Should the New England Patriots return to the top of ESPN.com's Power Rankings this week?
They stated their case Sunday night with an emphatic, 39-26 triumph against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.
The Patriots almost certainly will climb into the top four when the new Power Rankings are released Tuesday. They were one of only three Sunday winners among the top seven teams in last week's poll.
In regard to the Falcons, the mighty Power Rankings panel of ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton, NFC West blogger Mike Sando, AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky and AFC North blogger James Walker have some factors to consider.
The Falcons were playing at home and got away with an offensive pass interference penalty on Roddy White's winning touchdown. The Jets had a healthy dose of luck in their narrow victory, too.
New England, meanwhile, clobbered Pittsburgh amid the Terrible Towels on national television. It will be interesting to see if the voters dismiss New England's loss in Cleveland as an aberration and put them back on top.