4. San Francisco 49ers

Last Week's Rank: 7
Record: 11 - 3
This Week: W vs. Steelers, 20-3
Up Next: @ Seahawks, 4:15 Saturday
Trending: Up

After last week's lackluster effort against the Cardinals, everyone was wondering how the Niners would fare against a legit contender. The Steelers didn't have James Harrison and Ben Roethlisberger was far from healthy, but San Francisco still had a strong showing as their defense stopped Big Ben & Co. from reaching the end zone. With defense like that, all Alex Smith had to do was have a mediocre game to get the W. He went 18-31 for 187 yards for one TD. The O-line also bounced back as they prevented the tough Steeler defense from reaching their QB. Now if San Francisco could only pay that damn light bill before the playoffs start... —Ralph Warner