49ers news: Niners stay No. 1 in NFL power rankings, George Kittle trolls Cowboys

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85)
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) / Thearon W. Henderson/GettyImages

Coming off their beatdown of the Cowboys in Week 5, George Kittle and the 49ers are riding high in both NFL power rankings and the smack-talk department.

For those thinking the San Francisco 49ers would be bumped from the top spot in most analysts' NFL power rankings entering Week 6, their 42-10 primetime drubbing of the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football put a stop to those thoughts.

Dallas was supposed to be in that same Super Bowl-contending class as the Niners, at least that's what many a player, fan and analyst thought.

However, judging by the final result, it looks as if only San Francisco and the Philadelphia Eagles (the two remaining undefeated teams in the NFL) are the true conference contenders right now.

So, it shouldn't be surprising that the 49ers stay in the very top spot in NFL power rankings this week.

NFL power rankings, Week 6: 49ers defend No. 1 spot (again)

FanSided's Russell Baxter hasn't needed too move the Niners from the No. 1 spot in his weekly NFL power rankings for some time now, and there wasn't any reason to bump head coach Kyle Shanahan's squad down after Sunday's one-sided victory over the Cowboys.

While retaining the top spot, here's what Baxter had to say about San Francisco in his weekly ranking:

"Make it 15 consecutive regular-season victories for Kyle Shanahan’s team as the 49ers made decisive work of a Dallas Cowboys team that they had defeated in the playoffs in both 2021 and 2022. San Francisco limited Mike McCarthy’s club to only 197 total yards and forced Dallas into four turnovers, including three Dak Prescott picks."

For what it's worth, Dallas dropped two spots from No. 7 to No. 9 after its loss.

George Kittle may have just re-ignited fierce 49ers-Cowboys rivalry

For 49ers fans from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, the Cowboys were public enemy No. 1. No other team came remotely close.

That rivalry was dormant, though, from the 2000s until recently, perhaps until the Niners got into the (pleasant) habit of eliminating Dallas in the postseason in back-to-back years.

Well, leave it to tight end George Kittle to showcase a not-safe-for-work anti-Cowboys tee shirt under his jersey during the Sunday night game, which he proudly displayed on his Instagram account and that also ticked off Cowboys All-Pro linebacker Micah Parsons, who commented about "making it personal."

Kittle was asked about Parsons' recent comments during a recent segment on KNBR 680 (h/t 49ers Webzone), and the All-Pro tight end had a very Kittle-esque response of his own.

"I'm a mild internet troll," Kittle said. "It's just kind of the age I grew up in."

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