- Dave Tuley, ESPN Insider
LAS VEGAS -- The San Francisco 49ers' 41-34 win over the New England Patriots on Sunday night has made them the Super Bowl favorite in Nevada sports books, but it didn't quite elevate them to the top of the NFL Bettors' Poll.
The poll is ranked by the combined power ratings of Teddy "Covers" Sevransky of sportsmemo.com, Sal Selvaggio of madduxsports.com and yours truly, Dave Tuley, and while the 49ers moved up a half-point and the Patriots dropped by the same, the Pats still are ahead (barely) and tied with the Denver Broncos.
Obviously, a lot of people will point out that the 49ers beat the Patriots, but we could go up and down the standings like that. We continue to rate teams on their relative power ratings and how they would compare on a neutral field.
This week, it was difficult to grade those ratings with so many blowouts. It's important to take those into account while not overreacting. The New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers dropped just half a point each off their 34-0 and 41-0 road losses to the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints, respectively. Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens (who have been trending downward lately) dropped a full point with their 34-17 home loss to the Broncos.
The Vegas Bettors' Poll is a power rating of all 32 NFL teams by handicappers. In Week 16, the New England Patriots are tied with Denver Broncos atop the poll.