2009 NFL Power Rankings: Week 4

Updated: September 30, 2009, 11:47 AM ET

How the mighty have fallen: The Pittsburgh Steelers, perennial top-5 residents, have tumbled in the latest poll.

The defending Super Bowl champions, who opened this season appropriately ranked No. 1 overall by our experts, sit at No. 16 this week.

The Baltimore Ravens remain atop the standings, though the Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants flip-flopped positions and now rank No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. The surging New Orleans Saints are No. 4, just ahead of the Minnesota Vikings. In Week 4, the Saints play host to the upstart No. 6 New York Jets. The Ravens will have their supremacy tested in a visit to the No. 7 New England Patriots.

The Cincinnati Bengals' Week 3 victory over the Steelers helped vault them 13 places to No. 11 overall.

Congratulations to the Detroit Lions, who not only snapped a 19-game losing streak in Week 3 but also vaulted to No. 28 in the latest rankings.

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[Editor's note: LW indicates each team's ranking in the Week 3 edition of the Power Rankings.]

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