2009 NFL Power Rankings: Week 7

Updated: October 20, 2009, 3:11 PM ET
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The Week 7 edition of ESPN.com's 2009 NFL Power Rankings reveals a shake-up near the top.

The Indianapolis Colts, enjoying a Week 6 bye, remain atop the rankings. They have a new neighbor in the second-ranked New Orleans Saints, who moved up two places after throttling the New York Giants. The escape-artist Minnesota Vikings hold tight at No. 3, followed by the upstart Denver Broncos. The Giants round out the latest top five.

Week 7 action should provide more intrigue, as the Vikings visit the No. 8 Pittsburgh Steelers, who vaulted five spots this week. The Saints visit the No. 20 Miami Dolphins in another matchup that could affect the future elite hierarchy.

The New York Jets suffered this week's biggest fall, tumbling nine spots to No. 18. The winless Tennessee Titans, now ranked 30th, continued their stumble.

This week's poll of our experts features Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson filling in for regular contributor Paul Kuharsky, who welcomed his new son on Friday.

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[Editor's note: LW indicates each team's ranking in the Week 6 edition of the Power Rankings.]

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