49ers 30, Lions 27

As expected, the 49ers rebounded from their loss in Minnesota to easily barely handle the toothless scrappy Detroit Lions.

After controlling the game for three quarters, the Niners held a 17 point lead with 11 minutes to go in the fourth quarter and looked to be cruising to victory. But it took a punt return TD nullified by an illegal block and an ugly interception redeemed by an opposite field holding call for the Niners to finally stop Detroit from tying or winning in the final minute of play.

Jimmy Garoppolo was sacked six times and had a modest day at the helm throwing for 200 yards and two TDs, but RB Matt Breida went nuts, rolling up 138 yards on 11 carries, including a 66 yard TD run. It remains to be seen whether this was a breakout game for Breida or just a one time fluke.

CB Ahkello Witherspoon had the opposite kind of day. In the fourth quarter, he was benched, reinserted, then benched again. It could have been a lot worse if Detroit QB Matthew Stafford hadn’t overthrown wide open receivers four times. Replacing Witherspoon was Jimmie Ward, who is not playing much at all these days. He’s lost his FS job and his nickle back job and his CB job.

The defense should get a boost this week with the return of suspended LB Reuben Foster. It could use a boost after giving up 427 yards to the Lions. Especially heading to Kansas City next week, a team going a bit ape on offense the first two games.

After two games, the defense looks little more than average, but the most concerning issue is the entirely mortal play of Garoppolo. He looks nothing like the quick release wunderkind from last season’s year end five game winning streak.

Lastly, without there being a firstly, or a secondly for that matter, two games into the season and we already have two ties in the two North divisions of the two Conferences. Too odd to not bear a mention.



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19 comments on “49ers 30, Lions 27
  1. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The thought did cross my mind regarding JWard whether he’s being kept healthy for a possible Trade Skeebs.
    Hefty Contract of course but…a situation such that Atlanta suffered with Keanu Neal made me wonder. Just a little bit.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Probably hard to get much in return for a guy who gets injured tying his shoelaces.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    This might explain a few things: “Jimmy Garoppolo has taken 17 hits this season, more than any other quarterback except Deshaun Watson, who has taken 21.”

  4. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    True 😀

    Supply and demand principles apply in very strange ways in this game though.

    Sam Bradford can damn near own his own Country with all the money he’s stolen from the League with a similar history.
    But…he plays the right position I guess?

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Not for long.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Patriots give up a 5th-round pick to get Josh Gordon and get back a late-round pick if he isn’t active for 10 games.”

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The games against the Bucs and Bears suddenly don’t look like automatic wins.

  8. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    I still like the odds of taking down Da Bears Skeebs.
    Mitchell T doesn’t scare me and, we can put up better options on Offense IMO.

    Lets see how we rebound in KC.
    Not liking our chances with respect to the near meltdown vs MoTown tho.
    If, (if) we clean up our coverages, Foster/Coyle should fare well enough against KHunt to allow the DBs some additional pass focus on the deeper stuff.
    Sherman will get tested in KC I think. Speed on the outside in KC is much better than Detroit could muster.
    Then, there’s Kelce.
    Not liking this matchup.
    Reid will wing it around.
    Need to have pass D show up early and hold them in check or this will be ugly. Quickly.

  9. winderNo Gravatar says:

    The way KC is playing there is no way at this point we are good enough to beat em. We will see what our players are made of in this one though. I think some are still riding last years record and a good beat-down just might be what the doctor ordered.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    This KC game reminds me of the 2009 season under Iron Mike where the Niners went into Indy to face an undefeated Colts team that was rolling over opponents scoring 30+ points a game under Peyton Manning.

    Nobody gave them a chance but the Niners were in the game until the end losing 18-14.

    Mahomes is hotter than hell now but he’s going to cool down in a big way and it might as well be this weekend.

    Another Maiocco GPS game where we can gauge how much fight this team has in them.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Mahomes is on pace to throw 80 TD passes for the season.

    NFL record belongs to Manning who tossed 55 TDs in 2013

  12. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Chiefs 42-16

  13. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit it is a GPS game IMO as well.

    KC isn’t the dominant Defense we faced in MN.
    Conversely, Stafford missed a ton of open Receivers last week that Mahomes likely won’t.

    Out best shot is to play keep away. TOP will be key.
    We don’t have a pass rush that scares anyone and, Reid/Mahomes practice a traditional WCO with quick-hitters on time.
    Clamp down on the short stuff on Defense, while pounding the rock on Offense is how we steal a W on Sunday.
    KC is a tough venue to begin with but, at least it’s not a cold weather event.

    If we allow an early lead to Mahomes, I highly doubt we can win a shootout right now.

    We can win 24-20 or, lose 42-30.
    I’ll give a prediction once the injuries/scratches are given later in the week.

  14. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, then baffle them with bullshit.

    What? How does that apply to football.

    Remember a game against INDY with Peyton Manning. We would not let him do any pre-snap reads of our D. All of the front 7 just walking around until the ball got snapped.

    Hilarious.

  15. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Whatever works Bakkentom.
    I’d apply a similar approach.
    Mahomes has not proven to be a cerebral type just yet.
    He’s a quick-trigger/accurate thrower at this point.
    Mess up his timing and we might hang around in this one.
    Let him jump out to an early lead and it becomes a track meet.

    Would much rather lean on the ground game (if possible) and, play keep-away.

    Tyreek/Kareem and Kelce have to be kept in check.
    No small task IMO.
    Keeping everything in front on Defense is key.
    Don’t want a track meet for this one.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Against the Lions Jimmy G was looking too much for Kittle rather than going to other options or checkdowns which resulted in coverage sacs.

    Against the Chefs he needs to go to whatever they give him and be less predictable. Those sacks were drive killers and it hard to overcome second or third and long. The old “keep ahead of the chains” would serve the Niners well this week.

  17. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Bullitt, I agree. I think he clearly is missing Goodwin. Also DCs have more film on him now. This is where the arms race starts: He’s got to adjust to their adjustments to keep having success. That’s where Kaepernick fell apart.

    Also helps if the O-line holds up better. McGlinchy will improve as the year goes on. The guards? I’m far less optimistic.

  18. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Agree Grumpy – Goodwin would tip the scales for me too in KC.
    Tyreek and ‘Quise will stretch a Secondary in a blink.
    Still feel better in a Defensive battle vs a shootout though.
    Gotta control TOP in this one.

  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2018 Schedule
9-9, L: Vikings 24, 49ers 16
9-16, W: 49ers 30, Lions 27
9-23, L: Chiefs 38, 49ers 27
9-30, L: Chargers 29, 49ers 27
10-7, L: Cardinals 28, 49ers 18
10-15, L: Packers 33, 49ers 30
10-21, L: Rams 39, 49ers 10
10-28, L: Cardinals 18, 49ers 15
11-1, W: 49ers 34, Raiders 3
11-12, L: Giants 27, 49ers 23
11-25, L: Tampa 27, 49ers 9
12-2, L: Seattle 43, 49ers 16
12-9, W: 49ers 20, Broncos 14

12-16: vs. Seattle, 1:05 pm, Sun.
12-23: vs. Bears, 1:05 pm, Sun.
12-30: @ Rams, 1:25 pm, Sun.
 
2018 Draft Class
1. OT Mike McGlinchey
2. WR Dante Pettis
3. LB Fred Warner
3. DB Tarvarius Moore
4. DE Kentavius Street
5. CB D.J. Reed
6. S Marcell Harris
7. DT Jullian Taylor
7. WR Richie James
 
2018 Prognostications
Closest to the Pin:
  Mr Fletch: 7-9

Bakkentom: 8-8
Grumpy: 8-8
Winder: 8-8
Bullit: 9-7
NJ49er: 9-7
Skeebers: 10-6
Spitblood: 0-16
Rob!!!: 16-0

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