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: 18.2 (18th)
- Best ranking: 12th (The Athletic)
- Worst ranking: 21st (Multiple)
Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the 49ers in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.
The Athletic -- Rank: 12
It's hard to imagine the last two weeks having gone any worse for them. Going into Week 4, the 49ers were seven-point favorites and seemed poised to weather the injury storm with Nick Mullens at quarterback. Mullens was awful, and they were upset by the Eagles. Going into Week 5, there was no reason to panic. Jimmy Garoppolo was coming back from an ankle injury, and they were nine-point favorites against the Dolphins. Garoppolo looked jittery in the pocket and was pulled at halftime for C.J. Beathard. The offensive line struggled. And the banged-up secondary got picked apart in a 43-17 loss to the Dolphins. The 49ers' upcoming slate is brutal: Rams, at New England, at Seattle, Packers, at New Orleans, at Los Angeles (Rams), Bills. I'm not ready to count them out just yet. But at 2-3 with questions at quarterback, this could go downhill quickly for the defending NFC champs.
CBS Sports -- Rank: 21
This team hardly looks like the one that played in the Super Bowl just over nine months ago. Injuries have crippled the roster.
USA Today -- Rank: 20
While the spotlight may be on the revolving door at quarterback, real concern should be lasered on a defense just shredded ... by Miami.
ESPN -- Rank: 17
Biggest weakness: Offensive line
The 49ers have questions all over right now, but many of them are related to injuries. The offensive line dealt with some injuries in camp, which undoubtedly hurt early-season cohesion, but the group is still mostly what the team envisioned in the offseason. Yet the 49ers have yielded 18 sacks, fourth most in the NFL, and rank 22nd in run block win rate. If the Niners can't regain control of the line of scrimmage consistently, it's going to be difficult for an offense with plenty of playmakers to get back on track. -- Nick Wagoner
NFL.com -- Rank: 21
A troubling setback for the Niners in Week 5. The Dolphins came to Levi's Stadium and blew the doors off the home team in a 43-17 shellacking that exposed holes on the defense and led to major questions about the quarterback position. Jimmy Garoppolo's return to the lineup after missing two weeks with a high ankle sprain was supposed to stabilize the offense, but Jimmy G struggled through two quarters, then was replaced by C.J. Beathard after halftime. Kyle Shanahan said after the game that Garoppolo was benched to physically protect the quarterback, which begs the question of why he was allowed to return to the field in the first place. With a ridiculous stretch of elite opponents ahead, the Niners are at risk of sliding into irrelevance by Thanksgiving.
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