ALLEN PARK, Mich. Detroit Lions offensive guard Rob Sims has been pointing to Sundays matchup against San Francisco defensive tackle Justin Smith since the day the NFL schedule was released.
It is one of the main reasons why Sims, in his seventh year in the NFL, gained about 15 pounds during the off-season.
Sims couldnt handle Smith a year ago in the 49ers' 25-19 victory in Detroit. Smith, who is 6-foot-4, 285 pounds, completely dominated in the trenches. He made nine tackles (eight solo) and 1 sacks.
He was definitely one of the guys I had in mind when I was putting the weight on, said Sims, who is 6-3, 313 pounds now. You know Week 2 youre playing Justin Smith.
Sims, 28, admitted his mentality is a little different this week.
Thats what happens in the NFL when youre going up against one of the best.
Smith, 32, a Pro Bowl selection the last three years, is simply relentless. He has started 171 consecutive games and made 154 more tackles than any other defensive lineman in t...