Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
The 49ers are back among the league's elite after two-straight wins over NFC West opponents.
The San Francisco 49ers impressed plenty of NFL pundits with a decisive, 24-3, victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night. The Niners have moved up in this week's NFL power rankings after preventing an NFC West opponent from scoring a touchdown for the second-straight week.
Ryan Van Bibber of SB Nation has the 49ers as No. 5 in his Week 9 NFL Power Rankings. Van Bibber has been impressed with the way San Francisco took care of business and seized control of the division:
5. San Francisco 49ers (LW: 6, 6-2): "Jive turkeys" can "gobble, gobble" all they want, but the 49ers rolled up two NFC West opponents in a row. This team is healthy and has a week to soak out the aches and pains of the season so far.
The 49ers now have a bye week after a strong finish to the first half of the season. San Francisco gets two weeks to prepare for a third-straight NFC West foe, as they take on the St. Louis Rams on Nov. 11.