Next up: The surprising 4-1 Niners
DETROIT — Perhaps the Detroit Lions should get used to the spotlight.
All eyes were on Ford Field on Monday night for the Lions 24-13 win over the Chicago Bears in the nationally televised divisional game.
On Sunday, again the Lions (5-0) will be involved in perhaps the biggest NFL game of the day when they host the San Francisco 49ers (4-1).
The 49ers, under new head coach Jim Harbaugh (yes, that Jim Harbaugh) have been the surprise coming out of the NFC West.
With a new head coach, coordinators and several key players it was thought the 49ers, who finished last season 6-10, might be a team to struggle out of the gate due to the lack of offseason training because of the NFL lockout.
But they have surprised most everyone including the Tampa Bay Bucs who they embarrassed 48-3 on Sunday.
The Lions, who have played San Francisco just once at Ford Field, have not beaten the 49ers since Sept. 25, 1995.
Quarterback Alex Smith has also been a surprise this season. He’s completed 83 of 126 attempts for 965 yards, seven touchdowns and just one interception. In his seventh NFL season, Smith also rushed for another score.
Against the Lions, he will be without his top wide receiver Joshua Morgan. Late in Sunday’s game Morgan sustained a broken bone in his lower right leg. It was announced on Monday that he will required surgery and will miss significant time.
The game against the 49ers will be the second of three straight home games for the Lions. They will host the Atlanta Falcons (2-3) on Oct. 23 before heading to Denver (1-4) on Oct. 30 for their final game prior to the bye week.
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