Friday, October 23, 2020

San Francisco 49ers Week 7 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: 17.0 (17th)
  • Best ranking: 13th (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 19th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 7 roundup for the 49ers in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 13

Kyle Shanahan did a great job putting Jimmy Garoppolo in position to succeed against the Rams. The broadcast closeups of his ankle made it pretty obvious that Garoppolo was still working through that ankle injury, but Shanahan schemed up easy throws for him all game. Per Next Gen Stats, just 6.1 percent of Garoppolo's attempts were into tight windows, which was the third-lowest average of any Week 6 starter. His expected completion percentage was 77.5 percent -- the second-highest of any Week 6 starter. Defensively, the 49ers' secondary played great. Getting Emmanuel Moseley back helped, and Jason Verrett was terrific. With trips to New England and Seattle, the 49ers' upcoming slate gets no easier, but this is a resilient group.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 19

Beating the Rams is a good sign for this beat-up team. Kyle Shanahan did a heck of a job. Now Jimmy Garoppolo gets to face his former team in the Patriots.

USA Today -- Rank: 19

ICYMI, Deebo Samuel deemed himself, fellow WR Brandon Aiyuk and TE George Kittle the "YAC Bros." earlier this month. Samuel is producing second-best 12.5 YAC per reception, better than his brothers combined (10.7).

ESPN -- Rank: 17

Most impactful injury: DE Nick Bosa

The Niners have had more impactful injuries than just about every team in the league, but none has hurt more than Bosa's season-ending torn ACL. This is a team that is built around the idea of the defense creating pressure on opposing quarterbacks with its front four. Bosa is the team's best defensive player and leads that defensive line. Without him, the Niners are blitzing at a much higher rate after bringing extra rushers the fifth-fewest times in 2019. Simply put, Bosa was one of the players on the roster the Niners could least afford to lose, and he won't be back until 2021. -- Nick Wagoner -- Rank: 17

Just a huge win on Sunday night for the 49ers, whose season was teetering on the brink after last week's blowout home loss to the Dolphins. Jimmy Garoppolo looked healthier and much more like himself against the Rams, throwing three touchdown passes in an efficient performance. The offensive line didn't allow a sack and managed the near impossible by neutralizing Aaron Donald , who finished with just two tackles and one quarterback hit. With the game on the line in the final minutes, Kyle Shanahan called for a toss to a healthy and dangerous Deebo Samuel, who powered his way for the game-sealing first down. The schedule ahead remains foreboding, but the Niners might be up to the challenge.

+ Previous update: San Francisco 49ers Week 6 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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