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49ers Just Outside the Top Ten in NFL Power Rankings Ahead of Home Opener

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The San Francisco 49ers were up against the Chicago Bears and a brutal summer storm in Week 1, ultimately falling short 19-10 within the regular season opener. While the loss was not the way in which the team had hoped to start out the 2022 NFL regular season, head coach Kyle Shanahan and the team enter Week 2 with extra motivation to show things around at home versus their NFC West rival, the Seattle Seahawks.

One in all the adjustments the 49ers can have to make in preparation for Seattle involves a personnel change—per Shanahan, San Francisco is predicted to be without its top running back in Elijah Mitchell after suffering an MCL sprain in Sunday’s contest. The second-year RB has been placed on IR and is the lone, long-term injury coming out of the season opener. Shanahan is hopeful that Mitchell is the one key playmaker sitting out in Week 2 with the return of tight end George Kittle still being a possibility.

After a hard-fought battle at a rain-soaked Soldier Field, here’s a have a look at the newest NFL power rankings from several national outlets heading into Week 2:

Mike Florio

“It’s hard to inform how good (or not) they’re based on a game played in a swamp.”

Dan Hanzus

“Trey Lance once more flashed playmaker chops together with his legs… The miserable conditions in Chicago demand a halt on any rush to judgment on the offense. A disappointing start little question, but let’s have a look at what this team looks like this Sunday against the Seahawks.”

In a separate NFL.com article, NFL analyst David Carr discussed the offenses across the league expected to bounce in Week 2. The 49ers were highlighted as a team to be redeemed this week.

“The run game will recover when Kittle returns, and with as over and over as Shanahan has plugged in no-name running backs into his offense, I’m not sweating the run game with Jeff Wilson and others in tow,” NFL analyst David Carr wrote. “The pass game wasn’t pretty Sunday however it’s extremely difficult to get the downfield passing game getting into the rain. I’d challenge anyone to go to their local sporting goods store, buy a football, place it under a garden hose after which attempt to throw it … anywhere. It’s tough. Lance had some tough moments in Sunday’s loss, but the following few weeks will give us a greater picture of what this offense goes to appear like. “

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