8. San Francisco 49ers

Last Week's Rank: 18
Record: 4 - 1
This Week: W vs. Buccaneers, 48-3
Up Next: @ Lions, 1:00 Sunday
Trending: Up

As of right now, Alex Smith is the third best quarterback in the league. We'll give you a second to read that again. It's true, with a QB rating of 104.1, only Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady stand before Smith. A complete spanking of the respectable Bucs got coach Jim Harbaugh that ESPN highlight coverage he was so thirsty for. A trip to Detroit to face Megatron, Matt Stafford and the undefeated Lions will be the true test though. We've poured up a glass, but we're not trying the Frisco Kool-Aid quite yet. —Ralph Warner