NFL Power Rankings: pre-Week 2 Edition

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NFC West. 1-0. San Francisco 49ers. 20. player. 42. <p>That awesome spin move highlighted Carlos Hyde’s big night of 168 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. If you think the 49ers are going to miss Frank Gore very much, think again. Hyde is everything the 49ers need going forward.</p> <p>Something about those sleek all-black jerseys must have lit a fire under the 49ers’ defense. One of the main topics of NFL conversation over the offseason was the mass exodus of defensive players out of San Francisco, but in the opener, the 49ers racked up five sacks. NaVorro Bowman recorded a quarterback takedown in his first meaningful game action since that terrible knee injury he suffered in the 2013 NFC Championship Game.</p>

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