The 49ers, who defeated the favored Green Bay Packers last week, will look to add on to their already terrifying array of accolades shown in the Packers win by knocking off Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford and the Lions in the Candlestick Park home opener.
San Francisco has been dealt another team that will throw the ball at will.
Detroit needed a come-from-behind win against he Rams in Week 1 and will look to exploit the 49ers at the one wavering aspect of their entire package: the secondary.
Just like the Packers did, the Lions will let Stafford throw the ball, just as he did when he threw 48 times in Week 1. Stafford found 10 different receivers on Sunday, with five of them tallying over four receptions. Aaron Rodgers accomplished the same feat last week against the 49ers.
This will be a pass-happy offense coming at the 49ers on Sunday.
The problem here: It may be the only chance at defeating San Francisco.
It is not that the 49ers have a weak secondary, but that it happens to be the weakest part of an extremely strong football team suddenly thrust into Super Bowl aspirations.
Stafford will attempt to exploit the secondary based on the fact that Kevin Jones and company will not be able to run the ball on San Francisco’s front line at all. Detroit gave Kevin Smith the ball only 13 times against St. Louis.
The goal here for the clear underdog Detroit Lions is similar to the Packers in last week’s game against the 49ers: Force San Francisco to take Patrick Willis out of the game and add another defensive back, whom they will take advantage of.
However, that defensive back is Perrish Cox, and he played a strong game against the Packers in place of Willis. Odds are if Rodgers and the Packers couldn’t pull it off, then we shouldn’t see much resistance from the Lions either.
For the 49ers, the game plan would appear to be focused on Alex Smith and the slew of wide receiver weapons this team now has. The Lions looked awfully stingy against Steven Jackson and the Rams in Week 1 (Jackson: 21 carries for 53 yards), but Sam Bradford was able to find a good amount of success in the air in his 25 pass attempts, one of which was a touchdown.
The Detroit secondary should not be a problem for Smith, a quarterback who has shown he can take care of the ball at all costs.