NFL Power Rankings: 49ers, Raiders both slip

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NFL Power Rankings: 49ers, Raiders both slip

The 49ers drop a spot during their bye week, the Bears surge, and the Raiders slip after Doug Martin runs amok.

1 (1) Atlanta Falcons (8-0) Road warriors? Dirty Birds have won four home games by total of 17 points. 2 (5) Chicago Bears (7-1) Fearsome and opportunistic defense has returned seven INTs for TDs. 3 (4) Houston Texans (7-1) As Arian Foster goes, so go the Texans. 4 (3) 49ers (6-2) Will Jim Harbaugh and Alex Smith be driven by Bruce Bochy and Buster Posey in February? 5 (2) New York Giants (6-3) Now Tom Coughlin is lamenting the loss of the scab refs. 6 (6) Green Bay Packers (6-3) Lynn Dickey who? A-Rod has 22 TDs in last six games, most-ever by Packer QB in that span. 7 (7) New England Patriots (5-3) Giselle gets a pop in "Clique" from Kanye but not Tom Brady? Meh, it's a bye week. 8 (9) Denver Broncos (5-3) Peyton Manning is midseason NFL MVP. Any questions? 9 (10) Baltimore Ravens (6-2) Um, tough run D? Ravens have given up at least 100 yards rushing four straight games. 10 (13) Seattle Seahawks (5-4) Beast Mode finding groove - three straight 100-yard rushing games for Marshawn Lynch. 11 (14) Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3) Sharing the wealth - Big Ben hits nine different players with passes vs. Giants. 12 (15) Indianapolis Colts (5-3) Andrew Luck sets rookie record with 433 passing yards. Phil Simms looks the other way. 13 (8) Minnesota Vikings (5-4) Good news? Adrian Peterson looks phenomenal. Bad news? Christian Ponder's 37.3 rating. 14 (11) Miami Dolphins (4-4) Ryan Tannehill needs to air it out; Dolphins 4-0 with at least 30 passes. 15 (21) New Orleans Saints (3-5) Drew Brees playing like a man on a mission on national television. 16 (23) San Diego Chargers (4-4) Bolts' four wins against teams with combined record of 6-24. 17 (25) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-4) Only man who could stop Doug Martin Sunday was his own coach. 18 (26) Detroit Lions (4-4) Matthew Stafford second-fastest to 10,000 pass yards in NFL history, behind Kurt Warner. 19 (12) Arizona Cardinals (4-5) Cards second team in NFL history to open season 4-0 then lose five straight - 1993 Eagles. 20 (16) Buffalo Bills (3-5) Why, exactly, did Mario Williams sign here again? 21 (17) Cincinnati Bengals (3-5) Sophomore slump? Andy Dalton with INT in all eight games thus far. 22 (18) New York Jets (3-5) What, no Tim Tebow "news?" It was a bye week. 23 (19) Washington (3-6) November demise? They've lost last six games immediately before Presidential election. 24 (20) St. Louis Rams (3-5) Spent bye licking wounds after London beatdown by Pats. 25 (22) Philadelphia Eagles (3-5) How did Mike Vick become a sympathetic figure? 26 (24) Dallas Cowboys (3-5) Yes, Jason Witten surpassed Michael Irvin as Cowboys' all-time leading pass catcher. 27 (30) Carolina Panthers (2-6) Seems Cam Newton took one suggestion to heart - win. 28 (27) Raiders (3-5) Those blaming Carson Palmer for Bucs loss need to stop. Like yesterday. 29 (28) Tennessee Titans (2-6) Chris Johnson breaks a long run, but also loses two fumbles for first time in career. 30 (29) Cleveland Browns (2-7) It must really pain the Dog Pound when the Ravens come to town. 31 (31) Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7) Home cooking gone bad: Jags outscored 126-34 at home this season. 32 (32) Kansas City Chiefs (1-7) Romeo Crennel strips self of D-coordinator duties, so that's a start.

Chip Kelly expresses appreciation for Yorks' support

Chip Kelly expresses appreciation for Yorks' support

SANTA CLARA – Coach Chip Kelly, who is concluding his first year of a four-year contract reportedly worth $24 million with the 49ers, has not had substantive talks with team ownership about his future.

He said he would not expect to sit down and discuss the plan for 2017 and beyond until the 2016 season has concluded.

When asked if he has received any formal assurance that he would be back next season, Kelly answered, “No, I have a contract. I meet with ownership. It’s not like we don’t talk. I met with (49ers CEO) Jed (York) earlier today. I hadn’t seen Jed since I got back.”

The 49ers (1-11) are on a franchise-worst 11-game losing streak. Kelly also dealt with personal tragedy over the weekend when his father, E. Paul Kelly, passed away at the age of 87. Kelly expressed appreciation for the York’s support during that time.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the York family for how much they helped me in the last five to six days,” Kelly said. “They were unbelievable.”

The Yorks had a private plane waiting for Kelly in Chicago when the team landed Friday night, he said. Kelly flew to New Hampshire to be with his mother. He was flown back to Chicago the next day for the game.

Also, the Yorks arranged for Kelly’s partner, Jill Cohen, to fly from the Bay Area to Chicago. Both Kelly and Cohen were flown to the funeral in Portland, Maine, after the game and back to the Bay Area on Tuesday evening.

Kelly said he spoke to Jed York face to face on Thursday morning for the first time since he got back, but the conversation only focused on this week's situation entering the team's game Sunday against the New York Jets at Levi's Stadium.

“I’ve never had a conversation in-season about things going on,” Kelly said. “Obviously, at the end of every year, you’ll sit down and evaluate everything. But I haven’t had anything – nor would I expect to have anybody come to me during the season and talk about what’s going to go on.

“The football discussion I had today with Jed was just about injuries,” Kelly added. “Who’s out? What are we doing here? What’s your thought process in terms of the Jets? Just a normal conversation we have on a weekly basis. But nothing from that (contract) standpoint.”
 

Christian Ponder remains 49ers' No. 3 quarterback

Christian Ponder remains 49ers' No. 3 quarterback

SANTA CLARA – Colin Kaepernick will be back as the 49ers’ starting quarterback on Sunday against the New York Jets.

And coach Chip Kelly announced Blaine Gabbert will be the No. 2 quarterback on Sunday. Gabbert started the first five games of the season and replaced a struggling Kaepernick in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears.

Meanwhile, No. 3 quarterback Christian Ponder, who has not suited up for a game this season, will continue to be inactive when the 49ers face the Jets.

Kelly said there has not been any talk about moving Ponder up the depth chart. Only 46 of each team’s 53 players are allowed to suit up for games, and the No. 3 quarterback is typically inactive.

“We haven’t had any discussions about that so far,” Kelly said about Ponder being active.

Kelly had talks with quarterbacks coach Ryan Day and offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins before deciding to stick with Kaepernick, who will make his eighth consecutive start on Sunday.

“Really, it was just who was going to be the starting quarterback against the Jets and then let’s get forward because part of game planning evolves around who’s pulling the trigger,” Kelly said. “So that was our conversation was just about who was going to start and I think both Ryan, Curtis and myself agreed that it was Kap.”

Ponder, originally the No. 12 overall pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2011, earned a spot on the 49ers over rookie Jeff Driskel after a solid training camp. Ponder has not attempted a pass in a regular-season game since appearing in two games with the Vikings in 2014.