The 49ers catch a break this week, as the awful Detroit Lions come to town, fresh off a week one 48-17 thrashing by the New York Jets. A rather inauspicious debut for Lions’ HC Matt Patricia, who begins his post-Belichick career with a resounding thud.
The Niners should win this game easily, even if Robbie Gould has to kick 10 field goals. The defense is stout enough to handle the one-pronged attack of the Lions and the Detroit defense does not seem to exist. If fact, this game could be a laugher, somewhat of a rare occurrence for the Niners in recent years. The only thing going for the Lions is Patricia’s familiarity with Jimmy Garoppolo from their three years together in New England.
The Rams were the only NFC West team to win on opening weekend, but the Cardinals were the only one of the losers to get their butts kicked. It seems safe to say that at least the 49ers will be relinquishing their grip on last place in the division this coming season and Arizona will be replacing them.
Of course, it’s probably also fair to point out that the first three weeks of the season are always a bit unconventional, so we might be back here next week singing somewhat of a different tune.