NFL Power Rankings: Oct. 11

Phil Watson@FurtherReviewCorrespondent IOctober 11, 2011

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers (22) returns an interception for a 31-yard touchdown Sunday as teammate Dashon Goldson looks for someone to block. The 49ers overwhelmed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-3 in Week 5 to improve to 4-1 and moved up four places in the AFR NFL Power Rankings to No. 2.

The Top Five

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/TeamPvsWeek 5 ResultWeek 6 Opponent
1. Green Bay (5-0)2Won at Atlanta 25-14vs. St. Louis
2. San Francisco (4-1)6Beat Tampa Bay 48-3at Detroit
3. Detroit (5-0)1Beat Chicago 24-13vs. San Francisco
4. Buffalo (4-1)4Beat Philadelphia 31-24at New York Giants
5. New England (4-1)5Beat New York Jets 30-21vs. Dallas
6. Baltimore (3-1)3Byevs. Houston
7. New Orleans (4-1)9Won at Carolina 30-27at Tampa Bay
8. Houston (3-2)8Lost to Oakland 25-20at Baltimore
9. Cincinnati (3-2)13Won at Jacksonville 30-20vs. Indianapolis
10. Washington (3-1)11Byevs. Philadelphia
11. Tennessee (3-2)7Lost at Pittsburgh 38-17Bye
12. Oakland (3-2)14Won at Houston 25-20vs. Cleveland
13. San Diego (4-1)18Won at Denver 29-24Bye
14. New York Giants (3-2)10Lost to Seattle 36-25vs. Buffalo
15. Dallas (2-2)17Byeat New England
16. Pittsburgh (3-2)25Beat Tennessee 38-17vs. Jacksonville
17. Chicago (2-3)16Lost at Detroit 24-13vs. Minnesota
18. New York Jets (2-3)15Lost at New England 30-21vs. Miami (Monday)
19. Minnesota (1-4)24Beat Arizona 34-10at Chicago
20. Cleveland (2-2)21Byeat Oakland
21. Tampa Bay (3-2)12Lost at San Francisco 48-3vs. New Orleans
22. Seattle (2-3)29Won at New York Giants 36-25Bye
23. Atlanta (2-3)19Lost to Green Bay 25-14vs. Carolina
24. Carolina (1-4)22Lost to New Orleans 30-27at Atlanta
25. Philadelphia (1-4)23Lost at Buffalo 31-24at Washington
26. Arizona (1-4)20Lost at Minnesota 34-10Bye
27. Denver (1-4)27Lost to San Diego 29-24Bye
28. Jacksonville (1-4)26Lost to Cincinnati 30-20at Pittsburgh
29. Indianapolis (0-5)28Lost to Kansas City 28-24at Cincinnati
30. Miami (0-4)30Byeat New York Jets (Monday)
31. Kansas City (2-3)32Won at Indianapolis 28-24Bye
32. St. Louis (0-4)31Byeat Green Bay