NFL Rankings: 49ers crack Top 5, Raiders don't move

NFL Rankings: 49ers crack Top 5, Raiders don't move
October 30, 2012, 11:14 pm
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The Falcons are flying in uncharted territory, the Niners make a statement and the Raiders take advantage of the soft underbelly of their schedule.

1 (1) Atlanta Falcons (7-0) Off to best start in franchise history; Falcons had never been 5-0 before this year. 2 (3) New York Giants (6-2) Raiders fans lamenting Stevie Brown (five picks) as The One That Got Away. 3 (6) San Francisco 49ers (6-2) If it's not the defense setting the standard, Alex Smith is breaking efficiency records. 4 (2) Houston Texans (6-1) Bye week allows Texans to lick their wounds, re-focus. 5 (4) Chicago Bears (6-1) They've already had six Pick-6s. The 1985 Bears had five defensive TDs all season. 6 (8) Green Bay Packers (5-3) Yes, Aaron Rodgers is feeling it - 11 TDs and 0 INTs in his last three games. 7 (11) New England Patriots (5-3) TE Rob Gronkowski has a league-high 11 multi-touchdown games since 2010. 8 (5) Minnesota Vikings (5-3) Norse boast leading rusher in Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin tied for lead in receptions. 9 (12) Denver Broncos (4-3) Peyton Manning's streak of three straight four-plus TD passing games longest since 2004. 10 (7) Baltimore Ravens (5-2) In the spirit of Halloween and a bye week: Quote the Ravens on injuries nevermore? 11 (13) Miami Dolphins (4-3) To quote Church Lady, Isn't that special? 'Fins block FG, punt and recover onsides kick. 12 (9) Arizona Cardinals (4-4) What happened to that 4-0 start? Well, Card's QBs have been sacked an NFL-high 39 times. 13 (10) Seattle Seahawks (4-4) Jekyl and Hyde 'Hawks are 3-0 at home, 1-4 on the road. 14 (24) Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3) Throwback unis ugliest this side of Denver's throwbacks. And that's saying something. 15 (25) Indianapolis Colts (4-3) Andrew Luck has already passed for more yards in 2012 than ANY Colts QB did in 2011. 16 (17) Buffalo Bills (3-4) Oh for the days of the Juice and the Electric Company. 17 (18) Cincinnati Bengals (3-4) Hispanic Heritage Month leftover: Anthony Muoz is greatest LT in NFL history. Discuss. 18 (14) New York Jets (3-5) Seriously, what did the Jets think was going to happen when they signed Tim Tebow? 19 (15) Washington Redskins (3-5) London Fletcher's consecutive games played reaches 231, league's longest active streak. 20 (16) St. Louis Rams (3-3) Jeff Fisher's mustache only possession of Rams coach not owned by Bill Belichick. 21 (19) New Orleans Saints (2-5) Good news? Drew Brees' TD streak at 50 games. Bad news? Saints allowing at least 24 points. 22 (20) Philadelphia Eagles (3-4) Does Andy Reid losing first post-bye game signal end of Michael Vick Era? 23 (21) San Diego Chargers (3-4) Mere urban myth that FireNorv was trending worldwide Sunday night? 24 (22) Dallas Cowboys (3-4) No, ahem, facelift can, gulp, mask the Cowboys' issues as Jerry Jones booed at home. 25 (28) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4) Nine-game road losing streak ends in time for trip to Black Hole. 26 (26) Detroit Lions (3-4) Comeback cats? Lions have scored more in 4th quarter than other three quarters combined. 27 (27) Oakland Raiders (3-4) Two wins have come against 1-6 teams. Competition about to ramp up. 28 (23) Tennessee Titans (2-5) Vick Ballard with the early TD of the Year with his helmet-to-the-pylon play. 29 (31) Cleveland Browns (2-6) Only in Cleveland could nine straight punts end with a victory. 30 (29) Carolina Panthers (1-6) Cam Newton's suggestion box overfloweth after he falls to 1-11 in games decided by 7 points or fewer. 31 (30) Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6) Introducing the newest entry to the NFL's worst name wing - TD-catching OT Guy Whimper. 32 (32) Kansas City Chiefs (1-6) Romeo Crennel doesnt know why Jamaal Charles had only 5 carries? How is he still coach?

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