Detroit Lions (0-1) at San Francisco 49ers (0-1)
NFL Football: Sunday September 16th 2018 at 4:05 PM EDT (Levi’s Stadium)
Line & Odds: San Francisco 49ers -3.5
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The Lions and 49ers are coming off tough losses in week one. Detroit was only down 17-10 at the half against the New York Jets, but then gave up 31 points in the third quarter and the game was over before they knew it. Meanwhile, San Francisco was in the game against the Minnesota Vikings, but the Niners were their own worst enemy, by dropping numerous amounts of wide open passes, that probably would have led to some touchdowns. Both these teams are frustrated and would like to have strong starts to this game. Most of all, the Lions and 49ers, want to play a solid 60 minute game, to make up for all the errors and poor play in week one. Detroit is trying to make the playoffs this season and the Niners will continue to see where the Jimmy Garoppolo hype can lead them. Sundays quarterbacks are Matthew Stafford vs Jimmy Garoppolo.
The Detroit Lions lost to the New York Jets 48-17 in week one. Detroit had a strong to start this game on defense when Quandre Diggs intercepted the first pass from Sam Darnold and took it to the endzone for a pick six. That play was the early hype in this game for the Lions. Later on, Detroit simply collapsed in the third quarter on defense and Matthew Stafford didn’t light up the scoreboard. Stafford was 27/46, with 286 passing yards, and four interceptions. Those interceptions led to great field position for the Jets offense and it turned into a college football score really quick. Also, the Lions rushing game never got going. Theo Riddick had four carries, for 20 yards total and Kerryon Johnson had five carries, for 17 yards on the day. The only bright spot for Detroit was wide receiver Kenny Golladay, who had seven receptions and went for 114 yards. Even the Lions special teams stunk up the field, as Matt Prater missed two field goals. Last season, Detroit was 9-7 and just missed a wild card playoff spot. This team knows how to score as they were fourth in the NFC in points scored. However, they were 11th in points given up and that needs to be tightened up, if they want to be a 10 plus win team this season. The Lions get an F for their all around performance in week one and should be able to clean things up a bit soon, since its early in the season.
The San Francisco 49ers lost to the Minnesota Vikings 24-16 in week one. San Francisco knew that it was going to be tough to win on the road, against a Vikings team that went to the NFC title game last season. Minnesota also shared the best home record in the league, with the New Orleans Saints, at 7-1. Despite all the statistics, the 49ers could have easily won this game 28-17. San Francisco had a slow start on offense in the first quarter, but at least the defense held the Vikings to a field goal. In the second quarter, the 49ers dropped a wide open pass in the endzone and they had to settle for a field goal. Late in the second quarter, Alfred Morris fumbled at the one yard line and turned the ball over. So, the game could have been tied at 10 at the half. The turning point came in the third quarter, when Minnesota was up 10-3. Jimmy Garoppolo threw a perfect air pass to George Kittle, that would have been a touchdown, but instead it was dropped by the niners tight end. The very next play, Garoppolo threw a pick six and the Vikings were up 17-3. From there, the Niners continued to battle and more missed opportunities led to field goals. San Francisco had time for one more drive up the field, to try and tie the game, but it was short lived, as Jimmy G threw his third interception of the day. So, this was an ugly loss for the Niners, but also a good game for them as well. Sure they missed a lot of wide open catches and had some costly mistakes, but they definitely could have had an upset win, against the mighty Vikings. Garoppolo was 15/33, with 261 yards, one touchdown pass, and three interceptions. Only one interception was really his fault because of the missed Kittle catch and another receiver slipped on a throw. Still Jimmy G could have been a little sharper from the beginning and we know he can put the ball where it needs to be. Other 49er standouts were DeForest Buckner and Dante Pettis. Buckner had 2.5 sacks in the game and Pettis made a great catch in the corner of the endzone for the Niners only touchdown. The 49ers overall performance gets a C- because the offense was way below average of what its capable of and the defense was solid in the second half, but let the team down with some mental errors for penalties. This Niners game was played like it was another preseason game and expect the team to not fool around in the home opener this Sunday.
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So, we can expect a cleaner football game this Sunday with a lot of scoring. Detroit has a veteran quarterback in Stafford and the Lions will try to roar early. The Lions just need to not collapse in the second half again. Meanwhile, Jimmy G is probably frustrated with his week one performance and will look to clean up some of those ugly passes and make those throws shine like he does. It will mostly be on the receivers for the 49ers to win this game because lets face it, Garoppolo put the ball where it needed to be last week, and the catches just weren’t made. Both teams will come out trying to score early, the 49ers field goals will fill in any wasted drives, and San Francisco will pull away in third quarter and go on to win 30-20. The 49ers will cover the spread of -3.5.
Pick: San Francisco 49ers -3.5