Saturday, November 14, 2020

San Francisco 49ers Week 10 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: 20.8 (20th)
  • Best ranking: 15th (The Athletic)
  • Worst ranking: 27th (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a Week 10 roundup for the 49ers in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 15

They have to be the unluckiest team in the league. Kendrick Bourne's apparent false positive left the 49ers without him, Brandon Aiyuk and Trent Williams Thursday night. They just didn't have enough guys to compete. I'm still not sure why the NFL didn't bump that game to Monday night. San Francisco still might have lost, but at least it could have fielded a real team.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 27

They just don't have enough good players anymore. As good as Kyle Shanahan is as coach, he can't fix this.

USA Today -- Rank: 25

WR Richie James had more receiving yards (184) in Week 9 than his total output in either of his first two seasons.

ESPN -- Rank: 17

Recalibrated expectation: Play meaningful December games

Once a favorite to return to the Super Bowl, there's not a team in the league that looks so different now than it did entering the season. The injury-ravaged 49ers simply don't have the healthy, available talent to make another run deep into the postseason, and the schedule isn't going to lighten for them the rest of the way. Which means they would do well to try to make a run at an 8-8 record and remain on the periphery for the final wild-card spot. -- Nick Wagoner -- Rank: 20

Sometimes, it's just not your year. The 49ers came tantalizingly close to beating the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV, and now they're staring down a 2020 season where they could be playing out the string by Thanksgiving. Rotten injury luck has been at the core of San Francisco's problems, and you saw how overmatched this compromised roster was during Thursday night's 34-17 loss to the Packers. Ten months earlier, it was Kyle Shanahan's team laying a whipping on Matt LaFleur's squad on a national stage in the NFC Championship Game. Such is the cruel nature of sports, where coming close one year guarantees not a damn thing in the season that follows.

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