NFL Big Brother Power Rankings, Week 12: San Francisco Roars Back, Thanksgiving Day Teams Dallas, Detroit and Washington Playing to Stay Alive

I move San Francisco out of the top spot, and they respond with an amazingly dominant performance over Chicago. Last week, of course, they struggled at home against St. Louis in a tie. Houston, meanwhile, could have tied this week, but Mike Mularkey played for the late overtime win, and then Andre Johnson saved them with a screen pass for touchdown.

Those performances were enough to shift the top again. San Francisco has been the best team in the league–about 70% of the time. Then they have had the head scratching games. At their best, though, they are the team to beat. We just don’t know if they will show up. I guess that’s what we can say about eight different teams. Play their best, and they are the best.

Meanwhile, San Diego and Miami are both finally eliminated from the power rankings. We are almost to the halfway mark of cutting the teams. What’s the end game here? Man, I’m making this up as I go. I think what we’ll do is cut it to 12 teams by the end of week 14. Then we’ll see if you, the readers, were making the right decisions on who to cut with three weeks to go. In the last three weeks, power rankings are even less useful–we’ll be doing playoff projections and odds by then.

  1. San Francisco 49ers (7-2-1)
  2. Houston Texans (9-1)
  3. Denver Broncos (7-3)
  4. Green Bay Packers (7-3)
  5. New England (7-3)
  6. Atlanta Falcons (9-1)
  7. Seattle Seahawks (6-4)
  8. Chicago Bears (7-3)
  9. New York Giants (6-4)
  10. Baltimore Ravens (8-2)
  11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-4)
  12. Dallas Cowboys (5-5)
  13. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4)
  14. Minnesota Vikings (6-4)
  15. Detroit Lions (4-6)
  16. Cincinnati Bengals (5-5)
  17. Washington Redskins (4-6)
  18. Indianapolis Colts (6-4)

ELIMINATED: New Orleans (5-5), Carolina (2-8), New York Jets (4-6), St. Louis (3-6-1), San Diego (4-6), Arizona (4-6), Buffalo (4-6), Miami (4-6), Cleveland (2-8), Tennessee (4-6), Philadelphia (3-7), Oakland (3-7), Jacksonville (1-9), Kansas City (1-9)

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