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NFL Power Rankings: Where 49ers stand after beating Jaguars

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Wilson and Jimmy

They’re baaaaaaaack. 

Two weeks ago, the 49ers were left for dead on the side of a road in Santa Clara after Colt McCoy waltzed into Levi’s Stadium and put it on Kyle Shanahan’s team. 

But after hammering the Rams in Week 10, the 49ers turned around and strangled a Jaguars team begging to be put out of its misery. And just like that, the 49ers are 5-5 and look like a rejuvenated NFC force just in time for the home stretch. 

Speaking of the rejuvenated, the New England Patriots have won five games in a row while the Kansas City Chiefs have ripped off four straight victories, and now both are back atop the AFC. What year is it again? 

On the flip side, the Bills, Raiders and Saints are all going in the wrong direction after promising starts to the season. Oh, and there might be something special getting cooked up in Philadelphia. 

Here’s where each team stands after Sunday’s Week 11 action.

32. Detroit Lions (0-9-1): The Lions now have back-to-back games with 77 or fewer net passing yards. I like Penei Sewell but perhaps drafting Justin Fields would have been a better use of draft capital. 

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-8): Urban Meyer saw the Florida job open up and decided to accelerate his firing. The Jags no-showed against the 49ers. 

30. New York Jets (2-8): At least the Seahawks stink. The Jets should have two good draft picks in April. 

 

29. Houston Texans (2-8): The Texans delivered the weekly “Anyone can win in the NFL” update by beating the red-hot Titans. Weird league. 

28. New York Giants (3-7): Average quarterback play gets you fired in the NFL. That's bad news for everyone associated with the Giants unless Daniel Jones miraculously turns the corner in the final seven games.

27. Chicago Bears (3-7): After allowing Tyler Huntley to engineer a game-winning drive Sunday, the writing is on the wall in sharpie for Matt Nagy. 

26. Atlanta Falcons (4-6): The Falcons have been outscored 68-3 over the past two weeks. We might want to push pause on the playoff talk.

25. Miami Dolphins (4-7): A win is a win, but needing a late touchdown to beat Joe Flacco only gets you so far up these rankings. 

24. Seattle Seahawks (3-7): Russell Wilson isn’t going to be as polite with his trade request this offseason. 

23. Denver Broncos (5-5): Denver is bad and boring. It’s a bad combo.

22. Carolina Panthers (5-6): Cam Newton wants people to trust him, but time is running out and losing to Taylor Heinicke only accelerated the Panthers’ clock. 

21. Washington Football Team (4-6): He might be on the other sideline, but Bank of America Stadium is still Ron Rivera’s building. 

20. Las Vegas Raiders (5-5): Derek Carr says he’s “fed up,” but after putting up just 13 points on the Bengals, all fingers should be pointed at No. 4. 

19. New Orleans Saints (5-5): Even the great Sean Payton can’t overcome Trevor Siemian. 

18. Philadelphia Eagles (5-6): After completely ignoring the running game in the first six weeks, the Eagles now have rushed 39 times or more in four straight games and are in the thick of the playoff picture. Give Jalen Hurts and Nick Sirianni all the credit. 

17. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-4-1): Mike Tomlin deserves a lot of Coach of the Year votes. The Steelers flat stink, but he still has them above .500 despite a plague of injuries. 

16. Cleveland Browns (6-5): Baker Mayfield gets all the toughness points, but the Browns would be better off with Case Keenum as the trigger man right now. A one-armed Baker isn’t going to get the job done. 

15. San Francisco 49ers (5-5): Trap game? What trap game? Don’t look now but the “Get the ball out of Jimmy Garoppolo’s hands” 49ers of 2019 are starting to reappear. And not a moment too soon. 

14. Minnesota Vikings (5-5): The Vikings play the same game every week. Fans should have their cardiologists send their bills to Mike Zimmer and Kirk Cousins.

13. Los Angeles Chargers (6-4): The Chargers went back to letting Justin Herbert cook and looked like the team from September. It’s not that hard. 

 

12. Buffalo Bills (6-4): The Bills’ offense doesn’t look anything like the 2020 unit that lit up the league. Buffalo has no rhythm, the turnovers are mounting and the schedule is no joke. It’s time to circle the wagons or start the voyage to the 2022 season. 

11. Indianapolis Colts (6-5): Why can’t Jonathan Taylor win MVP? The Colts are 6-0 in games in which he rushed for over 100 yards. Bold prediction: Indy wins the AFC South. 

10. Cincinnati Bengals (6-4): The Bengals have a ton of flaws. So does everyone else in the AFC. As long as Joe Burrow is healthy, there’s no reason Cincy can’t be a legit playoff factor. 

9. Baltimore Ravens (7-3): Ten games in, the Ravens are a 5-5 masquerading as a 7-3 outfit. But the bill is about to come due.

8. Tennessee Titans (8-3): No Derrick Henry, no Julio Jones and now A.J. Brown is banged up. The Titans’ offense needs someone to save it, but Ryan Tannehill isn’t up to the task.

7. Los Angeles Rams (7-3): The Rams can tweet about going all-in-all they want. But it’s time they show they are more than just empty expectations and a roster assembled on Madden. 

6. Dallas Cowboys (7-3): The good news for Dallas after its 19-9 loss to the Chiefs? The crumbling Raiders are coming to town on Thanksgiving. The bad news? The Cowboys have been outscored 66-45 by the AFC West this season. Oof. 

5. Kansas City Chiefs (7-4): Melvin Ingram’s arrival has allowed Chris Jones to move back inside and return to his position as a game wrecker. The Chiefs’ offense still is figuring some things out, but rumors of their demise were greatly exaggerated. 

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3): Tom Brady saw Justin Herbert run for 90 yards Sunday night and decided to show off his wheels with a 10-yard run against the Giants. That was the most exciting moment of a Monday-night snooze fest.

3. New England Patriots (7-4): Physical defense, bruising run game and a polished rookie quarterback who does exactly what is asked of him. Bill Belichick’s Patriots are hitting their stride and there’s no reason they can’t win an AFC filled with flawed contenders. 

2. Green Bay Packers (8-3): Aaron Rodgers is dealing with a toe injury and Green Bay just lost star offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins. The Packers desperately need their bye, but first, they have to deal with a Rams team looking to get right. 

1. Arizona Cardinals (9-2): The Cardinals swept their NFC West road slate by a score of 91-50 and did so with Colt McCoy starting two of those three games. Coach Cool and the Cards are for real.

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