Cap off a great Sunday of football with a primetime matchup of NFL powerhouses as the Green Bay Packers (1-1) take on the San Francisco 49ers (2-0). The 49ers will host this one at Levi’s Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for 8:20 pm ET.
After an atrocious Week 1, the Green Bay Packers bounced back with an impressive 35-17 win over the Detroit Lions last week. In the win, Aaron Rodgers threw for 225 yards and four touchdowns. Aaron Jones had four touchdowns of his own, three through the air and one on the ground.
San Francisco will enjoy playing their first home game after back-to-back road victories to start the season. Last week, they beat the Philadelphia Eagles 17-11 in a defensive battle.
The 49ers are the slight favorites playing at home. They are -166 to win while the Packers’ moneyline sits at +140. The spread features Green Bay +3 (-105), and the over/under for total points is 50.5 (-110).
Both of these teams are the favorites to win their respective divisions. The Packers are -210 to win the NFC North, and the 49ers are +160 to win the NFC West.
In terms of the Super Bowl, the 49ers are tied for the third-best odds of winning it all at +1300, while the Packers have the seventh-best odds at +1500.
By The Numbers
Green Bay enters this one 8-2 over their last ten games, but they are 3-6 in their last nine against the 49ers. On the road, they are 9-4 over their last 13 games.
Shockingly, San Francisco is 1-7 in their last eight games at home, including a 34-17 loss versus Green Bay at home last year.
Packers Set To Put Controversy Behind Them
It has been quite a tumultuous offseason for the Green Bay Packers after reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers requested a trade after last season. While the two sides worked out an agreement for this year, Week 1 certainly caused concern as they looked disinterested on the field and, as head coach Matt LaFleur described it, played “embarrassingly.”
Last week helped to right the ship a bit, though, and now the Packers will start to put the controversy behind them and play winning football.
After a rough Week 1, Rodgers looked like the MVP-caliber player we have come to know. On the season now, he has thrown for 388 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions.
On the ground, Aaron Jones leads the Packers. Last week, he showed why the Packers signed him to an extension this offseason with a massive game. He now has 76 yards rushing and a touchdown to go along with 61 yards receiving and three touchdowns.
The Packers’ defense currently ranks 23rd in the NFL, allowing 27.5 points per game.
San Francisco’s Defense Will Need To Step Up Big
Anytime that Aaron Rodgers is across the field, defenses have to step up big. Through their first two games, San Francisco’s defense has done just that. They currently rank 10th in scoring defense, allowing 22 points a game.
Offensively, the team is led by veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. On the season, he has thrown for 503 yards and two touchdowns.
It may be just a matter of time before rookie Trey Lance takes over, but for now, it is Garoppolo’s job.
Garoppolo’s biggest weapon to date has been Deebo Samuel. Through two games, Samuel has 15 receptions for 282 yards and a touchdown.
The ground game is a concern for San Francisco. With several injuries, they have turned to Elijah Mitchell in the backfield. He has 36 rushes for 146 yards and a touchdown.
Taking The Packers And The Points
Even though the 49ers rank in the top-10 in scoring defense, they are still allowing 245.5 yards per game through the air and 133.5 per game on the ground.
Granted, the Packers’ defense has not been impressive this season, so this could turn into a bit of a shootout. With that in mind, there should be a lot more confidence in Aaron Rodgers to win a shootout over Jimmy Garoppolo.
Take Green Bay to win.