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NFL Week 3 Power Rankings: 49ers Face Stiff Challenge in Arizona

A Week 2 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers had the San Francisco 49ers falling a bit in power rankings across the web.

But given that the team had to travel cross-country on a short week to face a team with extra rest, the dropoff wasn't dramatic.

The 49ers will look to rebound this Sunday when they travel to Arizona to face the 2-0 Cardinals, who are positioned in the top five of nearly every power ranking.

Here's where the 49ers stand entering the NFC West battle.

Fox Sports – 21st

Previous ranking: 15th

Dan Schneier: "49ers fans have to be encouraged by what they've seen from Colin Kaepernick after two weeks. However, the 49ers looked like a different team in Week 2 thanks to a pass rush that didn't get to the quarterback enough."

CBS Sports – 21st

Previous ranking: 21st


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Pete Prisco:]( "They came back to reality with the trip to the Steelers. Playing there after a Monday night game was a tough task."

ESPN – 20th

Previous ranking: 19th

ESPN Stats & Information: "Three points allowed in Week 1, 43 points allowed in Week 2. Which 49ers defense will show up in Arizona in Week 3?"

SB Nation – 18th

Previous ranking: 16th

Danny Kelly: "The 49ers are officially a tough team to figure out. I think we see games where they look like the team that beat Minnesota handily. I also think we see games closer to what we saw against PIttsburgh."

Sports Illustrated – 21st

Previous ranking: 19th

Chris Burke: "Short week, long road trip, opponent coming off a Week 1 loss... there are some built-in excuses for the 49ers loss at Pittsburgh. "

Sporting News – 16th

Previous ranking: 19th

Vinnie Iyer: "The Still Alive and Kaepernick Tour means the 49ers remixed offense is feeling a rush again, but getting rolled by the Steelers exposed some holes in their new-look defense."

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