Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers - 9/16/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Detroit Lions (0-1) at San Francisco 49ers (0-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 4:05 pm (Levi's Stadium)
The Line: San Francisco 49ers -6 -- Over/Under: 48 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers meet Sunday in NFL action at Levi's Stadium.
The Detroit Lions need a bounce back victory here to prevent their first 0-2 start since the 2015 season. The Detroit Lions have split their last six road games. Matthew Stafford is completing 58.7 percent of his passes for 286 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. Stafford has five touchdown passes and five interceptions in his last three games. Kenny Golladay and Golden Tate have combined for 193 receiving yards and one touchdown while Marvin Jones Jr. has four receptions. The Detroit Lions ground game is averaging 39 yards per contest, and Theo Riddick leads the way with 20 yards on four carries. Defensively, Detroit is allowing 48 points and 349 yards per game. Tavon Wilson leads the Detroit Lions with six tackles, Devon Kennard has one sack and Quandre Diggs has one interception.
The San Francisco 49ers also need their first win of the season to avoid back-to-back 0-2 starts. The San Francisco 49ers have split their last six home games. Jimmy Garoppolo is completing 45.5 percent of his passes for 261 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Garoppolo has five touchdown passes and six interceptions in his last three games. George Kittle and Dante Pettis have combined for 151 receiving yards and one touchdown while Kyle Juszczyk has one reception. The San Francisco 49ers ground game is averaging 90 yards per contest, and Matt Breida leads the way with 46 yards on 11 carries. Defensively, San Francisco is allowing 24 points and 343 yards per game. Fred Warner leads the San Francisco 49ers with 12 tackles, DeForest Buckner has 2.5 sacks and Jaquiski Tartt has one pass deflection.
The Lions are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games in September, 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NFC and 5-1-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The 49ers are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 2. The Lions are 1-4-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings in San Francisco, 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings and the home team is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
I'm never the guy who overreacts or puts too much stock into one game, especially the first game of the season. However, it's fair to say that the Detroit Lions are an awful football team. Stafford continues to come up short when the game counts, the running game hasn't improved no matter who gets the rock and the defense can be gashed. Everything we've seen with the Lions over the years is the exact same stuff we saw Monday night under a new coaching staff. The San Francisco 49ers are sure to play better at home than they did on the road against the Minnesota Vikings, a game that's not easy for any team in the league. I'll lay the chalk here, as I simply have no faith in the Lions and what they're doing.