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Week 13 power rankings

Green Bay Packers Nelson makes a catch next to New York Giants Blackmon helping set up the game winning field goal in the the fourth quarter during their NFL football game in East Rutherford Reuters

1.  Packers (No. 1; 12-0):  The Packers are so good that they’d keep winning even if they rest their starters.

2. Ravens (No. 2; 9-3):  If the Ravens secure the No. 1 seed in the AFC, not many teams could beat them in Baltimore.

3. Steelers (No. 3; 9-3):  And here’s one of those teams.

4. Patriots (No. 4; 9-3):  And here’s possibly the only other.

5.  Saints (No. 5; 9-3):  This team’s fate will hinge on its ability to win on the road in the postseason.

6.  49ers (No. 6; 10-2):  In hindsight, the 49ers should be very thankful for that Thanksgiving night wake-up call.

7. Texans (No. 7; 9-3):  Another week, another injury.  And another victory.

8. Cowboys (No. 8; 7-5):  Maybe next week Jason Garrett will call for a punt block.  While his team is trying to punt.

9. Broncos (No. 14; 7-5):  If they win the Super Bowl, we wonder whether Tim Tebow will say, “This one’s for John.”

10. Raiders (No. 9; 7-5):  Rolando McClain may have preferred jail to what he had to endure on Sunday in Miami.

11. Falcons (No. 11; 7-5):  When the Falcons gave up all those picks on draft day, they likely assumed they were getting a guy who would catch a ball that hits him in the hands when the game is on the line.

12. Jets (No. 15; 7-5):  The team’s game plans look conspicuously like a recipe for sausage.

13. Titans (No. 16; 7-5):  The team that no one has noticed is close to putting the rest of the AFC on notice.

14. Lions (No. 12; 7-5):  That loss likely felt a lot like getting stomped on.

15. Bengals (No. 13; 7-5):  Well, at least they have two first-round picks in next year’s draft.

16. Giants (No. 17; 6-6):  For the Giants, the playoffs start on Sunday night.

17. Bears (No. 10; 7-5):  In explaining the decision to not sign another quarterback, Lovie Smith said Caleb Hanie will get better.  Hanie surely can’t get much worse.

18. Seahawks (No. 19; 5-7):  If everyone else keeps losing, the Seahawks could swipe a playoff berth.

19. Chargers (No. 24; 5-7):  If everyone else keeps losing, the Chargers could swipe a playoff berth.

20. Cardinals (No. 22; 5-7):  If everyone else keeps losing, the Cardinals could swipe a playoff berth.

21. Dolphins (No. 25; 4-8):  The Dolphins couldn’t swipe a playoff berth with a ski mask and a gun.

22. Chiefs (No. 23; 5-7):  When a team’s most effective play is the Hail Mary, that’s a problem.

23. Panthers (No. 27; 4-8):  The season will be deemed a success if the Panthers don’t finish fourth in their division.  As of right now, it’s a success.

24. Bills (No. 21; 5-7):  Our friends in Buffalo continue to deserve more.

25. Eagles (No. 18; 4-8):  Our friends in Philly continue to deserve more.

26. Buccaneers (No. 20; 4-8):  Our friends in Tampa continue to deserve more.

27. Browns (No. 26; 4-8):  Our friends in Cleveland continue to deserve more.

28. Redskins (No. 28; 4-8):  Our friends in Washington continue to deserve more.

29. Jaguars (No. 29; 3-9):  We don’t have many friends in Jacksonville right now.

30. Vikings (No. 30; 2-10):  Les Steckel wishes Zygi Wilf had bought the Vikings 24 years before he actually did.

31. Rams (No. 31; 2-10):  Steve Spagnuolo wishes Zygi Wilf had bought the Rams instead of the Vikings.

32. Colts (No. 32; 0-12):  Perhaps the only way the Colts can screw up their shot at Andrew Luck is by resting their starters.

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99 Responses to “Week 13 power rankings”
  1. jimmysee says: Dec 6, 2011 8:39 AM

    Packers won’t rest their starters. That’s not the way Coach McCarthy works.

  2. southpaw2k says: Dec 6, 2011 8:40 AM

    If the Patriots had to come to Baltimore for the playoffs, I would not be intimidated or worried. It’d be a collossal matchup, but considering how the Ravens dismantled the Patriots in their house two years ago, I see no reason why the Ravens couldn’t duplicate that.

    If the Steelers had to come to Baltimore, that’s another story.

  3. seneca1ss says: Dec 6, 2011 8:42 AM

    my Bucs are still ranked too high
    (but you’re getting closer)

  4. anonimocontraditorio says: Dec 6, 2011 8:42 AM

    Lions lost to the SAINTS.
    And they really seemed to be in the same field sometimes… The problem was the stupid penalties.
    But worst than Broncos, Titans among others?
    Just disagree.

  5. ezcheese says: Dec 6, 2011 8:43 AM

    Cue the stupid 3,2,1 comments in 3,2 awwghh I can’t even say it. You people need to stop doing that. It’s so stupid.

  6. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 6, 2011 8:44 AM

    Giants should still be 10-12, let’s be real here.

  7. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 6, 2011 8:44 AM

    Meanwhile Dallas loses to a putrid team, is 7-5 and still 8th lmao.

  8. test2402 says: Dec 6, 2011 8:45 AM

    #1. Tim Tebow.

  9. doug2626 says: Dec 6, 2011 8:46 AM

    That was a lazy attempt.

  10. waltdawg says: Dec 6, 2011 8:47 AM

    Man—We (SKINS) SUCK!!!

  11. cleverbob says: Dec 6, 2011 8:48 AM

    Feeling a little lazy this morning, Mike?

  12. tonymission says: Dec 6, 2011 8:51 AM

    If the Broncos win the Super Bowl… lol

  13. wollam11 says: Dec 6, 2011 8:54 AM

    Did you forget Cincinnati beat Tennessee in Nashville just a month ago? And with the same records, there is no way the Bengals should be ranked behind the Titans.
    Nor the Raiders for that matter.

  14. 46defense says: Dec 6, 2011 8:57 AM

    I really don;t get putting Dallas as the best “7-5″ teams. I know that whole 7-5/6-6 blob is mediocre and injured, but Dallas is not that good. I would out them toward the bottom of that mess.

  15. rayriceisnice says: Dec 6, 2011 8:57 AM

    The afc comes down to Baltimore and Pittsburgh, Whoevers home will be in the superbowl. There defenses are stellar and both can move the ball enough to stay in every game. I just don’t see the patriots being able to handle them, and Houston doesn’t have a qb. Tim teabow wouldn’t last past the 2nd quarter.

  16. 8man says: Dec 6, 2011 8:59 AM

    I have no confidence in the Patriots after that horrid 4th quarter at home against a winless Colts team and a QB starting for the first time.

    If they had played any other team that day, any other, they would have lost. Hideous. Absolutely hideous.

  17. steelbydesign says: Dec 6, 2011 8:59 AM

    As a Steelers fan, I don’t want to see the Ravens again in the playoffs.

    As a football fan, I do.

  18. packerstexansfan says: Dec 6, 2011 9:01 AM

    1. Packers (No. 1; 12-0): The Packers are so good that they’d keep winning even if they rest their starters.

    Yea they’re playing amazing right now, but if you truly believe this, you’re more delusional than I thought. Sure, they’d probably be able to beat some of the lower rung guys, but that’s about it. That being said: Go Pack Go!

  19. howley1 says: Dec 6, 2011 9:03 AM

    Meanwhile Dallas loses to a putrid team, is 7-5 and still 8th lmao.

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    Giants lost their 4th game in a row and moved up. Stop crying.

  20. rexryansdirtysock says: Dec 6, 2011 9:05 AM

    southpaw2k says:
    Dec 6, 2011 8:40 AM
    If the Patriots had to come to Baltimore for the playoffs, I would not be intimidated or worried. It’d be a collossal matchup, but considering how the Ravens dismantled the Patriots in their house two years ago, I see no reason why the Ravens couldn’t duplicate that.

    If the Steelers had to come to Baltimore, that’s another story.

    *****************

    Why wouldn’t the Ravens be able to duplicate that?

    Because since that game, more than 75% of the Patriots roster is completely different, they run a completely different defensive scheme (4-3 vs. 3-4 then), have a completely different offensive scheme (2 tight end vs. 3 receiver then).

    And the Patriots beat the Ravens when the two played last year.

    I’m not saying the Patriots will beat the Ravens, but it would be a really good game and it’s just silly for you to write them off saying you see “no reason why” the Ravens wouldn’t beat them again.

  21. shallowfan says: Dec 6, 2011 9:07 AM

    I agree this is a bit of a lazy attempt, but this is pretty good…

    8. Cowboys (No. 8; 7-5): Maybe next week Jason Garrett will call for a punt block. While his team is trying to punt.

    Although I don’t think Dallas is the best 7-5 team out there like you do…

    Other rankings are just about right imo…

  22. dlionsfan4life says: Dec 6, 2011 9:07 AM

    worst.
    rankings.
    ever.

  23. flash1283 says: Dec 6, 2011 9:07 AM

    southpaw2k says:
    Dec 6, 2011 8:40 AM
    If the Patriots had to come to Baltimore for the playoffs, I would not be intimidated or worried. It’d be a collossal matchup, but considering how the Ravens dismantled the Patriots in their house two years ago, I see no reason why the Ravens couldn’t duplicate that.

    If the Steelers had to come to Baltimore, that’s another story.

    ———-
    The Patriots and Ravens played last season, the Patriots won. That playoff game from 2 years ago didnt help the Ravens last season and it wont mean anything if they play again. Just like the Patriots win over the Ravens last season wont help them if they play in the playoffs.

    I never get it when people bring up a gane from 2 years ago as a reason one team can beat another team now.

  24. everyfootballfan says: Dec 6, 2011 9:09 AM

    southpaw2k, it appear to me that the steelers where far far more in Baltimore than NE ever been so for real you should be very very afraid,
    (SUGGS)

  25. rayriceisnice says: Dec 6, 2011 9:09 AM

    I want to see the ravens beat the steelers three times in one season. That would be awesome. Payback lol

  26. jjmurphy1127d says: Dec 6, 2011 9:10 AM

    southpaw2k says:
    Dec 6, 2011 8:40 AM
    If the Patriots had to come to Baltimore for the playoffs, I would not be intimidated or worried. It’d be a collossal matchup, but considering how the Ravens dismantled the Patriots in their house two years ago, I see no reason why the Ravens couldn’t duplicate that.

    Hmm – If Pats and Ravens play, it would likely be a great game between 2 of the elite teams in the AFC/NFL, but to site the 2009 playoff game as evidence of what would happen this time is crazy. It’d be like me using the more recent Pats 2010 victory as a predictor for what would happen. Or like me saying that the 2009 playoff game is the only time the Ravens have beaten Brady and the Pats since Brady has been their starting QB. True, yes. meaningful come January, no.

  27. ottomanismydog says: Dec 6, 2011 9:12 AM

    As a Steelers fan I WANT to see the Ravens again in the playoffs. Guarantee the Steelers do to.

  28. beauregard says: Dec 6, 2011 9:14 AM

    Yeah, I know there’s a lot of hating on the Broncos and Tebow but c’mon. They started 1-4 and were solid contenders in the Suck for Luck sweepstakes.
    Then in week 13 they break the top ten having won 6 of the last seven. It’s a good storyline for the NFL.
    Discount them all you want but you better have a big lead when the 4th quarter starts.

  29. greymares says: Dec 6, 2011 9:16 AM

    actually my 4 yr old grandson can rank teams by their won/loss record.

  30. tomsd1 says: Dec 6, 2011 9:19 AM

    I think any of the top 5 teams could go all the way – given the right breaks, etc. For the rest – still not convinced about the Niners, and who knows where Tebowmania will go? He only seems to be improving.

  31. renoedge says: Dec 6, 2011 9:19 AM

    No way the Niners are 6th….should be either 3rd after the Ravens or 4th after the Saints..Pats and Steelheads should be ranked 5th and 6th.

  32. kellyb9 says: Dec 6, 2011 9:20 AM

    @8man – Full disclosure, I am a Pats fan, but I think if they were playing any other team this week, the offense would’ve kept their foot on the gas. I saw no indication that the Colts were going to be able to stop them if they hadn’t trotted Brian Hoyer in there and ran the ball into the line 3 straight times. Also, I’d be concerned a bit of I were a Pitt or Baltimore fan that I wasn’t underestimating this team a bit. I’ll admit their defense has been far from stellar, but their offense has been much more potent in the past few weeks with the emergence of Gronkowski as a first option over Welker. Also Ben-Jarvis Green Ellis is back to 100%… I have some serious doubts that he was even at 60% when they played the Steelers.

  33. southpaw2k says: Dec 6, 2011 9:26 AM

    jjmurphy1127d says:
    Dec 6, 2011 9:10 AM
    southpaw2k says:
    Dec 6, 2011 8:40 AM
    If the Patriots had to come to Baltimore for the playoffs, I would not be intimidated or worried. It’d be a collossal matchup, but considering how the Ravens dismantled the Patriots in their house two years ago, I see no reason why the Ravens couldn’t duplicate that.

    Hmm – If Pats and Ravens play, it would likely be a great game between 2 of the elite teams in the AFC/NFL, but to site the 2009 playoff game as evidence of what would happen this time is crazy. It’d be like me using the more recent Pats 2010 victory as a predictor for what would happen. Or like me saying that the 2009 playoff game is the only time the Ravens have beaten Brady and the Pats since Brady has been their starting QB. True, yes. meaningful come January, no.

    ————————————————-

    Point taken. What I’m getting at more than anything else is that I think the Ravens would stand a better chance at advancing in the playoffs against the Pats than if they had to face the Steelers for a third time this season.

  34. dvdman123 says: Dec 6, 2011 9:26 AM

    The Cowboys after that fiasco on Sunday have no business being in the top 10.

  35. metcalfer says: Dec 6, 2011 9:36 AM

    I’m not sure if you saw it, but the no. 21 Miami Dolphins whipped the no. 10 Oakland Raiders, 34-14. It could of been worse. The Raiders are the most over rated team in the NFL. It wouldn’t even be close when they travel to Green Bay.

  36. edukator4 says: Dec 6, 2011 9:37 AM

    i think the falcons should be ahead of the cowboys. the cowboys lost on the road to a bad arizona team, while the falcons lost on the road to a good houston team.

    if these two met on peter king’s neutral wichita field, the flacons would be favored.

  37. maxl49 says: Dec 6, 2011 9:37 AM

    I like how loosing against the Ravens has dropped the 49ers but loosing against the Rams is ok for the Saints …

  38. wingz101 says: Dec 6, 2011 9:41 AM

    The Giants haven’t won in four weeks and they move up? The Cowboys lost to Arizona and barely beat a team with a losing record (Miami) last week and they are the best 7-5 Team?
    The Raiders are the third best 7-5 team after getting pummelled (again) by a team with a losing record?

    At least you have the Colts slotted correctly. Maybe. The Rams look worse.

  39. nunpuncher says: Dec 6, 2011 9:42 AM

    Can’t wait to see how Raheem “Dumbs Down the D” for The Blackout Bowl in Jacksonville this Sunday.

  40. johnnyb14z3 says: Dec 6, 2011 9:43 AM

    seems just about right.

    then again its right everytime you see the packers at number 1.

  41. weepingjebus says: Dec 6, 2011 9:45 AM

    The Patriots defense always falls apart when they go prevent once they’ve built up a big lead. It’s a terrible scheme that really does nothing but start giving up short/mid passes in hopes the opponent runs out of time before they catch up. It lets your opponent build up momentum, and if you use it too early they can catch up. We lost a few games over the years when Belichick went prevent 5-7 minutes too early, and by the time he switched back it was too late.

  42. rmc1995 says: Dec 6, 2011 9:46 AM

    During the last quarter of every season you should also post the power rankings as they stood last season at the same time. I’m curious what was said about the Packers at 8-4 last season and then 8-6 after they lost to the lions and Pats.

  43. Andre's Johnson says: Dec 6, 2011 9:48 AM

    rayriceisnice says:
    Dec 6, 2011 8:57 AM
    The afc comes down to Baltimore and Pittsburgh, Whoevers home will be in the superbowl. There defenses are stellar and both can move the ball enough to stay in every game. I just don’t see the patriots being able to handle them, and Houston doesn’t have a qb. Tim teabow wouldn’t last past the 2nd quarter.

    # # # # # # #

    Yeah, you guys keep taking the Texans lightly. They seem to be fueled by obstacles these days.

  44. anthonioustheprettygood says: Dec 6, 2011 9:49 AM

    Come on… the Lions should be ranked 1st and you know it. If you disagree, then I’ll shove your head into the ground, stomp on your arm, throw a punch, toss a football at your chest, and push anyone that gets between us.

  45. lucky5934 says: Dec 6, 2011 9:50 AM

    In hindsight, the 49ers should be very thankful for that Thanksgiving night wake-up call.

    ——————————————————
    And a cake walk schedule.

  46. joesuhunka says: Dec 6, 2011 9:51 AM

    wow, fat Bryant Mckinney is laughing his fat ass off

  47. trapshoot says: Dec 6, 2011 9:52 AM

    Packers need to get their defensive problems corrected. Then they have a decent chance to go all the way.

  48. goawayeverybody says: Dec 6, 2011 9:53 AM

    Terrible rankings as usual.

  49. goawayeverybody says: Dec 6, 2011 9:55 AM

    Btw, the Broncos barely beat a terrible team (Vikings) and they move up 5 spots…. ahead of the Lions who crushed them and have the same record?

    You gotta be kidding me.

  50. sfwillis52 says: Dec 6, 2011 9:55 AM

    It’s funny how the Niners have the 2nd best record in the league, and only have 2 loses which are both to divisional leaders. 1 loss came early in the year and in OT. The other one came on a 4 day week after traveling across the country for the 5th time in 11 weeks. Yet, there are teams ahead of them with losses to the Rams, Bucs, Seattle, and Jags…

  51. ilivincin says: Dec 6, 2011 9:56 AM

    25. Eagles (No. 18; 4-8): Our friends in Philly continue to deserve more.

    Why do the Eagles fans deserve more? Cleveland, sure, Washington, I can see that, but not Philly. The Dream Team is underachieving, plus the Phillies are good, so choke on it Philly.

  52. richm2256 says: Dec 6, 2011 9:58 AM

    How is it that the team with the second best record is ranked SIXTH?

    Regarding choices 2-4:

    If I’m the Ravens, I want to play Pittsburgh before New England.

    If I’m the Patriots, I want to play Pittsburgh before Baltimore

    If I’m the Steelers, I don’t want to play either of these teams

  53. vikingdoode says: Dec 6, 2011 10:01 AM

    1. Packers (No. 1; 12-0): The Packers are so good that they’d keep winning even if they rest their starters. Must be added to this ” And the Refs are helping so don’t worry rest your starters. The FIX is in!

  54. ready4doomboom says: Dec 6, 2011 10:02 AM

    I think Denver is ranked too high and I am a die hard fan. I think Detroit and Titans should be a head of them due to they lost to them. That’s it really. So Denver should be like 12. And keep in mind the teams after 16 are just stinky.

  55. richm2256 says: Dec 6, 2011 10:02 AM

    By the way, who would the #1 seed be in the AFC today?????

    There’s your answer

  56. jvibottomline says: Dec 6, 2011 10:06 AM

    49ers are the best team in football and that will play out, they will beat New Orleans at home and Green Bay in Lambeau to go to the Super Bowl with scores like 21-17 or 24-20, defense is just too nasty

  57. cstiles20 says: Dec 6, 2011 10:07 AM

    Lions will beat the vikings, chargers, raiders, an make playoffs!

  58. fatdaddy73 says: Dec 6, 2011 10:09 AM

    Ok… The Lions have road victories against both the Bruncles and the Cowgirls…. I guess that means nothing huh?

  59. briank1ne says: Dec 6, 2011 10:10 AM

    wait so the niners shut out a team. and they go to 6th? this team should be #2 for the simple facts of their record and they havent allowed a rushing td all year. and what the heck are the broncos doing all the up there? lol

  60. fatdaddy73 says: Dec 6, 2011 10:13 AM

    @ jvibottomline, the Niners offense would need 6 weeks to score 45 points. =)

  61. jmsincla says: Dec 6, 2011 10:15 AM

    Haha, Kudos. Some of those were hilarious!

  62. bozosforall says: Dec 6, 2011 10:21 AM

    flash1283 says:
    Dec 6, 2011 9:07 AM
    southpaw2k says:
    Dec 6, 2011 8:40 AM
    If the Patriots had to come to Baltimore for the playoffs, I would not be intimidated or worried. It’d be a collossal matchup, but considering how the Ravens dismantled the Patriots in their house two years ago, I see no reason why the Ravens couldn’t duplicate that.

    If the Steelers had to come to Baltimore, that’s another story.

    ———-
    The Patriots and Ravens played last season, the Patriots won. That playoff game from 2 years ago didnt help the Ravens last season and it wont mean anything if they play again. Just like the Patriots win over the Ravens last season wont help them if they play in the playoffs.

    I never get it when people bring up a gane from 2 years ago as a reason one team can beat another team now.

    __
    flash could have summed up his comment in one word: WAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

  63. brandonyer says: Dec 6, 2011 10:23 AM

    25. Eagles (No. 18; 4-8): Our friends in Philly continue to deserve more.

    Karma…

  64. gb4mn0 says: Dec 6, 2011 10:23 AM

    vikingdoode says:
    Dec 6, 2011 10:01 AM
    1. Packers (No. 1; 12-0): The Packers are so good that they’d keep winning even if they rest their starters. Must be added to this ” And the Refs are helping so don’t worry rest your starters. The FIX is in!
    —————————————-

    I agree, the fix is in. How can the POS lavender Larry’s be rated 30 when the Rams have a victory over the Saints? The FIX must be in……….stooge!

  65. jeepin08 says: Dec 6, 2011 10:25 AM

    May as well face it right now. There is NO team in the AFC that can go into Baltimore and win.
    None, don’t care who you are or what you did this year. Facts are facts. The 12th man in Baltimore is the deciding factor. If the Ravens get the #1 seed, the only thing left after that is tickets to the promised land.

  66. bozosforall says: Dec 6, 2011 10:27 AM

    Pats fans posts here can be summed up in ONE word:

    WAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

    Face it, your team is one and done once again. Either Pittsburgh’s or Baltimore’s defense will shut your team down.

  67. westclaims says: Dec 6, 2011 10:29 AM

    “1. Packers (No. 1; 12-0): The Packers are so good that they’d keep winning even if they rest their starters. Must be added to this ” And the Refs are helping so don’t worry rest your starters. The FIX is in!”

    SO TRUE!

    The only way for the league to erase the Favre era, is to let the Packers win another super bowl, give Rodgers another ring and likely an MVP award.

    It’s just a shame Rodgers can’t come up with anything better than his “child bearing hips” celebration pose (as I like to call it). Pretty embarrassing when he does that.

  68. klunge says: Dec 6, 2011 10:29 AM

    1. Packers (No. 1; 12-0): The Packers are so good that they’d keep winning even if they rest their starters.
    ——————————————–

    Most ludicrous statement ever. All you need to do is sit Rodgers and the Pack instantly becomes middle of the pack (pun intended). Against the Lions last year: 28pts with him (won), 3pts without him (lost). He’s every bit as important to GM as Manning is to the Colts, but obviously has a much superior supporting cast.

    GB doesn’t yap alot about anything but you know they have undefeated on their mind. I would be thoroughly shocked if anyone sat out w/o injury.

  69. pigskinswag says: Dec 6, 2011 10:33 AM

    For the first time we could have an undefeated team and a defeated team in the same season. I’m rooting for both to happen.

  70. visible4 says: Dec 6, 2011 10:34 AM

    The Lions played the Saints without Suh, Houston, and Delmas. They lost Fairley after the 1st quarter (which he dominated – 3 tackles, 1sack). They lost Kevin Smith who was averaging 5ypc in the game. And not to mention the refs did not call the offsides and let the Saints block a field goal, a Saint throws a full blown PUNCH at the Lions- no call, late hit on Stafford – No Call – Facemask on Maurice Morris – No Call. But they sure did not miss the OFFENSIVE pass interference which wiped out over 100 yards of offense. I would say considering all that, the Lions should move UP in the Power Rankings. If they play like that the rest of the year they will easily beat the Vikings, Chargers and Raiders and go 10-6.

  71. franknunley57 says: Dec 6, 2011 10:38 AM

    @mr. wright212:

    The Giants have lost 4 games in a row! It’s the second half of the season…

  72. scra22 says: Dec 6, 2011 10:43 AM

    maxl49 says:
    Dec 6, 2011 9:37 AM
    I like how loosing against the Ravens has dropped the 49ers but loosing against the Rams is ok for the Saints …
    ====

    Losing to the Rams did drop the Saints. I believe they fell several spots to #9 after that loss. They have worked their way back up by winning 4 games in a row, three against teams contending for a playoff spot.

  73. gtisme says: Dec 6, 2011 10:56 AM

    San Fran Guy saying the 9’ers should be #2-Baltimore beat your A$$ and would do so again, you are not #2

    Andre’sJohnson and the guys saying “whos # 1 seed now?” Baltimore beat your a$$ with your starting qb and B’more will be the #1 seed if they win out based on best conference record and head-to-head.

    New England guy- both games mentioned were at Gillette and the game you won was in 3 OT’s . M&T is a completely different set of circumstances.

    Pittsburgh guy- thats just always a slugfest and you just never know, nothing to say to Pittsburgh guy.

  74. flash1283 says: Dec 6, 2011 11:03 AM

    bozosforall can be summed up in ONE word:

    LOSER!!!!

  75. originalsteelcurtain says: Dec 6, 2011 11:11 AM

    Steelers beat the Ravens three times on their way to a SB…I’m sure the Ravens would love to return the favor.

    The Ravens D is slightly better that the Steeler D this year, although the Steelers O is better than the Raven O – especially at QB and WR.

    Steelers will not be at all intimidated to play at BMore in the AFC Championship game.

  76. truthserum4u says: Dec 6, 2011 11:18 AM

    “8. Cowboys (No. 8; 7-5): Maybe next week Jason Garrett will call for a punt block. While his team is trying to punt.”

    Funny stuff Mike!

    “31. Rams (No. 31; 2-10): Steve Spagnuolo wishes Zygi Wilf had bought the Rams instead of the Vikings.”

    Then he could re-hire Jay Zygmunt as the Rams President/GM. Then you could have Zygi & Zygmunt running the show!

  77. kevpft says: Dec 6, 2011 11:22 AM

    Well done on the Cowboys and Chiefs riffs! And painfully spot-on.

  78. steelersownyou says: Dec 6, 2011 11:29 AM

    AFC is a 2 horse race! Period! Road to super bowl XLVI will either be Ravens or Steelers…They’re the 2 most complete teams. Not only in the AFC, but in the entire NFL. Both have great defenses. Good offense. And good special teams! Look forward to STEELERS VS RAVENS III…..GONNA BE A BLOOD BATH. HIDE THE WOMEN & CHILDREN!

  79. jsalis13 says: Dec 6, 2011 11:33 AM

    kellyb9 says:
    Dec 6, 2011 9:20 AM
    @8man – Full disclosure, I am a Pats fan, but I think if they were playing any other team this week, the offense would’ve kept their foot on the gas. I saw no indication that the Colts were going to be able to stop them if they hadn’t trotted Brian Hoyer in there and ran the ball into the line 3 straight times. Also, I’d be concerned a bit of I were a Pitt or Baltimore fan that I wasn’t underestimating this team a bit. I’ll admit their defense has been far from stellar, but their offense has been much more potent in the past few weeks with the emergence of Gronkowski as a first option over Welker. Also Ben-Jarvis Green Ellis is back to 100%… I have some serious doubts that he was even at 60% when they played the Steelers.

    _______________________________________

    Pats lack the explosiveness on offense that Pittsburgh does, sure Gronkowski is good, and he presents major matchup issues, but the duo of Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace can beat you deep on every play.

    Besides even if the offenses are a push I’d much rather see Flacco and the offense go up against the Patriots than the Steelers.

  80. wydok says: Dec 6, 2011 11:48 AM

    Eagles, Ravens, and Cowboys are all too high.

  81. gosuhgo says: Dec 6, 2011 11:56 AM

    A loss to the Saints and Packers is worse than a blowout by the Dolphins and a battle with the Hanie-led Bears? Dallas ices their own kicker and isn’t like…32? Come on…

  82. rockstarzen says: Dec 6, 2011 11:58 AM

    49ers fan here, and I agree with these rankings but Baltimore Fans need to come down to earth…Baltimore BARELY beat the 9ers at home with the 9ers coming off of a short week and travelling East so stop hating.

    If you’re a Baltimore fan you need to be concerned about your offense, which is wildly inconsistent and struggles when Rice can’t get going. If you’re defense can’t keep the game close you’re in trouble – and every team at the top with you has a proven QB (except for the 49ers)

    I’d love to see a re-match between the 9ers and the Ravens in the Super Bowl. I don’t think the Ravens could beat the 9ers again on a neutral field.

  83. bozosforall says: Dec 6, 2011 12:33 PM

    flash1283 says:
    Dec 6, 2011 11:03 AM
    bozosforall can be summed up in ONE word:

    WINNER!!!!
    __

    Glad you finally get it, chump boy.

  84. Raider-in-PA says: Dec 6, 2011 12:35 PM

    Dont worry, the Donkeys will NOT even get to the Superbowl, let alone win it!!

  85. SOBEIT says: Dec 6, 2011 12:35 PM

    fatdaddy73 says:
    Dec 6, 2011 10:13 AM
    @ jvibottomline, the Niners offense would need 6 weeks to score 45 points. =)
    ______

    And our defense will allow less than 45. Which means we win. Apparently you forgot how games are won. That’s why our record is 10-2 and your teams record is worse. =)

  86. itscookeyo says: Dec 6, 2011 12:49 PM

    @ jvibottomline, the Niners offense would need 6 weeks to score 45 points. =)

    __

    9ers hung 48 points on the Bucs. How many points did the #5 Saints hang on the Bucs in two attempts? 47 total over 2 games. How many wins did the #5 Saints have against the Rams? 0.

  87. packerfanfordecades says: Dec 6, 2011 12:55 PM

    Hey … I’m a Packers fan … but.

    It’s still very hard to anticipate that they could move the ball down the field against the Giants from their own 20 into easy field goal range in only +/- 42 seconds and then have to huddle with the officials to run seconds off the clock before calling a time out. It’s not because the Giants were shocked that Green Bay would be throwing long sideline pass patterns.

    Holy Cow!!

    Makes me wonder how many points the Pack would score if they ran every possession that way.

    Praying that Desmond, Hawk and Charles Woodson heal up and we can find a way to put a stop to those +45 yard post pattern completions.

    .

  88. johnnyshore says: Dec 6, 2011 1:09 PM

    “The Packers are so good that they’d keep winning even if they rest their starters.”

    What a laughable statement. Take away Rogers and the Packers are a mediocre offense with a terrible defense. With Rogers, they are dominant, but the Giants probably would have won that game easily if Flynn were playing.

  89. apm says: Dec 6, 2011 1:14 PM

    God’s going to strike you down for saying “If the Broncos win the Super Bowl” instead “When the Broncos win the Super Bowl”.

  90. scra22 says: Dec 6, 2011 1:48 PM

    49ers fans really need to calm down. The rankings are unfair but I’m sure you’ll still get in a decent bowl game.

  91. boycottfootball says: Dec 6, 2011 2:32 PM

    lol, you got it done so fast because of the effort you put into it. haha dert der der

  92. huejackson says: Dec 6, 2011 6:01 PM

    All this Tebow hype will be over sunday (hopefully) when Broncos lose the next 4 games and Raiders win 3 out of 4 and win the west..

  93. cartwright24 says: Dec 7, 2011 8:03 AM

    Wow….. that low scoring lost to Ravens super short week and we had to travel, push Niners all the way to the Six spot… what kind of mess is this……..

  94. johnnyblumpkin says: Dec 7, 2011 11:19 AM

    I’m not sure that the 49’er fans have much to bitch about. After looking at your schedule, I can only come up with three quality wins. Your wins over the Bengals, Lions and Giants are your only wins over teams with a .500 record or better. And these three teams may all be .500 by the end of the season. It will be interesting to see if they can get past the Steelers and the Seahawks in the coming weeks.
    Believe me, the 49’ers are having a great season and are playing above everyone’s expectations but to have them ranked higher is silly. Winning the NFC West is like putting whipped cream on a dog turd.

  95. cartwright24 says: Dec 7, 2011 1:54 PM

    pardon me.. not seahawks, SAINTs got whipped by a unhealthy RAMS…

  96. critter69 says: Dec 7, 2011 5:16 PM

    49ers defense is that good?

    Week 13, when the 49ers played the Ravens:

    Ravens had 58 plays from scrimmage, and gained 253 yards (4.53 yards per play).
    49ers had 54 plays from scrimmage, and gained 170 yards (3.15 yards per play).

    Net rushing yards:
    Ravens – 92
    49ers – 74

    Net Passing Yards:
    Ravens – 161
    49ers – 96

    Comp-Att-Int:
    Ravens – 15-23-0
    49ers – 15-24-1

    Passing yards/attempt:
    Ravens – 7.0
    49ers – 2.9

    Passing TDs:
    Ravens – 1
    49ers – 0

    Yep. 49ers had a suffocating defense in that game.

    We won’t even discuss the 9 sacks the Ravens had on the 49ers QB, vs. the 0 the 49ers had on Flacco.

  97. rockstarzen says: Dec 7, 2011 5:45 PM

    @ critter69

    That’s pretty poor offensive production from a QB who was NEVER sacked. Baltimore’s D played lights out, no doubt about that.

    I hope we meet again in Feb. 49ers were arguably a chop-block away from winning this game.

  98. kennyrogerschicken says: Dec 7, 2011 9:58 PM

    SOBEIT says: Dec 6, 2011 12:35 PM

    fatdaddy73 says:
    Dec 6, 2011 10:13 AM
    @ jvibottomline, the Niners offense would need 6 weeks to score 45 points. =)
    ______

    And our defense will allow less than 45. Which means we win. Apparently you forgot how games are won. That’s why our record is 10-2 and your teams record is worse. =)

    ——————————————

    The only undefeated team in the league through 13 weeks doesn’t play defense. I’m pretty sure outscoring your opponent is how games are won.

  99. texmexdeux says: Dec 7, 2011 11:56 PM

    Wow, 98 comments and no one’s even mentioned the Jets. I’m kind of missing the hate.

    Maybe we can trade for Tebow.

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