The 49ers are still outside the top 10 – .

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The 49ers are still outside the top 10 – .


The 49ers neither rose nor fell in the USA TODAY Sports power rankings after their Week 2 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. They stay at # 11 looking at two of their three division enemies.
What’s interesting is that San Francisco’s quarterback game seems to be what is holding them back from climbing above 11th place where they fell after their first win of the year.

USA TODAY’s Nate Davis wrote all about Trey Lance’s playing time when he assessed why the 49ers held on:

QB rookie Trey Lance went from four shots in Week 1 to none on Sunday. Advantage Jimmy Garoppolo? Or is coach Kyle Shanahan keeping something a secret for Sunday night’s home opener against Green Bay?

This implies that Lance is sort of vying for the starting quarterback position, which he isn’t. However, saving something for Green Bay would make a lot of sense after registering four games against the Lions.

The Packers’ defensive line doesn’t have a two-game sack and doesn’t bring the deep, very good rotation like Philadelphia does. It stands to reason that Lance could be more on the court against Green Bay where he has time to do readings and is less likely to make a swing error.

If Lance plays and spawns an explosive play or two in a 49ers win, that might be enough to knock the 49ers out of 11th place. On the other hand, if he doesn’t play and Garoppolo sets up the kind of game he had in Week 1, it’s hard to imagine that San Francisco won’t ultimately climb into the top 10. .

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