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Week 3 NFL Power Rankings and the 49ers

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We're back today with a rundown of some of the subjective power rankings floating around the Internet, drawn primarily from some of the bigger media sites.  We're mixing things up a bit going forward in that this will sort of be the yin to Florida Danny's DVOA yang.  Those are not power rankings in the traditional subjective sense, but they do provide a more objective look at the NFL top to bottom.  Whether you agree with it or not, the rankings do offer some insight into the power structure of the league.  Accordingly, we'll continue with his DVOA analysis coming out Wednesday's after my own subjective power ranking analysis.

Also, as requested, I've included bullet points with the rankings for the rest of the division.  I have ESPN and The Big Lead posted first, with the rest of the rankings appearing after the jump.

ESPN - #15 - Nothing quite like a home game against the Rams to cleanse the palate following the taste of bitter defeat.

  • Arizona - #19
  • Seattle - #23
  • St. Louis - #32

The Big Lead - #10 - If Mike Singletary had it to do over, would he still employ the prevent in the waning moments of the Niners’ loss to the Vikings? Probably not. But his team is the clear NFC West frontrunner at the moment, even though that’s like saying Mark Paul Gosselaar’s had the best post-Saved by the Bell career.

  • Seattle - #19
  • Arizona - #20
  • St. Louis - #29

Fox Sports - #12 - RECORD IS JUST RIGHT: Damn you, Brett Favre. If he would have just stayed retired, Mike Singletary's Niners would be 3-0 and the talk of the NFL this week. Still, this swarming defense will keep the 49ers in the playoff hunt all year long, as long as Frank Gore misses only 2-3 games with his ankle injury.

  • Arizona - #19
  • Seattle - #21
  • St. Louis - #30

CBS Sports - #17 - They're one Brett Favre laser away from being 3-0. The defense is really making strides. They have to play without Frank Gore for a couple of weeks, which hurts.

  • Arizona - #18
  • Seattle - #19
  • St. Louis - #30

Pro Football Talk (via NBCSports.com) - #15 - A tough loss with an important lesson.  As they have more late leads, they'll learn how to not blow them.

  • Arizona - #22
  • Seattle - #24
  • St. Louis - #31

NFL.com (Brandt) - #16

  • Arizona - #20
  • Seattle - #25
  • St. Louis - #32

NFL.com (Brooks) - #13

  • Arizona - #18
  • Seattle - #24
  • St. Louis - #29

NFL.com (Carucci) - #8

  • Arizona - #16
  • Seattle - #21
  • St. Louis - #31

WhatIfSports.com - #10

  • Seattle - #22
  • Arizona - #23
  • St. Louis - #28

Average 49ers Ranking: 12.89
Average Cardinals Ranking
: 19.44
Average Seahawks Ranking: 22.00
Average Rams Ranking: 30.22