It keeps looking the same for California teams. The San Francisco 49ers continue to make room on their bandwagon as they prove week after week that their record is no fluke. Meanwhile, the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders continue to fall back in the national Power Rankings as both teams can't seem to overcome lingering issues on both sides of the ball.
The 49ers are still ranked no. 2 this week in all three Power Rankings (ESPN, Sportsline and SBNation), sitting behind the only remaining undefeated team in the league, the Green Bay Packers. The way the Packers are playing, the 49ers will happily take no. 2 - for now.
The Chargers were in a shootout with those very Packers on Sunday but couldn't pull it out as Philip Rivers threw three more interceptions to add to his league-leading total (14) and further put doubt into the minds of Chargers fans if he'll ever remove himself from the second-tier of top quarterbacks and join the likes of Rodgers among the elite at the position. ESPN dropped them two spots to no. 17, Sportsline was three spots to no. 17 and SBNation was two spots to no. 14.
The Raiders miss Darren McFadden. But McFadden doesn't play defense so he wouldn't have been able to help the Raiders porous run defense from getting carved up by a college-style offense helmed by Tim Tebow. Be ashamed Raiders, be very ashamed. Nevertheless, all three websites listed Carson Palmer as the wrong answer at quarterback but that's nothing new. ESPN dropped them four spots to no. 21, Sportsline was three spots to no. 18 and SBNation was four spots to no. 17.