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NFL Power Rankings: St. Louis Rams Spend A Week Alone On Top

Whatever happens on Sunday, we'll always have the Week 17 Power Rankings, in which the St. Louis Rams have finally separated themselves from the ailing Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West for a spot alone atop the back of power rankings the world over. After being stuck for 16 weeks in a dance with the Seahawks between spots 21 and 22, I'm honestly looking forward to it. 

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The Seahawks, after all, are not really top-twenty power rankings material. According to their point differential—a whopping -107—they should be 5-10. They're two for their last nine; their starting quarterback might not even play in next week's game. I don't want to lay this on too thick, should the Rams lose, but to date the Rams have been the much better team, and that won't change even if they lose. (Such is the nature of playoff sports.) 

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This is also the chance for the San Francisco 49ers to take the Denver Broncos Memorial Team Without Coach And Quarterback Power Rankings Tumble, which is a title I should probably shorten. With Mike Singletary gone and Alex and Troy Smith in a generic-name limbo, their brief run toward the Rams-Seahawks non-pack is over. Tim Tebow might even pull ahead of them on the way out of the basement. 

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