NFL Power Rankings: Raiders in Top 3, 49ers nearly 30 spots behind
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Nine weeks are now in the books...
32) Cleveland (0-9)
NBA Finals. World Series. Yep, this city needs a break from all the excitement, and the Browns are just the team to give everyone a break.
31) 49ers (1-7)
Chip Kelly is on the verge of making history in his first season with the 49ers – and not in a good way. With the expected loss at Arizona on Sunday, Kelly will tie Steve Mariucci (1999) for the longest losing streak in franchise by one coach. When the 49ers lost nine straight in 1978, Pete McCulley was replaced by Fred O’Connor four games into the skid.
30) Jacksonville (2-6)
The Jags hung tough in a 19-14 loss to Kansas City, and coach Gus Bradley breathlessly stated, “The team did not flinch.” That’s something only a coach with a lot of losing on his resume would say.
29) Chicago (2-6)
Jay Cutler is back and beginning the audition for his next home.
28) Los Angeles (3-5)
We want Goff! We want Goff! We want Goff!
27) N.Y. Jets (3-6)
The best connections between Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brandon Marshall occur on the sideline when they’re yelling at each other. What a mess.
26) Tampa Bay (3-5)
It turns out that the Buccaneers’ running game is not nearly as good as they thought it was after unleashing Jacquizz Rodgers on the 49ers at Levi’s Stadium a few weeks ago.
25) Tennessee (4-5)
Marcus Mariota is a touchdown machine. It just so happens that a league-high five of his turnovers have been returned for defensive scores.
24) Cincinnati (3-4-1)
A year ago, the Bengals outscored the opposition by 140 points. Halfway through this season, Cincinnati has been outscored by 22 points. Yet, the Bengals are just a half-game out of the division lead.
23) Carolina (3-5)
The Panthers are making a move back into the hunt with two consecutive victories.
22) San Diego (4-5)
Measure C, the Chargers’ stadium ballot measure, probably needed a few more W’s to get the folks truly excited.
21) Indianapolis (4-5)
The ageless one, Frank Gore, is the fifth player in NFL history with at least 12,500 rushing yards and 400 receptions. He also leads the Colts with seven touchdowns.
20) Arizona (3-4-1)
David Johnson is going to be very tired from all that running after Sunday’s game against the 49ers.
19) New Orleans (4-4)
It’s quite an indictment of the Saints’ defense that it allowed 398 yards passing to the 49ers.
18) Baltimore (4-4)
The Ravens should surge above .500 and into first place in the AFC North after Thursday’s game, a home matchup against the winless Browns.
17) Miami (4-4)
Jay Ajayi ranks fifth in the league with 646 rushing yards despite starting just four of the Dolphins’ seven games.
16) Buffalo (4-5)
With the heart-breaking loss at Seattle on Monday, the Bills take a three-game losing streak into the bye week. Rex Ryan looks forward to a time when he can do so mean-mugging of his own.
15) Pittsburgh (4-4)
The rust showed on Ben Roethlisberger after his three-week absence. But at this rate, it’s still any team’s race in the division.
14) Philadelphia (4-4)
Wentzyvania is a definite swing state. After winning the first three games with their rookie quarterback, the Eagles have lost four of their past five games.
13) Green Bay (4-4)
The Packers have dropped three of four, and Aaron Rodgers is struggling. Hold it. He has 20 touchdowns and five interceptions? OK, maybe he’s not struggling.
12) Washington (4-3-1)
Vernon Davis update: He has 23 catches for 316 yards. He’d rank second on the 49ers with those numbers.
11) Detroit (5-4)
Here come the Lions, winners of four of their past five games entering the bye week.
10) N.Y. Giants (5-3)
Justin Tuck, who spent his final two seasons with the Raiders, will be inducted into the Giants’ Ring of Honor, along with former coach Tom Coughlin and general manager Ernie Accorsi on Monday night.
9) Houston (5-3)
Undefeated at home. Winless on the road. But that trend will be tested in a game at Jacksonville.
8) Denver (6-3)
These Broncos can’t just roll into Oakland and expect to win. Their streak of five consecutive AFC West titles is in jeopardy.
7) Minnesota (5-3)
The post-Norv Turner Vikings sure looked like they need Norv.
6) Seattle (5-2-1)
Russell Wilson’s three-game streak without a touchdown was snapped on a night against Buffalo when he completed 20 of 26 for 282 yards and two scores.
5) Atlanta (6-3)
Matt Ryan's career year has him on the short list of MVP candidates with seven games remaining.
4) Kansas City (6-2)
Alex Smith gets his job back after missing a game due to a concussion. That’s a pretty good idea.
3) Raiders (7-2)
All of a sudden, the Warriors might not be the most exciting team to play in that Oakland complex. The Raiders did not look out of place on the national, prime-time stage while pushing the Broncos around.
2) Dallas (7-1)
The Cowboys have won seven consecutive games with Dak Prescott. Yep, Tony Romo can just take a seat right over there until further notice.
1) New England (7-1)
No phony endorsement here. The Patriots have earned the top spot.