We are not quite to the halfway point of the NFL season.
And while the FCC power structure is pretty well defined, the Patriots of the clear top dog and then there's a handful of teams trying to chase them down the pictures a lot murkier in the NFC, San Francisco's undefeated.
They're coming off a big statement win over the Rams, But the Niners are being stalked in their own conference and even in their own division for the top spot by a trio of one loss teams.
Each of those, one less teams, has marquee quarterbacks whose credentials far outweigh it.
Exceed those of Jimmy Garoppolo Right now, that set no NFC team is a strong cross.
The borders Kyle Shanahan's bunch.
San Francisco is stout on both sides of the ball.
They've got the third best scoring offense in the second best scoring defense in the league, and they've helped four of five opponents below 300 yards of total offense.
Only one nighters win was by fewer than 13 points, and that was a 24 20 victory over Pittsburgh, where San Francisco overcame five turnovers in the game.
The Niners could easily be eight know when they host Seattle on November 11th.
And they get to take a crack at both Green Bay and New Orleans, the latter of whom will have Drew Brees back by that point in the regular season.
Garoppolo isn't in the same classes Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers or Breeze, but he is still very much a work in progress and has plenty of room to improve as the season progresses.
If the season ended, today would be hard to pick the Niners to beat one of those teams with an elite quarterback that air just behind them in standings.
But if Garoppolo continues to make strides, they could very well in San Francisco end up being the team to be for yard Barker.
I'm Chris Muller.