By LG

The San Fransisco 49ers are faced with a tall task this week. If the 49ers are going to win their second game of the 2012 season the defense is going to have to stop Matthew Stafford, or at least slow him down. The 49ers defense is going to have to play with the same intensity their hear coach Jim Harbaugh has. The team needs to find a way to take it onto the field with them. Stafford can eat your lunch once he gets going. In week one Stafford put up 355 yards passing. The Detroit Lions had 429 yards of total offense. Not only does the 49ers defense have to stop Staffords passing attack they are faced with trying to stop the run too.

On the offensive side of the ball 49ers quarterback Alex Smith is going to have to elevate his game to a higher level, the Lions defense likes to bring the pressure to the quarterback. If Smith is going to be successful he is going to have to make quick reads and get the ball off before the Detroit defense gets to him. In week one Smith had 211 yards passing and 2 touchdowns. This could fall short if Stafford continues to air it out as he did in week one.

Frank Gore had a great rushing game in week one, he may not be able to repeat that performance against the Lions defense. The game could come down to a defensive struggle if the 49ers can slow down Stafford. If the 49ers are going to start the season 2-0 they are going to have to stop Stafford. If they can keep him under pressure, this game could be the game of the week. If not it is going to be one long day for the 49ers defense….

Carlos Rogers, Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks all got to Rodgers last week for a sack, they have to bring to Stafford this week. Pure and simple bring the pressure for 60 minutes and the 49ers have a chance. They cannot let up on a guy like Stafford…..

 

 

 

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  1. sportsbaron1

    “The Detroit Lions had 429 yards of total offense. Not only does the 49ers defense have to stop Staffords passing attack they are faced with trying to stop the run too…”

    WELL, not so fast. If the Lions generated 429 yards of offense last week and 355 of it came courtesy of Matt Stafford’s rocket arm, that would mean that Detroit–as usual–was no threat to speak of on the ground. And if the 49’ers (who appear to be as alert and rock-ribbed on defense as the Chicago Bears once were several years ago)KNOW you have to pass in order to move the chains, then I’d say the Lions are going to have their hands full trying to score this weekend (IN SAN FRANCISCO)–just like the Packers did last week (AT HOME) against this well-coached bunch.

    It would surprise me greatly if it turns out that I’m wrong on this one, but I think San Francisco is going to eat MATT STAFFORD’s lunch this Sunday–not the other way around…

    Clifford
    Santa Monica

     

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