Power Rankings: No. 6 San Francisco 49ers

A weekly examination of the 49ers’ ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 3 | Last week: 7 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

The 49ers are getting a lot of respect this week’s Power Rankings as the highest-rated 8-4 team in the league. They moved ahead of Kansas City, which is 9-3. The Chiefs have lost three games in a row. The 49ers have been consistent all season.

The 49ers should be ranked higher than the Chiefs. This team looks strong heading down the stretch.

Of course, we will learn more about the 49ers in Week 14, when they host NFC West rival and No. 1-ranked Seattle. The Seahawks walloped San Francisco -- which at the time was ranked No. 1 -- in Seattle in Week 2. Now, the 49ers get their chance to show they are a top team.

Three of the 49ers’ four losses have come to teams ranked in the top five. It’s time the 49ers show they can beat an elite club.