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Week 15 NFL Power Rankings and the 49ers

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It's been two weeks since we last posted the 49ers (and NFC West) power rankings. Apologies for skipping them, but we'll close out the season with them. And quite the week to pick them back up. While I'm not a huge Pro Football Talk fan, I do think their rumor mill can be slightly useful on occasion. In Florio's comment for the 49ers power ranking, assuming he's not being sarcastic he may have lost a certain level of respect from me:

By publicly declaring that Alex Smith is the quarterback of the future, the 49ers are now in position to nab Tim Tebow before the Jaguars can get him.

I refuse to believe the 49ers would touch Tebow in the first round. Maybe the Jaguars will be, but I pray the 49ers do not. I'm a generally positive person, but I might blow a gasket if they draft Tebow that early.

ESPN - #22 - Upcoming games against the Lions and Rams should help Alex Smith finish strong.

  • Arizona - #6
  • Seattle - #24
  • St. Louis - #32

The Big Lead - #22 - It’s tough to win when you give up 420+ yards and commit four turnovers. Hell, under those circumstances, it’s nice when you only give up 27 points.

  • Arizona -#8
  • Seattle - #27
  • St. Louis - #32

Fox Sports - #18 - The Niners have fight and spirit. All they need are a few more playmakers to be a playoff team. Case in point: After eliminating the 49ers last week, Philly defenders admitted their midweek choice was whether to take away Frank Gore or Vernon Davis.

  • Arizona - #11
  • Seattle - #27
  • St. Louis - #32

CBS Sports - #21 - Alex Smith didn't help his chances of being the long-term guy with his play in Philadelphia. The next two games will decide his future with the 49ers -- I think.

  • Arizona - #9
  • Seattle - #24
  • St. Louis - #32

Pro Football Talk (via NBCSports.com) - #21 - By publicly declaring that Alex Smith is the quarterback of the future, the 49ers are now in position to nab Tim Tebow before the Jaguars can get him.

  • Arizona - #7
  • Seattle - #26
  • St. Louis - #32

NFL.com (Brandt) - #22

  • Arizona - #7
  • Seattle - #27
  • St. Louis - #32

NFL.com (Brooks) - #18

  • Arizona - #9
  • Seattle - #23
  • St. Louis - #32

NFL.com (Carucci) - #21

  • Arizona - #9
  • Seattle - #28
  • St. Louis - #31

WhatIfSports.com - #20

  • Arizona - #14
  • Seattle - #25
  • St. Louis - #32

Average 49ers Ranking: 20.56
Average Cardinals Ranking
: 8.78
Average Seahawks Ranking: 25.67
Average Rams Ranking: 31.89