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The Roar: Lions Look to Rebound in San Francisco

Game Information:

The Detroit Lions (0-1) are on the West Coast to pay a visit to the San Francisco 49ers (0-1) @ Levi’s Stadium. You can catch the action on Fox 2 or on WJR-AM 760 in Motown.

Kickoff is set for 4:05 PM ET.

Briefing:

Monday Night Football was disastrous in Detroit, at least for one side. Matt Patricia’s Lions certainly didn’t start the season on the right foot.

The 49ers didn’t win either, but they didn’t walk away from the stadium that night with their tails between their legs.

Matthew Stafford is coming off the worst performance of his career as he completed 27-of-46 passes for 286 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions.

Not to mention, No. 9’s signs and signals were being picked all night long.

That cannot happen.

With it being a shortened week, for Detroit’s sake, hopefully offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter and Stafford have things figured out.

On San Francisco’s side of the field, they gave the Vikings a run last Sunday in Minnesota, but Jimmy Garoppolo wasn’t all that great in the losing effort.

The 26-year-old quarterback was 15-of-33 for 261 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions.

He’ll have to clean it up a bit as well.

Though, it will be interesting because Detroit’s defense allowed a rookie in Sam Darnold to have a rather strong debut in their own building. Garoppolo, who is familiar with Patricia’s defensive ways from their days in New England together, has more experience than Darnold.

Getting to him in the backfield would help, but that’s been a struggle for the Lions in recent times.

It might not get any easier this time around.

You can make the case that San Francisco is stronger with protection up front than the New York Jets, but they’re battling a few injuries.

Potentially evening that out, if Ziggy Ansah can’t dress due to his shoulder injury, it could be a low pressure afternoon for Garoppolo.

Garoppolo won’t have Marquise Goodwin to throw to as he’s out with a quad injury.

Last Sunday, he connected with tight end George Kittle on five occasions. You can expect a similar nine targets in his direction.

Detroit’s offense will be without T.J. Lang up front and could potentially be without LeGarrette Blount as well. Both guys are nursing back issues.

At least five of San Francisco’s defensive players missed time at practice this week due to ailing injuries. Only two are listed as questionable for the matchup, safety Adrian Colbert and linebacker Malcom Smith.

Prediction:

Matthew Stafford puts together a solid day, but the Lions fall short, 27-24. Robbie Gould with a 49-yard field goal to win it in the waning moments.

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