San Francisco 49ers: Week 5 NFL Power Rankings (#7)

Last week: 8 (+1)

Record: 3-1

Through 4 games, the 49ers lead the league in yards per play differential. I still don’t trust Alex Smith to lead this team deep into the playoffs, but this was one of my preseason disappointing teams and I’ve definitely come around on them. They haven’t had to dominate the turnover battle like they did last year (only +4 through 4 games). The one issue is that this team has strangely had no injuries since the start of last year on either side of the ball. Can they still play at this level if they lose a couple starters to injury? I think the jury is still out on this team.

Studs

LG Mike Iupati: Did not allow a pressure on 27 pass block snaps, run blocked for 30 yards on 5 attempts

C Jonathan Goodwin: Did not allow a pressure on 28 pass block snaps, run blocked for 26 yards on 8 touchdowns

RG Alex Boone: Did not allow a pressure on 28 pass block snaps, run blocked for 7 yards on 1 attempt

MLB NaVorro Bowman: Allowed 1 catch for 9 yards on 6 attempts, 1 pass deflection, 4 solo tackles, 1 assist, 2 stops

MLB Patrick Willis: Allowed 1 catch for 6 yards on 5 attempts, 1 interception, 4 solo tackles, 1 assist, 3 stops, 1 missed tackle

FS Dashon Goldson: Allowed 1 catch for 9 yards on 3 attempts, 2 pass deflections, 3 solo tackles, 1 stop

RE Justin Smith: 3 quarterback hurries on 34 pass rush snaps, 1 batted pass, 3 solo tackles, 1 assist, 2 stops

Duds

WR Michael Crabtree: Caught 2 passes for 15 yards on 6 attempts on 24 pass play, 0.5 YAC per catch, 1 drop

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