Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/22/12
San Francisco 49ers @ Minnesota Vikings San Francisco 49ers:  Wow, never thought I’d say this before the season started, but it sure looks like the 49ers are the class of the NFC.  They didn’t ever look very threatened by either the Packers or the Lions in Weeks 1 and 2, two teams that made the playoffs last year and were considered favorites to at least contend for playoff spots again this year, if not the NFC Super Bowl berth.Outside the stifling defense, the player most responsible for the 49ers success is Alex Smith.  Smith has really turned a corner under Jim Harbaugh’s tutelage, and looks extremely comfortable running the offense.  He’s efficient, rarely makes mistakes, and is able to get the ball into the endzone with enough regularity so the defense can do its job.The Vikings even made Blaine Gabbert look good, so if there’s any week that you’d consider starting Smith, it’s this week.  Vernon Davis should be a good start from the TE position, and Michael Crabtree will contin...
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