The San Francisco 49ers got a much-needed 24-16 win over their NFC West rivals, the Los Angeles Rams in Week 6. The downside to the victory is that the Niners suffered some more injuries to key players.
Running back Raheem Mostert and offensive lineman Ben Garland are both on the IR, joining Richard Sherman, K’Waun Williams and Dee Ford on the sidelines. San Francisco is 3-3 and will be on the road in Week 7 to take on the New England Patriots.
Here is where the major media outlets have the 49ers in their most recent power rankings.
ESPN has the 49ers 17th (same spot as last week)
“The Niners have had more impactful injuries than just about every team in the league, but none has hurt more than Bosa’s season-ending torn ACL. This is a team that is built around the idea of the defense creating pressure on opposing quarterbacks with its front four. Bosa is the team’s best defensive player and leads that defensive line. Without him, the Niners are blitzing at a much higher rate after bringing extra rushers the fifth-fewest times in 2019. Simply put, Bosa was one of the players on the roster the Niners could least afford to lose, and he won’t be back until 2021.”
NFL.com has the 49ers 17th (up four spots from last week)
“Just a huge win on Sunday night for the 49ers, whose season was teetering on the brink after last week’s blowout home loss to the Dolphins. Jimmy Garoppolo looked healthier and much more like himself against the Rams, throwing three touchdown passes in an efficient performance. The offensive line didn’t allow a sack and managed the near impossible by neutralizing Aaron Donald, who finished with just two tackles and one quarterback hit. With the game on the line in the final minutes, Kyle Shanahan called for a toss to a healthy and dangerous Deebo Samuel, who powered his way for the game-sealing first down. The schedule ahead remains foreboding, but the Niners might be up to the challenge.”
CBS Sports has the 49ers 19th (up two spots from last week)
“Beating the Rams is a good sign for this beat-up team. Kyle Shanahan did a heck of a job. Now Jimmy Garoppolo gets to face his former team in the Patriots.”
USA TODAY has the 49ers 19th (up one spot from last week)
“ICYMI, Deebo Samuel deemed himself, fellow WR Brandon Aiyuk and TE George Kittle the “YAC Bros.” earlier this month. Samuel is producing second-best 12.5 YAC per reception, better than his brothers combined (10.7).”
Yahoo! has the 49ers 16th (up three spots from last week)
“That was an impressive game by Kyle Shanahan. Realistically, the 49ers needed that win to keep their season alive. It will be interesting to watch the chess match between Shanahan and Bill Belichick in Week 7. One of the few coaches who Belichick had a hard time against was Shanahan’s father, Mike, who had a 5-3 record against Belichick when he was coaching the Broncos.”
Bleacher Report has the 49ers 18th (up three spots from last week)
“The San Francisco 49ers aren’t easy to get a bead on.
One week after looking terrible against the Miami Dolphins, the 49ers played perhaps their best game of the 2020 season while downing the Los Angeles Rams 24-16.
The 49ers controlled the game with their rushing attack and short passes. Per Jon Becker and Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News, Niners quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo thinks getting back to what they do well is the key to their success moving forward.
“We’re definitely moving in the right direction,” he said. “I wouldn’t say we’re totally there yet. There’s a lot of football left in the season. How we finished this game, it felt a lot like last year, just how we controlled the clock, running the ball, converting third downs. That’s when we put teams away and what we did tonight.”
It was important for the Niners to wash off the stink of their blowout loss to the Dolphins and get some positive momentum. Week 6 was the beginning of a seven-game gauntlet that will define their season.
Next up is a trip face the New England Patriots, followed by a trip to Seattle to lock horns with the rival Seahawks.”
Where do you have 49ers ranked among all NFL teams heading into Week 7?