Don't expect coach Jim Harbaugh to pay much attention to it, but the 49ers have moved into the top spot in The Associated Press Pro32 NFL Power Rankings.
The rankings, which the wire service debuted this year, are determined by voting from a 12-member panel. The 49ers received 11 first-place votes. The Houston Texans, ranked second, got the other first-place vote.
The 49ers were ranked second after their 30-22 win in Green Bay in the season opener Sept. 9. They vaulted into the top spot after beating the Detroit Lions 27-19 on Sunday night in the home opener.
The New England Patriots fell from first to seventh after losing 20-18 at home to the Arizona Cardinals.
Green Bay, Atlanta and Baltimore round out the top five. The Lions are ranked 13th.
What follows are the AP panelists' comments on the 49ers, with their ranking in parentheses:
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) -- Defense is the best in the NFC, maybe in the entire league.
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
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?