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Week 9: Super Bowl XLV combatants now 1-2 in latest rankings

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The Pittsburgh Steelers' 25-17 victory over the New England Patriots and the St. Louis Rams' 31-21 stunner over the New Orleans Saints bumped down two teams that had figured in the top 3 in most of our polls, lifting the Steelers to No. 2 for their highest ranking of the season. Once again all nine of our experts voted the Green Bay Packers No. 1.

How they voted ...
Thanks to a big home win over the New England Patriots, Ben Roethlisberger has the Pittsburgh Steelers at No. 2 in this week's poll. See where our experts rank your team. Expert Rankings ...

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Other notable developments from Week 8:

» Trending up are the Philadelphia Eagles, who jumped from No. 19 to No. 15 to claim the highest spot by a team with a losing record, and the Cincinnati Bengals, who cracked the top 10 for the first time.

» The surging Kansas City Chiefs, who were near the bottom after their 0-3 start, are now at No. 16 after winning four straight, while the San Diego Chargers, who let two games get away from them in the last two weeks, dropped from No. 10 all the way down to No. 17.

» The St. Louis Rams' upset of New Orleans not only knocked the Saints from the Top 5, it lifted the Rams out of the bottom three, where they were replaced by the Arizona Cardinals, losers of six straight.


 

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
5
Pittsburgh Steelers
6-2
-
-
272
3
4
San Francisco 49ers
6-1
-
-
269
4
6
Baltimore Ravens
5-2
-
-
260
5
2
New England Patriots
5-2
-
-
251
6
7
Buffalo Bills
5-2
-
-
235
7
8
New York Giants
5-2
-
-
223
8
3
New Orleans Saints
5-3
-
-
222
9
9
Detroit Lions
6-2
-
-
214
10
12
Cincinnati Bengals
5-2
-
-
205
11
11
Houston Texans
5-3
-
-
203
12
13
Atlanta Falcons
4-3
-
-
187
13
14t
New York Jets
4-3
-
-
182
14
14t
Chicago Bears
4-3
-
-
175
15
19
Philadelphia Eagles
3-4
-
-
155
16
20
Kansas City Chiefs
4-3
-
-
150
17
10
San Diego Chargers
4-3
-
-
149
18
17t
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4-3
-
-
144
19
17t
Oakland Raiders
4-3
-
-
142
20
16
Dallas Cowboys
3-4
-
-
118
21
21
Tennessee Titans
4-3
-
-
111
22
28
Minnesota Vikings
2-6
-
-
96
23
23
Carolina Panthers
2-6
-
-
83
24
22
Washington Redskins
3-4
-
-
79
25
24
Cleveland Browns
3-4
-
-
68
26
25
Jacksonville Jaguars
2-6
-
-
67
27
27
Seattle Seahawks
2-5
-
-
55
28
26
Denver Broncos
2-5
-
-
46
29
30
St. Louis Rams
1-6
-
-
45
30
29
Arizona Cardinals
1-6
-
-
30
31
31
Miami Dolphins
0-7
-
1
18
32
32
Indianapolis Colts
0-8
-
8
10


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