Thursday, September 24, 2020

San Francisco 49ers Week 3 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the San Francisco 49ers rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 11.4 (12th)
  • Best ranking: 8th (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 15th (ESPN)

Below you will find a Week 3 roundup for the 49ers in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 8

What we learned: Their depth will be tested even more than last year. One of the most impressive aspects of their 2019 run was that the 49ers got to the Super Bowl despite having some of the league's worst injury luck. One reason to be bullish about the 49ers before the 2020 season was that it felt like there was a chance they might be healthier. But things are not trending in that direction. On Sunday, the 49ers lost Nick Bosa for the season, and Jimmy Garoppolo is week-to-week with a knee injury. Both Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman suffered knee injuries. The team was already playing without George Kittle, Richard Sherman and Dee Ford. If there's a silver lining, it's that the 49ers get the Giants, Eagles and Dolphins the next three weeks. They still have a smart coaching staff and a talented roster to stay competitive.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 16

The injuries are crippling this team, which might make it tough to repeat as division champs. They dominated the Jets, but that wasn't the story of the day with players like Nick Bosa going down.

USA Today -- Rank: 10

Last year's NFC champs are suddenly decimated -- DE Nick Bosa's knee injury most crippling -- and sure could use some steady vets ... like, say, DL DeForest Buckner and/or WR Emmanuel Sanders. Oops.

ESPN -- Rank: 9

Under-the-radar fantasy standout: RB Jerick McKinnon

McKinnon was a deep sleeper before the season, as he was returning following two years away because of a knee injury. Now? He could be in line for a whole lot more work. With fellow backs Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman battling knee injuries, McKinnon is the healthiest back on the team, which could result in the big numbers the Niners expected when they signed McKinnon in 2018. That doesn't mean McKinnon will carry the freight, but he has the big-play potential and pass-catching acumen to be a key part of the offense for at least the next few weeks. -- Nick Wagoner -- Rank: 14

An all-time Pyrrhic victory for the 49ers. Nick Bosa. Solomon Thomas. Jimmy Garoppolo. Raheem Mostert. Key players essential to the team's chances of a Super Bowl return, all knocked out of Sunday's victory over the Jets before halftime. Crushingly, Bosa and Thomas were both diagnosed with torn ACLs. Garoppolo (high ankle sprain) and Mostert (sprained MCL) have unclear timetables. This on a team already without George Kittle, Deebo Samuel and others. Playing in a loaded NFC West, it's hard to see how the 49ers can stay afloat with this level of attrition. If they do, Kyle Shanahan can start clearing room for his Coach of the Year award right now.

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