Will the real Detroit Lions please stand up? Matt Patricia had as bad of a head coaching debut as you can in primetime Monday as the Lions were destroyed by the Jets, 48-17. The 49ers played a great Vikings team tough, but in the end, Jimmy Garoppolo finally lost an NFL game he started.
How to Watch Lions vs. 49ers: Week 2
Where: San Francisco, California
Start: Sunday, Sept. 16, 4:05 p.m. ET
TV Network: FOX
Stream Online: Watch live with fuboTV
The Lions can’t get any worse than they were at home against the Jets. Matthew Stafford threw four INTs and got roughed up on a couple of hard hits from the Jets defense. To make matters worse, their running game was also atrocious, totaling just 39 yards on the ground. Things don’t get any easier going up against Jimmy G on the road Sunday. The Lions have got to fix a lot and keep Stafford from getting destroyed out there if they want to be in any sort of playoff conversation this season.
Garoppolo had a poor Week 1, throwing three INTs and only completing 15 passes. He also went up against the vaunted Vikings defense. He gets a bit of an easier test with the Lions D in their home opener. He’s going to need to get some help from his running game, which unfortunately lost Jerick McKinnon before the season even began to a torn ACL. The 49ers are hoping Matt Breida and Alfred Morris can fill his shoes, although both just are not the receiving backs that McKinnon is.