Week 8: Ravens' unsightly loss is gain for Steelers, Saints

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.

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