The San Francisco 49ers lost a heart-breaker on Monday Night Football to close out Week 6. They dropped a 33-30 decision to the Green Bay Packers thanks to a last second field goal that capped a 10-play, 81 yard drive in which it took barely over a minute for Aaron Rodgers to reach into their chests and firmly rip out the team’s heart.
The 49ers dropped to 1-5 with the loss, and now sit tied with four other teams for the worst record in the league. For the fans of the “elegant tank,” it certainly was about as ideal a loss as one might imagine. The 49ers fought back from an early deficit to take a lead, we saw some strong things from both sides of the ball, but the team came up just short in the end. I understand why folks think that’s a good thing. It means better draft positioning, which potentially means a higher impact player, which means more talent for the roster when Jimmy Garoppolo returns in 2019.
But as last night’s game wrapped up, I have to think for some fans, something else came into your mind: just wanting to see a [site decorum] win. The 49ers had a chance to go into an old rivals stadium and give them a brutal loss on national television. I did not expect that such a win would propel the 49ers to a playoff appearance, but even in a rebuilding process, quality wins are welcome in my mind. Not all agree.
Winning this game only hurts the future. Rooting for wins w/the backup qb is pointless. Packers coming back is best case, already shown great effort, good coaching tonight. Win does nothing— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) October 16, 2018
In the bigger picture this is not wrong. But sometimes as a fan, I just want to see a win. That makes me entirely subjective, which I get. But man, it would have been nice to further embarrass the Packers last night.
I’m back with my Week 7 power rankings, where the bottom remains mostly the same. The bottom six are all the same, and 12 of the bottom 13 are within one spot of where they were the previous week. I dropped the Tennessee Titans pretty considerably after that ugly home loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The Titans are a tough team to figure out while the Ravens defense is looking really good right now. That being said, a 21-0 home loss is a bad loss.
Our biggest drop of the week goes to the Jacksonville Jaguars who might just not be all that good. They got a huge win in Week 2 over the New England Patriots, but that seems forever ago following a 40-7 thumping by the Dallas Cowboys. Jacksonville could climb back into th top ten, but right now, they’re just not a good football team.
The Ravens and Los Angeles Chargers are big risers this week, both climbing from double digits into the top six. I’m still not 100 percent sold on either team — the Ravens offense leaves me wondering what’s up, while the Chargers defense could fold at any moment. But for now, both are looking good.
The middle of the pack is mostly settled in place at this point. Teams like Pittsburgh, Washington, and Philadelphia all got wins, but it’s hard to find a lot of room for movement. I think we see some top 15 teams slip, but for now, things are fairly tight.
Here are my full power rankings heading into Week 7.
NFL power rankings, Week 7
|1||Los Angeles Rams (6-0)||1|
|2||New England Patriots (4-2)||4|
|3||Kansas City Chiefs (5-1)||2|
|4||New Orleans Saints (4-1)||8|
|5||Baltimore Ravens (4-2)||12|
|6||Los Angeles Chargers (4-2)||11|
|7||Minnesota Vikings (3-2-1)||9|
|8||Cincinnati Bengals (4-2)||3|
|9||Carolina Panthers (3-2)||6|
|10||Chicago Bears (3-2)||7|
|11||Green Bay Packers (3-2-1)||10|
|12||Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3)||5|
|13||Miami Dolphins (4-2)||13|
|14||Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2-1)||15|
|16||Philadelphia Eagles (3-3)||17|
|17||Cleveland Browns (2-3-1)||18|
|18||Denver Broncos (2-4)||19|
|19||Dallas Cowboys (3-3)||20|
|20||Seattle Seahawks (3-3)||21|
|21||Tennessee Titans (3-3)||14|
|22||New York Jets (3-3)||23|
|23||Detroit Lions (2-3)||22|
|24||Houston Texans (3-3)||24|
|25||Atlanta Falcons (2-4)||26|
|26||Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3)||25|
|27||Buffalo Bills (2-4)||27|
|28||Arizona Cardinals (1-5)||28|
|29||San Francisco 49ers (1-5)||29|
|30||Oakland Raiders (1-5)||30|
|31||New York Giants (1-5)||31|
|32||Indianapolis Colts (1-5)||32|