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San Francisco 49ers vs. Detroit Lions Open Thread

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Date: September 21, 2008
Time: 1:05pm PST
Location: Bill Walsh Field @ Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA
Records: 49ers (1-1) Lions (0-2) Spread: 49ers -5; Over/Under 46.5; Money Line: 49ers -210, Lions +175 - I'd take the over in this game.
Weather: 66°, 10% chance of showers, wind W 8 mph
TV Broadcast: Fox - Dick Stockton, Brian Baldinger, Brian Billick
Radio: 107.7 The Bone, 680/1050 KNBR - Joe Starkey, Gary Plummer, Rod Brooks
Spanish Radio: KIQI 1010-AM, KATD 990-AM - Fernando Arias and Ambrosio Rico
Lions Coverage: Pride of Detroit

Streaming Video Options

Sports Bar Thread

Week 3 Prediction Contest - If you forgot to pick any of the games, you can always just predict the later ones to get any points you can. If you miss all of today's you can just pick MNF if you want.

49ers: Questionable - CB Donald Strickland; Out - CB Shawntae Spencer, OT Jonas Jennings

Lions: Probable - S Gerald Alexander, QB Drew Stanton, DT Langston Moore; Questionable - DT Cory Redding, DE Corey Smith, LB Jordon Dizon

Inactives (Updated 12:40pm)49ers: CB Shawntae Spencer, CB Donald Strickland, CB Marcus Hudson, QB Jamie Martin, OT Jonas Jennings, C Cooper Wallace, LB Tully Banta-Cain, LB Ahmad Brooks

Lions: QB Drew Stanton, CB Ramzee Robinson, LB Jordon Dizon, G Manny Ramirez, T Damion Cook, DE Cliff Avril, DT Andre Fluellen, DT Landon Cohen

Interest stat in Maiocco's blog yesterday: In the 67 49ers games since 2004, the 49ers have won 19 games and only two of them were by more than a touchdown. Today's game had an opening line of -3.5 and has since moved to -5. Folks are putting money down on the 49ers because let's face it, Detroit just doesn't appear to be that good.

Good teams, playoff teams, are able to win decisively over teams they're clearly better than. A crappier team might stick around, but the good teams eventually put them away. We don't know for sure (or really even at all) if the 49ers are a good team. Last week's game was mentioned by MM as a "GPS game" and I think this might count as one as well in a manner of speaking. As banged up as Seattle was last week, it was still the four-time defending NFC West champs. This week, the 49ers appear to be the better team, and accordingly, they should handle their business. The 49ers need to take the early lead and then they need to go for the jugular. We'll see if they can step up and do it.

And just a reminder, but I posted the link above to the FanPost discussing potential options for streaming video of the game if you aren't in the viewing region. Here it is again, if you missed it.