2009 NFL Power Rankings: Week 13
Where once there was much debate about the NFL's best team, apparently now there S'aints no doubt about it.
The New Orleans Saints are the undisputed kings of the ESPN.com NFL Power Rankings entering Week 13, according to the latest poll of our experts.
Their demolition of the New England Patriots on ESPN's "Monday Night Football" gave the Saints all four first-place votes. In recent weeks, our panelists have been split between the Saints and fellow unbeatens Indianapolis Colts, who this week find the once-beaten Minnesota Vikings hot on their heels for the No. 2 designation. After that pair, the hard-charging San Diego Chargers and the Cincinnati Bengals own the Nos. 4 and 5 positions, respectively.
Read more about the voting here.
Week 13 presents several intriguing matchups, including the Brett Favre-led Vikings visiting the Arizona Cardinals. The No. 8 Cardinals are trying to recover from losing to Vince Young and the Tennessee Titans -- who rate No. 16 this week -- on a last-play miracle in Week 12. The Cardinals also hope to welcome Kurt Warner back to the starting lineup after he sat out the Titans game recovering from a concussion.
Editor's note: LW indicates each team's ranking in the Week 12 edition of the Power Rankings.