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10-12-2004, 11:16 AM
Tuesday, October 12

Power Rankings: Pats still streaking


ESPN.com's Power Poll
This week's rankings were determined by a poll of ESPN.com's NFL staff -- writers John Clayton, Len Pasquarelli, Michael Smith and ESPN.com NFL editors Peter Lawrence-Riddell and James C. Black.
The top three teams in this week's rankings remain unchanged with the Patriots and Colts winning and the Eagles on bye. Seattle dropped out of the top five, falling from No. 4 to No. 7, while the Vikings moved up one spot to replace Seattle. The Jets round out the top five after improving to 4-0.
Anyway, on to the rankings. To view last week's rankings, click here. Also, click here to rank the teams yourself and then later today at 4 p.m. ET stop by the Power Rankings Show on SportsNation to chat with the NFL Power Ranker.

2004 Power Rankings: Week 6
Rk(LW) Team Rec. Comment
1 (1) Patriots 4-0-0 It's probably already out of their minds, but it was nice to see Bill Belichick and the Pats soak in their accomplishment of 19 straight wins.
2 (2) Eagles 4-0-0 NFC championship rematch with Carolina has lost some luster with the Panthers struggling. But we're sure the Eagles are still fired up for a little payback.
3 (3) Colts 4-1-0 Edgerrin James is clearly back to being one of the best backs in the NFL.
4 (5) Vikings 3-1-0 Daunte Culpepper is on pace to throw for 5,364 yards, 52 TDs and only four INTs.
5 (5) Jets 4-0-0 Jets probably should have put the Bills away earlier, but every team is going to have games like that and the important thing is coming away with the win.
6 (8) Broncos 4-1-0 The Broncos are winning, but Jake Plummer still makes too many poor decisions.
7 (4) Seahawks 3-1-0 Mike Holmgren is now 2-11 (0-6 with the Seahawks) in his career coming off a bye. That's almost unexplainable.
8 (10) Steelers 4-1-0 Terrell Owens gets most of the attention, but Duce Staley has been one of the biggest offseason acquisitions.
9 (11) Giants 4-1-0 Tiki Barber might be the NFL's MVP through the first five weeks.
10 (15) Rams 3-2-0 Huge win for the Rams who reminded everyone (including us) that they're still right in the mix.
11 (6) Falcons 4-1-0 For all of Michael Vick's struggles in Atlanta's new offense, the biggest thing he has to do is hold on to the football.
12 (13) Ravens 3-2-0 If the Ravens keep playing offense like they did Sunday night, they're going to be in trouble.
13 (16) Lions 3-1-0 Sounds like good news on Roy Williams which is huge for the Lions. He might only be a rookie, but Detroit needs him in the lineup.
14 (9) Jaguars 3-2-0 What happened to the stingy defense that didn't allow 100-yard rushers?
15 (23) Chargers 3-2-0 Antonio Gates was a fantasy sleeper at the beginning of the season. He's not a sleeper anymore.
16 (20) Titans 2-3-0 With Chris Brown (148 yards) leading the way, the Titans just dominated the Packers on the ground Monday night.
17 (12) Cowboys 2-2-0 This isn't going to be a fun week to be around Cowboys coach Bill Parcells.
18 (17) Texans 2-3-0 He might not be there quite yet, but Andre Johnson is moving into the class of the top WRs in the NFL.
19 (18) Chiefs 1-3-0 Win this weekend against the suddenly limping Jaguars and the Chiefs are right back in the mix.
20 (14) Panthers 1-3-0 Matt Willig picking up the penalty flag and throwing it was stupid, but it's also stupid for refs to throw flags at players.
21 (21) Raiders 2-3-0 Two games and six INTs for Kerry Collins means two losses for the Raiders.
22 (19) Saints 2-3-0 This feels like something we've probably written in this space before, but things have to be getting pretty toasty for Jim Haslett in New Orleans.
23 (24) Browns 2-3-0 Lee Suggs or William Green -- fantasy owners everywhere urge Butch Davis to pick one.
24 (22) Packers 1-4-0 In a season full or surprises, the Packers being 0-3 at home has to be the biggest.
25 (25) Bengals 1-3-0 Bye week probably came at a good time for a team that was taking on a bit of water.
26 (30) Buccaneers 1-4-0 Even if it's only for a game or two, Brian Griese has a big chance to prove he can still be an NFL starter.
27 (26) Redskins 1-4-0 Stop us if you've heard this before: Redskins spend a ton of money in the offseason and still stink.
28 (27) Bears 1-3-0 Brian Urlacher's return would be a huge boost against a Redskins team that will want to run the ball.
29 (31) 49ers 1-4-0 Tim Rattay set a 49ers' record for most completions in a game and when you think about who's played QB for the 49ers, that's pretty impressive.
30 (28) Cardinals 1-4-0 What happened to the defense that looked so good for four games and three quarters?
31 (29) Bills 0-4-0 When the owner starts talking about the offense needing to open things up, that's not a good thing.
32 (32) Dolphins 0-5-0 The Dolphins are terrible on offense, but what a game for rookie WR Wes Welker, who kicked off, returned kicks, made a tackle on special teams and kick an extra point and a field goal.

10-12-2004, 11:22 AM
god,let the Chiefs go 2-3 and i'll be as good as i can be the rest of the year.