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49ers Power Rankings roundup: The Niners are as high as No. 18 and as low as No. 27

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The San Francisco 49ers return to action this week after the bye, and hope to have reinforcements return to the lineup this week. We always take a look at where the Niners stand in the weekly power rankings, so let’s see if there was any movement for San Francisco with the week off.

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Previous rank: No. 21

“I expect Jimmy to be our starter next year. I expect him to come and play with us this year.” Those were the words of Kyle Shanahan, who last week attempted to throw cold water on rampant speculation the 49ers might look to move on from Jimmy Garoppolo in the offseason. Jimmy G is still nursing a high-ankle sprain that has sidelined him for the 49ers’ last two games, and it’s unclear if he’s already played his last down this season. Shanahan expects to see his QB again, and you wonder if a return in December would turn into something of an audition for the quarterback who very nearly won a Super Bowl in February. Change happens fast in the NFL.

No changes on NFL.com. I always felt like 2021 would be an audition for Jimmy. I wonder how much of a pass the coaching staff gives Garoppolo for his injury

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49ERS They come off their bye needing to win five of six to likely have a playoff shot. It starts with a tough road game against the Rams.

Five of six, huh? They’re not wrong. And it makes losing those early games to the Cardinals, Eagles, and Dolphins that more difficult to swallow.

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19. San Francisco 49ers (4–6)

Last week: Bye

This week: at Los Angeles Rams

It was incredible this team got to 4–3 considering the injury issues, but after three consecutive double-digit losses the dream is dead.

As we continue to talk about the playoff dream, a lot of fans have forgotten about the three double-digit losses and who will remain under center these next two games.

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21. San Francisco 49ers (4-6)

High: 19

Low: 22

Last Week: 19

Week 11 Result: Bye Week

If you asked the San Francisco 49ers what they are thankful for in 2020, you would most likely get all kinds of stink-eye, followed by grumbles that they will be thankful when this godforsaken season is over.

To say the 49ers have fallen victim to a Super Bowl hangover is both a massive understatement and not entirely accurate. The Niners admittedly haven’t played at nearly the same level as a year ago—but that’s largely because the team has been beset by injury after injury after injury after injury after please God make it stop.

San Francisco’s starting quarterback is hurt. So is its best running back. And top pass-catcher. And best edge-rusher. And No. 1 cornerback.

And that’s not even the entire list.

In the NFL’s best division, it has been too much to overcome.

At this point, the last-place 49ers are playing out the string on a disappointing season.

It’s been a frustrating season for a team that was expected to compete for a Super Bowl. Injuries and playing in the best division have all but ended the Niners’ playoff hopes, but they have not done themselves any favors, either. There is one last chance to salvage the season, which starts Sunday against the Rams.