The 1-4 San Francisco 49ers will travel to Green Bay to take on the 2-2-1 Packers in this week’s Monday night matchup. Both teams have had disappointing starts to the season and it was no different last week with each team losing. The 49ers lost their third game in a row with a 28-18 clunker at home against the Arizona Cardinals. It was the Cardinals first win of the season and the 49ers played very sloppy as they had 5 turnovers. The Packers put up 540 yards of offense and it still wasn’t enough as they lost to the Detroit Lions 31-23 on the road. This was a disappointing loss for Green Bay as the week before they looked great in a shutout win over the Buffalo Bills.
C.J. Beathard replaced Jimmy Garoppolo who had season ending surgery and he has done a pretty good job despite not earning any wins. Last week, he completed 34 of 54 passes for 349 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. His favorite target was Trent Taylor who had 7 catches for 61 yards and a touchdown. Taylor suffered a back injury and is listed as doubtful for the game against the Packers. The team had success running the ball with 147 yards on 34 carries with Alfred Morris leading the way with 61 yards. They did have trouble holding onto the ball as they lost 3 fumbles. Defensively, they played limiting Arizona to just 226 yards of offense. They did a great job against the rush as the Cardinals gained just 56 yards on 24 carries, which is an average of 2.4 yards per run. For the year the 49ers defense has allowed its opponents to score an average of 29.2 points and gain 359 yards per game.
Aaron Rodgers threw the ball well last week but it did not translate to a victory. He completed 32 of 52 passes for 4442 yards, 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. He was sacked 4 times however and lost 2 fumbles. His favorite target was Davante Adams who had 9 catches for 140 yards and a touchdown. Seven different Packers receivers caught passes that gained at least 12 yards. They also had success running the ball as they gained 98 yards on 20 carries which is an average of 4.9 yards per rush. Defensively, they limited Detroit to just 279 yards of offense but were not able to force any turnovers. This did sack Matthew Stafford 3 times and limited the lions run game to 94 yards on 28 carries.
Green Bay will have home field advantage in this game and are favored by 9.5 points. They have gone 2-3 against the spread this season including 2-1 at home. Their offense has struggled so far this season and they have yet to score at least 30 points in a game. The 49ers are 1-4 against the spread this season including 1-2 on the road. They have actually outscored the Packers this year 118-115 but have been doomed by turnovers as they are minus 8 this year in that category.