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Power Rankings: Niners are NFL's best team, Texans look like the most complete

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I don't usually jump teams over other teams that also win the same week in our CBSSports.com Power Rankings.

But I will this week.

The Bay Area -- OK, one part of it -- will be happy.

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The new No. 1 team plays at Candlestick.

The San Francisco 49ers have made it to the top of our rankings.

All the Ghiardelli chocolate and the promise of a comp round at Pebble Beach have paid off. I give in: The 49ers right now are the best team in the NFL.

Even though I still have reservations about the style of football they play, as well as their passing-game limitations, they get the nod after they dominated the Detroit Lions on Sunday night at Candlestick.

I know there are some who are ready to take the "Game Manager" label off Smith, but not just yet. He is playing better, and he's not turning it over, but I have to see it against a good defense on the road before the label comes off.

The Packers, the 49ers' Week 1 victim, are not good on defense -- yet. And the Lions were down three players in the secondary. But I have to give it to Smith for how well he has played so far.

And that defense is nasty. They tackle as well as any unit in the NFL, although I still think the two safeties can be beat in coverage. The Lions didn't try enough.

The 49ers earned their spot, vaulting from No. 4 to the top spot. But beware. The first two No. 1 teams both lost after spending a week there.

Does danger lurk in Minnesota? Not likely. But you never know.

Time to go. Have to gobble down some of that chocolate and work on my short game for Pebble.

By the way, Houston, you are in the No. 2 spot. What can you bribe me with? And don't dare say Astros tickets.

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Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and is the self-anointed star of CBS Sports' show, Eye on Football. When he's not watching game tape, you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.
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