Lions vs 49ers: 10 Keys to the Game for Detroit

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Lions vs 49ers: 10 Keys to the Game for Detroit
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Is it just me, or does this game suddenly have a hint of doom to it?

Despite both the Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers being 1-0 to start the season, these are teams with very different public perceptions right now.

Last Sunday, the Lions squeaked out a last-second comeback victory against the St. Louis Rams, who finished last season 2-14.

By contrast, the 49ers dominated the Green Bay Packers—who were 15-1 last season and a Super Bowl favorite—from kickoff to final whistle, which is something few thought possible by anyone.

That said, we're talking about Week 1. You know who looked great in Week 1 last season? The Buffalo Bills (6-10 finish) and Philadephia Eagles (8-8 finish).

I'm not saying that the 49ers are a sub-.500 team, I'm just saying it's the first week of the season and overreactions look really silly in December.

Regardless, this is a game that will be a monumental challenge for the Lions this Sunday night. The 49ers have a fast, strong, mean defense, and an offense that appeared functional against the Packers (though objects viewed against the Packers' defense are often weaker than they appear).

I'm certainly not taking the step to say this is an unwinnable game for the Lions. Quite the opposite, it's a potential statement game. But the Lions are going to have to do a lot of things right to pull it out.

They can start with these ones.

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