Power Rankings: Chargers finish on top

Updated: January 2, 2007, 12:42 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 final Power Rankings of the 2006 season are in. First, let's take a quick look back at our preseason rankings. We came pretty close on some teams, but wow, did we miss on some others.

Of the 32 teams, the only one we got exactly right was the Colts (No. 4). Only three teams in our preseason top 10 (Seahawks, Colts and Patriots) finished in the top 10. The Chargers and Ravens, who finished No. 1 and No. 2, were 16th and 18th respectively to open the season. Among our other big misses: Saints (No. 29 to No. 6), Jets (No. 31 to No. 8), Panthers (No. 2 to No. 20), Dolphins (No. 9 to No. 24) and Buccaneers (No. 12 to No. 29).

Anyway, on to this week's rankings. We'll be back after the draft and free agency with our offseason rankings.


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