Thursday, May 23, 2024

Last week, the Power Rankings took a look at the best-case scenario for all 32 NFL teams. However, now that it’s late in the season, we’re feeling less optimistic after watching all those bad Jets quarterbacks. So this week, we’re considering the worst-case scenario for each team as the season comes to a close.

We are trying to be more creative in most cases than simply predicting an injury to a starting quarterback and/or superstar. However, we found it difficult to come up with a worst-case scenario for our new No. 1, the San Francisco 49ers, because they looked like a monster on Sunday.

1. San Francisco 49ers (9-3)
Sunday: Beat Philadelphia Eagles 42-19
Worst case: Bumps and/or bruises

When the 49ers are healthy, they are formidable. They hoped to demonstrate that Brock Purdy’s injury was the only reason they didn’t beat the Eagles and advance to the Super Bowl last season, and they seem to have succeeded. Deebo Samuel scored three touchdowns and when he, Purdy, and left tackle Trent Williams are all healthy, San Francisco has scored at least 27 points this season.
Up next: vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m. ET Sunday

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