2010 NFL Power Rankings: Week 1

Updated: September 8, 2010, 8:18 AM ET

The 2010 NFL regular season kicks off with some titanic tilts that should shake up our Week 1 ESPN.com Power Rankings.

Thursday, the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints meet the visiting Minnesota Vikings in a rematch of the NFC Championship Game. The Saints finished runner-up in the weekly polling of our panel of experts. The Indianapolis Colts, whom the Saints defeated in Super Bowl XLIV, rank first, followed by the Saints, the Green Bay Packers, the Dallas Cowboys and the Vikings at No. 5 overall.

The Colts also will have to defend their AFC South supremacy Sunday when they visit the Houston Texans, who rank No. 14 overall. On the debut of ESPN's "Monday Night Football," the Baltimore Ravens visit the New York Jets in a battle of our No. 6 and No. 9 teams. The records in the Week 1 poll reflect each team's 2009 regular-season mark.

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Editor's note: "LW" indicates each team's ranking in the Training Camp edition of the 2010 Power Rankings.

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