Saturday, November 20, 2021

San Francisco 49ers Week 11 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: 19.2 (20th)
  • Best ranking: 17 (
  • Worst ranking: 21 (ESPN)

Below you will find a Week 11 roundup for the 49ers in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 21

Most important remaining game: Sunday at Jaguars

Pardon the cliché here, but the reality for the 49ers is that the next game is the most important one on the schedule and will be for the foreseeable future. If you're an optimist hoping they can still muster a postseason run, well, they better beat the likes of the Jaguars. If you're a pessimist and the season is already shot, this is the type of game that could lead to rookie Trey Lance finally taking over as the starter. Either way, the Niners are in no position to look beyond the next game on the slate. -- Nick Wagoner -- Rank: 17

With his team in virtual must-win territory and scrutiny at a high point in his time on the 49ers sideline, Kyle Shanahan cooked up his best game plan of the season. The result was a blowout of the rival Rams that may serve as a turning point for what's been one of the NFL's most disappointing teams. Jimmy Garoppolo continued to build on his recent run of strong play, and Deebo Samuel delivered another All-Pro-level performance for the Niners, who won at Levi's Stadium for the first time in 393 days. This was a complete effort by San Francisco, which needed just one stellar night to re-establish itself as a player in the NFC postseason race.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 20

That was a season-saving victory against the Rams. Now they face a long road trip to play the Jaguars on a short week, which won't be easy.

USA Today -- Rank: 19

Their last two home wins have come against the Rams -- though they occurred more than a year apart. But now just a half-game out of playoff picture, Niners look set up to make a run with four of their next five games against teams with losing records.

The Athletic -- Rank: 19

Steal a player: Cameron Heyward, Steelers defensive end

You can run on the Niners and folks know it. San Francisco is 28th in yards per game allowed on the ground (131.6) and 22nd in expected points added by its run defense (minus-5.23). Only the Jets and Texans have given up more than the Niners' 12 touchdowns on the ground. San Francisco proved Monday night it can still move the football. If it could stop people from doing the same, it could get into the muddled NFC wild-card race. Heyward continues to be one of the NFL's best interior run and pass defenders.

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