TD width=50>2-0-0</TD><TD>After starting 1-4 in each of Marvin Lewis' first two seasons in Cincinnati, getting off to a fast start this year is huge.</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/car.gif</TD><TD>8 (14)</TD><TD>Panthers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=car)</TD><TD width=50>1-1-0</TD><TD>Panthers looked like they had a little chip on their shoulders Sunday and it worked, resulting in a big win over the Patriots.</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/jac.gif</TD><TD>9 (7)</TD><TD>Jaguars (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=jac)</TD><TD width=50>1-1-0</TD><TD>Getting out of bed Monday morning couldn't have been any fun at all for Byron Leftwich.</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/tam.gif</TD><TD>10 (19)</TD><TD>Buccaneers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=tam)</TD><TD width=50>2-0-0</TD><TD>Looks like Jon Gruden has found the right running back for his offense.</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/nyg.gif</TD><TD>11 (17)</TD><TD>Giants (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=nyg)</TD><TD width=50>2-0-0</TD><TD>Anyone who got Tiki Barber in their fantasy draft after 10 or 12 other RBs had already been picked got a steal.</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/nyj.gif</TD><TD>12 (18)</TD><TD>Jets (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=nyj)</TD><TD width=50>1-1-0</TD><TD>Chad Pennington still doesn't look right, but the Jets still pulled out a needed win, and that's what is really important.</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/buf.gif</TD><TD>13 (9)</TD><TD>Bills (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=buf)</TD><TD width=50>1-1-0</TD><TD>It'll be interesting to see how the QB situation unfolds in Buffalo. J.P. Losman is the QB of the future, but will they switch to Kelly Holcomb if he gives them a better chance to win now?</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/den.gif</TD><TD>14 (20)</TD><TD>Broncos (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=den)</TD><TD width=50>1-1-0</TD><TD>Figures that if any team could get something out of Ron Dayne it would be the Broncos.</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/sea.gif</TD><TD>15 (22)</TD><TD>Seahawks (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=sea)</TD><TD width=50>1-1-0</TD><TD>Seahawks are clearly a better team when Shaun Alexander is the focal point of the offense.</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/was.gif</TD><TD>16 (26)</TD><TD>Redskins (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=was)</TD><TD width=50>2-0-0</TD><TD>So, apparently there was a pretty good reason the Redskins wanted to trade for Santana Moss.</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/dal.gif</TD><TD>17 (8)</TD><TD>Cowboys (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=dal)</TD><TD width=50>1-1-0</TD><TD>Cowboys players and coaches must feel like they got punched in the gut.</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/nor.gif</TD><TD>18 (10)</TD><TD>Saints (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=nor)</TD><TD width=50>1-1-0</TD><TD>The Giants were just the better team, but the Saints understandably looked worn down Monday night.</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/sdg.gif</TD><TD>19 (11)</TD><TD>Chargers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=sdg)</TD><TD width=50>0-2-0</TD><TD>He's still finding the end zone, but the Chargers need to get LaDainian Tomlinson (124 yards rushing, just 3.3 yards per carry, and no receptions) going at full speed.</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/stl.gif</TD><TD>20 (21)</TD><TD>Rams (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=stl)</TD><TD width=50>1-1-0</TD><TD>It wasn't pretty, but any win on the road is a big deal for the Rams.</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/chi.gif</TD><TD>21 (31)</TD><TD>Bears (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=chi)</TD><TD width=50>1-1-0</TD><TD>The Bears clearly have the best defense in the NFC North, which could be enough to get them to playoffs.</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/ten.gif</TD><TD>22 (30)</TD><TD>Titans (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=ten)</TD><TD width=50>1-1-0</TD><TD>Talk about a dominating D. The Titans held Baltimore to 182 total yards and no first downs in the opening half.</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/mia.gif</TD><TD>23 (23)</TD><TD>Dolphins (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=mia)</TD><TD width=50>1-1-0</TD><TD>The Dolphins aren't going to contend for a playoff spot, but they're clearly going to be more competitive than a lot of people thought.</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/det.gif</TD><TD>24 (16)</TD><TD>Lions (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=det)</TD><TD width=50>1-1-0</TD><TD>Jeff Garcia's hurt, but that hasn't stopped some Lions fans from calling for Joey Harrington's backup. Only problem is that backup is rookie Dan Orlovsky.</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/bal.gif</TD><TD>25 (15)</TD><TD>Ravens (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=bal)</TD><TD width=50>0-2-0</TD><TD>The Ravens aren't going to win many games when Jamal Lewis rushes for 9 yards on 10 carries.</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/oak.gif</TD><TD>26 (24)</TD><TD>Raiders (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=oak)</TD><TD width=50>0-2-0</TD><TD>OK, so Moss was robbed of a TD, but they had numerous opportunities to win in Randy's home debut. </TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/min.gif</TD><TD>27 (13)</TD><TD>Vikings (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=min)</TD><TD width=50>0-2-0</TD><TD>Obviously he misses Randy Moss, but that can't completely explain a QB of Daunte Culpepper's caliber throwing eight INTs in two games.</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/cle.gif</TD><TD>28 (32)</TD><TD>Browns (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=cle)</TD><TD width=50>1-1-0</TD><TD>The allure has worn off of road teams winning at Lambeau Field, but still an impressive first win for Romeo.</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/ari.gif</TD><TD>29 (27)</TD><TD>Cardinals (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=ari)</TD><TD width=50>0-2-0</TD><TD>Two winnable games have resulted in two losses. Not the start Dennis Green anticipated.</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/gnb.gif</TD><TD>30 (25)</TD><TD>Packers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=gnb)</TD><TD width=50>0-2-0</TD><TD>With upcoming games vs. Tampa Bay, at Carolina, and vs. New Orleans, the Packers could put themselves in a hole that they can't dig out of.</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/sfo.gif</TD><TD>31 (28)</TD><TD>49ers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=sfo)</TD><TD width=50>1-1-0</TD><TD>Probably had no impact on Terrell Owens' play, but maybe Derek Smith should just keep his mouth shut next time.</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/hou.gif</TD><TD>32 (29)</TD><TD>Texans (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=hou)</TD><TD width=50>0-2-0</TD><TD>They've already fired the offensive coordinator. Now the heat is all on the coach (Dom Capers) and the QB (David Carr).</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

pizza guy
09-20-2005, 01:09 PM
'bout time!

09-20-2005, 01:14 PM
Times like these make one happy the Colts play the Texans twice. Nevermind the fact the Ponies are also playing 'Zona and San Francisco this year as well. Of course, that's only fair when we'll also be playing the Steelers, Patriots, Chargers, and Bengals (Did I just list the Bengals as a strong opponent? I think I did.) later on this season.

09-20-2005, 01:22 PM
As much as I like this, I am a realist. I don't think we should be ranked #1 until our offense has gotten all the kinks worked out.

Maybe I just hate ESPN so much that I have to find a problem. Colts should be lower, and Pacers should be Higher. Yeah maybe I just hate ESPN

Frank Slade
09-20-2005, 01:40 PM
Bengals and Steelers have looked like world beaters but against lesser opponents so it's hard to gauge those two but they have looked almost flawless.

After playing against some of the tougher D's in the league. we should really see a lot more fluid offense this week. This could a breakout ,track meet game, ...or maybe we will see the Romeo really did have Manning's number and slow him down some, not all the way but enough to make it another day where we have to rely more heavily on the run.

09-20-2005, 03:36 PM
I think the Steelers should be 1. They look damn good. Even though the opponent was so so, they look reallly good.

09-20-2005, 04:01 PM
As much as I like this, I am a realist. I don't think we should be ranked #1 until our offense has gotten all the kinks worked out.

Maybe I just hate ESPN so much that I have to find a problem. Colts should be lower, and Pacers should be Higher. Yeah maybe I just hate ESPN

I'm a realist and I know that our offense will get on track. I just hope and pray that our Defense isn't teasing us.

The Steelers have now 3 very good rb's. Agaisnt them we need to be able to contain their running game and still put pressure on big Ben.

09-20-2005, 04:22 PM
This is a Power Ranking i can agree with.

Steeler's ranking is deserved. Their test comes this weekend.

09-20-2005, 04:40 PM
We haven't been tested at all. Tennessee and Houston are bad teams.
We're playing good smash mouth football and we're looking good defensively. But those teams are so soft up front that its hard to tell.

Our "game of the season" is this week, but its way too early for a "game of the season". Still, I figure that we'll beat NE this weekend but find yet another way to lose to them at home in the AFC Championship game. :banghead:

I just can't figure out why a team coming off a 15-1 season and scheduled to play the NFC North was rated so low (#5) at the beginning of the season.

09-20-2005, 04:53 PM

09-20-2005, 06:16 PM
Does that mean we couldn't put a Week 3 ESPN Power Rankings banner up next year?

Sorry btown, but that is out of the question.

McClintic Sphere
09-20-2005, 06:26 PM
ESPN 2005 week 3 power ranking champs in the house yeah boy suck on the fumes eat it dog diggity round house kickin yeee hawww!!! :rolleyes: :hmm:

09-20-2005, 07:10 PM
CBS's Power Rankings, for comparison. And for Jay.


Falling off a cliff

09-20-2005, 09:03 PM
I'm not sure if it is more surprising to see the Colts at #1 or the Bengals at #7.