The San Francisco 49ers pulled off one of the stunners of Week 5, absolutely demolishing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-3 to improve to 4-1 on the young season.
The 49ers moved up four places to No. 2 in the new AFR NFL Power Rankings as a result of that game, which highlighted just how good the San Francisco defense has become. Linebacker Patrick Willis gets the publicity and Justin Smith has been there forever, but there are some fresh faces who are making the difference.
Free-agent acquisition Carlos Rogers has quietly been one of the best signings of the offseason, solidifying the cornerback position for the 49ers since coming over from Washington. First-round pick Aldon Smith had two more sacks against the Bucs and has 3½ sacks on the season as a designated pass-rusher from the outside linebacker spot.
Jim Harbaugh is on the short list of contenders for coach of the year for the work he’s done in San Francisco in his first year as an NFL head coach.
The Green Bay Packers survived an early punch in the mouth from the Atlanta Falcons for a 25-14 win and moved up to the top of the rankings this week.
The Detroit Lions survived their coming-out party on national TV, picking up a 24-13 victory over the Chicago Bears in a sloppy game marred by a blizzard of yellow flags. The Lions fell two spots to No. 3 despite the victory.
The Buffalo Bills continued the misery of the Philadelphia Eagles with a 31-24 win to remain at No. 4 and the New England Patriots round out the top five after a 30-21 win over the New York Jets.
Complete rankings appear below:
|Rank/Team||Pvs||Week 5 Result||Week 6 Opponent|
|1. Green Bay (5-0)||2||Won at Atlanta 25-14||vs. St. Louis|
|2. San Francisco (4-1)||6||Beat Tampa Bay 48-3||at Detroit|
|3. Detroit (5-0)||1||Beat Chicago 24-13||vs. San Francisco|
|4. Buffalo (4-1)||4||Beat Philadelphia 31-24||at New York Giants|
|5. New England (4-1)||5||Beat New York Jets 30-21||vs. Dallas|
|6. Baltimore (3-1)||3||Bye||vs. Houston|
|7. New Orleans (4-1)||9||Won at Carolina 30-27||at Tampa Bay|
|8. Houston (3-2)||8||Lost to Oakland 25-20||at Baltimore|
|9. Cincinnati (3-2)||13||Won at Jacksonville 30-20||vs. Indianapolis|
|10. Washington (3-1)||11||Bye||vs. Philadelphia|
|11. Tennessee (3-2)||7||Lost at Pittsburgh 38-17||Bye|
|12. Oakland (3-2)||14||Won at Houston 25-20||vs. Cleveland|
|13. San Diego (4-1)||18||Won at Denver 29-24||Bye|
|14. New York Giants (3-2)||10||Lost to Seattle 36-25||vs. Buffalo|
|15. Dallas (2-2)||17||Bye||at New England|
|16. Pittsburgh (3-2)||25||Beat Tennessee 38-17||vs. Jacksonville|
|17. Chicago (2-3)||16||Lost at Detroit 24-13||vs. Minnesota|
|18. New York Jets (2-3)||15||Lost at New England 30-21||vs. Miami (Monday)|
|19. Minnesota (1-4)||24||Beat Arizona 34-10||at Chicago|
|20. Cleveland (2-2)||21||Bye||at Oakland|
|21. Tampa Bay (3-2)||12||Lost at San Francisco 48-3||vs. New Orleans|
|22. Seattle (2-3)||29||Won at New York Giants 36-25||Bye|
|23. Atlanta (2-3)||19||Lost to Green Bay 25-14||vs. Carolina|
|24. Carolina (1-4)||22||Lost to New Orleans 30-27||at Atlanta|
|25. Philadelphia (1-4)||23||Lost at Buffalo 31-24||at Washington|
|26. Arizona (1-4)||20||Lost at Minnesota 34-10||Bye|
|27. Denver (1-4)||27||Lost to San Diego 29-24||Bye|
|28. Jacksonville (1-4)||26||Lost to Cincinnati 30-20||at Pittsburgh|
|29. Indianapolis (0-5)||28||Lost to Kansas City 28-24||at Cincinnati|
|30. Miami (0-4)||30||Bye||at New York Jets (Monday)|
|31. Kansas City (2-3)||32||Won at Indianapolis 28-24||Bye|
|32. St. Louis (0-4)||31||Bye||at Green Bay|
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