Week 5: Staff Predictions

The LionsFans.com staff makes its weekly predictions. This week: Lions @ 49ers.

Mike Fowler - Lions Insider (3-1)
Detroit gets the gorilla off their back and starts marching toward a 3-0 month while the 49ers self destruct and the drums beat for Dennis Green in the Bay Area.

PICK:  Lions 23 - 49ers 21

Adrian Donofrio - Staff Writer (4-0)
This might be the game where Detroit's offense awakens and scores some points, especially against a hurting San Francisco defense, but don't expect Detroit's defense to shut down a sleeping giant of an offense owned by the 49ers. Terrell Owens will probably have a big game, and is just salivating at the thought of being matched up against 5'9 Dre Bly. Bly is a scrappy player and plays like he is bigger but I don't see it making much of a difference, I expect the Lions to stay in it, but eventually sputtering off towards the end of the game.

PICK:  Lions 24  --  49ers 28

Nick West - Staff Writer (4-0)
Mooch's return to San Fran should come as less of a challenge than originally anticipated.   The 49ers and Lions share the same 1-3 record and are both searching for a victory.    Look for the Lions to expose the 49ers weak secondary after watching Randy Moss' 172-yard, 3 touchdown performance last Sunday. Besides the natural feeling of wanting a weekly victory and despite what he says, this game IS personal for Mariucci.   The 49ers unexpectedly fired him after last season and he still has mixed feelings towards the organization.  Look for Mooch to light a fire under the Lions' behinds this week. 

PICK: Lions 20  --  49ers 17

Josh Turel - Staff Writer (4-0)
Both teams enter the game desperate for a win. The 49ers are looking to regroup after a 1-3 start including a meltdown in Minnesota last week. The Lions are trying to regain the confidence from their 1st week beat down on the Cardinals. The 49ers' have more talent on both sides of the ball, but Detroit has more intangibles and a better special teams. Obviously this is a big "win it for coach" game for the Lions, but the 49ers would love to put Mooch down and try to salvage some evidence for justifying his firing. Do intangibles beat talent? Sometimes, but not this week.

PICK: 49ers 24  --  Lions 17

Nate Caminata - Publisher (1-3)
Detroit held its own on the turf of a Super Bowl contender last week, and with the exception of a few blown calls and a stalled last minute drive, almost pulled it out. Expect the Lions to establish the running game, allowing Harrington to pick apart the 49ers' suspect secondary. The Lions snap the road skid, and as Mooch wins in his debut return, all hell breaks loose in San Francisco.

PICK: Lions 24 --  49ers 14

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