Detroit News predictions: Lions vs. 49ers

The Detroit News

Josh Katzenstein, Bob Wojnowski and John Niyo predict the outcome of Sunday's Lions-49ers game at Ford Field.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford is 8-3 when the Lions are favored by a touchdown or more.

Josh Katzenstein: As they have a few times this season, expect the Lions to take advantage of a matchup against an inferior team. The defense should be able to rattle 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert and force some turnovers. Lions 27-15

Bob Wojnowski: Against bad teams, the Lions look good (funny how that works). Well, here’s another chance to see if the offense truly is improving, or it’s a late-season mirage. The 49ers offense is beyond repair, with Blaine Gabbert trying to stay upright behind a battered offensive line. The 49ers have allowed 13 sacks the past two games, so it’s time for the Lions defensive line to open its gifts. Lions 27-16

John Niyo: The Lions haven’t lost many games when favored by a TD or more. Matthew Stafford’s 8-3 in those games during his career. And against a 49ers team that can’t score, the Lions — even without defensive anchor Glover Quin — should finish the home slate on a positive note. Lions 27-17