San Francisco 49ers top ATL's Week 12 Power Poll entry


The San Francisco 49ers are the hardest team in the NFL to prepare for, even before they added a mobile young quarterback to the mix that throws a pretty pass. The 49ers can beat you in the most different ways.

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Like I wrote last week, there isn't some huge gap between the top team on our list and the 10th. There are no huge Super Bowl favorites. The 49ers head to New Orleans this week to face that 10th team (New Orleans) and it wouldn't shock me in the least if the Saints pulled off the win. The 49ers are not a perfect team and their defense hasn't been as consistently dominant this year. I wouldn't rule out the Seahawks winning the NFC West just because the 49ers have a lot of tough games left.

But on a neutral field, for one game, the 49ers are the team I'd roll with above the rest. There will be a familiar-looking playoff field this year. We'll probably have nine teams from a year ago make the field again. It will be a wide open tournament, but the 49ers have the pieces to take the next step.

ATL's Power Poll entry is below. You can check out the entire Power Poll here, or see how all 13 analysts voted.

1. San Francisco 49ers
2. Houston Texans

3. New England Patriots
4. Green Bay Packers
5. Denver Broncos
6. Atlanta Falcons
7. Baltimore Ravens
8. Seattle Seahawks
9. New York Giants
10. New Orleans Saints
11. Chicago Bears
12. Pittsburgh Steelers
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
14. Dallas Cowboys
15. Minnesota Vikings
16. Indianapolis Colts
17. Washington Redskins
18. Cincinnati Bengals
19. Detroit Lions
20. Buffalo Bills
21. New York Jets
22. Arizona Cardinals
23. San Diego Chargers
24. Miami Dolphins
25. Tennessee Titans
26. Carolina Panthers
27. St. Louis Rams
28. Cleveland Browns
29. Philadelphia Eagles
30. Oakland Raiders
31. Jacksonville Jaguars
32. Kansas City Chiefs

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