Time for my NFL Power Rankings Week 9 edition, and I've got to tell you, the question in the title frightens me a little bit to even ponder.
Sure, the NFC Worst.....I mean, West, is the standard for futility in the NFL. But seriously? San Francisco the best team? Not a chance.
If I have to be keen on an NFC West team making the playoffs, I'm giving the nod to Seattle. Despite a blowout loss against Oakland last week, the Seahawks at 4-3 still have the best record in that division.
Sam Bradford is coming into his own in his rookie season for the St. Louis Rams, and Arizona is just a phone call to Kurt Warner away from being the best team in the division. I guess he'd have to give up his sweet dance moves to come back and actually complete a pass to Larry Fitzgerald, though.
That's enough talk about the NFC West. What you should really care about is there is some movement at the top of these rankings from last week because of losses by the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets.
So who is in the top spot this week? Read on.
32. Buffalo Bills (0-7): Last Week: No. 32. So, so close, but Kansas City pulled out a win in overtime to keep the Bills from that elusive first win.
31. Carolina Panthers (1-6): Last Week: No. 30. The season of ineptitude continues for the hapless Panthers, who now can't seem to run the ball either.
30. Dallas Cowboys (1-6): Last Week: No. 28. Things are so bad in Dallas that Jerry Jones doesn't even know how many games his team has lost. Four picks for Jon Kitna, and it looked like the team quit in the loss to Jaguars Sunday.
29. Cincinnati Bengals (2-5): Last Week: No. 29. About time for some good T.O. drama. Get your popcorn ready!
28. Denver Broncos (2-5): Last Week: No. 27. Another ugly loss, and they had to travel to London to get it. Kyle Orton has looked pretty good at quarterback and is putting up hefty numbers. Those aren't translating in the win column, however.
27. Arizona Cardinals (3-4): Last Week: No. 24: Save for Aqib Talib's late heroics, Cards almost stole one against Tampa Sunday. Still have benefit of playing in the worst division and not out of it by any stretch.
26. San Francisco 49ers (2-5): Last Week: No. 31. Big boost up because of win against Broncos. Troy Smith looked somewhat capable at quarterback, leading the team on three scoring drives in final quarter.
25. Minnesota Vikings (2-5): Last Week: No. 20. Raise your hand if you thought Brett Favre's career was over Sunday when you saw him leaving the field on that cart? Now, more drama with Randy Moss. Can the Vikes right the ship?
24: Chicago Bears (3-4): Last Week: No. 18. Bears had no trouble protecting Jay Cutler during their bye week.
23.Cleveland Browns (2-5): Last Week: No. 22. New England comes to the Dog Pound Sunday. Student versus Teacher. Good times.
22. Washington Redskins (4-4): Last Week: No. 15. Biggest plunge of the week. 'Skins will enjoy bye week this week and have brought in JaMarcus Russell for an audition at quarterback. Maybe he can run the two-minute drill?
21. Detroit Lions (2-5): Last Week: No. 23. Matthew Stafford throws four TDs in his return against Washington. I still contend Lions should be 3-4.
Last Week: No. 26. Jacksonville (4-4) got a fantastic performance by David Garrard against the Cowboys, whose defense looked like a Pop Warner team. Still right in the thick of things in the tough AFC South.
Last Week: No. 19. St. Louis (4-4) is quietly putting it together with Sam Bradford having an excellent rookie campaign. Defense is much-improved, and anything is possible in the NFC West.
Last Week: No. 21. Are the Chargers (3-5) poised for another late-season surge? Huge win against the Titans Sunday. Phillip Rivers to Antonio Gates continues to be a lethal combination.
Last Week: No. 10. We'll call the Seahawks (4-3) the best of the worst in the NFC West. Blowout loss to Oakland Sunday that produced 162 yards of offense and zero touchdowns. U-G-L-Y.
Last Week: No. 16. Not sure how the Bucs keep winning, but they keep winning. Cast-off running back LeGarrette Blount had a huge day, rushing for 120 yards and two touchdowns after getting picked up off the waiver wire. And no, we're not talking about the fantasy waiver wire.
Last Week: No. 16. Five Dan Carpenter field goals propel Dolphins (4-3) past Bungles. From the strange-but-true department, Miami is unbeaten on the road (4-0) and has yet to win on at home. Can the streak continue in Baltimore this week?
Last Week: No. 25. This week's George Jefferson award winner. The Raiders (4-4) have two straight blowout wins, at Denver and at home against Seattle. Could it be they know what they are doing again?
Last Week: No 12. The Texans (4-3) got a steady dose of Peyton Manning in a loss Monday night against the Colts. How will Matt Schaub and Co. respond this week at home against a red-hot San Diego team?
Last Week: No. 13. Last week's bye gave Michael Vick's ribs another week to heal. Vick will be back in the starting lineup after not playing since a loss to Washington in Week 4. The Eagles (4-3) need to get Desean Jackson healthy as well.
Last week: No. 14. The Saints (5-3) picked up a pretty big win at home against the Steelers Sunday night, despite not having much of a running game at the moment. They won't go down without a fight.
Last Week: No. 9. Chiefs (5-2) couldn't generate much offense against the stubborn Bills. Still gutted out a win, but didn't see much improvement.
Last Week: No. 2. Ouch. Getting shut out at home doesn't do you in favors in power rankings lists, Jet nation. The Jets (5-2) head to Detroit this week to try and rebound.
Last Week: No. 11. The Packers (5-3) laid a goose egg on the Jets Sunday. If the offense can catch up to the defense, watch out.
Last Week: No. 7. Atlanta (5-2) enjoyed a bye week last week and will host NFC South rival Tampa Sunday with first place in the division on the line.
Last Week: No. 8. Giants (5-2) move up because of a couple of losses by teams in front of them. Head west to take on Seattle Sunday.
Last Week: No. 5. Tough loss in San Diego for the Titans (5-3) on Sunday, but this defense will take them a long way.
Last Week: No. 4. Baltimore (5-2) will host the Miami Dolphins this week, a team that has trouble putting the ball in the end zone.The Ravens have allowed the fourth fewest points in the league. Do the math.
Last Week: No. 6. Great win for Indy (5-2) Monday night against Houston, especially without much of a running game and the absence of Peyton Manning's favorite target, Dallas Clark. Next up: at Philadelphia and Michael Vick.
Last Week: No. 1. Pittsburgh (5-2) fell into a tie with Baltimore for first place in the AFC North after its loss at New Orleans Sunday, but shouldn't be ashamed. The Saints seem like they are getting things together.
Pittsburgh will head to Cincinnati Monday night.
Last Week: No. 3. New England (6-1) now boasts the league's best record after beating up on Brett Favre and Minnesota Sunday. Danny Woodhead and the "Law Firm," BenJarvus Green-Ellis, are doing the job at running back to back Tom Brady and Wes Welker in the passing game.
Will travel to the Dog Pound Sunday to take on the Browns and Bill Belichick's former pupil and "Spygate" instigator, Eric Mangini.