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NFL Week 14 Power Rankings: Don’t count out 49ers with Mr. Irrelevant at QB; new No. 1 after Chiefs stumble

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The San Francisco 49ers had a third quarterback, a rookie who was last pick in the entire draft last April.

This means that Mr. Irrelevant is now quite relevant.

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Brock Purdy is now the starting quarterback for the 49ers, built to win right now. Purdy, a rookie from Iowa State, got the better of the Miami Dolphins on Sunday when Jimmy Garoppolo fell ankle injury at the end of the season.

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Purdy stepped in and helped the 49ers to a 33-17 win over the Dolphins. The 49ers lost Trey Lance to a knee injury earlier this season and have now lost Garopplo. It’s hard to imagine a team going through such losses to win it all, but the way the 49ers are structured isn’t out of the question.

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On Sunday, Purdy showed confidence that allowed him to play winning football. It helps that there are a lot of talents around him, especially the talents of skill players. It also helps that he has a defense on the other side that can dominate games.

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The 49ers weren’t good on offense against Miami, but Purdy finished 25 of 37 for 210 yards, two touchdowns and one pick – impressive numbers for a guy who didn’t expect to play and probably didn’t take longer. several repetitions with beginners in the last month.

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is one of the best attacking minds in the game, and he made it easy for Purdy, which he will do as long as he stays in the starting lineup. This is the 49ers way. Launching the ball is the basis of the offense, which makes it easy for any quarterback from the center.

That doesn’t mean the 49ers can play in the Super Bowl with Purdy. But don’t discount them just yet.

The 49ers were on the rise before Garoppolo’s injury but are still considered one of the best teams in the NFC. This week they remain seventh in my strength ranking. Some will say it’s too much with the loss of Garoppolo. But I believe in Shanahan and Purdy handles this attack very well.

The big question is whether he can win the game when things go wrong. If the current game doesn’t click, can Purdy throw it well enough to win the big game?

This is for further work. For now, he showed on Sunday that he is more than capable of playing in the league. It wasn’t too big for him. This is a great sign.

That’s why Mr. Irrelevant is now really relevant in the Super Bowl race.

Biggest driving forces

6

Seahawks

5

Dolphins

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one

Eagles

They just keep winning games and Jalen Hurts keeps going up the MVP rankings. Offense is dominant and running defense was better against the Titans.

one

11-1-0

2

accounts

They would be the top seed in the AFC if the playoffs started today. They rectified the situation after a lull a few weeks ago.

2

9-3-0

3

cowboys

They got off to a slow start against the Colts, but showed in the fourth quarter why they are legitimate Super Bowl contenders. They are good on both lanes, which is important.

2

9-3-0

four

Chiefs

As long as they don’t play Bengals, they’re fine. Cincinnati has defeated them three times in 2022, including last week. Don’t worry about this group.

3

9-3-0

5

vikings

They are 10-2 as they prepare to play the Lions this week, but there are more questions about this team. The defense needs to be better.

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10-2-0

6

bengals

They ended the season with four consecutive wins, showing they would be a major player in the AFC by beating the Chiefs. Samaye Perin was outstanding in this game.

2

8-4-0

7

49ers

Without Jimmy Garoppolo for the rest of the season, they will face a real test. Rookie Brock Purdy was good against Miami, but can he stay that way? Are they signing Baker Mayfield?

8-4-0

eight

Dolphins

Tua Tagovailoa and the attack fought against the 49ers. But injuries ahead did not help. Now it’s a big game against the Chargers and Justin Herbert.

5

8-4-0

9

crows

Lamar Jackson’s injury is worrying but doesn’t look like it will end his season. Regardless, the offense was unsustainable with him.

8-4-0

ten

Seahawks

Jeno Smith shows outstanding football leading this team on offense. The defense is still shaky, which raises concerns.

6

7-5-0

eleven

commanders

A draw against the Giants can help them when it comes to the playoffs. They’re heading off this week, having only lost once in their last eight games.

2

7-5-1

12

Giants

They tied with the Washingtons and now they’re facing a monster division game with the Eagles. The likelihood of reaching the playoffs is still high.

3

7-4-1

13

Titans

It was a beating in Philadelphia against the Eagles. They didn’t do anything right. In the last two weeks, the teams have limited Derrick Henry, which is not very good.

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Source: www.cbssports.com

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