The San Francisco 49ers finished the 2017 season with five consecutive victories, which created a lot of false Super Bowl hope for fans. Losing a week one clash against the Vikings – a genuine championship contender – should bring expectations down to reasonable.
After getting whipped by Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold during his NFL debut, the Detroit Lions want to rebound and give first year head coach Matt Patricia his first win. Drew Stafford and the Lions looked lackadaisical on both sides of the football, turning the ball over five times throughout the match.
New York defenders knew the plays that the Lions were running before the snap, while Detroit’s defense were helpless against the Jets. Considering coach Patricia was a defensive coordinator for the Patriots, Detroit’s failure across the field doesn’t bode well for the franchise’s new bench boss.
San Francisco put up a solid fight against Minnesota, but ran into a team which features superior talent at every position. The Vikings elite pass rushers managed to sack Jimmy Garoppolo three times and pressure him into throwing a trio of interceptions. Facing a less intense defense in week two will help the 49ers recover their swagger.
Detroit will be considered the underdog for this matchup, but could upset the 49ers if Garoppolo doesn’t take care of the ball while the Lions stifle San Francisco’s running game.