49ers Week 2 Preview – Lions at the Gates

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Remember when Loki was standing in the middle of the penthouse in Tony Stark’s tower and he screams out, “I am a God” and then the Hulk picks him up and slams him from side to side.

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49er fans felt like the Hulk during the last five games of last season and into the offseason, we felt powerful and unstoppable. Were we being homers, were we blinded that this may take another year or two to finish the rebuild, maybe. But is there really any 49er fan out there that believes it’s all smoke, that we’re just kidding ourselves? If so I’d like to hear your reasoning.

But let us go ahead and Fast forward to September Week 1, once again we felt like the Hulk, but not slamming a “God” like Loki into the ground over and over, but fighting against Thanos as he had done in Avengers 3. After getting beaten by the Vikings, the 49ers were sent back home having lost the fight, just as the Hulk was in the movie. Thanos than took the form of the Jets and on Monday night absolutely decimated the Lions in all three phases of the game.

Now, we have two teams licking the wounds from their Week 1 loss and having to do battle in Week 2. A loss isn’t the end of the world, but a 0-2 start in the new season is less than ideal. The 49ers have beaten themselves in Week 1, and they may be without starting right guard, Mike Person (foot), or backup Joshua Garnett (dislocated toe), as neither has practiced all week. Also, wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (quadricep), who injured himself in the game against the Vikings, has not practiced either.

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On the defensive side of the ball linebacker Malcolm Smith (hamstring) has yet to practice and hasn’t played in a regular season game in over a year and a half. Brock Coyle was placed on injured reserve after suffering a C4 compression fracture in his back…..OUCH. Thankfully Rueben Foster’s two-game suspension will end on Monday and he will be able to rejoin the team.

Despite what we saw with the Lions on Monday night, I’m not going to say this will be an easy game to win. No game is easy, just ask the Steelers after they played the Browns this past Sunday. But the 49ers are not that far off from being a really great team. They were a couple drops away from beating the Vikings and were still within one score at the end of the game.

Reports from the Jets defensive players were the Lions were predictable leading Matthew Stafford into throwing four interceptions. Will they be as predictable this Sunday, or will they have learned from the mistakes they made against the Jets? I do think the 49ers will come out on top in this one and will be 1-1 before having to take on the Chiefs next Sunday in Arrowhead.

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Matt Woolsey

Matt Woolsey

Writer San Francisco 49ers Desk at Sports Talk Line
I was a December baby born in 1980. Married to my beautiful bride Jen for the past 15 years, and father of 3. Been a 49ers fan since the days of Joe Montana, Steve Young, and Jerry Rice. I've been playing fantasy football for almost 20 years, been playing dynasty for the past 5 years. All I can say is I love the game.
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