San Francisco 49ers
Tigers manager Jim Leyland has justifiably been raked over the coals this season for some bizarre lineup decisions and some questionable in-game moves.
The Lions had just lost, 27-19, to the 49ers and already coach Jim Schwartz was setting the tone for this week.
San Francisco’s stingy defense denied Matthew Stafford another milestone, Vernon Davis caught touchdown passes of 21 and 23 yards from Alex Smith, and the 49ers beat the Detroit Lions 27-19 on Sunday night in a September showdown of NFC powers.
It is extremely early in the season, but the NFC North looks winnable for the Lions.
One of the cool things about covering the NFL is getting a chance to talk to the opposing players and coaches throughout the week.
First, the passing game for the 9ers isn’t there yet.
To most, the headline for the game Sunday is Lions vs. 49ers, a battle between two young and dynamic contenders in the NFC. It’s Jim Harbaugh vs. Jim Schwartz, two young and brash head coaches whose post-game handshake at the end of last season’s game nearly triggered a brawl.
Cornerback Chris Houston still sees a dangerous threat when he watches 49ers receiver Randy Moss on film — it’s just a different kind of danger.
The Lions have to travel to San Francisco to play the 49ers on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. It is a tough matchup, which leads to this notion: Should the Lions be going all out to try and win this game?
If these Detroit Lions and the San Francisco 49ers players, coaches and mascots were to go mano a mano in a fight, which one would win?