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Thursday Night Football Preview: Packers vs. 49ers

The 49ers are a completely different team than they were in the NFC Championship game. Can Aaron Rodgers take advantage?

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Thursday Night Football Preview: Packers vs. 49ers


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If we still have a functioning country after Tuesday’s highly contentious election, there will be a Thursday Night Football game! This week’s matchup brings us to San Francisco to watch the defending NFC champion 49ers take on the Green Bay Packers. Who knows what this game will bring. Brett Favre might fly into Levi’s Stadium on a bald eagle wearing his Wranglers firing off a rifle while waving a Trump flag. YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS.

GAME DETAILS

Teams: 49ers (4-4) & Packers (5-2)

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020

Game Time: 8:20 PM ET

Venue: Levi’s Stadium – Santa Clara, CA

Network: FOX

Poor San Francisco 🙁

There comes a point despite having no actual allegiance to a team, you start to feel bad for them. Even as a Steelers fan there are times where I feel bad for the Browns (rarely, but it happens).

The 2020 season has not been kind to this 49ers team. In particular to the offense. The running back situation has been a revolving door with injuries to Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, and Jeff Wilson. Emerging star WR Deebo Samuel has rarely been healthy. TE George Kittle and QB Jimmy Garoppolo have each missed 2 games and were both re-injured during the 37-27 loss to the Seahawks. Ian Rapoport has called their injuries “concerning” and they are in serious jeopardy for missing TNF.

With all that said, I’m not too high on the 49ers for this week. Running backs Jerick McKinnon and JaMychal Hasty have done their best for their predecessors but the QB situation is a mess. When Garoppolo has been playing it’s been fairly erratic. He was benched in week 5 because of a terrible 77 yard, 2 interception performance against Miami. Against his former team in New England, he also threw 2 interceptions. Backups Nick Mullens and CJ Beathard have not been anything to write home about either. This QB situation is a mess and one I would not touch with a 10 foot pole.

A-Aron Rodgers has been pumping the Pack to victory

Call me a traditionalist but I can’t get enough of the Key & Peele sketches from years ago. 2 pumps, perfectly legal!

Despite a bad loss against Minnesota in week 8, Aaron Rodgers has had the Packers rolling this season to a 5-2 record. Even without any mentionable wide receivers besides Davante Adams, Rodgers has the third most passing TDs in the league with 20 (Adams has 7 of them). Star RB Aaron Jones has missed the past couple of weeks due to a calf injury and is eyeing a return for TNF. In his absence, Jamaal Williams has filled in nicely and has totaled over 100 all purpose yards in each of those two games.

The only question mark here has got to be the rush defense. Minnesota RB Dalvin Cook absolutely demolished the Packers defense in Week 8. Cook rushed for 163 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. Through the air he had 63 receiving yards with a touchdown to boot. You may remember Mr. Mostert ran all over this same defense in the NFC conference finals for 220 yards and 4 touchdowns. I’m not saying any of the current 49ers RBs are as good as Mostert or Cook but it’s something to be concerned about if you’re a Packers fan.

So, who’s going to win?

Alright, I’m 1-0 thus far on my TNF predictions so I’m looking to keep that streak alive here in Week 9. The Packers are going to bounce back from their horrible performance against a sub-par Vikings team and take down the 49ers. The edge in this game goes to the QB. You either have to take the guy who is certainly going to be a Hall of Famer or you can take…who knows? Yeah, give me Rodgers and the Packers in this one for a score of 28-10. Who knows, maybe we’ll even get 3 pumps!

Originally from Pittsburgh, Jason has found himself living in Queens with his wife and working for a tech company based in the city. A sports fan since birth, he follows the Pirates, Duquesne basketball, Pens, Steelers, and Pistons (Grant Hill would have been better than Jordan if he had stayed healthy...prove me wrong). He enjoys playing in various sports leagues and throwing his money away on fantasy sports. Besides that, a good book and video games for a day would be just fine with him.

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