The Detroit Lions already suffering from injury, open the 2021 NFL season reception against an expected Super Bowl contender within the San Francisco 49ers. The Lions will begin the season without one among their top offensive linemen, left tackle Taylor Decker. Detroit’s offensive line was a middle-of-the-road group last season, and Decker excelled down the stretch for the Lions. this is often a big blow to Detroit’s top position group. Decker recently underwent successful hand surgery and therefore the time frame for his return is yet to be determined.
In the meantime, it seems head coach Dan Campbell has elected to insert the teams’ no. 7 overall pick from the 2021 NFL Draft, Penei Sewell, in at his natural position of left tackle despite performing on the proper side all summer. After taking last season far away from football thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, alongside trying to find out a completely new position, Sewell has struggled mightily attempting to regulate at the NFL level.
It looks like an odd decision on the part of this coaching staff to slip Sewell back to the left side unless the intention is to go away him at left tackle even when Decker can return to the Detroit lineup. As of now, Sewell mentioned that he would be sliding back to the proper side once Decker returns. If true, the Lions risk losing any progress Sewell has made on the proper side, plus potentially disrupting his confidence. Matt Nelson is predicted to start out at right tackle against the 49ers.
Needless to mention, quarterback Jared Goff is relying on Sewell protecting his blindside, but with Nick Bosa and Dee Ford lurking, this has the makings of an extended afternoon. The Detroit Lions settle with the San Francisco 49ers during a Week One matchup. Here are the sports odds, spread, and predictions. It’s a Detroit Lions team that enters 2021 after a 5-11 season which was good for the last place within the NFC North Division for the third straight season. That was with Matthew Stafford, Marvin Jones, and Danny Amendola. Replace those pieces with Goff, Tyrell Williams, and Amon-Ra St. Brown, and what does one get?
Only time will tell. The 49ers were 6-10 overall last season and a staggering 1-7 reception . Last season the 49ers were struck with many injuries, whether it had been Jimmy Garoppolo, who only played in six games, Bosa, who suffered a season-ending injury within the teams’ second game of the year. Or Dee Ford, who only appeared in one contest. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is widely considered together of the highest play-callers altogether of football.
After making a bid for the Super Bowl just a year prior but falling short, abandoning a fourth-quarter cause Patrick Mahomes and therefore the Kansas City Chiefs. Then there’s this. The 49ers traded up within the 2021 NFL Draft to pick quarterback Trey Lance, a possible Detroit Lions draft target if he would have fallen to no. 7 overall. Lance is predicted to take a seat behind Garoppolo and study, a minimum of for the nonce, and he’s also battling a minor injury.
This could light a fireplace under Jimmy Garoppolo. The league may eventually see what Bill Belichick saw when he drafted what was expected to be Tom Brady’s successor, or he will crumble under pressure? I do expect Garoppolo to return out firing Sunday, as he tries to use in the week One opener against the Detroit Lions to once more establish himself because of the 49ers’ clear-cut starting quarterback.