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NFL Week 6 Preview: Key NFC Matchups: San Francisco 49ers vs. Detroit Lions

Written by Andrew Scofield   
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 09:36

2011 NFL Week 6 San Francisco 49ers vs. Detroit Lions OddsSports Betting Online Overview
The San Francisco 49ers were expected to be an improved football team this season over last season. Considering that the 49ers finished last season with a record of 6-10, there was a lot of room for improvement. What people did not expect is a potent San Francisco offense backed up by a dominating defense. The 49ers are in the top half of the league in scoring and the top half of the league in least points allowed. Its defense is highlighted by defensive ends Ray McDonald and Justin Smith who are averaging a little better than a sack per game between them. The 49ers’ defense is all about speed, and it is something that has served them well so far this season. In week five, the San Francisco 49ers made a statement by beating the up and coming Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-3. San Francisco would love to make another statement by beating the up and coming Detroit Lions in week six.

The Lions are driving the price per head bookmaking services crazy with second-half comebacks.

The Lions are 4-0, and most of those wins came in the second half of games that it looked like the Lions were out of. Quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson are becoming the prolific duo that everyone was expecting. The only thing left to get going on offense is running back Jahvid Best. In four games played, Best has only 190 total yards on the ground. If Detroit can get its running game going, then there is no telling how far this team can go.

San Francisco 49ers
There is no hoopla surrounding this 49ers team because there are no superstars just yet. The closest thing the price per head services in San Francisco have for a recognizable player is running back Frank Gore. At quarterback, the 49ers have gone back to Alex Smith and Smith has played decently this season. He is averaging a little under two touchdown passes per game, but the biggest improvement for Smith is that he has only thrown one interception this season. Alex Smith has definitely benefited from having former NFL quarterback Jim Harbaugh as his new head coach.

Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions finally get first round draft pick Nick Fairley on the football field after a preseason injury sidelined Fairley for the first four weeks of the season. Ever since he was made the first NFL pick for the Lions in the 2011 draft, Detroit has had dreams of second-year defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh and Fairley teaming up to dominate opposing offenses. Now that the time has come to put these two pieces together, the already aggressive and strong Detroit defense gets even more potent.

The Bottom Line
This should be a great football game. Any MLB odds for playoff games will be playing second fiddle to this NFL matchup. There are two good defenses and two good offenses squaring off here, but the difference in this game will be Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions offense. Stafford has a lot of weapons to utilize against a San Francisco defense that tends to over-commit at times. It will also be interesting to watch the continued development of the Detroit defense now that Fairley is on the field.

NFL Betting Picks: Detroit Lions

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