Power Rankings: Chargers firmly on top

Updated: December 12, 2006, 12:54 PM ET

ESPN.com's Power Rankings
The rankings were determined by a poll of ESPN.com's NFL staff -- writers John Clayton, Len Pasquarelli and Michael Smith; Scouts Inc. insiders Jeremy Green and Keith Kidd; and ESPN.com NFL editors Peter Lawrence-Riddell and Joe Wojciechowski.

The Chargers continue to roll, remaining firmly on top of the rankings following their seventh straight win. While the defense has been giving up some points, the Chargers are easily the most complete team in the NFL. Shawne Merriman might be the NFL's best defensive player and LaDainian Tomlinson is the NFL's best player.

After the Chargers the top five looks a little different this week. The Ravens (to No. 2) and the Saints (to No. 3) each jumped four spots in the rankings following impressive wins. For the Saints, it's the first time they've been the highest-ranked team in the NFC.

Another team to keep an eye is the Titans. Tennessee moved up only two spots this week to No. 14 and was even ranked as high as No. 7 on one ballot. The Titans' playoff hopes are slim, but they are one of the NFL's hottest teams right now.

Anyway, on to the rankings. You can rank the teams yourself with SportsNation's NFL Power Rankings.


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