NFL Power Rankings: Top Ten After Week Five

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Oct 6, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis (85) shoots the ball through the field goal post after scoring a touchdown against the Houston Texans in the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Texans 34-3. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

7. San Francisco 49ers (3-2):

Last Week’s Rankings: 10

This was a very convincing win for a team that truly needed a breakout win. The 49ers slaughtered the poor Texans 34-3, and even managed to chase Matt Schaub from the game after three interceptions, including his fourth straight game with a pick six. The 49ers defense was great all around, as they managed three interceptions as mentioned above, but also held the Texans quarterbacks to only 182 yards passing. The offense wasn’t great, but they were good enough to win, and control this game. They were led by Frank Gore once again who ran for 81 yards and a touchdown, heck the entire rushing game was very good totalling 180 yards. Colin Kaepernick, wasn’t good or bad. He didn’t throw the game away like he had in the early games of the season, but definitely didn’t do a lot of great things, only completing six of 15 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown, a total which would’ve been a lot lower had it not been for the 64 yard touchdown to Vernon Davis in the fourth quarter. I was impressed again by the 49ers, the defense is looking good once again, but defending the run needs to be addressed. 131 yards is too much for a team that you’re currently blowing out. But again, it was a nice game, and more importantly, it was convincing, something the 49ers need to continue to be before they get back to where they were at the start of the season.