2020 NFL Power Rankings: San Francisco 49ers
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: 19.4 (19th)
- Best ranking: 16th (USA Today)
- Worst ranking: 21st (Multiple)
Below you will find a Week 15 roundup for the 49ers in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.
The Athletic -- Rank: 20
Javon Kinlaw, the 14th overall pick, had four tackles (one for loss) in the 49ers' loss to Washington in Week 14. Brandon Aiyuk, the 25th overall pick, had 10 catches for 119 yards. Aiyuk is fifth among rookies with 660 receiving yards and has looked the part of a YAC monster in Kyle Shanahan's offense. Kinlaw was never going to be able to replace Buckner right away, but he has been a solid starter at defensive tackle. The 49ers will need both to be key players in 2021. Barring a miracle, they'll just play out the final three games and look ahead to the offseason.
CBS Sports -- Rank: 21
The injuries seem to have finally caught up to this team. They are all but done. The Super Bowl hangover is complete.
USA Today -- Rank: 16
After they dropped two games in Arizona, NFL teams playing "home" games at alternate sites are now 1-6 since the 1970 merger. As former Niners coach Steve Mariucci would say, "Bummer."
ESPN -- Rank: 19
It speaks volumes about the 49ers' coaching staff that they have been able to squeeze these types of rankings out of a team that has been ravaged by injury all season. But the Niners still have a losing record, despite the generally strong overall rankings, because of the team's inconsistency and turnover problems. Those are largely the product of the many injuries, which have made it hard for San Francisco to string together victories and stay in the NFC playoff picture. -- Nick Wagoner
NFL.com -- Rank: 21
The 49ers' adopted home confines in Arizona have been anything but friendly. San Francisco dropped to 0-2 at State Farm Stadium after a 23-15 loss to Washington that crippled the team's playoff hopes. The latest setback falls on an offense that couldn't make enough impact plays and was unable to avoid catastrophic turnovers. Nick Mullens lost a fumble late in the first half that was returned for a 47-yard touchdown by Chase Young. Mullens coughed up six more points in the second half when he threw a pick-six to Kamren Curl. The Niners are up to 25 turnovers this season (second-most in the NFL), and they became just the third team to lose a game this season when not allowing a scrimmage touchdown. One of those years.
+ Previous update: San Francisco 49ers Week 14 NFL Power Rankings Roundup
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