49ers vs. Lions Week 2 Preview


What an amazing start to the season for the San Francisco 49ers. Beating the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau? Jim Harbaugh will be absolutely thrilled with that performance.

The 49ers must forget about the victory and move on quickly to their next opponent: the Detroit Lions, who escaped with a narrow win over the St. Louis Rams in their opener.

This edition of Sunday Night Football should be great entertainment with two contrasting styles going up against one another. The 49ers are excellent defensively but should be tested in a big way against Matthew Stafford and company.

Week 1 for San Francisco couldn’t have gone any better in all honesty and they made those bettors that backed them with their NFL picks very happy indeed.

Alex Smith did a fantastic job at controlling the offense, completing 20-of-26 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns. He didn’t have a turnover and looked poised throughout.

Michael Crabtree, Randy Moss and Vernon Davis all had at least 43 yards, with the latter two each getting into the endzone. Crabtree finished with a team-high seven receptions and 76 yards.

Smith was getting a lot of help from the running game too. Frank Gore was incredibly efficient, racking up 112 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, while Kendall Hunter came in and spelled Gore for nine rushes for 41 yards.

Anytime you hold the Packers to 22 points, you’ve got to be happy with yourselves. Let’s not forget either that one of those touchdowns came from a Randall Cobb punt return.

Here comes another prolific offensive team in Detroit though, so Harbaugh and the 49ers defense need to start game-planning as soon as possible.

Regardless, San Francisco’s going to be at home and that gives them a clear advantage of the Lions. Detroit looked shaky against St. Louis, leaving the door wide open for the 49ers to start the season 2-0.

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