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A consensus has formed as to the two best teams in the NFL, with all nine of our experts voting the Green Bay Packers No. 1 and the New England Patriots No. 2 this week. Last week's No. 3 (the Baltimore Ravens) stumbled badly, however, allowing New Orleans and Pittsburgh to move up.

How they voted ...
The New England Patriots solidified their hold on the No. 2 spot in this week's poll. See where our experts rank your team. Expert Rankings ...

» Fan Rankings: Prove the experts wrong

Other notable developments from Week 7:

» Opinions of the Detroit Lions varied greatly now that Jim Schwartz's club has dropped two games in a row after starting 5-0. Our experts ranked the Lions as high as fifth and as low as 16th.

» Sometimes it pays not to play. The Cincinnati Bengals moved from No. 13 to No. 12, the New York Giants from No. 12 to No. 8 and the Buffalo Bills from No. 9 to No. 7. All three teams had byes.

» With the Packers looking unbeatable, the three-team race for the bottom might offer more suspense than the competition for No. 1. This week, our experts had to decide which team's loss was the worst: the Colts' 62-7 humiliation on Sunday night, the Rams getting shredded for 253 rushing yards by a rookie third-round draft choice, or the Dolphins blowing a 15-0 lead with less than three minutes left.


 

NFL.com Power Poll

Teams ranked Nos. 1 through 32, as voted on by a panel of nine NFL.com and NFL Network experts. Total points based on 32 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 32nd-place vote.
Rank
Previous
Team
W-L
First-place votes
Last-place votes
Points
1
1
Green Bay Packers
7-0
9
-
288
2
2
New England Patriots
5-1
-
-
279
3
7
New Orleans Saints
5-2
-
-
265
4
4
San Francisco 49ers
5-1
-
-
261
5
8
Pittsburgh Steelers
5-2
-
-
247
6
3
Baltimore Ravens
4-2
-
-
241
7
9
Buffalo Bills
4-2
-
-
226
8
12
New York Giants
4-2
-
-
218
9
6
Detroit Lions
5-2
-
-
206
10
5
San Diego Chargers
4-2
-
-
202
11
16t
Houston Texans
4-3
-
-
190
12
13
Cincinnati Bengals
4-2
-
-
189
13
14
Atlanta Falcons
4-3
-
-
183
14t
19
New York Jets
4-3
-
-
177
14t
18
Chicago Bears
4-3
-
-
177
16
20
Dallas Cowboys
3-3
-
-
150
17t
11
Oakland Raiders
4-3
-
-
146
17t
10
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4-3
-
-
146
19
21
Philadelphia Eagles
2-4
-
-
125
20
23t
Kansas City Chiefs
3-3
-
-
119
21
15
Tennessee Titans
3-3
-
-
105
22
16t
Washington Redskins
3-3
-
-
101
23
23t
Carolina Panthers
2-5
-
-
91
24
22
Cleveland Browns
3-3
-
-
80
25
29
Jacksonville Jaguars
2-5
-
-
66
26
27
Denver Broncos
2-4
-
-
64
27
23t
Seattle Seahawks
2-4
-
-
56
28
28
Minnesota Vikings
1-6
-
-
55
29
26
Arizona Cardinals
1-5
-
-
45
30
31
St. Louis Rams
0-6
-
2
21
31
32
Miami Dolphins
0-6
-
4
17
32
30
Indianapolis Colts
0-7
-
3
16


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