2017 NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Rams climb after shutting out Cardinals in London

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31. San Francisco 49ers (31)

For a team that had lost each of their last five games by three points or less, the San Francisco 49ers entered Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys with the hope they would find a way to pull off the upset to earn their first win of 2017. Unfortunately, it looks like Kyle Shanahan will have to wait at least one more week to attempt earning that first win after awful doesn’t even begin to describe how the 49ers looked against the Cowboys during the 40-10 loss.

Not only did San Francisco struggle to contain Ezekiel Elliott after the Dallas running back finished the day with 219 yards from the line of scrimmage to go along with three trips into the end zone, but even Dak Prescott had himself a day with four total touchdowns of his own. So when taking all of these numbers into consideration, it’s like the 49ers never even had a chance when seeing how much the defense struggled to stop the Cowboys.

To top it off, C.J. Beathard clearly still looks like a work in progress after the rookie struggled to get anything consistent throughout the game, and even failed to take advantage of numerous key opportunities in Cowboys’ territory. And if Sunday’s performance wasn’t already frustrating enough, the 49ers next matchup will be on the road against arguably the hottest team in the NFC at the moment in the Philadelphia Eagles.