by Inside the Redzone staff – JF
San Francisco 49ers (4-1) at Detroit Lions (5-0)
Gametime: 1:00 PM Eastern Sunday
Frank Gore finally looks like he is back from the hip injury but now faces one of the best defensive lines in the NFL, featuring the games best young defensive tackle. The 49ers are not a flashy offensive team. They focus on running the ball and Alex Smith is doing a good job on not turning the ball over. The 49ers defense is caring this team. Look for Gore to continue to get the majority of the offense’s workload. Gore will get 90 yards rushing at 1 touchdown to go along with 30 yards receiving. Smith will go for 200 and a touchdown to Vernon Davis.
The Matthew Stafford to Calvin Johnson connection has been a popular act this year. If this keeps up, this duo might be connecting in a playoff game or two. The 49ers have the 12th best defense in the league and a great run defense, lead by the game’s best middle linebacker in the NFL Patrick Willis. The 49ers only give up 76 rushing yards a game. Good thing for the Lions that they focus on the passing game, where the 49ers give up an average of 264 yards a game. Look for the Lions to exploit the 49ers secondary. Stafford will go for 300+ and 3 touchdowns (Calvin Johnson will get 2 and Petigrew get 1). Best will have a tough day against the Run defense getting 50 yards rushing, but could get a few swing passes.