In a battle of NFC division leaders, the Green Bay Packers head west to take on the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football in Week 12 of the NFL season. Both teams appear to be locks for the playoffs, but there are still details, such as home-field advantage, that are yet to be worked out.
These two teams have only played five times since 2013, with the Packers winning the two most recent matchups, while San Francisco has won three of the last five. The 49ers visited Lambeau Field last season and, despite being 1-4, gave the Packers a tough game before eventually falling 33-30. Of course, that game took place after Jimmy Garoppolo was lost for the season with a knee injury.
San Francisco is a three-point favorite playing at home, while the over/under has been set at 47.5.
Since moving on from former coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers feel like a more well-rounded team on offense. Head coach Matt LaFleur is taking full advantage of his backfield talent in his first season running the team by utilizing both Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams in the offensive gameplan.
The biggest surprise on offense, however, has to be that Davante Adams, one of the premiere touchdown-scoring wideouts in the NFL, has yet to find the end zone this season. In the matchup last season, he caught 10 of 16 targets and found the end zone twice.
The 49ers are easily the most surprising team in the NFL this season, sprinting to a 9-1 record out of the gate. Similar to their playoff runs earlier in the decade, the 49ers are doing it with a stout defense and an opportunistic offense. San Francisco is allowing an anemic 15.5 points per game and yielding an incredible 142 passing yards per game.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan is also using a similar formula to the offense that worked so well during his time with the Falcons, utilizing multiple pass-catching running backs and keeping the opposing defense off balance. Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert are a very nice three-headed monster in the Niners backfield, with a 70 percent catch rate or better.
Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers NFL Pick and Prediction
The three-point line feels correct, but it should be the other way. The Niners are 9-1 and boast a great defense, but their schedule has been tremendously soft. Eight of their nine wins have been Arizona twice, Cincinnati, Washington, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Carolina, and Tampa Bay. Their win against the Rams is nice, but Los Angeles has been up and down the entire season.
In 10 games, Garoppolo has 10 interceptions and seven fumbles and has looked highly questionable at times. The strength of this offense comes from its running backs, and while the Packers aren’t particularly great against the run, it still just comes down to Aaron Rodgers versus Garoppolo. The Packers are also 7-3 ATS this season. Take the Packers on the road to hand the Niners their second loss in three weeks.