Alex Smith outplayed Aaron Rodgers last week as the San Francisco 49ers went into Lambeau Field and pretty much dominated the Green Bay Packers. Scoreboard aside, they were a better team.
Smith, who boasted a 125.6 quarterback rating in the opener against Green Bay, shouldn't have a major issue with an equally pedestrian Detroit Lions secondary. He completed 15 of his 19 passes to wide receivers, including a perfect 8-for-8 to Mario Manningham and Randy Moss.
Defensively, the 49ers were stout against one of the best offenses in the National Football League as the Packers were only able to accumulate two scoring drives.
While the Detroit Lions were able to pull off a close victory against the St. Louis Rams at home in the season opener, they were less than impressive. Matthew Stafford was intercepted three times as Detroit allowed a Rams team that went 2-14 last season to possess a lead into the last minute of regulation.
If Detroit plays the same Sunday night against San Francisco, this game won't even be close. That being said, I fully expect Jim Schwartz and company to bring their A-game. There is a certain level of animosity between these two teams, which will lead to an electric atmosphere.
In the end, I am going to take the best overall football team in the NFL in their home opener. Including the postseason, Smith has won 11 of his last 13 home starts, throwing 24 touchdowns compared to three interceptions.
Don't expect that to change this weekend.
Prediction: 49ers 31, Lions 20