NEW YORK (AP) -- Comments on the San Francisco 49ers by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (1)
Chris Berman (ESPN, 1) - Best-rounded team as fall begins.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 1) - Impressive victories over the Packers and Lions make them the league's cream right now.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 1) - Comment currently unavailable
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 1) - Most balanced team in football and the QB is the real deal, nobody better at taking care of the ball. Franchise record 216 straight passes without INT.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 1) - Alex Smith's remarkable resurgence continues, and San Francisco's smothering defense claims the Lions as its latest victims after an equally impressive season-opening win in Green Bay.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 2) - Best start by any team this season with a pair of victories over 2011 playoff teams.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 1) - Almost everyone has holes, but you have to look hard to find any with this team ... and, please, could we stop the Alex Smith as "game manager" talk? It's not only old; it's inaccurate.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 1) - These bullies take away your lunch money and your game plan.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 1) - Niners have the best defense right now and Alex Smith is much improved on offense. They are also working hard on an expanded passing game for when they need it. Right now this team wins without taking many risks.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 1) - They took down the Pack at Lambeau and now a good Detroit team at home and beat them both soundly. They are the class of the league at this point.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 1) - The 49ers aren't just winning games. They've mauled two quality teams (Green Bay and Detroit) along the way to a 2-0 start.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 1) - There isn't much not to like about the 49ers. At this point, the only question is who is No. 2?