SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 09: Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers runs on his way to scoring a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Candlestick Park on October 9, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

NFL Power Rankings, Week 6: Raiders, 49ers Climbing The Rankings

The 49ers and Raiders both had huge wins with Oakland getting an emotional road victory and the 49ers destroying the Bucs at Candlestick. We break down the state of the NFL via media power rankings.

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NFL Power Rankings, Week 6: CBS Sports Moves Raiders, 49ers Three Spots

CBS Sports released their week six NFL power rankings and while the top nine remained the same as last week, the next group of nine saw some significant change. The biggest rise belonged to the Cincinnati Bengals, who climbed from No. 22 to No. 18 on the back of a modest victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Their big rise was due in part to the losses around them more than the quality of their victory. Every victory counts, but beating the Jaguars doesn't carry a ton of cache at this point.

On the other hand, the 49ers and Raiders each moved up three spots on the back of huge wins this past weekend. The 49ers decimated a supposedly solid Tampa Bay Buccaneers squad, while the Oakland Raiders won an emotional last second victory over the Houston Texans. Both wins solidified each team's playoff positioning five games into the season.

As we look ahead to week six, the 49ers travel to face the Detroit Lions who sit at 5-0 and number two in the power rankings. The Raiders host a solid 2-2 Cleveland Browns squad that is No. 23 in the power rankings. Both teams could get some bounce from a win, but the 49ers would be the ones to get the significant bounce (thank you, Captain Obvious).

Here are the top fifteen in CBS Sports power rankings:

1. Green Bay Packers
2. Detroit Lions
3. New England Patriots
4. Baltimore Ravens
5. San Diego Chargers
6. New Orleans Saints
7. Houston Texans
8. Washington Redskins
9. Buffalo Bills
10. Pittsburgh Steelers
11. New York Giants
12. Dallas Cowboys
13. San Francisco 49ers
14. Oakland Raiders
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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NFL Power Rankings, Week 6: ESPN Gives 49ers, Raiders Sizable Bumps

ESPN released their week six NFL power rankings and both the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders are getting a bit more respect following significant wins for both teams. The 49ers had the biggest jump of the week at ESPN, rising from No. 16 to No. 9 and the Raiders rose from No. 15 to No. 11.

The 49ers were 3-1 entering the week but were considered near the bottom of the 3-1 teams in part because they were riding close victories to that record. Wins are wins, but in terms of assessing a team compared to the rest of the league, there remained some question marks based on the quality of the wins. The 48-3 shellacking of the Buccaneers cleared up some of those concerns. The 49ers still have a lot of work to do in the coming weeks, but they appear to be on the right path.

The Raiders were 2-2 entering the week and had been beaten down pretty badly by the New England Patriots the week before in Oakland. The Raiders went into Houston not necessarily in a must-win situation, but needing a win to maintain their status in the AFC playoff race. Al Davis passed away the day before the game and the Raiders proceeded to win an inspired and emotional game for their legendary owner. It was big both for the emotional reasons, but also for the long term playoff picture reasons.

Here is the top 11 via ESPN:

1. Green Bay Packers
2. New England Patriots
3. New Orleans Saints
4. Detroit Lions
5. Baltimore Ravens
6. Buffalo Bills
7. San Diego Chargers
8. Pittsburgh Steelers
9. San Francisco 49ers
10. Washington Redskins
11. Oakland Raiders

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NFL Power Rankings, Week 6: Raiders Emotional Victory, 49ers Dominance Move Them Up The Rankings

We provide a look at the state of the NFL in our week six power rankings. The 49ers and Raiders both had huge wins with Oakland getting an emotional road victory and the 49ers destroying the Bucs at Candlestick.

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