NFL Rankings: 49ers chasing Vikings, Raiders climb during bye


NFL Rankings: 49ers chasing Vikings, Raiders climb during bye

The 49ers only blemish is a loss to Minnesota. Maybe it isn't much of a blemish because the Vikings are rolling.

The Raiders climbed four spots, but the No. 2 Atlanta Falcons await them this Sunday.

1 (1) Houston Texans (5-0) Swattin' and sackin' J.J. Watt making an early case for NFL defensive player of the year. 2 (2) Atlanta Falcons (5-0) Matty Ice as hot as they come now. 3 (5) Minnesota Vikings (4-1) Percy Harvin evolving into elite dual threat. 4 (6) 49ers (4-1) Scary good when all cylinders firing at once. 5 (4) Baltimore Ravens (4-1) If only Justin Tucker was the kicker in last year's AFC title tilt. 6 (7) Chicago Bears (4-1) Bears defense is Pick-6 Central. 7 (3) Arizona Cardinals (4-1) Now we'll see how they respond to a tough loss. 8 (8) New England Patriots (3-2) Tom Brady improves to 9-4 vs. Peyton Manning. 9 (9) San Diego Chargers (3-2) Norv thought the real refs being back meant no more blown calls. 10 (10) Cincinnati Bengals (3-2) A.J. Green the fourth WR in NFL history with at least 100 catches in first 20 games. 11 (11) Philadelphia Eagles (3-2) Defense has gone two games without a sack for first time since 2008. 12 (15) New York Giants (3-2) Gangnam Style? The Victor Cruz Salsa Celebration is all the rage in Gotham. 13 (19) St. Louis Rams (3-2) Rams are over .500 for first time since 2006, or 93 games ago. 14 (12) Seattle Seahawks (3-2) The Seahawks are leading the NFL in total defense. Seriously. 15 (14) Dallas Cowboys (2-2) Bye week nugget -- Cowboys have won four games since 1996 without scoring a TD. 16 (21) Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) Steelers improve to 5-1 in first game after bye under Mike Tomlin. 17 (24) Indianapolis Colts (2-2) With coach Chuck Pagano fighting leukemia, emotional Colts band together. 18 (13) Green Bay Packers (2-3) Aaron Rodgers first reigning NFL MVP to lose to two rookie QBs. 19 (16) Denver Broncos (2-3) Peyton Manning is 6-10 against Bill Belichick's Patriots since 2000, including the playoffs. 20 (17) New York Jets (2-3) When will Tim Tebow point out that Mark Sanchez's QB rating is 66.6? 21 (18) Buffalo Bills (2-3) First team to give up at least 550 yards of offense in consecutive weeks since 1950 Yanks. 22 (20) Washington (2-3) RG III is concussed, putting Mike Shanahan's "genius" label to the test again. 23 (22) Miami Dolphins (2-3) Brian Hartline is leading the NFL in receiving yards. That is all. 24 (23) Detroit Lions (1-3) With the bye, they've had plenty of time to prep for Ron Mexico, er, Mike Vick. 25 (29) Raiders (1-3) The art of winning without playing? Raiders sit and pick up 12 a game on entire AFC West. 26 (26) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3) And yet, they're in second place in the NFC South. 27 (28) Carolina Panthers (1-4) Cam Newton has had QB ratings under 60.0 in two of last three games. 28 (27) Kansas City Chiefs (1-4) From fans cheering Matt Cassel's injury to horrid start, a mess. Simply a mess. 29 (31) New Orleans Saints (1-4) The last time Drew Brees did not toss a TD ? Try Oct. 4 , 2009. 30 (25) Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4) What homefield advantage? Jags outscored 95-20 at EverBank Field this season. 31 (30) Tennessee Titans (1-4) Hey, didnt you used to be Chris Johnson? 32 (32) Cleveland Browns (0-5) The Browns have turned the ball over in 23 straight games.

49ers claim outside linebacker off waivers from Patriots


49ers claim outside linebacker off waivers from Patriots

The 49ers on Wednesday were assigned outside linebacker Cassius Marsh off waivers from the New England Patriots.

The Patriots waived Marsh on Tuesday after acquiring him in September from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for fifth- and seventh-round draft picks.

Marsh (6 foot 4, 245 pounds) appeared in 46 games in his four NFL seasons. Three of his four career sacks came in 2016 while with the Seahawks. He was Seattle's fourth-round pick in 2014.

Marsh is the second defensive player the 49ers have claimed off waivers this week. The club acquired former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Sheldon Day on Monday. The 49ers released defensive linemen Tony McDaniel and Datone Jones within the past week.

The 49ers are at their roster maximum of 53 players. The club will have to clear a roster spot if Tank Carradine, as expected, is activated off injured reserve in order to play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium.

Who 49ers start at quarterback is the last thing on Pete Carroll's mind


Who 49ers start at quarterback is the last thing on Pete Carroll's mind

SANTA CLARA – Quarterback C.J. Beathard is expected to make his fifth consecutive start for the 49ers on Sunday, but Seattle coach Pete Carroll said his team will be prepared to face Jimmy Garoppolo, too.

“It really isn’t a factor,” Carroll said in a conference call with Bay Area reporters on Wednesday. “We’re just preparing for the 49ers. They got a style of offense. They got really good players who do what they do. And whoever’s triggering it from the quarterback spot, we’re going to go play football.

“We’ve seen Jimmy play. We’ve seen how he’s mobile and the kind of athlete and competitor he is. But other than that, we just go play football. We can’t do anything about that.”

Beathard remained on the sideline when the clubs met Sept. 17 in Seattle. The Seahawks have defeated the 49ers seven consecutive times, including a 12-9 victory in Week 2 this season. Quarterback Brian Hoyer started the 49ers’ first six games of the season and rushed for just 7 yards during that time. Beathard has 115 yards rushing on 20 attempts in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

“He’s been mobile. He’s got a rushing average, you know,” Carroll said of Beathard. “He’s averaging 5-yards a carry and stuff. They’re incorporating him in the run game some that we have to be concerned about. That’s different than other quarterbacks at times. I’d think Jimmy can do the same stuff.

“He (Beathard) is getting more settled. You can see the offense growing. You can see Kyle able to expand and do more stuff. He’s an incredible offensive coordinator and play-caller that we’ve respected for a long time. I think they’re just grown and they’re getting more proficient at what they’re doing."