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Media and the 49ers

Power rankings during the season are fun to read, debate, and argue, but personally, I think the discussion can get out of hand at times.

Give me a number one ranking at the end of the season after the team wins a Super Bowl, and then it'll be fun to start chirping about things.

That being said, I enjoy the fact that we are high up on a lot of people's lists. As for the ESPN power ranking (the one I follow the most), I especially like the fact that we are a relatively quiet "number 2". There's more noise made about the Steelers, Ravens, Packers, and Patriots than the 49ers.
It's awesome to see us ranked highly on these but I'm just happy that we're winning.
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The 49ers are getting help from a very favorable schedule, but that is not their fault — they just line up against whoever is put in front of them. Nobody in the NFC West is capable of beating them, but this week they have to travel East again. Fortunately for them, it's to play the Redskins. The rich get richer.

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Originally posted by stillpans4gold:
Originally posted by SnakePlissken:
Originally posted by Kalen49ers:
We should not be #3 overall. I don't think we are a top 5 team really.

Winning is the only measuring stick for success. 6-1 is the second best record in the NFL right now, therefore we should be #2 on rankings.

I think Mike Santo Will vote 49ers #2 this week. I'd put my money we end up at #3.

I agree we should be #2, I think early in the season, records can be deceptive, but at this point, just look at the record each team plays. That's where I don't understand why we're so low. We have done it with a rough schedule.

I like the Power Rankings cuz it's debatable, but What gets me pumped are the vegas odds of winning the SB, we're number 2 there. They have a much bigger reason to be correct, MONEY, were ESPN has a reason to be controversial.

It's funny, We're totally the Boise St. of the NFL in Power Rankings!
Vegas isn't about who is the best. Vegas is about predicting where the money will go and in what amount. Some parts of the country put a lot more money on the line than others. When their team is doing well and they are dropping a lot of cash, the line MUST move in order to attract more bettors and more vig. The SF story this year is beginning to take on a "feel good" nature that will be attractive to a lot of people who might otherwise sit on the sidelines. Hence the notice from the bookies...
Are the 49ers this year the biggest turnaround in NFL history?

Everything was stacked against us. New staff, new playbook, tough early schedule, and a vastly shortened offseason to put it all together.
As good as they are this year, they may be downright nasty next year. #NEWDYNASTY
I still think there is a lot of people who don't believe in us... still the underdog
Originally posted by Eastcoast49er:
I still think there is a lot of people who don't believe in us... still the underdog

Thats just fine with me. I would much rather fly under the radar.
espn has us at #2
http://espn.go.com/nfl/powerrankings/_/year/2011/week/9
I still think that we are a top 3 team. Some people might downgrade us for our close game/ sloppy 2nd half vs the Browns, but coming off the bye, that performance by the Niners was a good one. Teams were 3-9 coming off the bye, and we saw how ugly the Ravens played on MNF vs the Jaguars, in the game they lost.

We played relatively better than most teams coming off the bye, and a lot of our miscues on offense were very close to being big plays/TDs ( Gore runs near goal-line that were called back, overthrows by Alex). Plus, the receivers have been going in and out if this line up all season long, so I doubt that 2 weeks off for a bye is enough to build chemistry for the whole offense,

We are seeing new things each week out of this offense; what this team has done is absolutely amazing considering the situation with the lockout and lack of team gelling. Usually, young teams take years to come together. The Niners are already great in 7 weeks, and we still have a lot to improve upon.
Originally posted by Eastcoast49er:
I still think there is a lot of people who don't believe in us... still the underdog

I think there are a lot of people having trouble embracing how good we are, especially with our quick turnaround from last year and after a lockout that caused a lot of the writers to write us off.
Originally posted by niner4life21:
I still think that we are a top 3 team. Some people might downgrade us for our close game/ sloppy 2nd half vs the Browns, but coming off the bye, that performance by the Niners was a good one. Teams were 3-9 coming off the bye, and we saw how ugly the Ravens played on MNF vs the Jaguars, in the game they lost.

We played relatively better than most teams coming off the bye, and a lot of our miscues on offense were very close to being big plays/TDs ( Gore runs near goal-line that were called back, overthrows by Alex). Plus, the receivers have been going in and out if this line up all season long, so I doubt that 2 weeks off for a bye is enough to build chemistry for the whole offense,

We are seeing new things each week out of this offense; what this team has done is absolutely amazing considering the situation with the lockout and lack of team gelling. Usually, young teams take years to come together. The Niners are already great in 7 weeks, and we still have a lot to improve upon.

And the pack was held scoreless in their second half against the rams. It happens sometimes
Originally posted by Godsleftsock:
And the pack was held scoreless in their second half against the rams. It happens sometimes


I watched that game and the Packers looked downright pathetic in the second half.
Saw a power ranking that had SF listed 9th before the game, so there are still many who choose not to believe the 9ers are for real. They believe the niners will fall flat from here on out and lose the majority of their games.

Another (USA Today--Sagarin) had the 9ers in first place on a "Pure" ranking system but GB ahead based on win/loss only. The weighted opponent difficulty and schedule difficulty (three games in the east) put the 9ers in first place. The Pure system is suppose to be more accurate in predicting outcomes of future games.

This stuff is fun but I hope no one bets the house on these polls!
having a high ranking must make a lot of people happy...personally if we were undefeated we could be ranked 32 and i'd be happy
Originally posted by stepnez:
having a high ranking must make a lot of people happy...personally if we were undefeated we could be ranked 32 and i'd be happy