Originally posted by smashmouth51:
Stop smoking that wacky weed and look at the facts. GB is a better team with more weapons. We have the 5th easiest schedule in the NFL. We need to beat the Ravens AND the Steelers to have a shot at sling shotting ahead of GB.
Yes well GB has had the easiest schedule in the NFL just by opponents' winning percentage. You have to remember that when you're 10-0 or 9-1 you are giving your opponents all of those losses. If you look at strength of victory, however, the 49ers have the 3rd best of any winning team (best of any winning NFC team) while the packers are 9th among winning teams (6th of any winning NFC team). That stat is also skewed by having so many wins (Baltimore has the highest SOV because they lose to a lot of the bad teams that would normally lower your SOV), but the 49ers are STILL 3rd overall among winning teams even with the 2nd best record. I guess if you eyeball the schedule the Packers have beaten 3 good teams in the Saints, Bears, and Falcons, and the 49ers have beaten 3 good teams in the Lions, Giants, and Bengals. Still, the packers caught the Bears at a favorable time if you look at how they've been playing recently while the 49ers beat the Lions (albeit on a short week) and Giants at their peak.
Still, the Ravens are the best team we will have played this season, and even better than their record indicates when you consider that they are a far better team against good competition, so we'll see. I do agree that we will probably need to have a better record than the packers to be ahead of them in the power rankings (not just some tie-breaker), but that does not apply to playoff seeding.
[ Edited by Ninersfan4926 on Nov 23, 2011 at 2:20 PM ]