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NFL Power Rankings, Week 17: CBS Sports Keeps 49ers At No. 4

The conclusion of another week of NFL football means it is time for more power rankings. CBS Sports released their Week 17 NFL Power Rankings and as with most sites, the top of rankings remained static. Their top five remains the same and only one new team, the New York Giants, joined the top ten.

The San Francisco 49ers remain locked in at the number four position with the Packers, Saints and Patriots ahead of them for now. CBS Sports provides a brief comment about each team with their ranking, and said of the 49ers:

They run it and play good defense. That's a good style for the regular season. Come playoff time, they have to throw it better.

The 49ers are 12-3 and have a chance to lock up the number two seed in the NFC with a win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. Getting a chance to host the New Orleans Saints at home in the second round would be infinitely more favorable to hosting a first round game and then traveling to the Superdome in round two. The Saints are downright dominant at home, but if you get them out in the elements, they are a much more beatable team.

The 49ers do need to improve their red zone efficiency, which would entail some manner of improvement in the passing game. However, if they can bring their same strong defensive effort, the amount of necessary improvement might not be what some people think.

Here are the top ten according to the CBS Sports Week 17 NFL Power Rankings:

1. Green Bay Packers
2. New Orleans Saints
3. New England Patriots
4. San Francisco 49ers
5. Baltimore Ravens
6. Pittsburgh Steelers
7. Atlanta Falcons
8. Detroit Lions
9. Houston Texans
10. New York Giants