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NFL Power Rankings, Week 8: A Look At Cali Through National Eyes

No team in Los Angeles? Doesn't mean the love for football wanes. Here is a look at how the California teams fared in the Power Rankings.

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The State of California went 1-2 over the weekend, lending itself to plenty of movement on the national Power Rankings scene. The San Francisco 49ers kept their top five status in the league by defeating the Detroit Lions, 25-19. The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers weren't as lucky. The Raiders threw six interceptions between quarterbacks Kyle Boller and Carson Palmer, while the Chargers were up 21-10 heading into halftime and didn't score again, falling 27-21 to the New York Jets.

One strong win, two ugly losses, three national opinions.

Sportsline dropped the Raiders from no. 15 to no. 9, as did ESPN. SBNation had the Raiders lower, and dropped them lower, going from no. 12 to no. 17.

The nature of the Jets loss gave Sportsline plenty of pause as the Chargers dropped six spots from no. 4 to no. 10. ESPN didn't react as hastily, mainly because they didn't have the Chargers that high in the first place as they dropped the Bolts from no. 7 to no. 9. SBNation was right in the middle with their assessment, going from no. 4 to no. 7.

The 49ers made it easy on everyone as the early season doubt as to whether this team was the real deal has halted to a whisper. Another win, another slight boost in the rankings. Sportsline no. 3, ESPN no. 4 and SBNation no. 4. Only the ESPN ranking wasn't a move up.