Detroit Lions: Previewing the week 1 matchup against the 49ers

On Sunday, the Detroit Lions will open the 2021-22 season as the San Franciso 49ers travel to Ford Field. The Lions will be starting a new era under head coach Dan Campbell, while the 49ers look to return to the form that had them in the Super Bowl in 2020. Let’s take a closer look at the Week One matchup.

Detroit is coming off another abysmal year as the team went 5-11 last season, finishing fourth in the NFC North for the third straight year.

The Lions have many questions to answer as the season begins, but the biggest will be where the team will find offensive production aside from Pro Bowl tight end, T.J. Hockenson.

How will the Detroit Lions fare hosting the San Francisco 49ers in week one?

The team has seen a complete overhaul at the WR position, and with new QB Jared Goff being thrown in the mix, this team hasn’t had a lot of time to become comfortable in the offense. The Lions will need new faces to play in big moments this season.

The 49ers want to show the league that last season is behind them and that the organization is ready to chase the NFC crown that they held in the 2019 season.

Last season the 49ers finished last in a loaded NFC West, and with QB controversy entering the mix the season, the team could be searching for a new identity. San Francisco will be lead by their defense and now healthy edge rusher Nick Bosa.

The 49ers lead the all-time series against the Lions 38-28-1, with the pairs last matchup coming in 2018 that saw the 49ers win 30-27.

Per WynnBet, the Lions are currently the betting underdogs for each of their first 16 games this season. The 49ers are 7.5 point favorites next week. Game 17 has yet to have odds posted when the team will close out the season against the Green Bay Packers.

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The NFL season is fastly approaching. The Detroit Lions are ready to welcome back fans to Ford Field and show that the past is the past, and a new era is beginning this season. The time to Defend the Den is upon us. Are you ready, Lions fans?