Power Rankings revisited: Week 14

A weekly review of how teams performed in relation to last week’s Power Rankings (with new rankings scheduled for Tuesday):

The Atlanta Falcons needed the fourth and final tiebreaker to hold off the New England Patriots for the top spot in ESPN.com's NFL Power Rankings last week.

Both teams won again Sunday.

Atlanta blew out 32nd-ranked Carolina. New England crushed eighth-ranked Chicago.

New England will remain atop my ballot. I'm guessing Paul Kuharsky will leave the Patriots atop his ballot. We'll have a new team atop the rankings for Week 15 if John Clayton or James Walker decides New England did enough to move past Atlanta as the best team in the NFL.

I'll collect ballots after the Monday night games.

The chart shows how we voted last week, with red lettering identifying teams that lost in Week 14. Expect a few changes in the top 10 after the teams ranked sixth through eighth lost.

The reckoning: Five games featured lower-ranked teams beating higher-ranked teams. Let's take a closer look at them ...

  • (18) Miami 10, (6) New York Jets 6: The Jets have 18 points in their four defeats. They haven't beaten a team that currently has a winning record since Week 3.

  • (31) Detroit 7, (7) Green Bay 3: The concussion Aaron Rodgers suffered comes as the Packers prepare to close out the season with games against New England, the New York Giants and Chicago. Rough.

  • (14) San Diego 31, (11) Kansas City 0: The costliest appendectomy in recent NFL memory left the Chiefs with Brodie Croyle under center.

  • (26) San Francisco 40, (20) Seattle 21: The 49ers are the only NFC West team with fewer than two division defeats. They're still in the division race at 5-8.

  • (29) Arizona 43, (28) Denver 13: Do the Broncos deserve consideration as the new worst team in the NFL? They couldn't outscore Jay Feely.

Still to play: Baltimore at Houston on "Monday Night Football" (ESPN, 8:20 p.m. ET); New York Giants vs. Minnesota at Ford Field in Detroit.

My early favorite for the No. 1 spot: New England.