Last week, the San Francisco 49ers climbed five spots in NFL.com’s power rankings. After an impressive win over the Cincinnati Bengals, the Niners have risen six spots in the latest edition of the shield’s power rankings. They are now ranked No. 13. Here’s what they had to say about the 49ers:
Previous rank: No. 19
All those summertime concerns feel so far away now, don’t they? The 49ers are 2-0 and coming off a game in which the offense dominated in the way the Niners envisioned when they lured Kyle Shanahan from Atlanta to the Bay. Jimmy Garoppolo -- looking increasingly comfortable in his second start since undergoing knee surgery last year -- threw for 297 yards and tied a career high with three touchdown passes. Jimmy G was supported by a 49ers rushing attack that piled up 259 yards on the ground. Matt Breida -- playing like a Pro Bowl candidate -- led the way with 121 yards on just 12 carries. Raheem Mostert added 151 yards of total offense and a touchdown. Marquise Goodwin broke wide open -- 13.2 yards of separation from the nearest defender (!), per Next Gen Stats, when the ball arrived -- to initiate the scoring with a 38-yard touchdown. Shanahan has some pieces to work with here, and it should be a joy to watch.
Oh, the concerns are still there. Today might be the first day we don’t talk about Dante Pettis. Whoops. I’m sure the team thought they would have fantastic output from the offense when they brought in Shanahan, and if Sunday is anything near what we see the rest of the season lookout. Before the offense took their foot off the gas, we’ll call it through three quarters. They had a success rate of 70%. It was mind-blowing rewatching the game seeing how many different people were open. We’ll get to more of that later when we breakdown the box score from No. 24 to No. 13 after two games. The 49ers are leaving an impression.
The Rams dropped one spot and are No. 3 on the list. The Seahawks climbed two spots and are now No. 6. The Cardinals are up two spots as well after battling against the Ravens. They’re No. 28.