2017 NFL Power Rankings Week 2: Rams make major jump after crushing Colts

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31. San Francisco 49ers (29)

Prior to Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, there was a little hype surrounding the San Francisco 49ers when it came to being a potential sleeper team in the NFC to pull off a few unexpected wins during Kyle Shanahan‘s first season as head coach. For years, Shanahan had been waiting for an opportunity to show off what he’s capable of as a head coach, and while there’s obviously still plenty of time to do so, his new gig with the 49ers didn’t get off to the best start.

In fact, seeing San Francisco only score three points against Carolina shows this team is clearly still a work in progress when it comes to the offense needing to be at the level to compete in the NFC. Give the 49ers credit for making a few key moves on both sides of the football during the offseason, but if Week 1 is any indication of what Shanahan’s first season has in store, it’s going to be a long for the new head coach.

Veteran Brian Hoyer may seem like the short-term answer, but after struggling to help this offense find the end zone, Shanahan may want to consider a switch. And if Sunday’s loss wasn’t already frustrating enough, San Francisco has to face the Seattle Seahawks, who are coming off a bad loss of their own against the Green Bay Packers, next Sunday, which means they could be looking at an 0-2 hole.