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  1. NFL's top five building-block players

    Mike Sando

    Building a championship NFL team is a challenging enterprise. The draft and free agency offer limited opportunities. Great players are scarce, and great quarterbacks scarcer. If you happen to draft first when Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck is availabl...

    Blog | October 25, 2013
  2. How quarterbacks fared under pressure

    Mike Sando

    First-year starters filled four of the top five spots in Total QBR while under pressure last season. Two of them, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick, call the NFC West home. With Pro Football Focus singling out the division's current passers f...

    Blog | July 23, 2013
  3. A run through Joe Montana's top five QBs

    Mike Sando

    Joe Montana recently listed Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Eli Manning as his five top active NFL quarterbacks, in no particular order. No surprises there, although Eli Manning might not automatically qualify with the oth...

    Blog | June 10, 2013
  4. Pivotal plays: Super Bowl's top five

    Mike Sando

    We have at various times ranked NFC West plays by how much they changed a team's chances for winning, based on swings in win probability. The chart ranks the five most pivotal five plays from Super Bowl XLVII regardless of whether they helped or h...

    Blog | February 06, 2013
  5. Where NFC West stands in Pro Bowl voting

    Mike Sando

    A few thoughts on where NFC West teams and players stand -- or do not stand -- in ongoing fan balloting for the Pro Bowl: The San Francisco 49ers have an NFC-high 17 players ranking among the top five in balloting at their positions. Green Bay (1...

    Blog | November 14, 2012
  6. NFL Power Rankings: How they voted

    Mike Sando

    Take a good look at the top-five order for ESPN's NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 10. Changes could be right around the corner. The second-ranked Houston Texans visit the third-ranked Chicago Bears on Sunday night. The Bears then visit the...

    Blog | November 06, 2012
  7. NFL Power Rankings: How they voted

    Mike Sando

    The top eight teams in ESPN's previous NFL Power Rankings combined to go 6-0 in Week 8. That helps explain why the top five remained the same for the first time since Weeks 4-5. The Atlanta Falcons (7-0), New York Giants (6-2), Houston Texans (6-1...

    Blog | October 30, 2012
  8. Every scoring defense ranks among top five

    Mike Sando

    NFC West teams rank second through fifth in fewest points allowed through Week 6. That's a big change from this point last season, when only the San Francisco 49ers ranked among the top 18 in that category. The 49ers were second then, followed in ...

    Blog | October 16, 2012
  9. NFL Power Rankings: How they voted

    Mike Sando

    The top five teams remained unchanged from last week in ESPN's NFL Power Rankings for Week 5. Houston, Atlanta, Baltimore, San Francisco and Arizona are all coming off victories. New England inched up into the sixth spot after putting up 52 points...

    Blog | October 02, 2012
  10. Top five Monday night games for 2012

    Mike Sando

    One man's opinion on the top five Monday night games for 2012: 1. Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions, Week 16. Call this one the Karma Bowl. The Falcons took offense when Ndamukong Suh allegedly celebrated Matt Ryan's ankle injury during an October ...

    Blog | April 17, 2012
  11. Podcast: Debating top five NFL scandals

    Mike Sando

    Severe punishment handed down to the New Orleans Saints moved their bounty scandal into the No. 2 spot, past Spygate, on our recent list of top NFL scandals. Some thought it should have outranked the Michael Vick dogfighting scandal, a subject Mik...

    Blog | March 22, 2012
  12. 2012 Pro Bowl fan balloting: Updated ranks

    Mike Sando

    Eighteen San Francisco 49ers rank among the top five at their positions in fan balloting for the Pro Bowl. What is this, 1994? It's feeling that way with the 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers taking 10-3 records into their Monday night game in Week...

    Blog | December 14, 2011
  13. NFL Power Rankings: How they voted

    Mike Sando

    Stability at the top marked ESPN's NFL Power Rankings following Week 4. The top five teams, led by Green Bay, remained unchanged. The Packers have been No. 1 all the way, and that's not likely to change while they remain undefeated. Much has ch...

    Blog | October 04, 2011
  14. Top 15 fallout: Why Gore, but no Jackson

    Mike Sando

    The third in a series of items examining what Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. was thinking when he ranked the NFC West's 15 best players recently. Not long ago, Frank Gore and Steven Jackson would have ranked among the top five players in the divis...

    Blog | July 13, 2011
  15. Video: McShay mocks top five

    Mike Sando

    Todd McShay advances his next 2011 NFL mock draft with video previews breakout out the first 10 selections. This one takes a look at the top five. McShay has the Arizona Cardinals selecting quarterback Blaine Gabbert fifth after Texas A&M pass...

    Blog | April 05, 2011
  16. Where does Vernon Davis rank among TEs?

    Mike Sando

    Our positional power rankings continue next week with tight ends. The San Francisco 49ers' Vernon Davis will surely rank among our top 10, but how high should he rank on the list? I'm inclined to rank him among the top five. These rankings aim ...

    Blog | March 25, 2011