2009 NFL Power Rankings: Week 5
Uneasy rests the crown. The Baltimore Ravens' two-week reign as the NFL's best team -- as determined by the weekly poll of our experts -- has ended.
The Indianapolis Colts are the new leaders of the ESPN.com NFL Power Rankings, followed by the New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints and New York Jets in slots Nos. 2-5, respectively. The Ravens fell to No. 7, one slot behind the team that toppled them on the field and off, the New England Patriots. The Patriots visit the No. 8 Denver Broncos in what should be Week 5's showcase game. If form holds, the Colts should solidify their top ranking for a second week even after visiting the rival Tennessee Titans, who took a seven-slot tumble to No. 25.
That said, there's a crowded field in the race for the bottom. The St. Louis Rams seem to have No. 32 on lockdown, but the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have shown signs of being the worst outfits, too. Despite a humbling loss to the Chicago Bears, the No. 27 Detroit Lions boosted their stock one notch.
[Editor's note: LW indicates each team's ranking in the Week 4 edition of the Power Rankings.]