The Sunday night football game for week 2 in the NFL featuresÂ Detroit vs San Francisco. The 49ers made headlines in week one when they went into Green Bay and squashed the Packers. That win pushed this team to the top of the power rankings in the NFL and made the 49ers a super bowl favorite.
The Detroit Lions struggled in week one against the lowly St. Louis Rams. Quarterback Matthew Stafford turned the ball over on several occasions and this team needed a late drive to escape at home with a victory. The Lions will have to have a much better performance against the 49ers if they want to be considered contenders in the NFC.
The Detroit vs San Francisco betting line has the 49ers as (-7) point favorites and the total set at 47. The money line is 49ers (-300) and Bovada Sportsbook offers live betting on Sunday night football as well as prop bets.
Despite the betting line, it is important not to overreact early in the NFL season. This is exactly what has happened with both of these teams. The Packers are a different team than the Lions and although the 49ers win was impressive, they have to play the Lions differently.
The Lions have a tougher defensive front led by Ndamukong Suh who will be able to match up against the 49ers running backs. Frank Gore had a good day against the Packers but will have a tougher time running against the Lions. This will put the pressure on Alex Smith to win the game through the air.
Stafford and super star Calvin Johnson will move the ball against the 49ers defense and have a few betting trends that back the road team in this game. The Road team is 3-1-2 against the spread (ATS) in their last six meetings and the underdog is 3-1-2 ATS in the last six games. These two teams are eager to play one another after the recent meeting.
These two teams have a history. After a win against the Lions head coach Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz had a very interesting handshake. The video of the handshake went viral as the coaches started a scrum with both sides yelling at each other.[youtube]http://youtu.be/dWvZGR5xfXw[/youtube]
It ended peacefully, but will once again make headlines this week when these coaches meet again.
These two teams will go toe-to-toe in one of the best Sunday night games of the year. These teams will fight all the way to the final gun and it will be a very close game where the points will be at a premium. Take the points and the Detroit Lions on the road against the 49ers.
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