I might argue that in some ways the Lions and 49ers are similar teams... Young players trying to grow into their skills...
I can probably name more talented players on the Lions than the 49ers... but that doesn't mean the 49ers don't have some good players.
I'd say the coaches are a big part of getting things going in the right direction at both of these places.
I am kind of surprised, though, that the Lions lost today... not that I think poorly of the 49ers, but I didn't see this as the week the Lions would stumble because I figured they would be prepared and the 49ers wouldn't surprise them.
Truthfully, I think you're right in your evaluation of the Lions. I actually like the Lions, but I couldn't resist a little ribbing aimed at the OP (all in good fun, of course). The Lions are good, but I don't see them getting past the Packers this year. Next year, I think, will be the year for them to make a run @ the Pack.
I didn't like the 49ers chances this week. Lets face it - 49ers need to run to be successful, and the Lions D-Line is pretty good. And I think the advantage goes to the Lions receivers over the 49ers secondary, as well.
I like the 49ers, but I didn't think that we could see this sort of improvement in such a short amount of time - with no training camp, even. It's been a fun year, so far. It's been a long time with nothing to cheer about for NFL fans in the Bay Area!