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49ers -9 over Lions
The Lions were the worst defense in the NFC last year and bring back just 5 of their top 11 tacklers from last year. This defense is made up of all new faces and so is the 1st year coaching staff. The 49ers were hit hard with the injury bug last year, but now are much healthier and it’s time for Jimmy Garoppolo to get back to the QB we know he can be. The 49ers bring in new coordinators on both sides of the ball, but they were coaches in this system last year and I don’t expect a drop off due to any new schemes. He is the key in this game. The Lions Offensive Line is already banged up. Taylor Decker is out a few weeks with a finger injury which means Penel Sewell might have to switch sides and what it really means is there are just no guys on this Lions O-Line that are going to be able to stop the likes of Arik Armstead and Nick Bosa’s on this 49ers defensive line that are going to get after Jared Goff. The 49ers should be able to put this team away by scoring on offense and creating more possessions by forcing turnovers along with 3 and outs. The Lions just are not ready on either side of the ball or in their staff to be competitive in this league just yet. Take the 49ers.