NFL power rankings, Week 17: Coming as decidedly not the favorite

Stephen Brashear

We break down Week 17 NFL power rankings and consider the 49ers position as no longer a big favorite

Wes Hanson put together his personal power rankings, dropping the 49ers in at the No. 6 position. I took a look at some of our usual power rankings, and six would appear to be a generally consistent spot. There are some above and some below, but the 49ers took a hit with that loss to the Seahawks, as would be expected.

The question now is how they bounce back from one of the toughest defeats of the Harbaugh era. The 49ers are no longer a Super Bowl favorite, but as we have seen this season, the favorite on any given Sunday changes fairly easily. The Denver Broncos currently lead most odds for the Super Bowl, and that sounds about right in my mind. The Broncos got off to a slow start, but now that Peyton Manning is in the zone, they are rolling.

There are several teams that will fall into that category of teams you don't want to play, but maybe that will benefit the 49ers. They could potentially move back under the radar just in time for the playoffs. Or maybe I'm just grasping at straws!

SB Nation NFL

1. Atlanta Falcons
2. Denver Broncos
3. Seattle Seahawks
4. New England Patriots
5. Green Bay Packers
6. San Francisco 49ers

How funny is it that a tie against the Rams is San Francisco's chief buffer against Seattle? Last season and through the first part of this one, the 49ers' 12th man was a remarkable ability to stay healthy. That's not the case now, and seeing names like Justin Smith and Vernon Davis on the injury report is a big concern.

CBS Sports

1. Denver Broncos
2. Atlanta Falcons
3. New England Patriots
4. Green Bay Packers
5. Seattle Seahawks
6. San Francisco 49ers

There are now major issues about the quarterback change. Was it arrogance?

ESPN

1. Denver Broncos
2. Atlanta Falcons
3. San Francisco 49ers

Injuries to Justin Smith, Vernon Davis and Mario Manningham raise some concerns.

NFL.com

1. Denver Broncos

2. Atlanta Falcons
3. New England Patriots
4. Green Bay Packers
5. Seattle Seahawks
6. Houston Texans
7. San Francisco 49ers

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