NFL Rankings: 49ers chasing Vikings, Raiders climb during bye

NFL Rankings: 49ers chasing Vikings, Raiders climb during bye
October 10, 2012, 5:46 am
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The 49ers only blemish is a loss to Minnesota. Maybe it isn't much of a blemish because the Vikings are rolling.

The Raiders climbed four spots, but the No. 2 Atlanta Falcons await them this Sunday.

1 (1) Houston Texans (5-0) Swattin' and sackin' J.J. Watt making an early case for NFL defensive player of the year. 2 (2) Atlanta Falcons (5-0) Matty Ice as hot as they come now. 3 (5) Minnesota Vikings (4-1) Percy Harvin evolving into elite dual threat. 4 (6) 49ers (4-1) Scary good when all cylinders firing at once. 5 (4) Baltimore Ravens (4-1) If only Justin Tucker was the kicker in last year's AFC title tilt. 6 (7) Chicago Bears (4-1) Bears defense is Pick-6 Central. 7 (3) Arizona Cardinals (4-1) Now we'll see how they respond to a tough loss. 8 (8) New England Patriots (3-2) Tom Brady improves to 9-4 vs. Peyton Manning. 9 (9) San Diego Chargers (3-2) Norv thought the real refs being back meant no more blown calls. 10 (10) Cincinnati Bengals (3-2) A.J. Green the fourth WR in NFL history with at least 100 catches in first 20 games. 11 (11) Philadelphia Eagles (3-2) Defense has gone two games without a sack for first time since 2008. 12 (15) New York Giants (3-2) Gangnam Style? The Victor Cruz Salsa Celebration is all the rage in Gotham. 13 (19) St. Louis Rams (3-2) Rams are over .500 for first time since 2006, or 93 games ago. 14 (12) Seattle Seahawks (3-2) The Seahawks are leading the NFL in total defense. Seriously. 15 (14) Dallas Cowboys (2-2) Bye week nugget -- Cowboys have won four games since 1996 without scoring a TD. 16 (21) Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) Steelers improve to 5-1 in first game after bye under Mike Tomlin. 17 (24) Indianapolis Colts (2-2) With coach Chuck Pagano fighting leukemia, emotional Colts band together. 18 (13) Green Bay Packers (2-3) Aaron Rodgers first reigning NFL MVP to lose to two rookie QBs. 19 (16) Denver Broncos (2-3) Peyton Manning is 6-10 against Bill Belichick's Patriots since 2000, including the playoffs. 20 (17) New York Jets (2-3) When will Tim Tebow point out that Mark Sanchez's QB rating is 66.6? 21 (18) Buffalo Bills (2-3) First team to give up at least 550 yards of offense in consecutive weeks since 1950 Yanks. 22 (20) Washington (2-3) RG III is concussed, putting Mike Shanahan's "genius" label to the test again. 23 (22) Miami Dolphins (2-3) Brian Hartline is leading the NFL in receiving yards. That is all. 24 (23) Detroit Lions (1-3) With the bye, they've had plenty of time to prep for Ron Mexico, er, Mike Vick. 25 (29) Raiders (1-3) The art of winning without playing? Raiders sit and pick up 12 a game on entire AFC West. 26 (26) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3) And yet, they're in second place in the NFC South. 27 (28) Carolina Panthers (1-4) Cam Newton has had QB ratings under 60.0 in two of last three games. 28 (27) Kansas City Chiefs (1-4) From fans cheering Matt Cassel's injury to horrid start, a mess. Simply a mess. 29 (31) New Orleans Saints (1-4) The last time Drew Brees did not toss a TD ? Try Oct. 4 , 2009. 30 (25) Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4) What homefield advantage? Jags outscored 95-20 at EverBank Field this season. 31 (30) Tennessee Titans (1-4) Hey, didnt you used to be Chris Johnson? 32 (32) Cleveland Browns (0-5) The Browns have turned the ball over in 23 straight games.