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Week Eight power rankings

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1.  Packers (No. 1; 7-0):  The only way the Packers don’t win is if they don’t play.

2.  49ers (No. 3; 6-1):  What is this, 1989?

3.  Steelers (No. 5; 6-2):  What is this, 2010?

4.  Patriots (No. 2; 5-2):  Tom Brady’s ownership of the Steelers apparently was financed by one of those sub-prime mortgages.

5.  Lions (No. 9; 6-2):  A week after the Lions supposedly called for a cart for Matt Ryan, they nearly had to scream for a body bag for Tebow.

6.  Giants (No. 6; 5-2):  To stay in the top ten, they’ll need to beat bad teams by more than three points.

7.  Ravens (No. 7; 5-2):  To stay in the top ten, they’ll need to beat bad teams by more than three points.

8.  Bengals (No. 8; 5-2):  Maybe no one has told Andy Dalton and A.J. Green that they’re rookies.

9.  Saints (No. 4; 5-3):  If Sean Payton hadn’t signed an extension, his leverage would be shooting through the roof right now, given that no one on the sidelines could get the Saints turned around.

10.  Bills (No. 13; 5-2):  The Bills are finally getting comfortable in their home away from home.

11.  Raiders (No. 11; 4-3):  If Broncos vs. Lions was billed as a battle of good vs. evil, what’s Broncos vs. Raiders?

12.  Texans (No. 12; 5-3):  It’s officially a one-team race in the AFC South.  And it could be one-and-out for the Texans in January.

13.  Bears (No. 14; 4-3):  Matt Forte is still waiting for the phone and/or cash register to ring.

14.  Buccaneers (No. 15; 4-3):  Saints and Panthers losing makes for a great bye week in Tampa.

15.  Falcons (No. 16; 4-3):  Saints and Panthers losing makes for a great bye week in Atlanta.

16.  Chiefs (No. 20; 4-3):  Brandon Flowers told PFT Live last week that the Chiefs are the team to beat in the AFC West.  The Chargers couldn’t.

17.  Jets (No. 17; 4-3):  The last guy who should be cracking jokes about Rex Ryan’s gut is the guy who wanted to gnaw on Suzy Kolber’s face.

18. Chargers (No. 10; 4-3):  If Philip Rivers ever gets a chance to lift the Lombardi, there’s now a good chance he’ll drop it.

19.  Eagles (No. 21; 3-4):  Someone finally woke up the Dream Team.

20.  Cowboys (No. 18; 3-4):  The Rob Ryan head-coaching express continues to be a slow train to nowhere.

21. Vikings (No. 28; 2-6):  And Donovan McNabb still thinks he should still be the starter.

22.  Panthers (No. 19; 2-6):  It’s only a matter of time before this team is ruling the NFC South.

23.  Titans (No. 23; 4-3):  If Chris Johnson could rediscover his explosiveness, the Titans could make a run at a playoff spot.

24.  Redskins (No. 22; 3-4):  That loss to the Bills is a harsh reminder of the state of the franchise 20 years after beating the Bills in a slightly bigger game.

25.  Browns (No. 24; 3-4):  Is Peyton Hillis a one-hit wonder?  His fan club is now known as Peyton’s Midnight Runners.

26.  Rams (No. 31; 1-6):  The team’s passion and enthusiasm in Week Eight makes us wonder where it was the rest of the season.

27.  Broncos (No. 25; 2-5):  A week after “Tebowing” took the league by storm, “Teblowing” now refers to throwing passes so far over a receiver’s head that it looks like the ball was caught in a sudden gust of wind.

28.  Jaguars (No. 26; 2-6):  It was fun to be a contender in the AFC South.  For five days.

29.  Seahawks (No. 27; 2-5):  Pete Carroll still has a shot at landing Jim Harbaugh’s protege.

30.  Cardinals (No. 29; 1-6):  If he can’t play this weekend, Kevin Kolb (foot) probably doesn’t have to worry about John Skelton doing to Kolb what Mike Vick did last year.

31.  Colts (No. 30; 0-8):  Andrew Luck is the perfect quarterback for a team with a horseshoe on its helmet.

32. Dolphins (No. 32; 0-7):  Owner Stephen Ross recently pointed out that at least one other set of power rankings has the Dolphins at No. 25.  But that apparently is a ranking of college teams.

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148 Responses to “Week Eight power rankings”
  1. stephenjr311 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:04 PM

    Colts should be last. There is also a good argument for putting the Broncos above only the Dolphins and Colts as long as they stick with Tebow.

  2. seneca1ss says: Nov 1, 2011 2:04 PM

    The Buccaneers will stay around #15 until the Glazer Family spends cash

  3. crip2nite says: Nov 1, 2011 2:06 PM

    The Ravens are slowly losing their swagger. Stillers will rip them a new hole.

  4. cush2push says: Nov 1, 2011 2:07 PM

    i would laugh so hard for all these suck for luck teams and luck stayed for his senior season and that chance for a bcs title

  5. drshakedown74 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:07 PM

    Eagles Sunday Night did not look like the 19th best team, they looked top 10 easily. Everyone knows San Fran aint #2, so just stop that crap……and the Giants aren’t better than Ravens or the Saints.

  6. bleedgreen says: Nov 1, 2011 2:07 PM

    Soooo …. the Eagles blow out the Cowboys in convincing fashion… and are only 1 spot ahead of them?

  7. baltimoreballs says: Nov 1, 2011 2:08 PM

    AFC North has three teams in the top ten. Coincidence? All three teams play outstanding defense.

    In my opinion best division in the NFL (even the Browns have a pretty good defense)

  8. smarterthantheaveragebearfan says: Nov 1, 2011 2:08 PM

    Ravens are way too high on this list.

    They looked awful at Jacksonville and barely beat your #30 ranked team last week. An old defense starting to show it’s age and a QB that is merely adequate don’t equal a number 8 spot.

  9. rugdog100 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:09 PM

    Chargers should have dropped to about #30. They (and particularly PRivers) are overrated.

  10. zoxitic says: Nov 1, 2011 2:09 PM

    Packers (No. 1; 7-0): The only way the Packers don’t win is if they don’t play.

    The NFL has a funny way of making things change on a dime.

  11. bigpara says: Nov 1, 2011 2:09 PM

    Giants are where they belong in top ten. Teams with winning records should higher then teams will losing records.

  12. axespray says: Nov 1, 2011 2:10 PM

    I’m sorry, but I think you’ve ranked the Packers too high…

    They didn’t even play in week 8!

    (ka-durrh?!)

  13. sj39 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:10 PM

    Patriots are ranked a bit too high.

  14. jbny14 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:10 PM

    Bills, once again getting ZERO respect. Go figure.

  15. tatatoothy says: Nov 1, 2011 2:10 PM

    Hilarious 1989 reference to the 49ers. But let’s give the Bills a little more love than 10th! I’m trying to be reasonable in not whining about the Patriots still being ahead of Buffalo, but 6 spots? That’s just not right!

  16. pbolyard says: Nov 1, 2011 2:11 PM

    Really? Niners at 2? Maybe if they played in a real division. Ravens, Steelers, Pats, Saints are all better then they are.

  17. travisblink619 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:12 PM

    49ers….numero dose. That’s saying alot since Green Bay is the only team above them

  18. dvdman123 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:15 PM

    Only a matter of time until the Panthers are ruling the NFC South? I guess you forgot to mention the time is maybe in 10 years.

  19. bigpara says: Nov 1, 2011 2:18 PM

    Drshakedown, did the Saints get blown out by a winningless team and didn’t a crappy team beat the ravens. The 9ers are where they belong just ask the eagles players. They beat good teams. They have a good running game, good defense and Smith is playing good ball. Titans should ahead of the Eagles. Titans have a winning record and eagles have losing one.

  20. benh999 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:19 PM

    Do you actually consider the quality of opponents when ranking these teams?

  21. steelybills says: Nov 1, 2011 2:21 PM

    10. Patriots (No. 13; 5-2):

    4. Bills (No. 2; 5-2):

    Better.

    2011 Bills > 2011 Pats

  22. drshakedown74 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:21 PM

    San Fran will win there weak division at 10-6. Watch. #2??????????

  23. steelersfansdontevenliveinpittsburgh says: Nov 1, 2011 2:22 PM

    The Ravens have a fair spot this week, but they’ll quickly trade places with #3 after SNF.

  24. apmn says: Nov 1, 2011 2:23 PM

    Texans win the games they are supposed to, have played close games in their losses, and beat the #3 team. Not their fault that the rest of the division stinks.

  25. drshakedown74 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:24 PM

    LaSean McCoy doesn’t run the ball for the 19th best team.

  26. ninerdynasty says: Nov 1, 2011 2:24 PM

    Bills should be ranked way higher than 10. at least ahead of the pats and ravens and saints at this point.

  27. spungy says: Nov 1, 2011 2:25 PM

    You waited until everyone else put up their power rankings and STILL put the Bengals at 8. We never knew you were such a fan of us.

  28. dredddog says: Nov 1, 2011 2:25 PM

    There are 11 NFL teams worse than the Vikqueens? That Carolina win must have been huge.

  29. shadymduk says: Nov 1, 2011 2:26 PM

    Phins below Colts at the bottom? I thought Miami were at least keeping games close. The Dolts are just downright embarrassing this year.

  30. ame123 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:26 PM

    Eagles would be favorites against half the top 10 teams on a neutral field. FACT.

  31. gregjennings85 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:26 PM

    GET HIM A BODY BAG!!!

  32. bombayjon says: Nov 1, 2011 2:27 PM

    11. Raiders (No. 11; 4-3): If Broncos vs. Lions was billed as a battle of good vs. evil, what’s Broncos vs. Raiders?

    ——————————————–

    Another Raider victory.

  33. ame123 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:27 PM

    Eagles at #19 6.5 point favorites over the #13 team this week

  34. ilikesteveyounggirls says: Nov 1, 2011 2:28 PM

    Here we go again… References to the 49ers and their weak division. Considering they’ve only played one game against an NFC West opponent, how are you east coast biased morons still bringing this up?

  35. mikehockhurtz says: Nov 1, 2011 2:31 PM

    Everybody complaining that the Eagles should be ranked higher….

    Let’s see them beat a decent team first

  36. marcsasharc says: Nov 1, 2011 2:31 PM

    If you hate on the 9ers what is your reasoning? Because they are 6-1 with a tougher strength of schedule than most teams.

  37. orbearider66 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:32 PM

    Oh, BTW … AWESOME picture of Rice scoring against the Dolphins in the Super Bowl.

  38. marcsasharc says: Nov 1, 2011 2:33 PM

    And why do people think teams with terrible defenses should be higher than SF just because they have a superior qb?

    Some of you have to intelligence whatsoever.

  39. marcsasharc says: Nov 1, 2011 2:33 PM

    No*

  40. ike1973 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:33 PM

    49’ers at #2. Biggest laugh I’ve had today. They’re actually #1, but only in their crappy division. Sorry but they’ll be one and done in January.

  41. stampede101 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:34 PM

    The 49ers own the second best record in the NFL, and have played only one division game thus far…I’m just sayin’.

  42. crabcakeandfootball1 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:35 PM

    smarterthantheaveragebearfan says:
    Nov 1, 2011 2:08 PM
    Ravens are way too high on this list.

    They looked awful at Jacksonville and barely beat your #30 ranked team last week. An old defense starting to show it’s age and a QB that is merely adequate don’t equal a number 8 spot.
    ————————————————
    Query whether the Ravens deserve the No. 7 spot because of their offensive struggles. But, someone needs to remind this guy the Ravens have the number 1 overall D and number 2 scoring only because of Flacco’s 2-3 INTs for TD returns or TOs in own territory. I really hope you’re not smarter than the average bear fan.

  43. batterychucker says: Nov 1, 2011 2:35 PM

    baltimoreballs says: Nov 1, 2011 2:08 PM

    AFC North has three teams in the top ten. Coincidence? All three teams play outstanding defense.

    ———————————————-

    Texans have the #3 Defense in the league, beat Pittsburgh, and have more AFC wins than any other team. 5-2 in the AFC, 3-0 in the division, would have a first round bye if playoffs started today and host a playoff game.

    Yet they can’t even get in the top 10 being in a division that’s not even as bad as the NFC West.

    Weak.

  44. nickmangoldsbeard says: Nov 1, 2011 2:36 PM

    @pbolyard

    niners have played ONE divisional opponent. and have won 3 games they’ve had to go to the east for. so there goes your argument. they’ve also given the lions their first loss. the bengals one of their two losses, and beat tampa bay 48-3.

  45. kotcha23 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:36 PM

    The Bills and Giants should be flip-flopped…

  46. redman0008 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:36 PM

    People complaining about the niners’ weak division: yes the NFC west is terrible. But only one of their wins are from the division. So it’s not like they swept their division and are 6-1. As for the ravens and steelers we will see since the niners play both. It will be a good measuring stick to see how good the niners are.

  47. travisblink619 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:37 PM

    @drshakedown

    Yeah, the 49ers will win with a 10-6 record, because they’ll be playing 2nd string for the last five weeks of the season. Get over yourself, hater. The Niners are a real deal.

  48. castleofcheese says: Nov 1, 2011 2:37 PM

    We never got our one-liners today.

  49. goodguyjohn says: Nov 1, 2011 2:38 PM

    Niner fan here. We will be 13-3 at WORST this year. What do we have to do to be taken for real? Beat 5-2 Detorit in THEIR HOUSE, beat 5-2 Cincy in THEIR HOUSE and broke Philly’s heart in THEIR HOUSE. Took a decent Tamps team tothe woodshed in OUR HOUSE.

    When we beat Baltimore Thanksgiving night and then take care of the Steelers Dec 19th on MNF, will that be enough for you clowns?

    This team is for real BIG TIME. and ya know what? Harbaugh knows he still has to upgrade the QB position this offseason. When we get a top flight QB or develop Kaepernick or Tolzein, look out. Another 10 year run of domination by the bay is in store!

  50. bossplayer213 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:39 PM

    pbolyard says: Nov 1, 2011 2:11 PM

    Really? Niners at 2? Maybe if they played in a real division. Ravens, Steelers, Pats, Saints are all better then they are.

    =========================

    Except Power Rankings are done on a week to week basis. Ravens, Pats, and Saints, are NOT playing better football than the 49ers right now. Only Steelers have an argument.

  51. snarkzilla says: Nov 1, 2011 2:39 PM

    The undefeated Green Bay Packers will be on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week. All bets are off.

  52. 9erfan818 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:40 PM

    For all you 9er Haters… Yes the 9ers are in a weak divison .but they have only played one game in the nfc west so far vs Seattle. Pittsburgh has played more teams in the nfc west . Niners are 5-1 against the rest of the nfl . Including 2-0 in the AFC north . Keep hating, they will get that #2 spot In the NFC . Will sweep the last 5 games in nfc west and beat the skins . at worse its gonna be 12-4

  53. lbdpatch says: Nov 1, 2011 2:40 PM

    This list Isnt about your record Its about your play for the week and the Eagles should be a hell of alot higher on this list and the Giants are In no way a top ten team. But this list is only some ones opinion.

  54. bozosforall says: Nov 1, 2011 2:42 PM

    drshakedown74 says:
    Nov 1, 2011 2:21 PM
    San Fran will win there weak division at 10-6. Watch. #2??????????

    ___
    I only see them losing to the Ravens and Steelers based on their remaining schedule. As far as having a weak division, they have only played one division game so far so by your false assumption they still have 5 gimme games. That alone gives them 11 wins. Add to that the pathetic Redskins this coming week and that gives them 12. The Giants aren’t all that either, so the Niners could easily be at 13 wins before it’s all said and done. Of course, this is all speculation, but the odds are in favor of it happening this way. Even the Ravens are no sure thing to beat the Niners, what with that anemic offense that B’more puts on the field vs the #2 overall defense in the NFC of the Niners.

  55. stoogy says: Nov 1, 2011 2:42 PM

    raiiders are 11th guess there figuring palmer still good

  56. jpopejoy says: Nov 1, 2011 2:43 PM

    Chiefs laid a 28-0 beatdown AT oakland, then beat SD and are FIVE spots behind Oakland? I’ve not news for you…Raiders are done w/ Palmer. Campbell was actually a good fit for that system…Carson Palmer and his 82 passer rating the last 3 years isn’t gonna make them better, only worse.

  57. bozosforall says: Nov 1, 2011 2:44 PM

    pbolyard says:
    Nov 1, 2011 2:11 PM
    Really? Niners at 2? Maybe if they played in a real division. Ravens, Steelers, Pats, Saints are all better then they are.

    __
    Ravens and Steelers, probably. Saints, maybe. Pats, not right now.

  58. mrlynch33 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:44 PM

    pbolyard says:
    Nov 1, 2011 2:11 PM
    Really? Niners at 2? Maybe if they played in a real division. Ravens, Steelers, Pats, Saints are all better then they are.
    ———————————-
    49ers have only had one division game….how does what division they are in matter???
    IF they played like four of their games in their division I can see your point but they only had one gm week one against Seattle.

    NM the fact that they beat Philly, Cinci, Detroit on the road and crushed TB at home. I could see them at #3 but no lower.

  59. minkytails says: Nov 1, 2011 2:44 PM

    7 teams with a better or equal record than the Vikings are ranked below them. Objectivity is overrated; way to be a homer.

  60. dvdman123 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:46 PM

    Did the Niners resign the 20 something clone of Steve Young or Joe Montana? I just don’t see the them as the 2nd best team in the NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, NCAA…………………..

  61. latrobe21 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:46 PM

    Mike,

    Put the Steelers #2 and you’ll only have to worry about #3 through #32 the rest of the year.

  62. mrlynch33 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:46 PM

    Bills should be ahead of Saints & Ravens….losing to JAX and STL was ugly!

  63. tuongotsriracha says: Nov 1, 2011 2:52 PM

    How are the Raiders above the Chiefs when the Chiefs beat them 28-0?

  64. murphintampa says: Nov 1, 2011 2:52 PM

    If the Colts and Dolphins both finish 0-16 or otherwise tied, they should be made to play one more game, where the WINNER gets the #1 draft pick.

  65. Nevis says: Nov 1, 2011 2:54 PM

    LMAO. It’s amazing what fluke wins like STL beating NO does to the media in terms of overrating bad teams.

  66. hakk03 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:55 PM

    In my humble opionion the Giants, Bengals, and especially the Bears are too high. I would take Philly, Atlanta, and even Dallas over the bears. The fact the latter teams are underachieving and that the Bears are over achieving still doesn’t warrant that much of a swing. I feel this list from the middle down is too much based on hot teams and trends, as opposed to the truth. If the Bears were to play the Eagles, Falcons, and Cowboys tomorrow (for arguments sake) do you think they are likely to win 2 of those games? I don’t!

  67. theripster30 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:57 PM

    Chiefs deserve a higher ranking. They’re rolling and have done a great job filling in huge injuries.

  68. blackqbwhiterb says: Nov 1, 2011 2:59 PM

    Alas, only 3 weeks ago I was on this very spot feeling good about the improvement of the Redskins this year…….

  69. ronlm says: Nov 1, 2011 3:00 PM

    Chiefs blanked the Raiders just a little over a week ago… the Chargers have been leading the AFC West… and the Raiders are ranked ahead of both teams.

    Equal parts awesome and appropriate.

  70. mezter says: Nov 1, 2011 3:00 PM

    I love how the Niners keep getting under estimated. Haha.

  71. gb4mn0 says: Nov 1, 2011 3:02 PM

    The vikequeens are waaaaaaay overrated at 21. The 2 teams they beat have a combined record of 3-12 and the win over Carolina they won by blind dumb luck and bad calls.

  72. drshakedown74 says: Nov 1, 2011 3:16 PM

    Excuse me 9er fans!!!! But NO! I dont think you are the 2nd best team in the NFL. This isn’t the BCS.

  73. vanmorrissey says: Nov 1, 2011 3:17 PM

    Eagles, Panthers, Titans all higher than Chargers.

  74. drshakedown74 says: Nov 1, 2011 3:18 PM

    How are the Dolphins worse than Indy?

  75. raiderlyfe510 says: Nov 1, 2011 3:19 PM

    Tebow’s gonna be hearing “Hell’s Bells” all day Sunday.Raider Nation,baby. You know how we do it.

  76. david7590 says: Nov 1, 2011 3:22 PM

    The 49ers will most likely go 13-3. Aside from Baltimore and Pittsburgh, they have no one good left to play. But it will be back to earth next year when they don’t have a cupcake schedule.

  77. dyna5ty says: Nov 1, 2011 3:25 PM

    Why are there do many 9er haters? We don’t put up huge crazy offense numbers but we play great defense and have one of the best running games in the nfl. And for people that are saying we play in a weak division we have only played ONE team from our division. We have played most of our tougher games on the road and won.

  78. spunjmunke says: Nov 1, 2011 3:25 PM

    Coming from a Browns fan, I think you’re being way too generous. The ONLY reason they have any measurable amount of credibility in this league is because of the defense. The offense is offensive. It looks like it was drawn up by a 4th grader playing Madden, and it has as many weapons as a house full of priests. Seriously, I’ve seen better offensive gameplans executed in my backyard. If it weren’t for two teams obviously sucking for Luck, I’d have the Browns ranked right at the bottom of the barrel. But hey, there’s always next year, right?

  79. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Nov 1, 2011 3:28 PM

    sorry boys and girls but my NINERS are back and its back to hating us like the 80’s n 90’s so get your popcorn ready!

    p.s for the haters saying we shouldnt be number #2 because were on a weak division check our schedule were 6-1 and only played one divisional game, get your facts straight.

  80. superschrec says: Nov 1, 2011 3:30 PM

    NE @ 4, the only have the worst defense in the league

  81. marcsasharc says: Nov 1, 2011 3:32 PM

    What top 5 teams have had a tougher schedule thus far than SF?

    I know a lot of you don’t want to accept it, maybe because Smith isn’t an “elite” qb. Funny thing is he’s playing more effective than most the qbs you all rate higher than him.

    But this isn’t a power rankings of qbs, it’s teams. The 9ers boast a top 5 defense and 1 of the top 3 special teams in the league. They run the ball and still put points up week to week. They have great coaching and play to their strengths.

    Haters finna hate.

  82. nineroutsider says: Nov 1, 2011 3:33 PM

    The Niners have played great and against some of the league’s best teams and more to come. So the “planet” can keep hating, but they will keep doing their thing…NFC Championship here we come!

  83. contra74 says: Nov 1, 2011 3:36 PM

    gb4mn0 says:
    Nov 1, 2011 3:02 PM
    The vikequeens are waaaaaaay overrated at 21. The 2 teams they beat have a combined record of 3-12 and the win over Carolina they won by blind dumb luck and bad calls.
    ——
    Another Packer fan pulling out hand-picked stats. Why not show the entire picture? Wait wait, let me do that for you. This season, the Vikings have played opponents with a combined W/L of 30-20 whereas the Packers have played opponents with a combined W/L of 20-32. The bigger picture looks different than your little tidbit huh muffintop!?

  84. drshakedown74 says: Nov 1, 2011 3:38 PM

    Shady for MVP

  85. drexelvol says: Nov 1, 2011 3:41 PM

    gaints at #6, what are you guys smoking? How about #16?

  86. EJ says: Nov 1, 2011 3:44 PM

    Buffalo may deserve to chime in at #10, but that should then make the Patriots #11.

    No respect, no respect.

  87. marcsasharc says: Nov 1, 2011 3:47 PM

    Smith is Playing much better than dilfer did during the ravens super bowl season. Smith is also playing better than brees and rivers this season. If brees or rivers were SF’s qb right now none of you would have an issue with the #2 ranking. None of you. But since you do, you point to strength of schedule, division and an average qb for evidence for your biased opinion. The problem is that the evidence doesn’t support your opinion.

    Some of you think the pats and saints should be ranked higher. Both those teams have terrible defenses. You say a team without a top notch qb can’t win a sb yet you think teams with terrible defenses can. LOL

  88. contract says: Nov 1, 2011 3:50 PM

    The Chargers will beat the Packers this week. Bet the house on it.

  89. chace1986 says: Nov 1, 2011 3:55 PM

    seneca1ss says:Nov 1, 2011 2:04 PM

    The Buccaneers will stay around #15 until the Glazer Family spends cash

    ——————————————–

    This same old regurgitated crap gets exhausting after awhile. So completely unoriginal…tisk tisk.

  90. jrmbadger says: Nov 1, 2011 4:00 PM

    “contract says:
    Nov 1, 2011 3:50 PM
    The Chargers will beat the Packers this week. Bet the house on it.”

    Worst
    Advice
    Ever

    follow it and you may be homeless real soon.

  91. travisblink619 says: Nov 1, 2011 4:03 PM

    The 49ers are playing excellent defense. First against the run, first in points allowed. Second in turnover differential. Pass defense has improved, but still needs help.

    Offensively, they can run the ball, sustain drives and are only getting better and more creative. And for those who say Alex Smith is average at best, I say nay-nay. He is superior at doing the average things asked of him. He is effective enough to move the chains, and he is not turning the ball over….none of the team is for that matter. Maybe he isn’t a fantasy stud, and that’s why people still want to call him a bust. Can Newton is a fantasy stud, and look where his team is.

  92. dirtyjersey9er says: Nov 1, 2011 4:03 PM

    People still want to say the 49ers have the record they have because of being in the NFC West? That would be something if they played most of their games against the NFC West(Like early on two seasons ago). If we really want to get into the NFC West inflating records every team in the AFC North has played more games against the NFC West than the 49ers have so far.(Each AFCN team has played 2 games vs the NFC West. The ones who haven’t faced San Francisco yet are 2-0 vs the NFC West)

    But they have victories on the road against Philadelphia, Detroit, and Cincinnatti. They dominated Tampa Bay at home. Beat Cleveland by 10 at home. And they were on the cusp of beating Dallas in week 2. Had a cornerback not slipped during the play that gotten a huge chunk on the way to a game tying field goal.

    Not making excuses for the loss to Dallas but this 49ers team is a lot better than some of you posters are giving them credit for. But if you are gonna not give them credit at least fact check their record as it stands now because it isn’t because of being part of the NFC West.

    What makes the logic worse is going by the logic some of you go by the Packers don’t deserve the top spot with wins over Carolina, Minnesota, St. Louis, and Denver.

  93. dirtyjersey9er says: Nov 1, 2011 4:06 PM

    Also why should the Saints coming off a loss to St. Louis be ranked over the 49ers who have won 5 straight?

  94. drshakedown74 says: Nov 1, 2011 4:10 PM

    Giants #6???? Lost to Seattle (#29) at HOME and needed a comeback win against #32 Miami at HOME! Two of their other 3 wins are against St.Louis #26 and #30 Cardinals.

  95. steelers1981 says: Nov 1, 2011 4:12 PM

    Steelers play best when they don’t get their due, so please rank them lower in the future.

  96. dmackdaddy says: Nov 1, 2011 4:17 PM

    Before you talk about the 49ers and their “weak division” keep in mind that only 1 of the wins we have is vs a team is the division. Those games against the NFCW come later on. 5 possible wins there. Even if we lose to the Giants, Steelers and Ravens, which we wont, we end 12-4 :)

    GO NINERS!!!

  97. jbaxt says: Nov 1, 2011 4:17 PM

    “Tebow’s gonna be hearing “Hell’s Bells” all day Sunday.Raider Nation,baby. You know how we do it.”

    I suppose that’s a better song than; “We got shut out 28-0 by the Chiefs”.

  98. Deb says: Nov 1, 2011 4:17 PM

    Broadway Joe hits on one sideline reporter and he’s never gonna live it down. Hey, at least it wasn’t Siragusa :D

  99. rodgerthat says: Nov 1, 2011 4:18 PM

    Packers (No. 1; 7-0): The only way the Packers don’t win is if they don’t play.
    —————————–
    I sure hope none of the packers read this blog. I have been a die hard packer fan for 42 years (maybe longer but cant remember any farther back than that) and enjoy the hype that we are getting right now, and while there is separation between the top teams and the bottom teams, I would bet against that bold of a statement every time. Lets take the Saints vs the Rams for example !

  100. steelers1981 says: Nov 1, 2011 4:19 PM

    mezter says:
    Nov 1, 2011 3:00 PM
    I love how the Niners keep getting under estimated. Haha.
    ___________________________________

    They are ranked #2 and you think they are under rated?

  101. TurdSandwich says: Nov 1, 2011 4:21 PM

    Bengals make it all the way up to #8! I know it’s not likely to last – but it’s a fun slap in the face to all the smart-azzes here who made mindless hate comment after mindless hate comment about them being the worst team in football yadda..
    Oh wait, they probably aren’t even paying attention..

  102. snarkzilla says: Nov 1, 2011 4:23 PM

    Drew Brees: PR 100.6, 2746 yds, 19 TDs
    Alex Smith: PR 95.7, 1267 yds , 9 TDs

    Not a Saints fan, but if I had to pick one of these QBs to get me through the postseason it’d be Brees. Could SF win it all? Sure. Is it likely? No, because the SF passing game isn’t up to top tier snuff and your top rated D will still be challenged against passers like Brees and Rodgers.

  103. marcsasharc says: Nov 1, 2011 4:26 PM

    I’m not saying SF is better than GB but you could defintely make the argument. GB has played a ridiculously soft schedule while SF has had a pretty daunting first 7 games.

  104. Deb says: Nov 1, 2011 4:27 PM

    Coming into this season, I thought the Steelers had a relatively easy stretch after Baltimore, playing Cincy twice, KC, and San Francisco. Suddenly that stretch has gotten a lot more formidable–especially with KC having one of the all-time great home venues in football. This is going to be interesting.

  105. raymondtx says: Nov 1, 2011 4:29 PM

    49ers #2?? Seriously? Who the hell have they beaten? The Lions? They are who we thought the were….THE LIONS!!!

  106. snarkzilla says: Nov 1, 2011 4:35 PM

    Reality Test:

    contra74, leaving out your loss to the Packers, do you honestly think that Green Bay would be 2-5 if they played the same opponents you have and that the Vikes would be 7-0 if you’d played the Packer’s schedule?

  107. taron2in1 says: Nov 1, 2011 4:46 PM

    Flying under the radar at #19.

  108. goawayeverybody says: Nov 1, 2011 4:47 PM

    The Dolphins almost beat the Giants and they end up dead last? Are you kidding me???

  109. jimboslice208 says: Nov 1, 2011 4:54 PM

    I really dont care what Niner haters say, Niners are have the second best record in football while only playing one game in their weak division. Alex is managing games very well (only 2 ints through 7 games), Frank Gore is a stud, and the defense is legit.
    Cant wait to play the Giants, Ravens, and Steelers to see where we really stand. Even though beating the Bengals, Eagles, and Lions on the road (and beating Tampa by 45 at home) should be enough to prove haters wrong.

    BTW last week, Saints fans were mouthin off about how they are better than the Niners and that our division is weak…how did the game against the Rams go?

    So nice to see the Niners relevant again

  110. n0hopeleft says: Nov 1, 2011 4:54 PM

    The Giants typically get crushed after their bye week – look at their history.

    The fact that they won a game that they historically lose (and could’ve lost) is a huge win for them.

    And I don’t want to hear about margin of victory. The Vikings took the Packers into the 4th quarter. The 49ers crushed Tampa Bay. The Jags beat the Ravens. The Rams beat the Saints. Who care about how many points or margin of victory.

    NONE OF THAT MATTERS!?!?!?!

  111. rodgerthat says: Nov 1, 2011 5:05 PM

    “contract says:
    Nov 1, 2011 3:50 PM
    The Chargers will beat the Packers this week. Bet the house on it.”
    ———————————
    At the start of the year I chalked this in as a probable Packer loss, Now I have it as a possible Packer win. Still not a viable bet either way….

  112. P_Willy says: Nov 1, 2011 5:15 PM

    snarkzilla says:
    Nov 1, 2011 4:23 PM
    Drew Brees: PR 100.6, 2746 yds, 19 TDs
    Alex Smith: PR 95.7, 1267 yds , 9 TDs

    Not a Saints fan, but if I had to pick one of these QBs to get me through the postseason it’d be Brees. Could SF win it all? Sure. Is it likely? No, because the SF passing game isn’t up to top tier snuff and your top rated D will still be challenged against passers like Brees and Rodgers.

    ________________
    Fair enough, but this is not a ranking of QB’s. If the reg season ended today, I’d rather face the Saints Defense than San Frans defense in the post season. Ever think that other teams attack us through the air – not because they want to, but because they have to. By making other teams one dimentional, and amongst the lead in turnover differential, while winning field postion with a solid ST and sold ground attack – ever think that we don’t necessarily need a QB like Brees?

    It’s like you’re damned if you’ve been in the league basement, and when you emerge to the top – still get no love. Doesn’t matter though. A win will always be a win.

  113. rodgerthat says: Nov 1, 2011 5:57 PM

    P_Willy says:
    “Ever think that other teams attack us through the air – not because they want to, but because they have to. By making other teams one dimentional, ”
    —————-
    Im not so sure i would consider the Packers air attack as one dimensional, but I get the rest. Especially a win is a win. A good coach adapts his system around his talent instead of the other way around and that is exactly what Jimmy is doing and it works.

  114. basedrum777 says: Nov 1, 2011 6:10 PM

    My only comment to the 9er’s fans is please don’t buy into the notion that your team’s defense is the defense of the Ravens from a few years ago. And if you are already starting to compare Smith to Dilfer it better be or else you’re ending up 1 and done…

  115. winnersagain says: Nov 1, 2011 6:24 PM

    Only Power ranking I want to see is the Steelers holding the Trophy up in February.

  116. huejackson says: Nov 1, 2011 6:29 PM

    raiders should be in the top 5.. Theyt ill run away with the WEST and they are the second best team in the AFC behind the Steelers

  117. marcsasharc says: Nov 1, 2011 6:34 PM

    Brees has also turned the ball over a lot more than Smith. you guys get way too caught up in yards and TDs that you overlook ball protection. Smith’s td-int ratio is much better. is Smith better? no. but the offense doesnt rely on him to be amazing. it relies on him being solid in the passing game. and for the record, not very many QBs are better in the red zone than Smith. fact.

    id take Smith+SF defense over Brees+Saints defense 9 out of 10 times.

    9ers defense is tops in the league in points given up at 15.3 a game. Saints give up 23.6 points a game.

    9ers offense averages 26.7 points a game while New Orleans averages 32.5.

    the Saints have also played the Rams and Colts who are 30th and 32nd in defense. the saints have played 4 of worst 5 defenses in the league.

    the 9ers have played an average of the 12th ranked defense the entire year and 6 of 7 defenses have been in the top 13. the bucs being the anomaly.

    the saints have played cream puff defenses up to now while SF has played strong defensive teams. oh and the 9ers scored 48 on the bucs while NO lost to them and scored far less.

    which team is better? haha this one is easy.

  118. scudbot says: Nov 1, 2011 6:36 PM

    It would be an anomaly if you didn’t need a solid, explosive passing attack deep in the postseason. It doesn’t work out very often if you don’t.

  119. lbdpatch says: Nov 1, 2011 6:51 PM

    NFL.coms power rankings are alot closer to the real deal. Billicks is probably the closest.

  120. dolphins4 says: Nov 1, 2011 7:17 PM

    The Eagles need to play up to their potential every week and they’ll climb up the power rankings.

  121. jmann3157 says: Nov 1, 2011 7:23 PM

    Steelers would kill 49ers. Defense is good but not the best. Love Patrick willis hes good. The eagles r good but need more wins. Who’s going to beat the packers? That’s when things get interesting.

  122. dirtyjersey9er says: Nov 1, 2011 7:42 PM

    @jmann3157

    You must not watch too many 49ers games. They have probably the best 3-4 D-Line in football, they have Willis and Bowman(who is playing so well that it’s like having 2 of Willis), Carlos Rogers who is playing like a pro bowler, and pass rushers who will get to the quarterback.

    Also they have the top ranked rush D and one of the top rushing offenses in the league. Don’t see where this leads to Pittsburgh “killing” them at San Francisco.

  123. southjerseyiseaglescountry says: Nov 1, 2011 7:55 PM

    This is comical. I realize win/loss % is what matters in the end, but what is the point of power rankings if you are going to go by only wins and losses. The Eagles at 19? They have outgained their opponent in every game and blew out the cowgirls, who are ranked only 1 lower? 49ers at 2 who we threw away the game to? They barely beat the Browns! Patriots at 4 when they have struggled the whole season? I can’t wait to Philly takes it to them next month!

  124. mineallmine001 says: Nov 1, 2011 8:05 PM

    Love to see the Lions roll into SF for a playoff game and punk them in thier own house.

  125. nineroutsider says: Nov 1, 2011 9:14 PM

    mineallmine001 says: Nov 1, 2011 8:05 PM

    Love to see the Lions roll into SF for a playoff game and punk them in thier own house.
    ———————————
    Bring it, we punked your boys in their house and we will murder them in ours.

    GET SOME

  126. cowboyshater says: Nov 1, 2011 9:14 PM

    For all you 49ers haters, read this, courtesy of CSNBayarea:

    –The 49ers are the first team in 91 years to have a rushing touchdown in each of the first seven games while not allowing a rushing touchdown. As some of you might remember, the Buffalo All-Americans accomplished the same thing in 1920 against a schedule of non-league teams. The McKeesport Olympics, Toledo Maroons and Rochester Jeffersons were some of the opponents on Buffalo’s schedule that season.

    –Frank Gore joins Larry Johnson, O.J. Simpson and Terrell Davis as the only players since 1970 to gain at least 125 yards and one touchdown rushing in four consecutive games. Johnson (2005) and Simpson (1975) made it five games.

    –With a record of 6-1, the 49ers have tied the best start through seven games for a team that lost at least 10 games the previous season.

    And here are some statistics in which the 49ers rank among the tops in the NFL this season:

    –The 49ers lead the league in defensive points allowed at 15.3 points a game.

    –Alex Smith and the 49ers are the best team in the NFL with an interception percentage of 1.1 percent. (That’s 1.1 interceptions for every 100 passes attempted.)

    –Punter Andy Lee and the coverage unit rank No. 1 with a net average of 44.2 yards.

    –The 49ers lead the league in run defense, allowing just 73.4 yards rushing a game.

    –The 49ers own the best red-zone defense. They’ve allowed the opposition to score touchdowns on just 6 of 19 (31.6 percent) trips inside the 49ers’ 20-yard line.

    –Aldon Smith leads all rookies with 6.5 sacks. (He ranks seventh in the league among all players.)

    –Running back Frank Gore is one of four running backs with four or more opportunities to convert every third-and-1 running play.

    –The 49ers rank second in the NFL with a plus-10 turnover margin.

    –The 49ers’ return unit rank second in the league with an average starting point of the 25.4 yard line after kickoffs.

    –Alex Smith is third in the NFL with a fourth-quarter passer rating of 104.9.

    –Ted Ginn ranks third in the NFL with a 29.8 average on kickoffs.

    –Cornerback Carlos Rogers is tied for third in the NFL with three interceptions.

    –Linebacker Patrick Willis is tied for fourth in the league with two fumble recoveries.

    –Gore is fifth in the NFL with 675 yards rushing.

    Scoreboard!

  127. nineroutsider says: Nov 1, 2011 9:15 PM

    Eagles fan gets a win and he is brave now too.

  128. jbaxt says: Nov 1, 2011 9:26 PM

    “Coming into this season, I thought the Steelers had a relatively easy stretch after Baltimore, playing Cincy twice, KC, and San Francisco. Suddenly that stretch has gotten a lot more formidable–especially with KC having one of the all-time great home venues in football. This is going to be interesting.”

    We thought Our Chiefs were going to have 2 easy wins at Detroit and Buffalo in week 1 and 2. Both are good but the Lions loss would’ve been at least a reasonable loss has Charles not been lost for the season. I think the whole team went “well, we’re effed” after losing Berry the previous week, then Charles in the 1st quarter.

    Pitt at arrowhead should be awesome. Our DB’s are coming out and your WR’s are fast.

  129. failcopter says: Nov 1, 2011 10:18 PM

    Chiefs laid a 28-0 beatdown AT oakland, then beat SD and are FIVE spots behind Oakland? I’ve not news for you…Raiders are done w/ Palmer. Campbell was actually a good fit for that system…Carson Palmer and his 82 passer rating the last 3 years isn’t gonna make them better, only worse.

    ————————————————–

    You do know Oak had 11 in the injury report and had DMC and Girdano go down in the first quarter?

    BTW, Campbell’s career rating…..
    82.8

  130. nickfalzone10 says: Nov 1, 2011 10:25 PM

    Yes, the Broncos have won 2 games, but I think they are the worst team in the league. The 2 games they won were sheer luck. As a fan it pains me to say it, but I don’t see us winning another game all year. Tebow is taking the blame just like Orton did, but fact of the matter is the Broncos O-line sucks. Until he gets a line that can/will block for him we’ll never see what eh can really do. That said, the whole team is a train wreck. They can’t run or pass, and they also can STOP the run or the pass. It’s definitely going to be a LONG rebuilding process.

  131. nyyankeedave says: Nov 1, 2011 10:28 PM

    It takes a special kind of a$$hole to keep hating on the 49ers – and there’s some special ones posting hate on SF here – Seriously, haters, for once in your PFT lives, excercise some class.

  132. Deb says: Nov 1, 2011 10:33 PM

    @jbaxt …

    Wish we were playing you guys at Heinz. Have always thought Arrowhead was one of the toughest places to travel. Your crowds are awesome. The noise last night reminded me of the great days of Derrick Thomas. As a Bama fan, I had a soft spot for KC back then. Of course, the Steelers come first, but glad to see Javier Arenas working out so well with the Chiefs.

  133. 208niner says: Nov 1, 2011 10:42 PM

    Drew Brees: PR 100.6, 2746 yds, 19 TDs
    Alex Smith: PR 95.7, 1267 yds , 9 TDs

    Not a Saints fan, but if I had to pick one of these QBs to get me through the postseason it’d be Brees. Could SF win it all? Sure. Is it likely? No, because the SF passing game isn’t up to top tier snuff and your top rated D will still be challenged against passers like Brees and Rodgers.

    ————————————————-
    I would rather have Alex Smith leading a more complete team then Drew Brees leading a Saints team with glaring defensive weaknesses. Lets not forget the Saints (11-5) loss to the Seachickens (7-9) in last years playoffs

  134. jpopejoy says: Nov 1, 2011 11:37 PM

    You do know Oak had 11 in the injury report and had DMC and Girdano go down in the first quarter?w,

    BTW, Campbell’s career rating…..82.8
    —————-

    btw, you know the Chiefs were without their Best offensive and defensive players, as well as their only functional TE…right?

    no excuses. ask the Giants that manage to win despite a ton of injuries. Chiefs are better than the Raiders w/o Charles and Berry. Palmer is a chump. He was ok w/ GOOD receivers. how is he going to be with Heyward-i love to drop the ball-bey, and Jacoby Ford? Getting rid of Zach Miller was classic Raiders stupidity…let alone the stupidity of giving up a 1st and 2nd round pick for a QB that has the same QB rating as Campbell…

  135. travisblink619 says: Nov 1, 2011 11:37 PM

    As a big time 49er fan, I am willing to bet its mostly Steelers and Raven fans hating, right now.
    Here is what I surmise. Other Niner fans are saying that Baltimore is ‘probably’ a better team. Could be, but they have an awful lot ofwork to do. 16 yards of total offense in the first half versus Jax? Not scary. Flacco is struggling, and Bmore relies too much on Ray Rice. Rice is the bomb, bit we all know the 49ers stigma is their dominance against the run game. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, is playing great ball. The receiving corps of the black and yellow is very dangerous, and Roethlisberger isn’t getting sacked 6 times a game. Still, that game is at Candlestick. I honestly believe the Niners will put up a great fight, and have as good a chance winning both of these games as anybody.

    And one more thing, the 49ers have busted ass to get to the top, and by excusing them as a fluke is only gonna get you in trouble. They will work harder to keep their spot at number two….number one if Green Bay drops a game or two.

  136. buckeyebythebay says: Nov 2, 2011 1:10 AM

    why is it that folks will say the niners are ranked too high because they play in a bad division. they’ve played one divisional game. for those that think the ravens and steelers are better, luckily we get to see the niners play them both.

  137. forthand26 says: Nov 2, 2011 7:25 AM

    Wow. The 49er fans really came out of the woodwork to brag about their team in this thread. It’s funny because everyone knows that Alex Smith is still their QB and that team will go one and done in the playoffs (if they make it…that team is way overrated).

  138. mikefont says: Nov 2, 2011 8:42 AM

    You have the Texans ranked too low, and the Patriots, Giants and especially the Ravens ranked too high!

    The Giants and Ravens are either BARELY beating the bad teams, or outright loosing to them (Ravens), and the Texans are DESTROYING the bad teams that they have faced. It should be…
    6. Patriots
    7. Texans
    10. Giants
    12. Ravens

  139. sfwillis52 says: Nov 2, 2011 9:22 AM

    Ive never read so many posts about football from people who clearly dont understand anything about football. Every negative post on SF is simply because of Alex Smith. I don’t need to say anything about how he is playing because plenty of people have already done that. What I don’t understand is, when did a 53 man football team become a team that’s success is only based on 1 player? The majority of these posts must be coming from people who are blind, deaf, and … Clearly they don’t see all the other players running around on the field in the same color uniforms, they dont hear the announcers constantly talking about players that aren’t the QB, and they have no concept of what a team sport is

  140. bucthat says: Nov 2, 2011 9:57 AM

    whats funny is u all say when tampa wins rhey suck…..yet when u put ur teams resume’ u than say tampa is good. give some respect when they win, not just wen u wanna brag

  141. miamininer says: Nov 2, 2011 2:35 PM

    The 49ers have the recipe to go deep into the playoffs run the ball effectively and play great defense they should be 7-0

  142. picksix401 says: Nov 2, 2011 3:21 PM

    great rip on the dolphins AHAHA

  143. tigrrrr says: Nov 2, 2011 6:39 PM

    Geeze… The eagles have one win against a lousy dallas team and all of a sudden they are some kind of DREAM TEAM!
    Go away dog torturer!

  144. mancave001 says: Nov 2, 2011 7:53 PM

    These rankings are pathetic this week. Worse than ever.

    Add me to the Eagles’ complainer list. 19 is a ridiculous ranking after what they just did in the past two weeks. There was no Tony Romo meltdown…just an ass whooping in all three phases.

    The Chargers, Bucs and Raiders are all in meltdown. Look at the reason the Eagles lost games…defense (wide 9 apparently fixed by tightening on running downs), offensive line (apparently much improved) and turnovers (obviously much improved). Tell me they can’t beat anyone but the Packers…maybe Pats and Steelers right now.

    The Giants at #6? ROTFL. They almost ended the Dolphins’ Suck for Luck dream.

  145. raideralex99 says: Nov 3, 2011 3:42 AM

    Wow … some of you are getting upset over rankings … are you for really?
    HELLO … rankings do not mean a think.

  146. discosucs2005 says: Nov 3, 2011 5:20 AM

    I like how Eagles fans expect everyone to just pretend that all their losses didn’t happen because they crushed the Cowboys.

    Don’t get me wrong, the Eagles have clearly improved. But regardless of how good the Eagles have actually been, Andy Reid has always crushed teams coming off a bye.

    I’m not saying they deserve to be last, and if they were a little higher I don’t think any reasonable person would complain, but after giving up leads and having inconsistent defensive play I don’t know if you can justify a bunch of complaining because they are barely in the top 20.

  147. jjackwagon says: Nov 3, 2011 11:12 AM

    Chiefs @ 16 is about right, even with back 2 back wins over division opponents that were both 4-2 the fact remains they still haven’t beaten any good teams, but the Raiders @ 11 is laughable after getting shut out in the Black Stool.

  148. drew05 says: Nov 5, 2011 9:37 PM

    As an Iggles fan…

    I hope the Eagles get the opportunity to travel out to San Fanthithco (the lisp…can’t say that without the lithp) … in the play-offs.

    That is up to the Eagles at this point…the 9ers can sleep-walk to at least the 3rd seed at this point…

    Eagles have learned from their mistakes…

    Frankie and his “quit” comments will make that game fun! (think 1st half…for the whole game)

    Go Eagles!

    p.s….Keep the Iggles in the low teens…I couldn’t care less.

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