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Detroit Lions @ San Francisco 49ers: Lions Preview

by Is_Nefarious | 5 months ago | 0 Comments

Tonight is a big night for Matthew Stafford. After his poor showing during his week one matchup against the stout New York Jets defense. First half for Stafford wasn’t too bad but once the Lions faced a deficit, you could tell that Stafford started to try and force the ball to his receivers. Stafford ended up throwing 4 interceptions and his only touchdown coming in he first half. We expect a bounce back performance for Matthew Stafford and the Detroit’s Lions. Keys to the game: -Offense: Offensively the Lions need to establish the run. Blount was effective while he could be used during the game. He finished the game with a respectable 4.6 yards per carry. As long as the Lions maintain clock and ball control I see no problems with being able to get Blount and Reddick more touches. With the run game being used more it helps Stafford be more protective with the ball. Instead of having to force the ball down field. Especially with the 49ers new off season signing, Richard Sherman. Even coming off an injury he is still a very good corner and should not be taken lightly. -Defense: Overall the defense held the New York Jets only to one touchdown during the first half last week while forcing a turnover while the Jets were driving. It’ should continue as long as they are able to get some pressure on Jimmy Garoppolo. The 49ers are not a team with a lot of weapons offensively. Matt Patricias defense should fair well against the 49ers passing attack. During the offseason the Lions signed their own new toy like the Lions. Newly acquired Jerrick McKinnon is not a between the tackles type of back that will beat you up by running up the middle, like Blount. But he is a running back you have to account for. He’s a very shifty receiving back and a back that can run outside the tackles. The lions will definitely need a good effort from they’d linebackers and safeties to contain him. Overall: Stafford and the offense of the Lions need to eliminate the turnovers. The defense needs to stay in form. Control the ball. Control the game! Players to Watch: Lions -QB Matthew Stafford -RB LeGarrette Blount -DB Cre’veon Leblanc - RE Ezekiel Ansah 49ers - QB Jimmy Garoppolo - 49ers O-Line as a whole - WR Pierre Garçon - TE George Kittle - LB Reuben Foster