Sunday, September 16, 2012
Pro Football Weekly: Week Two NFL Preview: Lions @ 49ers: The Game of The Week
If the Detroit Lions defense doesn't come play Sunday night, especially the front seven thats one of the best. When they are playing well, they have excellent pass rushers and can stop the run and if the don't come to play Sunday night, the Lions will be in for a long night against the San Francisco 49ers. Especially at Candlestick Park a tough place for anyone to win on the road and a stadium, where the Lions have struggled for the last thirty years. The Lions are vulnerable in the secondary and when the Defensive Line is not getting to the QB and they are giving up yards in the running game. The Lions secondary becomes even more vulnerable, so if the Lions Defensive Line comes to play Sunday night, then that puts less pressure on QB Matt Stafford and the Lions explosive offense. And they can just play their game and not feel the pressure of having to score on every possession, where any offense would be vulnerable to making mistakes. As far as the 49ers, just keep playing 49er football which is all they did at Green Bay last week when they beat the Packers. Run the ball with Frank Gore, set up Alex Smith in the passing game off of Play Action, if Frank Gore has a big night, Alex Smith should have plenty of opportunities in the passing game.
The key in this game whether it will be close or will the 49ers win by three touchdowns, is the Lions front seven. If they can keep Frank Gore from being a big factor in this game, then they should have good opportunities at getting to Alex Smith and forcing him into mistakes, which will. Set up good field position for the Lions and the offense, if these things don't happen, then the 49ers will have a big night and run away with this game, it should be interesting to see Sunday night. And the lions should have plenty of motivation.