A weekly examination of the 49ers' ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason ranking: 3 | Last Week: 8 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
The San Francisco 49ers continue to get respect by the voting panel.
The 49ers are the highest-ranked 3-2 team in the league. They are not ranked above any 5-0 or 4-1 teams, but they shouldn’t be.
I have no problem with San Francisco being the top-ranked 3-2 team. The 49ers have outscored their last two opponents by a total of 69-14 after stumbling to Seattle and Indianapolis.
The 49ers are not perfect, particularly on offense. But there have been a ton of injuries and this team’s deep, deep 53-man roster is showing. That’s why the 49ers will likely be a major player come January when they should be much healthier. So the strong ranking now is valid.