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Week 10 power rankings

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1. Packers (No. 1; 9-0):  Beating the Vikings has become almost boring for the Packers.  It’s definitely boring for the TV audience.

2. 49ers (No. 2; 8-1):  Alex Smith needs to realize that being called a “game manager” is a lot better than what he previously was called.

3. Steelers (No. 6; 7-3):  The Steelers are back in control of the division.  For now.

4. Patriots (No. 8; 6-3):  The Patriots are back in control of the division.  For now.

5. Saints (No. 9; 7-3):  The Saints are back in . . . .  Hell, you get the idea.

6. Giants (No. 3; 6-3):  Here come the Cowboys.  And a schedule that gets no easier.

7. Ravens (No. 4; 6-3):  So much for getting a home playoff game.

8. Bears (No. 12; 6-3):  Just like last year, they’re getting better on the fly.  Unlike last year, they’re looking up at the Packers.

9. Texans (No. 10; 7-3):  It’s possibly the only time Matt Leinart will ever quarterback a top-10 team in the NFL.

10. Bengals (No. 7; 6-3):  They played well against the Steelers, but playing well and losing is still losing.

11. Lions (No. 5; 6-3):  The darlings of September and October could become the disasters of November and December.

12. Cowboys (No. 15; 5-4):  With two cracks at the Giants still to come, the NFC East title remains a real possibility.

13. Raiders (No. 16; 5-4):  The best team in a bad division still gets a ticket to the playoff party.

14. Jets (No. 11; 5-4):  Some would say Rex should do what he told that fan to do.

15. Titans (No. 23; 5-4):  Matt Hasselbeck is to the rest of the current quarterbacks in the AFC South what the Packers are to the rest of the league.

16. Falcons (No. 13; 5-4):  There’s a fine line between courage and stupidity.  It’s precise placement usually is determined by the outcome.

17. Broncos (No. 24; 4-5):  A boring offense has never been more fun to watch.

18. Bills (No. 14; 5-4):  A fun offense has never been more boring to watch.

19. Buccaneers (No. 17; 4-5):  The good news?  The Bucs are no longer up and down.

20. Chiefs (No. 18; 4-5):  The guy who beat out Joe Flacco at Pitt has a chance to salvage the Chiefs’ season.

21. Chargers (No. 19; 4-5):  I’m glad I didn’t pick this team before the season to win the AFC title.  [Editor’s note:  Actually, I did.]

22. Seahawks (No. 30; 3-6):  With four more home games, the Seahawks could match their win total from 2010.  Then again, they only won seven in 2010.

23. Cardinals (No. 26; 3-6):  Kevin Kolb will be the starter when he’s 100 percent.  And he’ll be 100 percent once John Skelton loses a game or two.

24. Eagles (No. 20; 3-6):  The playoffs start for the Eagles on Sunday.

25. Jaguars (No. 28; 3-6):  The Jags’ nationally-televised games this year equal their total number of current wins.

26. Vikings (No. 21; 2-7):  We’d hate to see how the Vikings would have played if they weren’t motivated by the Packers’ stated desire to run the table.

27. Panthers (No. 22; 2-7):  Cam Newton didn’t hit the wall against the Titans.  The wall hit him.

28. Dolphins (No. 32; 2-7):  Yes, they’re going to screw up their shot at a top-1o quarterback.

29. Redskins (No. 25; 3-6):  It could be time to give that Indian in the logo a Chucky-style snarl.

30. Rams (No. 26; 2-7):  The next seven games will determine the future of Steve Spagnuolo in St. Louis.

31. Browns (No. 27; 3-6):  Bad snap, bad hold, bad kick.  Bad team.

32. Colts (No. 31; 0-10):  The only remaining question is whether Andrew Luck will do to the Colts what John Elway did to the Colts in 1983.

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  1. thesaint257 says: Nov 15, 2011 10:41 AM

    Ha!, the Ravens lost to the Tavaris Jackson led Seahawks

  2. flavordave says: Nov 15, 2011 10:44 AM

    Eagles should be in the top 5. They have pro bowlers all over that roster.

  3. grpatriot says: Nov 15, 2011 10:47 AM

    As Belichick would say “37 points suck my toe!”

  4. stoogy says: Nov 15, 2011 10:52 AM

    The raiders will continue upward with beating the viking, bears, miami, and hold your breathe the packers

  5. Kaz says: Nov 15, 2011 10:52 AM

    How is the Ravens in the top 10 still after losing to the Seahawks, Titans, and Jacksonville….

  6. Mike Tomlin says: Nov 15, 2011 10:53 AM

    Steelers fan here- Not sure how the Steelers are in control of the division when they have the same number of losses as the Ravens and BMore has the tie-breaker? If both teams win out Ravens win the division so really theyre in control.

    Ravens need to lose at least 1 more game this season for the Steelers to be in control of the division. Go Bengals!

  7. briank1ne says: Nov 15, 2011 10:57 AM

    would someone beat the packers already. too bad the niners dont play them in the reg season. might be an old school showdown in the playoffs!

  8. packerstexansfan says: Nov 15, 2011 11:00 AM

    15. Titans (No. 23; 5-4): Matt Hasselbeck is to the rest of the current quarterbacks in the AFC South what the Packers are to the rest of the league.

    Really? He may be the best in the division, for now. We really should see how Leinart plays. And before anyone says to look at his past, I’ll say to look at Alex Smith. Before this year, he was a colossal bust. Now, he and his team have the 2nd best record in the league. I know he’s not lighting it up. But he’s doing enough. And that’s all Leinart needs to do. The Texans are worlds better than what Arizona had. Kubiak’s coaching can’t be understated. Texans have the #1 D and (arguably) the best running game.

  9. blackbug99 says: Nov 15, 2011 11:05 AM

    18. Bills (No. 14; 5-4): A fun offense has never been more boring to watch.
    —————————————————- I agree! My Bills are right where they should be during their rebuild. But, I too want that offense that went for it on 4th downs to win the game. I want to see some spark, liveliness even! Even the 2010 edition kept games close (remember Steeler fans?)! Bring that feeling back!!

  10. revrondog says: Nov 15, 2011 11:06 AM

    How are the Raiders the best team in a bad division. Tebow beat em. He beat the Chefs too

  11. travisblink619 says: Nov 15, 2011 11:07 AM

    I know I’m going to get flack for this, but I’m convinced that the 49ers are the best TEAM in the league. I know Aaron Rodgers and his receiving corps are playing lights out, so we’ll just have to wait until playoff time to find out who’s tops.

  12. peytonwantsaflag says: Nov 15, 2011 11:08 AM

    “The Steelers are back in control of the division.”

    You do realize barring some sort of calamity no matter WHAT happens on Sunday the Steelers will come out of it TIED for first don’t you?

  13. John Paff says: Nov 15, 2011 11:08 AM

    Ravens win on Sunday and they are in 1st place!

  14. jamaltimore says: Nov 15, 2011 11:09 AM

    Kaz says:
    Nov 15, 2011 10:52 AM
    How is the Ravens in the top 10 still after losing to the Seahawks, Titans, and Jacksonville….

    Grammar not really important in western PA? However, considering the Ravens smashed the number 3 team once and beat them at home the other time it’s pretty safe to say they are top 10 team. They also control the division not the steelers and a trouncing of Cincy this weekend will show that.

    Man that purple kool aid tastes good this am.

  15. myeaglescantwin says: Nov 15, 2011 11:10 AM

    philadelphia… wow,, you guys have us ranked pretttttty high.

    is it me, or does it look like Andy Reid has quit on the team.

  16. jmsincla says: Nov 15, 2011 11:10 AM

    The ‘Chucky to Redskins’ line has gotten old.

    If there was a positive about the Zorn years, it was that Snyder learned he wasn’t a great football mind, he learned his buddy Vinny wasn’t fit to be within 500 yards of a football team. Snyder signed Shanahan to a 5 year deal for a reason, he was the coach he wanted. If there had been a 3 year deal, or if Bruce Allen hadn’t been hired, then yes, Snyder would probably be flying around the country hunting for a coach.

    Any Redskin fan that knows football and follows this team knows that they peaked in week one vs. an injured Giants team. Sad, yes, but 100% true. This team needs a Quarterback, they need to sustain drives that allow the defense to not get winded 20 minutes into the game. Above all else they need time, something that an owner who has learned his lesson will give them.

    To suggest that Shanahan may be on his way out based solely on past precedent reeks of the type of ‘journalism’ the hacks at ESPN would spew out. Happy Tuesday all!

  17. travisblink619 says: Nov 15, 2011 11:11 AM

    @Mike Tomlin

    Seems to me, you’ll be rooting for the 49ers on Thanksgiving, as well.

  18. n0hopeleft says: Nov 15, 2011 11:11 AM

    Which one of you losers said the Giants should be below the Ravens because they lost to Seattle?!

    Let me hear you voice your opinion now!

  19. bengalsown says: Nov 15, 2011 11:12 AM

    Power rankings

    Serious business

  20. n0hopeleft says: Nov 15, 2011 11:15 AM

    The Patriots should be below the Giants.

    We beat them without Ahmad Bradshaw.

  21. trollhammer20 says: Nov 15, 2011 11:16 AM

    22. Seahawks (No. 30; 3-6): With four more home games, the Seahawks could match their win total from 2010. Then again, they only won seven in 2010.

    With road games in St. Louis and Arizona, and four home games (three against teams with losing records, and the Niners, who may well be resting starters for the playoffs by the time that game takes place), Seattle might wind up at .500.

    This would take them out of the Luck/Barkley/Landry sweepstakes, but if it means a pass-rushing DE or shutdown CB falls to them in the first round, that’s OK, because those are areas of need. It’s a deep QB draft, with guys like Foles and Clemens available later on.

  22. 2mannings1cup says: Nov 15, 2011 11:16 AM

    While it’s nice to see my team at #4, I have questions about it. Even if we go unbeasten through the last 7 games, we will have 0 quality wins. Add to that a bye in the first round (missed tune up game) and we are primed for another first round exit. It’s that pass rush that conitnues to kill us, and we won’t see another one until playoff time.

  23. 319hike says: Nov 15, 2011 11:19 AM

    I never get bored watching the Packers beat the Vikings. NEVER…

  24. seneca1ss says: Nov 15, 2011 11:21 AM

    My Buccaneers <<<<<<< You ranked them way to high

  25. ripcityhawkhead says: Nov 15, 2011 11:22 AM

    Kaz everybody has had a couple stinkers, the G-men lost to Seattle @ home and the deadskins, NO lost to the Rams. It’s not the BCS where one bad loss and your done, it’s the NFL.

  26. ripcityhawkhead says: Nov 15, 2011 11:27 AM

    trollhammer you really think cb is a need? We already have 3 young good one’s: Sherman, Thurmond and Browner (excluding Trufant). DE and QB are the biggest need but they may go with a rb also as Forsett and Lynch are in the last years of their deals. Don’t forget about RG3, Tannehill, or Kirk Cousins as late QB options either.

  27. bullcharger says: Nov 15, 2011 11:27 AM

    The Steelers aren’t exactly in control of the division after losing 2 to Baltimore. As long as the losses are the same number Baltimore has the advantage. The Steelers Baltimore battle comes down to two things. Which team beats Cinci twice (Steelers have a leg up) and which team beats SF. If Baltimore beats San Francisco they will be extremly hard for the Steelers to take out of first place.

  28. snarkzilla says: Nov 15, 2011 11:31 AM

    New Houston fight song:

    You Gotta Fight for Your Right (To Party!)

  29. rexelmania74 says: Nov 15, 2011 11:32 AM

    This is why these rankings are silly .the jets beat the cowboys but the cowboys are ahead .don’t get it

  30. gosuhgo says: Nov 15, 2011 11:38 AM

    Overreaction to the Lions-Bears loss….I’m not sounding the alarm unless we lose to the Panthers.

  31. cledawg says: Nov 15, 2011 11:38 AM

    In all honesty…The Browns should have been 31 for a couple weeks now. Bad Snap, Bad hold, bad kick, bad hire of HC, Bad hire of special teams coach, bad front office hire of Holmgren. Bad O-Line, bad Recievers.

    As Browns fan I always look for the silver lining. Good Hire with Jauron, Good drafting Haden

  32. goawayeverybody says: Nov 15, 2011 11:42 AM

    And this site’s obsession with the Stealers and Patriots continues…

  33. briank1ne says: Nov 15, 2011 11:48 AM

    niners and bengals in the superbowl anyone?

  34. jeffreydee says: Nov 15, 2011 11:49 AM

    There’s a fine line between courage and stupidity. It’s precise placement usually is determined by the outcome.

    It’s “its,” stupid.

  35. 8man says: Nov 15, 2011 11:56 AM

    Not sure how the Patriots rate being number 4. But it is funny that as they lose more defensive players to injury, the defense plays better.

    They have an incredibly favorable schedule down the stretch. If they have anything at all this year, they’ll get to 12 wins.

  36. dixieland21 says: Nov 15, 2011 11:57 AM

    Wow, not to be a homer, but the Texans are the top team in the AFC and they are ranked #9? I know everyone’s concerned about Schaub, but have you seen the schedule for rest of the season? I’m a Schaub fan, but I think Lienart’s going to be a fine manager of the game. The strength is the running game, which will still be there. This list is getting to be a joke.

  37. Andre's Johnson says: Nov 15, 2011 12:15 PM

    Texans 9th? You are out of your mind. They beat the Steelers, and they are the hottest team not from San Francisco or Green Bay.

    This site is way off base with the Houston doomsday talk. The Texans are not the Colts. They aren’t going to nosedive in the absence of the starting QB.

  38. 1historian says: Nov 15, 2011 12:18 PM

    There was an AWESOME comedy show on NBC last Sunday night. It was called: “Mark – I’m Tom Brady and you’re not!!”

  39. smoothjimmyapollo says: Nov 15, 2011 12:21 PM

    “I know I’m going to get flack for this, but I’m convinced that the 49ers are the best TEAM in the league. I know Aaron Rodgers and his receiving corps are playing lights out, so we’ll just have to wait until playoff time to find out who’s tops.”

    Let me convince you otherwise. Aaron Rodgers is hands-down, the best quarterback in the league right now. Alex Smith is so crappy that Harbaugh treats him like a high school quarterback – only allowing him to pass in situations where he can’t screw up. The only guys with fewer passing attempts than Smith are guys who were injured or guys who were replacing injured or benched guys.

    On the list of potential NFC playoff QBs (Manning, Romo, Rodgers, Stafford, Cutler, Brees, Ryan and Smith) where would you rank your guy in terms of “Guys I’d like leading my time in the final two minutes of a playoff game?” Would you put him ahead of any of those other guys?

    If Smith plays the Packers, he’s going to have to pass to keep up with the Packers’ scoring. Even with his defense possibly shaving off some Packer points, do you think Smith can keep up? I don’t.

  40. holeinone09 says: Nov 15, 2011 12:34 PM

    The Ravens shoot their wad when they play the Steelers. Everyone on that team prepares for their “super bowl” for Steelers games, it is so obvious! Even the coach is publicly interested in what music the scoreboard is playing! It took a game-ending drive to win the game in Pittsburgh. Then, they play terrible against everyone else. They should enjoy those 2 super bowl wins while they last. If and when the Ravens meet the Steelers in the playoffs this year, no way in hell they win 3 times in one season. Won’t happen, ever. Mark it down. Hopefully, the Steelers will be healthier as well.

    Meanwhile, Steelers have to play their games and take care of business themselves. If they win, they are in the playoffs, when it really matters. The last laugh is the best.

    GO STEELERS!!

  41. qcbearsfan says: Nov 15, 2011 12:34 PM

    packerstexansfan says:
    Nov 15, 2011 11:00 AM
    15. Titans (No. 23; 5-4): Matt Hasselbeck is to the rest of the current quarterbacks in the AFC South what the Packers are to the rest of the league.

    Really? He may be the best in the division, for now. We really should see how Leinart plays. And before anyone says to look at his past, I’ll say to look at Alex Smith. Before this year, he was a colossal bust. Now, he and his team have the 2nd best record in the league. I know he’s not lighting it up. But he’s doing enough. And that’s all Leinart needs to do. The Texans are worlds better than what Arizona had. Kubiak’s coaching can’t be understated. Texans have the #1 D and (arguably) the best running game.

    ___________________________________

    Uhhh…dude, can you read? Do you know what an analogy is? He simply was stating that Hasslebeck is the best QB in the AFC South. He mentioned nothing about any other division, therefore Alex Smith and Matt Leinart aren’t even in the discussion. You know, since they’re in the NFC and all.

    But I’m sure you know that, you’re a Packers fan. You know all, right?

  42. joeymichaelsstudios says: Nov 15, 2011 12:37 PM

    Help me out….Is GB gonna bench most of the starters even in the pursuit of “running the table”? or will they keep the starters for ALL the games? Give a thumbs “up” if they stay the whole season….”down ” if they will be benched? HELP! My fantasy team depends on it….Thanks guys

  43. notdemfalcons says: Nov 15, 2011 12:46 PM

    After reading the earlier post about how the Packers are already a 19-0 two-time defending champ I’m surprised they’re not ranked 1st, 2nd and 3rd here …

  44. drfever73 says: Nov 15, 2011 12:47 PM

    Wait a minute, the Bengals had the Steelers on the ropes without their best Dlineman(Dunlap), their starting punt returner (A.jones), and Green and Hall played less than a half due to injury.
    The Ravens lost to Jax, Seattle, and Tenn. The Bengals beat all of those teams and 2 were on the road.
    The Steelers were swept by the Ravens, a division foe who they know well. The Ravens hold the tie breaker and both teams have yet to face Cincinnati and San Fran.
    I see serious flaw and bias in your assessment of the AFC north.

  45. marcsasharc says: Nov 15, 2011 12:59 PM

    i hope the 9ers dont have a letdown vs Arizona this week with Baltimore looming 4 days later. i dont expect a win at baltimore but only because the team will have 2 days to prepare for them while they travel.

    if all things were even i think SF would roll Baltimore. if Harbaugh wins these next 2 games ill be even more impressed with him.

  46. ravensfan4life52 says: Nov 15, 2011 1:02 PM

    Hater haters haters. I love my purple kool aid! BSHU!

  47. 504in860 says: Nov 15, 2011 1:04 PM

    Uhhh…dude, can you read? Do you know what an analogy is? He simply was stating that Hasslebeck is the best QB in the AFC South. He mentioned nothing about any other division, therefore Alex Smith and Matt Leinart aren’t even in the discussion. You know, since they’re in the NFC and all.
    ———————————————–

    Leinart plays for the Texans, so he is in fact in the AFC South.

  48. 49erstim says: Nov 15, 2011 1:04 PM

    I think Aaron Rodgers is the best QB in the league by far this year. he is playing lights out. Owever, i think that the 9ers could beat them in January in Lambeau. strong running game and a strong defense could set the tone. my worst fear though is that the Packers WRs will do what Manningham was able to do… i.e. get behind the secondary. if they can shore that up it could happen. i wouldnt bet the house on it though. I also think A Smith could move the ball on that GB Def. they arent as good as people think. somebody is gonna have to take the title away from them this year because a repeat is looking likely.

  49. EJ says: Nov 15, 2011 1:09 PM

    Buffalo fan- I think we deserve to be right where we are ranked, considering how bad we have looked against the Jets and Cowboys. The Defense looks about the same as it has all year minus the takeaways. The Offense looks terrible. Down right ridiculous. Fitzpatrick looks like a rookie. Jackson still looks good, Gailey isn’t getting him the ball enough though. The Receivers are running their routes wrong, dropping passes and blocking like a bunch of highschool boys. The O-line is banged up after a stellar first half of the season keeping Fitz the least sacked, now they are making him run for his life. Chandler has gotten lost. This new Kicker… Why? They would of been better off replacing Lindell with Marcell Dareus. We need that spark back Mr Chan Gailey…Get it done. Go Bills!!!!

  50. jvibottomline says: Nov 15, 2011 1:12 PM

    Aside from passing offense, where is Green Bay better than San Francisco?? NOWHERE!!!

  51. zoxitic says: Nov 15, 2011 1:13 PM

    Texan’s fans are annoying and slightly delusional.

  52. crownofthehelmet says: Nov 15, 2011 1:19 PM

    peytonwantsaflag says:

    You do realize barring some sort of calamity no matter WHAT happens on Sunday the Steelers will come out of it TIED for first don’t you?

    You do realize it’s the exact opposite of that don’t you? No matter what happens Sunday, the Steelers will not come out of it tied for 1st. Either they will be in 2nd place behind Bal, or in 1st place, ahead of both Bal and Cin. They may have the same record, but since the Steelers have played both teams, there would be no tie.

  53. justwinbaby29 says: Nov 15, 2011 1:26 PM

    2011 AFC West>>> 2010 NFC West

    The AFC West this year is MEDIOCRE. The NFC West last year was HORRIBLE. Big difference.

  54. pftwstbshmc says: Nov 15, 2011 1:36 PM

    8man:
    The reason why the defense seems to be getting better is the fact they have had to put in guys that no one else consisdered taking. They have a chip on their shoulders and are basically saying: “None of you other teams wanted me? These guys are giving me the chance and I’m going to make the rest of you pay for it.”
    I think it is just that simple….

  55. dvdman123 says: Nov 15, 2011 2:08 PM

    Niners will get knocked out in the Divisional round so they won’t ever meet the Packers in the playoffs. Packers/Saints for the NFC title.

  56. sportsguybayarea says: Nov 15, 2011 2:08 PM

    like i said lask week and i’ll say it again, no more talking. its gonna get anyone anywhere. starting from the game vs the giants, niners will do their talking from here on out. giants (27-20), ravens and steelers.

  57. smoothjimmyapollo says: Nov 15, 2011 2:21 PM

    “Aside from passing offense, where is Green Bay better than San Francisco?? NOWHERE!!!”

    More points per game, a better point differential, a better record.

    Also, you can’t just discount passing offense. It’s a passing league. That’s like saying, aside from the hitting, how is Albert Pujols better than the Matt Stairs?

  58. ninerdynasty says: Nov 15, 2011 2:22 PM

    thesaint257 says:
    Nov 15, 2011 10:41 AM
    Ha!, the Ravens lost to the Tavaris Jackson led Seahawks

    ————————————————-
    Didnt the saints lose to the Rams?

  59. peytonwantsaflag says: Nov 15, 2011 2:33 PM

    just a tad early to be talking tiebreaker scenerios crownofthehelmut. There’s a bunch of football yet to be played in the afc north.

    they’ll be tied.

  60. peytonwantsaflag says: Nov 15, 2011 2:34 PM

    btw crownofthehelmut – THAT’S the reason they’re call tiebreakers – because they’re TIED.

  61. jerruhjones21 says: Nov 15, 2011 2:44 PM

    jeffreydee says:Nov 15, 2011 11:49 AM

    There’s a fine line between courage and stupidity. It’s precise placement usually is determined by the outcome.

    It’s “its,” stupid.

    ————————————-

    Arise oh Grammar Police! What are you a Cowgirls fan living in Arizona?

  62. tsi4431 says: Nov 15, 2011 2:46 PM

    jvibottomline says: Nov 15, 2011 1:12 PM

    Aside from passing offense, where is Green Bay better than San Francisco?? NOWHERE!!!

    ——————————————–

    The Win Column.

  63. dvdman123 says: Nov 15, 2011 2:57 PM

    Aside from passing offense, where is Green Bay better than San Francisco?? NOWHERE!!!

    ——————————————-

    The Packers have Rodgers….enough said.

  64. gb4mn0 says: Nov 15, 2011 2:58 PM

    The vikequeens are still way overrated at 26. I guess MF just can’t face the truth that his precious purple excrement balls are as bad as they look.

    Apparently he didn’t see that priceless look on Jared Allen’s face last night when Matt Flynn ran in for a TD. No, not Rodgers……….Matt Flynn! The pre-game smug looks of both Ponder and Allen got knocked da “F” off.

    Notice how quite all the lavender Larry pukes are today. Can’t you just envision them all wrapped up in the fetal position in a dark corner, thumbs in mouths with their fecal stained purple blankies covering their genetically defective heads.

  65. travisblink619 says: Nov 15, 2011 3:17 PM

    Oh and for those with the Alex Smith is a high-school QB comparison, did you consider that there might be the fact that Harbaugh is still installing the offense. Besides, O think its pretty damn impressive that the team has gone 8-1 with a “high school” quarterback. Speaks for how complete the rest of the team is.

  66. jessethegreat says: Nov 15, 2011 3:21 PM

    You can throw in LT as well… until we get Cliffy back.

  67. gandorf says: Nov 15, 2011 3:29 PM

    Chargers are the worst team in the league (well maybe slightly better than the colts).

  68. packtopack says: Nov 15, 2011 4:00 PM

    Hey Pervey Headache
    Where u B at pack2pack

  69. ruvelligwebuike says: Nov 15, 2011 4:22 PM

    I’m glad the Niners have risen to prominence in the NFL again. It’s a storied and proud franchise. They have a great defense, an improved quarterback and a solid run game. That’s the key to winning in the playoffs. Except when the other team has Jermichael Finley, Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, Donald Driver, Randall Cobb, James Jones, Aaron Rodgers throwing to them and a running back who averages 5 yards per carry.

    You Niners fans have THAT much confidence in your nickel and dime d-backs?

  70. smoothjimmyapollo says: Nov 15, 2011 4:28 PM

    @travisblink619, the 49er offense is as installed as it’s going to be for this season. I’m far more impressed that Harbaugh has them at 8-1 with that quarterback. Good coaches recognize the talent they have around them and fit their schemes to the available talent. He recognizes that Smith isn’t very good, so he puts him in situations where even Smith can find success. Lots of bad quarterbacks have good seasons (Dilfer, Frerotte, Kitna, Derek Anderson, and many more). They all eventually get exposed.

  71. huejackson says: Nov 15, 2011 6:34 PM

    WOW obviously Rothensal had alot to do with these rankings!
    Raiders #13 is just crazy! They should be in the top 5..
    They lead the diviosn there for they should automatically be in the top 10..
    They have beaten the Texans who is ranked higher than them, They are way better then the Bengals the only reason why they are ranked high is because thats rothensals favorite team..
    The Real top 5 List is this:
    1-Packers
    2 49ers
    3- Steelers
    4 Giants
    5 Raiders
    —————–
    Raiders or giants or 4 or 5, or you can put even the Ravens at #5 and put Raiders at 6 but Raiders are in the top 10.. They are going to Super bowl after all

  72. travisblink619 says: Nov 15, 2011 6:34 PM

    @smoothjommyapollo

    I don’t know about that. I’ve watched every single 49er game this year, and in every single game, they’ve added a new facet to the offense. In the most recent game, the 49ers managed to beat the Giants with a 76-24% pass/rush ratio. I’m not saying Alex Smith is some kind of dynamo, but I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him.. .certainly not the last.

  73. baltimoreballs says: Nov 15, 2011 8:25 PM

    you guys really know how to kick Ravens fans down in the dirt….

    I’m a sad Raven this week

  74. factoryofsadness says: Nov 15, 2011 8:52 PM

    “Bad snap, bad hold, bad kick. Bad team.”

    It was a bad snap, it was a bad kick, and they definitely are a bad team…However it was a great hold. Don’t take everything away from me. I’ve lost enough.

  75. jr4real says: Nov 15, 2011 9:02 PM

    I love the weekly power rankings….it’s like the fking full moon. Brings out the lunatics.

    Im a steelers fan but…
    baltimore controls the division,
    Anyone mentioning Alex Smith and AR in the same league is completely crazy,
    Houston sucks (yes i know they beat pitt),
    And how the hell is jerry sandusky out on bail????

  76. P_Willy says: Nov 15, 2011 10:47 PM

    Another week yet same old reaction. Starting to feel like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day.

    The Packers are the defending Champs and they’ve proven to be the best in the league after 10 weeks. There’s no shame in being second best to the Packers for now. While we have our flaws, it’s hard to argue against the fact that the 49ers have been improving week to week.

    Fellow Niner fans: no sense justifying anything to those who still have their doubts. Records, quality of opponents, statistics and general circumstances should speak for themselves. Those who love to point out our deficiencies by shouting out stats are often the same folks who ignore the #’s when they’re favorable to us.

    For a team that’s been down since 2002, the claim to fame and accolades need to be earned. If we maintain these consistent improvements, then earned they shall be. Afterall – since perception = reality, we’ve been perceived to be pretty crappy for a long time. Just cuz we washed off the sh-t we’ve been in since ’02, people are only drawing attention to some of the old stink.

    helluva year so far!

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