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Broncos on top, Niners gaining in NFL Power Rankings

Scott Cullen
10/17/2013 4:19:10 PM
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The Denver Broncos continue to roll at the top of the TSN.ca NFL Power Rankings. Even if they didn't cover their 27-point spread against Jacksonville, the Broncos won easily and are looking to get better on defence with cornerback Champ Bailey returning to action and outside linebacker Von Miller on the way back from suspension.

Moving up five spots, from eight to three, the San Francisco 49ers had a competent passing attack against Arizona, using tight end Vernon Davis as they pretty much have to if they are going to succeed despite injuries to their receiving corps.

The Philadelphia Eagles moved up from 17 to 11, after Nick Foles delivered a strong performance in their win over Tampa Bay. If Foles plays well this week against Dallas, that could set up the dreaded quarterback controversy.

Others moving up include the Carolina Panthers, from 23 to 19, after stomping Minnesota; the St. Louis Rams, from 27 to 23 after blowing out Houston; and the Pittsburgh Steelers climbed from 28 to 24 after their first win of the season.

Falling fast, the Houston Texans not only lost by 25 at home to St. Louis, but injured starting quarterback Matt Schaub is being replaced by untested Case Keenum, the Houston University product making his first start.

Getting steamrolled by the Kansas City Chiefs knocked the Oakland Raiders down from 18 to 22 while the Tennessee Titans, with Ryan Fitzpatrick running the offence, dropped from 19 to 29.

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