Friday, October 30, 2020

San Francisco 49ers Week 8 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: 13.6 (14th)
  • Best ranking: 10th (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 15th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 8 roundup for the 49ers in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 10

Some teams spend big money on running backs. Others ride guys like Jeff Wilson Jr. and JaMycal Hasty to 197 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Kyle Shanahan's coaching job this year has been just as impressive as last year, even though the 49ers are just 4-3. San Francisco dominated from the jump at New England, taking a 23-3 lead into halftime before winning 33-6. Now it's on to Seattle for a huge NFC West matchup.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 15

Kyle Shanahan is doing an amazing job with this team after all the injuries. They have won two straight games as they head to Seattle to face the Seahawks.

USA Today -- Rank: 15

Just when they're finding their stride, RB Jeff Wilson and WR Deebo Samuel go down. Niners have used league-high 69 players in 2020.

ESPN -- Rank: 15

Who needs to step up: QB Jimmy Garoppolo

Over the past two weeks, the 49ers have gotten back to their formula of running the ball, playing good defense and having Garoppolo steer an efficient play-action passing attack. But the schedule is about to get tougher, and the burden is probably going to fall more on Garoppolo to deliver. That means pushing the ball down the field more consistently and taking advantage when opposing defenses stack the box to stop the run. Garoppolo has done it before, but for the Niners to remain in the NFC playoff hunt, they'll likely need him to do it again. -- Nick Wagoner -- Rank: 13

The 49ers got a jump-start on Halloween by crawling out of their own grave. Left for dead after a 2-3 start to the season with a seemingly impossible stretch of opponents ahead on the schedule, the Niners have righted the ship with back-to-back quality wins. On Sunday, it was a beatdown of the Patriots in Foxborough, a victory that had to be extra rewarding for ex-Patriot Jimmy Garoppolo and head coach Kyle Shanahan, the offensive coordinator of the Falcons during their infamous Super Bowl LI collapse. The Niners whipped the Pats by staying true to themselves: According to ESPN, the Niners ran by design or used play-action on 51 of their 63 offensive plays (81%), the highest percentage by any team in a game this season. Shanahan's scheme works, even when he doesn't have his best players available.

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