Power Poll: San Francisco 49ers remain near top


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Every season, we think we have a read on what team is the "best" until the next Sunday arrives. That's especially true in the NFC this season. There are a lot really good teams this year, but no squad is that dominant. The San Francisco 49ers remain my favorite team, but they couldn't beat the St. Louis Rams in two tries. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the best player in the conference, but he's carrying a lot of injuries and problem areas. I've written about the Atlanta Falcons here already.

The Seattle Seahawks are dangerous, but they often count on winning in the final two minutes. The Chicago Bears have lost three of their past four games. The New York Giants have lose three of four, as well. The NFC is a wide open conference. Everything we think we know now will be proven wrong before the playoffs. And then it will be proven wrong again. Can't wait.

1. New England Patriots
2. Houston Texans
3. San Francisco 49ers
4. Denver Broncos
5. Green Bay Packers
6. Atlanta Falcons
7. Seattle Seahawks
8. Pittsburgh Steelers
9. Baltimore Ravens
10. New York Giants
11. Chicago Bears
12. Cincinnati Bengals
13. Washington Redskins
14. New Orleans Saints
15. Indianapolis Colts
16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
17. St. Louis Rams
18. Dallas Cowboys
19. Miami Dolphins
20. Detroit Lions
21. Buffalo Bills
22. Minnesota Vikings
23. New York Jets
24. San Diego Chargers
25. Carolina Panthers
26. Cleveland Browns
27. Tennessee Titans
28. Philadelphia Eagles
29. Arizona Cardinals
30. Jacksonville Jaguars
31. Oakland Raiders
32. Kansas City Chiefs

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