Thursday, November 11, 2021

San Francisco 49ers Week 10 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 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: 22.4 (22nd)
  • Best ranking: 21st (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 24th (

Below you will find a Week 10 roundup for the 49ers in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 22

Bold second-half prediction: WR Deebo Samuel surpasses 1,500 receiving yards.

Only one player in franchise history -- Jerry Rice, who did it four times -- has ever posted 1,500-plus receiving yards in a season. But Samuel is on pace to easily surpass that mark, sitting at 882 yards through eight games. Even though a calf injury has slowed him some recently, Samuel has found a way to produce in every game this season, and with a 17th game on the schedule, he should join Rice in an exclusive club that helps him land his first Pro Bowl berth. -- Nick Wagoner -- Rank: 24

It's time to ask some hard questions. The Niners laid yet another egg at home on Sunday, a 31-17 setback to the Cardinals -- the team's 11th loss in 12 games at Levi's Stadium. A dreary defense had no answers for an Arizona team playing without Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins or Chase Edmonds, who was lost on the Cardinals' first offensive snap of the game. Things were only marginally better on the other side of the ball, where the return of George Kittle failed to revive an offense that continues to fade further away from the glories of 2019. The 49ers lack so much this season -- on Sunday, it was effort and urgency against a compromised rival.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 23

Losing to the Cardinals at home when they didn't have Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins is inexcusable. They are pretty much done.

USA Today -- Rank: 21

TE George Kittle is fumbling? RT Mike McGlinchey is out for the year? They can't compete with a severely depleted Arizona squad? Put a fork in the Niners.

The Athletic -- Rank: 22

Are they good? They are not, and the fact the 49ers have fallen so far behind the NFC West leaders is a major disappointment. If you had told us in August that Jimmy Garoppolo would still be holding off Trey Lance come November, we'd have assumed that meant the 49ers were in contention. Instead, the entire team is just underperforming.

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