In a perfect world, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell would enforce a pregame handshake between Jim Schwartz and Jim Harbaugh on Sunday night in hopes of extinguishing the hype as quickly as possible.
The San Francisco 49ers (1-0) were able to eke out a 25-19 victory over the Detroit Lions (1-0) last October, but not before the two coaches engaged in a postgame "scuffle" of sorts. One that, as you probably know, has since taken on a life of its own.
I, like Harbaugh, prefer the focus to be directed toward the on-field events that occur while the game clock is actually running.
This matchup on Sunday night presents us with two hungry and immensely talented football teams, each looking to remain undefeated early in the year.
San Francisco is the consensus favorite to claim victory at Candlestick Park this weekend (that's what the experts at B/R are telling us anyway), especially after cruising to a 30-22 win against the Packers at Lambeau Field while resembling a team that possesses little to no weaknesses.
But the Lions felt they let one slip away when these two last met, and they head to the Stick in seek of vengeance.
Let's break down the 49ers roster position by position and find out what must be done for the Red and Gold to tame the Lions once again.