Saturday, November 4, 2023

San Francisco 49ers Week 9 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 9 roundup for the San Francisco 49ers in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 7

On the whole, 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy has done more good than bad this season. He has passed for 2,033 yards, 12 touchdowns and a 68.3% completion percentage with two rushing touchdowns. Purdy was the ideal point guard the first five weeks, distributing the ball to his playmakers, making the occasional off-schedule play and, most importantly, taking care of the ball. While those first two attributes have continued, Purdy's ball security has taken a turn for the worse with all five of his interceptions this season, including four in opponents' territory, coming over the past three weeks. Perhaps not coincidentally, the Niners have lost all three games. -- Nick Wagoner -- Rank: 8

During San Francisco's first two losses, in Cleveland and Minnesota, it felt like the 49ers were a good team grinding through a rough patch. Sunday's home defeat to the Bengals made them look vulnerable for the first time this season. Between Brock Purdy's turnover spree and a defense that suddenly can't get off the field in big spots, San Francisco is dealing with multiple new issues. I don't know if the Niners can suddenly rediscover their clutch gene; either way, the Week 9 bye might be hitting at the right time. It's pretty rare to lose three straight regular-season games and go on to win a Super Bowl, but the Rams did it a couple years ago. Though the 49ers have crashed hard, their early-season dominance backs up a potential rebound scenario. For now, we're hanging onto them, just not as tightly as before.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 11

They've suddenly become a team that can't stop anybody. What's wrong with the defense? They have the bye to figure it out this week.

USA Today -- Rank: 5

Here's an insane stat about this club. Since HC Kyle Shanahan took over in 2017, San Francisco is 0-37 when trailing by eight or more points in the fourth quarter.

The Athletic -- Rank: 6

Something scary (for them): This losing streak

After starting 5-0, the 49ers have lost three in a row for the first time since October 2021. Brock Purdy is 26th in the league in passer rating (77.9) during the losing streak. In Weeks 1-5, he led the league in passer rating (123.1) Having offensive tackle Trent Williams (ankle) and wide receiver Deebo Samuel (shoulder) out again Sunday didn't help the top-heavy Niners. (Of course, San Francisco fans shouldn't fret too much. That 2021 team went to the NFC Championship Game.)

FOX -- Rank: 7

This is a fine time for a bye week. The swagger that seemed to drip from this team a few weeks ago has completely evaporated after a third straight loss. And while it's fair to point out some major injuries on offense, that doesn't explain why this vaunted defense has suddenly gone in the tank. A trip to Jacksonville is waiting after the week off, as the Niners search for answers for what's bothering them.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 7

In hindsight, it was the wrong decision to let Brock Purdy play six days after suffering a concussion, with a bye coming up. Purdy didn't look right, he banged his head again, and the only thing his poor day did was increase the doubts about his long-term viability.

PFT -- Rank: 6

That win over the Cowboys seems like it was a very long time ago.

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