Who has the most complete team in the NFL?
At the beginning of the season, Times columnist Sam Farmer said it was the San Francisco 49ers, and he repeated that sentiment Monday during his Google+ Hangout with Mark Thompson of "Mark and Brian" radio show fame.
The 49ers put together an impressive effort in their 27-19 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday, and Farmer said quarterback Alex Smith is at the forefront of the football renaissance by the Bay.
"Alex Smith continues to redefine his career," he said.
The Arizona Cardinals are another team that deserves respect, according to Farmer. Their upset win over the New England Patriots wasn't necessarily a fluke, he pointed out, because the Cardinals have won nine of their last 11 games. "You can't discount anyone right now," Farmer said.