Lions vs 49ers NFL Week 2 Lines & Expert Pick

Lions vs 49ers NFL Week 2 Lines & Expert Pick

Written by on September 12, 2018

It’s never ideal to open the new NFL season with a loss, but it goes without saying that going 0-2 is a whole lot worse. With just 16 games in the regular season, getting into an early hole dramatically decreases the chances of a team making it to the playoffs. You also have to consider that a pair of losses to start the season does little for the confidence, while also heaping on the pressure that some teams are just not equipped to handle. The Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers both fell to defeat in NFL Week 1 of the season and are now desperate for a win that might help right the ship. The loss that the 49ers took in the opening week was not totally unexpected, but the same cannot be said for the Lions, as they were pummeled by a Jets team that many people believed would struggle this year. We will have a better idea of where each of these teams is at after this one. The 49ers are in as a 6 point home favorite, with the point total set at 46.

Lions vs 49ers NFL Week 2 Lines & Expert Pick

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Why bet on the Detroit Lions?

Despite his best efforts, QB Matthew Stafford was just not able to dig out of the hole that his defense dug for him in Week 1. Stafford threw for 300 yards, which is common practice for him, but could only lead his team to 17 points in a disastrous 48-17 loss to the New York Jets. Given that the Lions were essentially forced to start throwing the football all over the field from the start, their rushing numbers look a little bleaker than expected, as they managed just 39 yards on the ground in Week 1. This is not the match-up they would have hoped for in their second week given that the Lions are just 1-9 against the 49ers in their last 10 meetings. In the last 9 games played in San Francisco, the Lions have gone just 1-6-2 ATS, with 6 of the last 8 going UNDER.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Average Score For: 17.00
  • Total Yards: 339.00
  • Rush Yards: 39.00
  • Passing Yards: 300.00
Defense
  • Average Score Against: 48.00
  • Total Yards: 349.00
  • Rush Yards: 169.00
  • Passing Yards: 180.00

Why bet on the San Francisco 49ers?

There was a belief that the momentum gained with the 5 straight wins to end last season would carry over into 2018, but the 49ers now know that there is still a lot of work to be done before they get back near the top. They opened the season with a 24-16 loss to a Minnesota Vikings team widely tipped to win the Super Bowl. Moving the ball on the Vikings is never an easy task and that proved to be accurate last week, with the 49ers getting just 329 yards of total offense. Lions vs 49ers should be a victory for San Francisco. This week should give us a better idea of what they can do on the offensive side of the football since San Francisco has dominated the Lions in recent meets. Besides being 9-1 SU versus the Lions in the last 10, they are also 6-2-2 ATS in those games.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Average Score For: 16.00
  • Total Yards: 327.00
  • Rush Yards: 90.00
  • Passing Yards: 237.00
Defense
  • Average Score Against: 24.00
  • Total Yards: 343.00
  • Rush Yards: 116.00
  • Passing Yards: 227.00

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Latest Lions vs 49ers NFL Week 2 Betting Trends

  • Detroit is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Detroit is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games when playing San Francisco
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Detroit’s last 10 games
  • San Francisco is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • San Francisco is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Francisco’s last 7 games at home

Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction

The 49ers have had this match-up all to themselves in recent years, so look for them to win and cover here, with the point total falling just UNDER. Score: Detroit Lions 14 – San Francisco 49ers 27