Week 4 NFL Power Rankings and the 49ers

Even with all the Crabtree talk, we still want to hit up our weekly features, including the composite power rankings.  Nine sets of rankings probably isn't all that many in the grand scheme of the Internet, but I figure a grab-bag of random rankings is sufficient for our purposes.  I've made one addition this week: the previous week's ranking is included in parenthesis.  I've even included last week's composite rankings at the end of the rankings so we can see how things are moving in the composite.

ESPN - #12 (15) - Mike Singletary is keeping the 49ers grounded, a good move given how many games remain.

  • Arizona - #19 (19)
  • Seattle - #24 (23)
  • St. Louis - #32 (32)

The Big Lead - #9 (10) - Patrick Willis is the best defensive player in the NFL. Try to argue this and I’ll show up at the nearest bar at noon, watch 12 straight college football games, run up a huge tab, claim some scraps off the dance floor, then write about it. Do you dare?

  • Arizona - #20 (20)
  • Seattle - #24 (19)
  • St. Louis - #32 (29)

Fox Sports - #11 (12) - WHAT A SURPRISE: Well, the fact that the Niners actually should be 4-0 (damn you, Favre!) is surprising enough, period. And guess what, they're not going away. WHAT A LETDOWN: The only real downer has been the ridiculous holdout of first-round WR Michael Crabtree, although he is reportedly is in the Bay area to talk with the team brass.

  • Arizona - #18 (19)
  • Seattle - #22 (21)
  • St. Louis - #30 (30)

CBS Sports - #14 (17) - Mike Singletary has that defense playing well. And the offense isn't making big-time mistakes. That's his stamp on this team.

  • Arizona - #18 (18)
  • Seattle - #22 (19)
  • St. Louis - #30 (30)

Pro Football Talk (via NBCSports.com) - #12 (15) - Apparently, the possibility of getting a Super Bowl ring is all the pot-sweetening that Michael Crabtree needed.

  • Arizona - #22 (22)
  • Seattle - #25 (24)
  • St. Louis - #32 (31)

NFL.com (Brandt) - #14 (16)

  • Arizona - #18 (20)
  • Seattle - #25 (25)
  • St. Louis - #32 (32)

NFL.com (Brooks) - #11 (13)

  • Arizona - #18 (18)
  • Seattle - #26 (24)
  • St. Louis - #31 (29)

NFL.com (Carucci) - #9 (8)

  • Arizona - #17 (16)
  • Seattle - #23 (21)
  • St. Louis - #32 (31)

WhatIfSports.com - #7 (10)

  • Arizona - #16 (23)
  • Seattle - #20 (22)
  • St. Louis - #32 (28)

Average 49ers Ranking: 11.00 (12.89)
Average Cardinals Ranking
: 18.44 (19.44)
Average Seahawks Ranking: 23.44 (22.00)
Average Rams Ranking: 31.44 (30.22)

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