We have several juicy storylines to follow. Two major storylines to follow: Lion’s high flying offense versus a stingy 49ers defense and possibly, Jim Harbaugh vs. Jim Schwartz.
But we tend to forget the 49ers much-improved offense. Did this unit not put up 30 points against a Green Bay Packers defense that was supposed to be much improved?
Some critics would point to the fact that the Packers are horrid on that end of the football, but can they explain what occurred in week 2?
The Packers faced their long time divisional rival in the Chicago Bears, and locked up a victory, not with their explosive offense, but rather, through the strength of the defense and running game.
This Packers squad is not a team known for winning games ugly, unlike their NFC counterparts in the 49ers. The Packers are a finesse team, but their play against the Bears in week 2 was somewhat unconventional, to say the least.
Chicago isn’t a slouch, and their defeat showed revealed two things about both the Packers and the 49ers. The Packers aren’t as bad on the defensive end, and the 49ers offense isn’t as limited as we have come to think.
What does this mean for the 49ers in their upcoming matchup with the Lions?
Who knows? The 49ers could stink it up on offense, and still come out looking impressive, because most fans understand that this is a team that will consistently win on the strength of their defense and running game.
The 49ers understand their identity, but a new wrinkle has been added to their offense.
This is an Alex Smith led-passing attack that continues to get better as each game passes. This is a passing attack that should be respected.
Opposing teams will still formulate game plans that hope to stop the 49ers running attack, but with this current Niners squad, don’t be surprised if Jim Harbaugh and Alex Smith decide to put on an aerial show.