The Best Game in the NFL

The last time the Detroit Lions beat the San Francisco 49ers the year was 1995 and Matt Stafford was entering the first grade. The Lions have gone 0-13 since then but the organization has made some obvious changes in the past few that seem to have broken the miserable Motor City mould. Timing is perfect for the feature game as both teams are 1-0 and have a lot riding on them after successful campaigns last year. Let's not forget the events that occurred after their last game, which will no doubt be something to keep an eye out for just in case. Today I pick who I think will have the biggest impact on the game, thus making him my InGamer Captain.

The pressure to be #1 is officially on for the 49ers after a big victory against the Packers; but it's more on quarterback Alex Smith than anything. This is why I would avoid captaining him at all costs. I would even wait to see how his first quarter goes before I even think of putting him in the game.

If this is the case look to the defense, San Fran's strongest suit. Stafford is known for taking big hits and getting up, so I'm sure the 49ers are looking for some sacks. I recommend ILB Patrick Willis, LB Ahmad Brooks and LB Patrick Willis as any good bets to rough up young Matt.

On the offense there's some obvious choices for stand outs. In the air WR Calvin Johnson is a threat each week, so consider CB's Tarrell Brown and Carlos Rogers at the same time to maximize effectiveness. On the ground I would opt for RB Frank Gore, the best alternative in case of a Smith let down. The 49ers are solid as they have yet to give up a turnover in six games dating back to the regular season last year, but with pressure like that on Smith you never know how he'll handle it.

My Special Pick of the game will go to two players; WR Titus Young, a much discussed fantasy sleeper and second option for Stafford should Johnson be kept with double coverage. The other goes to K David Akers after nailing the 63-yarder last week in Green Bay. For 1 point per yard in a game that I'm expecting to be close it may come down to the kicker. At least we know Akers is good for it and has shown he deserves a chance.

My pick...The 49ers!!!!


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