NFL Power Rankings Week 12: Where 49ers stand after win over Cardinals

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Week 11 of the NFL season was instructive as we try to handicap the Super Bowl race as several teams revealed themselves to be fraudulent Sunday.

We’ll start with the , who were embarrassed by the 40-3 at home. The Vikings are the first team to . They are who we thought they were.

The blew out the Cardinals in Mexico City and vaulted up to the No. 3 seed in the NFC.

Over in the AFC, and the of a . Contender? The Jets? No shot.

As for , their losing streak reached four games with to the . In the cruelest twist of fate, quarterback on the final drive of the game and is unsure if he will have to miss some time.

The season has quickly slipped away from the Bears, and losing Fields for any amount of time would be a massive setback in his second-year development.

Here’s where every team stands after the Week 11 action.

32. (1-8-1): The Texans’ staff can start making plans for a week in Mobile, Alabama, at the Senior Bowl.

31. (3-8): If the Panthers get even a competent offensive showing Sunday, they probably knock off the Ravens. But isn’t even capable of that.

30. (3-7): Had the Jets not beaten the Browns and Rams in 2020, the Jaguars might have ended up with Zach Wilson instead of Trevor Lawrence. Bullet dodged.

29. (3-7): Look at the bright side Broncos, at least you have your first-ro…er… Russ gave you a cool slogan?

28. (3-8): The Justin Fields running offense was fun, but the Bears put the young quarterback at risk during their 27-24 loss to the Falcons. An injury that forces Fields to miss time would put a damper on what has been an impressive Year 2 rise.

27. (3-7): In what I’ve dubbed “Fraud Reveal Sunday,” the Steelers’ allegedly great $100 million defense got eviscerated by the to the tune of 37 points and 408 yards. Fraudulent.

26. (3-7): Kevin Stefanski is coaching like he has a mulligan for this season, and he might not be wrong.

25. (4-6-1): Jeff Saturday is the ultimate vibes guy, but vibes can’t fix what ails a bad Colts team.

24. (3-7): The Rams’ season from hell continued Sunday when was evaluated for another concussion in a loss to the Saints. It’s a wrap. The champs are done.

23. (4-7): Kliff’s Cards are done. See you in 2023.

22. (3-7): Josh McDaniels doesn’t do much right, but he can beat the Broncos. That’s something. I guess.

21. (4-7): Don’t look now, but the Dan Campbell express has found its gear over the past month. Oh, and here come the Bills.

20. (4-7): is back on #WashedWatch.

19. (6-4): Don’t worry, the Steelers’ defense will get plenty of company in the fraud zone. The Jets’ offense gained 2 yards in the second half against the Patriots, and reports from the locker room indicate second-year quarterback Zach Wilson is rubbing some people the wrong way. Jets=Frauds.

18. (4-7): With their backs against the wall, the Saints threw every punch they had and knocked out the Rams. The NFC South is just bad enough to keep New Orleans in the playoff picture.

17. Atlanta Falcons (5-6): continues to torment the Bears. After his 103-yard kickoff return touchdown Sunday, three of Patterson’s nine career return touchdowns have come against the Bears.

16. (6-5): The Commanders are cruising with behind center, and Ron Rivera doesn’t need to see anything else for him to banish Carson Wentz to clipboard duty. Commanders identified their fraud and glued him to the pine.

15. (6-4): Bill Belichick’s defense again . Now, about .

14. (7-3): The Giants will always have their impressive start to the Brian Daboll era, but a 31-18 loss to the Lions might be where they start to turn back into the pumpkin they’ve always been. F.R.A.U.D.S.

13. (5-5): Someone explain to me what Brandon Staley does for the Chargers. It’s not much. Minus EV in the coaching department has hurt the Bolts.

12. (5-5): Bucs will win the NFC South, but their playoff road won’t go much farther than that.

11. Cincinnati Bengals (6-4): is a damn good No. 2 wide receiver to have as a Ja’Marr Chase insurance policy.

10. Minnesota Vikings (8-2): Your biggest fraud of Week 11 got pantsed at home in a potential playoff preview. Kevin O’Connell, , and the Vikings’ offensive line weren’t up to the task against the Cowboys. They didn’t even belong on the same field.

9. (7-3): The more I doubt the Titans, the more they win. I relent.

8. (6-4): Is anyone having a better season than Pete Carroll?

7. (7-3): Baltimore has a championship-level defense and a star quarterback, but I’m still skeptical they are a legit contender.

6. (6-4): When the 49ers’ offense is clicking, it’s impossible to stop. The 49ers will remain my NFC Super Bowl pick until Kyle Shanahan and give me a reason to change it.

5. (7-3): The Dolphins were given immunity from “Fraud Reveal Sunday” by virtue of a bye. I like Miami, but I’m not sold that what the Dolphins do will work come January.

4. (7-3): Two supposed NFC Super Bowl contenders met Sunday in Minnesota, but only one looked the part. The Cowboys have championship stuff, but they need to get out of their own way.

3. (7-3): It’s Squirrel Winters’ world, and we’re just living in it. All of Buffalo is going nuts for the man who helped plow Josh Allen’s driveway so he could make it to the airport and play Sunday vs. the Browns.

2. (9-1): Down 10 entering the fourth quarter, and the Eagles found a way to with their C-game. Championship mettle from the Birds.

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