Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/14/12

Detroit Lions @ San Francisco 49ers

A game being called the "handshake bowl", Jim Schwartz vs. Jim Harbaugh round 2!

Postgame fireworks will only be the exclamation point on a game that is sure to be thrilling.

The Detroit Lions (1-0) have one of the most prolific offenses in the league. Weapons surround Matthew Stafford with the potential to blow up at any moment.

Matthew Stafford was a little of his game last week with three interceptions and only one touchdown.

The yardage was there however (355).

This week's matchup is scary against the No. 1 defense in the league, this does not change his must-start status, however.

Kevin Smith had a good game a week ago but simply put, he is playing the 49ers.

You don't play running backs facing the 49ers. Especially if the ratio of pass to run is 48:18 once again.

Calvin Johnson sat out Wednesday's practice but returned Thursday and Friday, another must-start.

Titus Young is inconsistent and you don't want to play him in this matchup. Nate Burleson is a desperation play at this point and with no bye weeks yet you should not be in desperation mode -- if you are, there's always next year.

Brandon Pettigrew showed why we like him here. Although he missed a couple balls he probably should have caught, Pettigrew's targets (10) and final stats were encouraging (5-77).

Good starts: Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford, Brandon Pettigrew

Middle of the road: Titus Young

Bad starts: Nate Burleson, Tony Scheffler

 

The San Francisco 49ers (1-0) marched into Lambeau field last Sunday night and beat the Green Bay Packers.

A big win for the confidence of this 49ers team.

Alex Smith knows what he needs to do week in and week out to get the 49ers a win.

Smith could have a good game against the Lions but much like last season don't expect 300 yards.

Frank Gore needed only 16 carries to eclipse the 100-yard mark last week.

Here's a little nugget for you, Frank Gore averages more yards per game against the Detroit Lions than any other NFL team. You're welcome.

Kendall Hunter was also impressive and is worth a look if you need a desperation flex play.

Michael Crabtree is on the verge of a breakout season and if you are in a PPR league you need to consider him as a weekly start.

Randy Moss is a red zone target for the 49ers but doesn't play between the 20's as much. If you are fine with hoping for touchdowns, then Moss is your man, but I suggest not.

Vernon Davis is an elite tight end and always a mismatch for defenses. This week is no different, play him.

Good Starts: Frank Gore, Vernon Davis

Middle of the road: Alex Smith, Randy Moss, Michael Crabtree

Bad starts: Kendall Hunter

 

Follow Al King on Twitter @alking906



GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Arkansas House amends law that will keep firearms out of Razorback Stadium

Rougned Odor’s extension with Rangers includes two horses

LaVar Ball would rather Celtics not draft Lonzo

Scot McCloughan: ‘I haven’t touched a drink in a while’

Kristaps Porzingis vs. Nikola Jokic: A comparison

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

DeMarcus Cousins isn’t giving the Kings any bulletin board material in pregame interview

New Astro Josh Reddick looking for ‘hot spots’ like Dave & Buster’s, Arby’s

Scottie Pippen: Phil Jackson the main problem with Knicks

Jerry Jones hints Cowboys looking to trade out of first round

Goldberg clarifies comments about being 'miserable' in WWE return

Elway disagrees with notion Kaepernick is being blackballed

Everything you need to know for the Women's Final Four

The 'It appears as if the Padres aren't even pretending to try in 2017' quiz

MLB promotions we're dying to see teams incorporate

NFL Roundup: Jay Cutler wasted a perfectly good sendoff photo

Box Score 3/30: The calm before the final days of March Madness

The 'So, is this the last ride for the Dead Man?' quiz

Athletes in other sports (or famous professions) who played in the NCAA Tournament

2016 MLB playoff teams that won't make it back this season

Box Score 3/29: Free hats (Caps fans only)

The 'Are you mentally prepared for 'One Shining Moment'?' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Serge Ibaka can't connect

Can the Padres' Christian Bethancourt really succeed at pitcher and catcher?

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Everything you need to know for the Women's Final Four

The 'It appears as if the Padres aren't even pretending to try in 2017' quiz

MLB promotions we're dying to see teams incorporate

NFL Roundup: Jay Cutler wasted a perfectly good sendoff photo

Athletes in other sports (or famous professions) who played in the NCAA Tournament

The 'So, is this the last ride for the Dead Man?' quiz

2016 MLB playoff teams that won't make it back this season

The 'Are you mentally prepared for 'One Shining Moment'?' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Serge Ibaka can't connect

Can the Padres' Christian Bethancourt really succeed at pitcher and catcher?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker