The 49ers were a consensus No. 1 team in NFL power rankings before losing to the Browns in Week 6. So, how much damage did that loss cause?
Usually, when a team loses a game the previous Sunday (or Thursday or Monday), it's customary to drop said team at least a spot or two in the following week's NFL power rankings.
Losses move you down, while wins move you up, right? The league is a results-based business, and wins and losses matter most.
The San Francisco 49ers entered their Week 6 matchup against the Cleveland Browns not only as heavy favorites but also as a consensus No. 1 among nearly all analysts in their weekly NFL power rankings, including the one here at FanSided.
Amid the poor weather, questionable officiating and against a stout Cleveland defense, though, a sloppy Niners effort translated into their first loss of the season, a 19-17 defeat that San Francisco still nearly won, save for a missed would-be game-winning field goal by rookie kicker Jake Moody at the end of regulation.
The 49ers had been undefeated, along with the Philadelphia Eagles, who also suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of the New York Jets.
With three 5-1 teams, now including the Detroit Lions, are the Niners still a consensus No. 1 in experts' NFL power rankings?
Or are they lower? Let's see what those analysts had to say in this Week 7 roundup.
NFL power rankings, Week 7: Where 49ers land after Browns loss
Compiling what experts around the league said, it doesn't appear as if San Francisco took too big a hit by losing in Cleveland.
Although the 49ers do drop here and there.
Eric Edholm, NFL.com: No. 1 (even)
"Sunday's loss to the Browns was easily Brock Purdy's worst game of the season, and his struggles shouldn't be glossed over, but I bet a lot of people ready to cut him down don't realize just how good Cleveland's defense is. Anyone who watched that game realized how tough a spot he was put in. Brandon Aiyuk dropped a would-be TD, the offense committed six penalties (12 total by San Francisco) and there were big injuries to Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel and Trent Williams. Purdy also drove the 49ers to a spot where the game would have been won if not for Jake Moody's errant field-goal attempt."
ESPN NFL Nation: No. 1 (even)
"There have been a few hiccups in the first six weeks, but Wilks' group has largely held its standing as one of the best units in the league. San Francisco is third in points allowed (87), fourth in defensive efficiency (74.5) and third in defensive expected points added (43.31). There's room for improvement, particularly when it comes to sacks and run defense, but the defense is still a strength for a 5-1 team. -- Nick Wagoner"
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: No. 4 (minus-3)
"The offense didn't do much of anything against the Browns, which is a worry. Brock Purdy sure didn't look like Joe Montana in that one."
David Helman, Fox Sports: No. 2 (minus-1)
"Sure, we saw an aberrant Brock Purdy performance in the first poor game of his NFL career. But the vaunted San Francisco defense looked mortal against the P.J. Walker-led Browns and Cleveland's defense was more prepared for Kyle Shanahan's scheme than Dallas (or anyone else) has been. The 49ers are still a juggernaut, but if their star players miss time, like anyone else, they're vulnerable."
Nate Davis, USA Today Sports: No. 1 (even)
"Way too premature to suggest they got exposed against the league's No. 1 defense – especially amid circumstances when you'd expect QB Brock Purdy to have his worst professional game given the staggered absences Sunday of injured Pro Bowlers Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel and Trent Williams around him. Depending on the injuries, there could be an extended setback here, but almost certainly not one that signals the Niners are in major jeopardy."
Bleacher Report NFL Staff: No. 2 (minus-1)
"That streak is over—in part because for one game at least, Purdy looked like a seventh-round pick.
Facing constant pressure from the Browns pass rush, Purdy had far and away his worst game as a professional—just 12 completions in 27 attempts for 125 yards with a touchdown and an interception. After the game, Purdy freely admitted to reporters that he didn't play well enough to win."
Frank Schwab, Yahoo! Sports: No. 1 (even)
"Jake Moody missing a field goal that would have won the game led everyone to point out that Moody was the 99th pick of the NFL Draft, the highest-drafted kicker since the infamous Roberto Aguayo. It's unfair; Moody has been pretty good. He has hit 10 of 12 field-goal attempts. He hadn't missed a kick shorter than 50 yards all season. But he was drafted to hit big kicks like Sunday, not some 36-yarder in the fourth quarter of a blowout against the Giants."
It's understandable that some may think the Niners should take a hit, especially with other red-hot teams like the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions on the ascent. Likewise, Purdy's worst game as a pro can't be undervalued, although the crucial part will be seeing how he bounces back from it.
And it's also understandable why some worry about injuries to key players like McCaffrey and Samuel.
If there's good news there, though, early signs are that both should be ready to go by the time San Francisco's next game hits, a Week 7 Monday Night Football showdown against the two-win Minnesota Vikings.
Perhaps the 49ers universally reclaim the top spot in NFL power rankings after that primetime bout.